Lady Vengeance – Kicking Ass All Summer Long!

March 15, 2006 at 12:00 am (Other Films of Note)

Sympathy For Lady Vengeance
(South Korea – 2005)

Park Chan-wook
Screenplay: Seo-Gyeong Jeong
along with – Park Chan-wook
Cinematography: Jeong-hun Jeong

“Stylishly confusing, enchantingly dark, breath taking finale to an equally vexing trifecta of masterful films.”
~ Gaijin Otaku Gundan – Cinema Detachment

Deftly weaving a unique, undeniably human tapestry from the dark humor, disturbing violence and striking imagery of its predecessors ‘Sympathy For Lady Vengeance’ is a meticulously crafted, intense and thought provoking film – one that beautifully brings the Chan-wook vengeance trilogy full circle.

Though I’m looking forward to seeing both ‘Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance’ and ‘Oldboy’ on the big screen, I have a really bad feeling about the forthcoming US theatrical release of ‘Lady Vengeance.’ Read the rest of this entry »


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BBC 4: Jonathan Ross’ Asian Invasion – Japan

January 12, 2006 at 6:23 pm (J-Movies, Other Films of Note)

Must See TV this aint, but not Must Miss either…

A three-part series that follows the host to Japan, Hong Kong and Korea as he claims to explore the world’s most innovative cinema.
“Nice eye candy, though far from authoritative. Even far from comprehensive. Heck, might as well just say it: If you want a decent intro to Japanese Film you better look elsewhere.” ~ 72HW

As charming as the show’s “Lunch with Ryuhei Kitamura” and all to brief Miyazaki interview segments are, the remaining 90% will be of little use to anyone familiar with Japanese cinema except for possibly the otaku set.
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Award Winning Thai Film ‘Nang Nak’

December 26, 2005 at 9:16 am (Other Films of Note)

Nang Nak (1999 – Thailand)
Director/Producer: Nonzee Nimibutr
Screenplay: Visit Sartsanatieng

“An awesome, lushly crafted and immersive introduction to the world of Thai ghost stories that should by no means be overlooked .”

~ Gaijin Otaku Gundan
Much more so than Bangkok Haunted or Lhorn which are both mildly entertaining but un-scary and nearly devoid of any true cultural significance – “Nang Nak” provides an awesome introduction to the world of Thai ghost stories and is simply a beautiful film to look at. Read the rest of this entry »

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