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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)
lizzoqops
post #141  on January 4, 2006 - 1:25 AM PST  
> On January 3, 2006 - 10:20 PM PST Eoliano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > They also seem to have dropped the "Sympathy for" part.
>
> So they have. Looks like I'll have an opportunity to see Lady Vengeance at the PSIFF.
> ---------------------------------


Wow, there's some nice stuff there. "Grain in Ear" has gotten rave reviews all around, as has "Hidden Blade" (better than "Twilight Samurai", I thought, and I liked that one, too). It'd be hard for me to resist seeing all the Japanese, South Korean, Taiwanese, and some of the stuff from China. And "Cache", if you're a Haneke fan. Nice job on the programming.
lizzoqops
post #142  on January 8, 2006 - 7:28 PM PST  
Watched Duelist this week. Markhl talked me into it : ) It's a beautiful movie, though no real story to speak of...I wouldn't say it was bad (from the reviews I read it seemed to be a love or hate thing). It was ok.

I also saw Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles. The title of that article says it all, really. Zhang pushes all the right buttons...I'd compare it to "The Road Home", though, not really up there with "Raise the Red Lantern" or "Hero" in its scope.
Eoliano
post #143  on January 9, 2006 - 9:18 AM PST  
> Wow, there's some nice stuff there. "Grain in Ear" has gotten rave reviews all around, as has "Hidden Blade" (better than "Twilight Samurai", I thought, and I liked that one, too). It'd be hard for me to resist seeing all the Japanese, South Korean, Taiwanese, and some of the stuff from China. And "Cache", if you're a Haneke fan. Nice job on the programming.

Enjoyed Yamada's Hidden Blade, and indeed, it's every bit as good and perhaps better than Twilight Samurai. I especially liked how Yamada kept the romance going under the surface and it's always a treat to see Ken Ogata and Kunie Tanaka in almost anything. Am looking forward to the next film in this trilogy... something about a young blind Samurai. Saw Blood and Bones yesterday, which I thought an intimate, tightly controlled epic, most central to which, is Kitano's astonishing performance, remarkable too, is that Sai manages to elicit sympathy (!) for such a reprehensible character. Not for the squeamish.
lizzoqops
post #144  on January 9, 2006 - 12:33 PM PST  
I'm looking forward to seeing "Blood and Bones" someday, with good subs...maybe it'll play at the Philly Festival. Was there a US distributor attached to that?

Keep the reviews coming, Eo.
Eoliano
post #145  on January 9, 2006 - 1:37 PM PST  
> I'm looking forward to seeing "Blood and Bones" someday, with good subs...maybe it'll play at the Philly Festival. Was there a US distributor attached to that?

Thought the subs were fine. Distributor is Tartan USA, however, I believe this was a Japanese print as pubic hair was blacked-out in nude scenes! ^_^
Eoliano
post #146  on January 9, 2006 - 1:49 PM PST  
> Keep the reviews coming, Eo.

Will try my best, but doubt I'll get to see more Asian films due to my schedule. Tonite it's Quando sei nato non puoi piu nasconderti, the new film by Marco Tullio Giordana (The Best of Youth), & tomorrow another Italian film, Cristina Comencini's La bestia nel cuore. Gotta love those Italian titles, ne?
lizzoqops
post #147  on January 10, 2006 - 6:50 PM PST  
> On January 9, 2006 - 1:49 PM PST Eoliano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > Keep the reviews coming, Eo.
>
> Will try my best, but doubt I'll get to see more Asian films due to my schedule. Tonite it's Quando sei nato non puoi piu nasconderti, the new film by Marco Tullio Giordana (The Best of Youth), & tomorrow another Italian film, Cristina Comencini's La bestia nel cuore. Gotta love those Italian titles, ne?
> ---------------------------------

So Lady Vengeance is off your schedule, then? That's too bad if it is, although you'll miss the "I need to see it again right now" thing that happens as soon as it's over.

I'd still say go see "Grain in Ear". That'll put you in the Nobody's Seen This But Me Club.
lizzoqops
post #148  on January 10, 2006 - 6:56 PM PST  
Saw The General's Son today. I wasn't all that thrilled with it, even though Im Kwon-taek says it's his favorite movie (of his own). Maybe it's a bit dated. The story was good, there was no bad acting or anything...It just wasn't up there with "Sopyonje" or Chihwaseon.
lizzoqops
post #149  on January 31, 2006 - 12:02 AM PST  
Brushing the cobwebs off the keyboard...

Watched that new Reg 1 of Vital. Tom Mes is hard to listen to, but full of insight. And he says "Tsu-ka-mo-to". I have also heard "Tska-mo-to". Hmm, I wonder which one is correct.

Did we (and by we I mean me, I mean I) talk about that new The Bad Sleep Well? I can't believe how great that looks, it was like a whole 'nother movie. By the way, a search for Mifune still yields 3 different results for the same actor. Like we discussed that little problem a long time ago. Yawn.

Korean stuff:
Bystanders: A crime thriller, with Shin Eun-kyung (My Wife is Gangster) and Eric from Shinwa. It wasn't horrible. The backstory about the problem of kids being bullied is interesting, if a little too heavy-handed.

Mr. Socrates: Kim Rae-won is kidnapped and forced to get his GED for unknown reasons and by unknown persons (at least at first). The supporting players really made this watchable (Oh Kwang-rok from "Oldboy" is great as the dad and Kang Shin-il from "Public Enemy" is also great as the teacher). The story is interesting, but the movie as a whole doesn't quite live up to its potential.

