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)

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

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“Stylishly confusing, enchantingly dark, breath taking finale to an equally vexing trifecta of masterful films.”
~ Gaijin Otaku Gundan – Cinema Detachment
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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.
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“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
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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
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“An awesome, lushly crafted and immersive introduction to the world of Thai ghost stories that should by no means be overlooked .”

~ Gaijin Otaku Gundan
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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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