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Asian Cinema. Discussion, Reviews, Questions (aka ChinJaKoFilm Thread)
Topic by: lizzoqops
Posted: September 17, 2005 - 3:37 PM PDT
Last Reply: December 2, 2007 - 10:31 PM PST

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author topic: Asian Cinema. Discussion, Reviews, Questions (aka ChinJaKoFilm Thread)
post #1  on September 17, 2005 - 3:37 PM PDT  
Too many clickies goin' on in that old thread.

So I finally watched "The Humanist" last night. Wow, that is the blackest black comedy I've ever seen. But it was excellent. In a disturbing "should I be laughing at this" kind of way. And the music was great, lots of Uh Uh Boo.

I had a weird experience watching "A Single Spark". The best moment of the film is when they have the meeting on the beach, and break into song. And the song they sing is the theme from "Barefoot Youth". All I'm saying is, there should be a lot more older Korean movies available (I know, it's coming, but not fast enough), so I can get all the references.

I see something disturbing...Save the Green Planet is green in my queue. It should be red. Not enough of you are queueing up this great movie. Click Here Now. You won't be sorry.
post #2  on September 17, 2005 - 3:41 PM PDT  
> On September 17, 2005 - 3:37 PM PDT lizzoqops wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I see something disturbing...Save the Green Planet is green in my queue. It should be red.

Looks like you've "Saved" it, lizzo. "Green" is now yellow.
post #3  on September 19, 2005 - 2:11 PM PDT  
Ok, last night I watched "Vital". I thought Tartan had the rights to this, but I don't see any upcoming release. Anybody heard anything?

Anyway, Tsukamoto has gone on to another plane and left us all behind. Asano was good in it...but the movie itself is really the star here. An amazing story and a beautifully done movie.

More info about it here. A much better review than I could do.
post #4  on September 19, 2005 - 6:22 PM PDT  
Long live ChinJaKoMon!

Not much to report in terms of viewing from my part unfortunately..

But newsworthy.. tickets for Lady Vengeance have arrived lizzo! I must say that this is kinda like getting a present weeks before Christmas and having to wait until Christmas Day to open it. Good thing I'm pretty busy nowadays or I'd keep staring at it.
post #5  on September 19, 2005 - 8:21 PM PDT  
LOL, I'd stare at them until they disintegrate. Good thing you have them.
post #6  on September 24, 2005 - 1:27 PM PDT  
> I hate when that happens. I haven't seen Momento Mori yet, so I take it that I shouldn't. I'm pretty burnt out on horror movies anyway.

Me too! Well don't bother wasting a rental on Memento Mori then, especially with so many worthwhile films out there. Meanwhile, the DVD has been languishing somewhere in the postal system for a week and has yet to make it back to GC. Support alert!

> > Btw, speaking of Tadanobu Asano, he is going to be in a French/US production of Ryu Murakami's Coin Locker Babies, along with Asia Argento, Vincent Gallo, Val Kilmer, Sean Lennon and Liv Tyler, under the direction of first-timer Michele Civetta.

> This has been in pre-production for a while. I wonder what's going on with it? None of those people are young enough to play the leads, anyway, maybe that's the problem. Or maybe they can't find their DATURA.

Never take anything too seriously on the IMDb, I mean, it's listed as an adventure for goodness sake! It could very well be in production or has already wrapped. Datura, yeah, I bet there's some growing within walking distance of the freeway...
post #7  on September 24, 2005 - 10:58 PM PDT  
I'm having a major back to Greencine problem with the post office, too. My stuff gets here in 2-3 days, but the other way it's 5-7 days. Really bad.

Anyway, stick "Last Life" at the top of the queue. I have a feeling you'll really like it. It will more than make up for a crappy horror movie. I haven't heard the Christopher Doyle commentary yet, but that's gotta be worth something.

As for "Coin Locker Babies"...I notice they don't list any character names next to the actors. I can't imagine who will play who. It is kind of an "adventure", though. I mean, how else would you "genre" it? Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's sad, sometimes it's sorta scifi, I guess...I don't know. It was probably the giant crocodile that clinched that category.

Today I watched "Chungoo (Heaven's Soldier's)", a sort of Korean remake of Sonny Chiba's GI Samurai. It had some moments, but I wouldn't really recommend it. But I wasn't that fond of the original, either.

I also rewatched Kilamanjaro. Much better the second time. A very odd movie about two very different twin brothers...sort of. It's kind of a crime-genre thing, but takes the twin swapping places thing to an extreme, too. Never seen anything like it.
post #8  on September 27, 2005 - 10:29 AM PDT  
Please stay 'til Sunday.

Park Chan Wook in NYC
post #9  on September 27, 2005 - 5:09 PM PDT  
> On September 27, 2005 - 10:29 AM PDT lizzoqops wrote:
> Please stay 'til Sunday.
> Park Chan Wook in NYC

Hmmm... maybe I should bring my DVD case of Oldboy just in case.. I don't have any other paraphenalia for him to sign if he's still around... mental reminder.. don't forget a camera..