Someone Special: Now this movie was excellent. It looks deceptively like a rom-com, but it turns the genre on itself. I always say I don't do comedy, but this was hilarious. Right this minute I'd say it was the best Korean comedy I've seen so far. A baseball player finds out he only has months to live, and has never experienced true love. Does he find it? Of course. It's the getting there, in all its convoluted forms, that's the fun part. SEEK THIS OUT! You won't regret it.

More later : )
hamano
post #150  on February 3, 2006 - 7:28 AM PST  
The reviews are IN! And the DVD is already OUT?? ZINDA is now on silver and small screens around the world...

The first review is really hilarious and probably spot on. I'll let you know for sure if I ever see ZINDA, but I wholeheartedly agree with the general sentiments of the author about recent trends in Bollywood. Take the author's advice and see Teesri Manzil again! (Hey is it my imagination or did the GC search engine just get a lot faster?)

The second review is from rediff.com and I generally agree with their insightful film reviews... they don't just crib from Bollywood press releases the way some websites do. Their reviews show a genuine appreciation for the unique appeal of Bollywood films as well as a love and understanding of films in general.
lizzoqops
post #151  on February 8, 2006 - 3:04 PM PST  
Some articles about the protest over the cutting of the screen quota in South Korea:

Fade to Black

Choi Min-shik Returns Medal

Challenges Facing the Film Industry



Eoliano
post #152  on March 2, 2006 - 8:11 AM PST  
Anyone heard anything about Linda Linda Linda?
lizzoqops
post #153  on March 2, 2006 - 9:33 AM PST  
> On March 2, 2006 - 8:11 AM PST Eoliano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Anyone heard anything about Linda Linda Linda?
> ---------------------------------


I haven't heard anything bad about it. There's a Midnight Eye review here. Stars one of my favorite Korean actresses, Bae Du Na.

You're just trying to get me to post something, are you? :)

Got word of the new Rampo Jigoku (Rampo Hell). No subs. Darn it.

Also, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance has been pushed back to May. Weird. Don't know what they're waiting for.
Eoliano
post #154  on March 2, 2006 - 8:16 PM PST  
> > Anyone heard anything about Linda Linda Linda?

> I haven't heard anything bad about it. There's a Midnight Eye review here. Stars one of my favorite Korean actresses, Bae Du Na.

> You're just trying to get me to post something, are you? :)

That review was one of the reasons I mentioned the film... and also to see if I could get you to make one of your rare appearances. ^_^
redstuff
post #155  on March 3, 2006 - 12:12 PM PST  
Bae Doo-na is half the reason why I want to see Linda Linda Linda. The Japanese DVD was recently released, but it doesn't have any english subs (though most Japanese DVDs don't). Hopefully the movie will get a subbed release eventually.

Nobuhiro Yamashita's films in general sound up my alley. Shame that they don't have any subbed releases either (as far as I've seen, anyway).
lizzoqops
post #156  on March 3, 2006 - 6:43 PM PST  
I've been wanting to see "Hazy Life" for a long time...I even had a picture of those guys on my desktop for awhile so I would remember to keep looking for it. Well, maybe if "Linda Linda Linda" does well here someday, some company will dig through Yamashita's back catalog.
hamano
post #157  on March 21, 2006 - 1:41 PM PST  
Ah, I see Sex is Zero is finally coming out on DVD! This was Markhl's favorite film about youth in South Korea... Everyone make sure you see this one!
lizzoqops
post #158  on March 21, 2006 - 3:51 PM PST  
Yeah, he talked me into watching the Duelist, too...it wasn't horrible but it wasn't great. What I'm saying is, I think he has a crush on Ha Ji Won. Just a theory.

Here's something really good coming up:

Humanist

Black black comedy written by Park Chan Wook and Lee Mu Yeong (who also directed), Park's writing partner on JSA and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance.
Eoliano
post #159  on May 25, 2006 - 12:44 PM PDT  
Bong Joon-ho's The Host / Guimul has received considerable attention at Cannes:

"Beyond all the fancy visual effects -- way above the rocky level of recent Asian fantasies like The Myth and The Promise -- in tone the picture falls somewhere between the social parable of Dogs and the character-driven, offbeat drama of Memories.

Pic, which is not even in widescreen, will be best appreciated by auds who just go with the quirky flow rather than expect regulated, U.S.-style thrills. In its mix of genre-bending, political asides and character emphasis, there are strong parallels with Larry Cohen's 1982 cult classic, Q: The Winged Serpent." --Derek Elley, Variety

"Another offering from South Korea -- and the best film I've seen to date at this year's festival -- is The Host which for some reason is screening outside the main festival program in a parallel section called the Directors' Fortnight. Directed by Bong Joon-ho, who made the policier Memories of Murder, this terrific hybrid-genre fantasy about a mutant creature with a lotuslike mouth and a steady appetite has been alternately described as a monster movie and a science fiction thriller, but is also a comedy, a family drama, a political critique and, at times, a seriously scary freak-out. Mr. Bong can shift moods and tones on a dime, and when the loudly appreciative audience wasn't laughing at the witty dialogue it was shrieking at tensely wound scenes as effective as any in Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds. --Manohla Dargis, NYTimes
lizzoqops
post #160  on May 26, 2006 - 3:35 PM PDT  
Ha! I just posted something in the Cannes thread about it. GMTK : )

One of the reviewers compared it to "Q", which is one of my all-time favorites, monster movie or not.
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