Sunday, October 01, 2006

Very brief Notes on some films

Quick post just to name some films seen recently. May edit and write notes on them later. I'll also post a comment on Dong, Jia Zhangke's documentary at some point.

Japan :
Dead Run - Shisso (Hiroyuki Tanaka aka Sabu, 2005), Despite a good, promising beginning, the movie failed in some ways, perhaps because there are many Japanese films depicting the stray, lost, depressed youth and the religious trip didn't bring anything in to it. Rather grim however.
The Man in White Suit (Takashi Miike, 2003), standard yakusa movie, but well-done.
Bedroom (Hisayasu Sato, 1992) an erotic drama film with a non-linear narrative structure, unfortunately far not perfect, the classical music was very annoying and too cliché to be used, also the film contains too much dialogue (especially at the beginning) and not enough atmosphere. The main actress didn't have enough presence either, her character fails to stand out. The film is known for the controversial presence of Issei Sagawa.
The Most Terrible Time In My Life (Kaizo Hayashi ,1994) with Masatoshi Nagase, in black and white, in a retro style with a slight 60s Suzuki influence, this is a film noir, the first of the series of the private detective Maiku Hama. Masatoshi Nagase is great, entirely in his role, the plot is interesting. Recommended.

HK :
Wing Chun (Yuen Woo-ping, 1994) with Michelle Yeoh, Donnie Yen, Norman Chu... funny, entertaining, some good fighting scenes.
Dragon Tiger Gate (Wilson Yip, 2006) with Donnie Yen, Nicolas Tse, Shawn Yue... a very disappointing action film, no characters, no acting, no story and a laughable end... SPL was better
Thrown Down (Johnnie To 2004) with Louis Koo, Aaron Kwok, Cherrie Ying... as always well directed, good characters.

South Korea :
The City of Violence (Ryoo Seung-wan, 2006) quite forgetable, unoriginal plot, the end is like a Kill Bill kind, Crying Fist was better.
Dasepo Naughty Girls (Lee Je-yong, 2006) a low silly comedy.



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