Oh yeah.. lizzo.. you may have to drive on sunday. I may be injured or bruised heavily from paintball on saturday.. :) Couldn't cancel.. heh.
post #10  on September 27, 2005 - 5:18 PM PDT  
Wait.. how and when did Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance sneak into the GC catalog? hmmm? Is this underdog's doing? no announcement here? tsk tsk..

Great addition!
post #11  on September 27, 2005 - 9:20 PM PDT  
> On September 27, 2005 - 5:18 PM PDT markhl wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Wait.. how and when did Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance sneak into the GC catalog? hmmm? Is this underdog's doing? no announcement here? tsk tsk..
> Great addition!
> ---------------------------------

I think it's in the request thread, something about JFK's death day.
post #12  on September 27, 2005 - 9:26 PM PDT  
I love to's the stopping part that I hate.

This is a cool story...Something good or fun has to come out of it:

Rutger Hauer and Takashi Miike
post #13  on September 28, 2005 - 2:04 PM PDT  
> On September 27, 2005 - 5:18 PM PDT markhl wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Wait.. how and when did Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance sneak into the GC catalog? hmmm? Is this underdog's doing? no announcement here? tsk tsk..
> Great addition!
> ---------------------------------

We've just been updating the November releases this week so that's partially a coincidence, but we did want to make sure that one showed up asap. It's all my doing! I crack the whip here! (No, kidding.)

post #14  on September 28, 2005 - 3:41 PM PDT  
Speaking of sneaky additions, we got in the Wong Kar-Wai/Soderbergh/Antonioni compliation Eros a little bit ago. It's not very heavily queued up, so now's your chance ..
post #15  on September 29, 2005 - 7:14 PM PDT  
> On September 28, 2005 - 2:04 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> It's all my doing! I crack the whip here! (No, kidding.)

I wonder if that power can get an oldie but a goodie here.. Bungee Jumping of Their Own. Do that whip-cracking thing and let's see what happens (or who flinches, heh) :)
post #16  on October 3, 2005 - 3:31 PM PDT  
I have a terrible time writing about certain movies without spoiling them, so I'm not going to say too much about "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance". It pretty much follows the other movies in the trilogy thematically, but the execution is very different (it's a black black comedy, for the most part). I'd like to see it again, like today, but oh well. Fans of Park will be happy with it, I think. It is a bit more derivative than Oldboy or Mr. Vengeance, but I think it works in this case because of the (mostly) comedic elements of the movie.

Oh, that fire movie? Libera Me. No wonder I couldn't remember it. It has nothing to do with fire (the title, I mean).
post #17  on October 3, 2005 - 8:41 PM PDT  
Here's my little spiel on Sympathy for Lady Vengeance from our trek to the NYFF last night (korean title translation = The kind Ms. Geumja)

As a standalone movie, I wouldn't rate it as highly as Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance or Oldboy which both made strong impressions on me. This one was definitely lighter despite the blackness of the comedy and that was the saving grace. I do not particularly like the lead actress, Lee Young Ae, so it is possible that that detracted from my own viewing experience. LYA was above average in a very atypical role for her. Surprisingly, Choi Min Sik's character and performance were both underwhelming (perhaps due to the lack of screen time).

Having said all of this, I'm glad I went; especially with the opportunity to see director Park Chan Wook "in person" during the Q&A which followed the screening. It gave me a chance to bid farewell to a particularly rewarding part of korean cinema.

Simply, I liken this "conclusion" to the trilogy to be like an all-star game of sorts. You get what you want - good performances, known names (with tons of cameos from the actors from the first two movies) but doesn't quite seem to have the meaning of a "real" game. Perhaps the bar was raised too highly by the first two movies for this one to match. I.e., Lady Vengeance is quite good.. just not great.

I wonder where PCW will go from here..
post #18  on October 4, 2005 - 3:10 PM PDT  
Speaking of cameos, I don't remember seeing Bae Doo Na anywhere. Was she in there somewhere and I missed it?
post #19  on October 4, 2005 - 3:42 PM PDT  
Anyone seen Three Extremes yet? Takashi Miike and Park Chan Wook...i can't wait. Ive never heard of Fruit Chan before though. Has he directed any good movies?

post #20  on October 4, 2005 - 5:48 PM PDT  
lizzo - Bae Doo Na wasn't in the movie.. that's why :p I wonder why she was left out. Maybe she wasn't back in the country from some projects in Japan that I saw mentioned somewhere?

Ayato - Actually, Fruit Chan's Dumplings was probably the best of the three.. I don't go out of the way to recommend Three.. Monster.. just some interesting elements.. 's all.

BTW, does a god really need to be an emperor as well? Are we over-compensating? *chuckle*
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