Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Brief notes on some Asian films

Before I loose tracks, briefly :

Japan
The Stairway to the Distant Past (Kaizo Hayashi, 1995) and The Trap (Kaizo Hayashi, 1996) with Masatoshi Nagase, two of the trilogy of the private detective Maiku Hama, The Most Terrible Time In My Life (Kaizo Hayashi,1994) being the first (saw a couple weeks ago). Contrary to the first, those two films are in colour, they still are done like a film noir in 60s style, perfectly acted, complex and interesting plot, The Trap has a more mystery atmosphere, which sometimes can slightly recall David Lynch's Twin Peaks. This trilogy is surely one to not miss.
Yo Yo Cop Girl (Kenta Fukasaku, 2006) entertaining and fun (but poorly acted).
Love - 0 = No Limit (Hisayasu Sato, 1994) pinku erotic film with a rather grim, depressing atmosphere.

HK
Dog Bite Dog (Cheang Pou-Soi, 2006) with Edison Chen and Sam Lee. For those who like extreme violent films this one is recommended. It's well done, just a few things that could have been left, such as the cheesy song - but the music score in general is good, just the soppy song with the girl, who represents the only humanity in the film, a bit cliché - and also the end sentence. Apart from that, the pace is tense and is held all way to the end, the atmosphere is rather bleak (the range of colours goes from dark grey/green at the first part to more sepia ochre and light second part), Sam Lee and Edison Chen are good
On the Edge (Herman Yau, 2006) with Anthony Wong, Nick Cheung, Francis Ng, a low Infernal Affairs.
The Banquet (Feng Xiaogang, 2006) with a gallery of stars...supposedly a loose adaptation of Hamlet. Nothing outstanding here, and I'm fed up with Zhang Ziyi and films in the vein of Zhang Yimou's House of Flying Daggers and Chen Kaige's The Promise...

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