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Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Posted by:faded_halos.
Time:10:37 pm.
So, over the last 3 weeks or so, I've been working on a John Woo homage, it's a bit of comedy played straight, most of the trademarks are there and there's a big shoot-out at the end. Everything was done on a budget of £7, but the outcome has come out quite well.

Part I


Part II


Let us know what you think about the film through Youtube comment or just comment here.

If you like what you see, you can subscribe to the videos. There are several other films to watch on the channel, so you can keep yourself busy.

Thanks!
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Monday, January 14th, 2008

Subject:Attn New Jersey Classic Film Fans!
Posted by:djdysfunction.
Time:10:39 am.
The West Orange Classic Film Festival is starting up again at the AMC Theater in West Orange this month. I went yesterday to see "Spartacus" on the big screen, and they have a lot more coming up. This year, they've even added a couple of foreign films to the list, which I'm looking forward to. Here's the schedule:


West Orange Classic Film Festival ScheduleCollapse )



Their website can be found here for more information.
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Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Subject:Trailers?
Posted by:tokyocafe.
Time:7:09 pm.
Mood: cheerful.
I read the rules and I found nothing against this, so I'm going to try and post a little request: I was wondering if any of you could give me links or point me to a place to download various trailers for japanese movies (old and new, comedy and horror, black/white and color; just no anime, except if it's something like Paprika or Ghibli movies). It'd be really appreciated.

Xposted at asian_movies and japanese_films.
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Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Subject:REVIEW - "Fallen Angels"
Posted by:ocog.
Time:3:37 pm.
Mood: blah.


International Title: Fallen Angels
Original Title: Duolou Tianshi
Country: Hong Kong
Year: 1995
Director: Wong Kar-Wai
Actors: Leon Lai, Michelle Reis, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Charlie Yeung, Karen Mok, etc.
My rating: 5/5 








Sometimes also referred to as the second part of Chungking Express, Wong Kar-Wai's Fallen Angels is indeed a lot like Chungking Express: The same way of storytelling, the same moods, all the references to Fallen Angel's one year older brother by using the same items (blonde wig, pineapple), even the same song ("Things in Life" by Dennis Brown) and, regarding Takeshi Kaneshiro, even the same actor…

Fallen Angels once again illustrates the lonely paths of five different persons in Hong Kong—here a dark city infested with bright neon lights and the ever present loneliness waiting for you in every dark corner or even in a crowded bar.

There's the professional killer Wong Chi-Ming (Leon Lai) who wants to quit his job. His partner, a dark lonely woman (Michelle Reis) setting up his jobs who is secretly in love with him and still not able to get closer to him. A crazy young woman with blonde hair (Karen Mok) he chooses as his girlfriend. The amusing He Zhiwu (Takeshi Kaneshiro) who is mute ever since he ate a can of perished pineapple and who now works at night in shops which don't belong to him. A frustrated young woman (Charlie Yeung) who can't get over the loss of her love Johnny and who teams up with He Zhiwu in order to find Blondie, that woman who has snatched Johnny away, and take revenge.

Their paths of life told in different stories sometimes happen to cross for a moment or two in Hong Kong's nightscape, however, in Fallen Angels this appears to happen less randomly than in Chungking Express. You can watch that movie and enjoy the artsy way of filming (Wong Kar-Wai and Christopher Doyle are a great team!) and the cool shots on the screen, but you have to dig deeper. You have to feel that movie. No matter how cool the actors may look, no matter how emotionless they are talking about their lives. The intense loneliness of all of them is always there, hidden under sexy dresses, in the smoke of the tons of cigarettes they smoke, shining through the neon lights in the urban night.

The movie is not utterly thrilling. But it's soothing, incredibly sad yet occasionally funny, sometimes providing subtle nuances of feelings, then again filling the screen with the naked craziness of Karen Mok's character, or with Charlie Yeung's unleashed hatred towards the woman Blondie. And, last but not least, Fallen Angels is a wonderful ballad, an ode to the megapolis Hong Kong, no matter how dark the city with all the loneliness locked in its nights is sketched in the movie.

One of my all time favorites!





This review can also be found in nanyangplaza, a new community specializing in review of movies, series, albums and books all over Asia. Feel free to drop by and join! We need members ^_^



 
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Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Subject:Korean Movies
Posted by:bryzon.
Time:1:55 pm.
Mood: happy.
Well, that last post was originally intended to be for all asian movies, but ended up just being japanese. I've also watched some really good Korean movies lately too. One thing that I've noticed is that Korean movies are usually overlooked. There are some great comedies out there.


Raybang


This was actually the first asian movie that I started week about two weeks ago. Man its hilarious. I dont know if its intended to be as funny as I took it, but without the comedy it'd still be a pretty good drama. Alright, back to the movie. Basically, its about these three guys who are piss poor broke. They work for a taxi company depending on each paycheck. You start to feel bad for them, shitty job, shitty love life. They talk about doing these different scemes, one guy fantasizes about moving to Vietnam and making money there (hit uncle went years ago and has lots of stories), another even talks about selling his body. Their final plan is to rob an old lady of her money, but without any experience in doing anything like that in their lives, this too becomes a funny, yet pathetic plan. If you're looking for a funny movie with adult humor, check this one out.

IMDB Link




Hwang Jin-Yi





This movie is about a kisaeng named Hwang Jin-Yi or her entertainer name Myeongwol (played by Song Hye-gyo) that was wrongly born as a daughter of an aristocrat. Without giving up too much information, lets just say everyone finds out. Her childhood friend (played by the famous Ji-tae Yu) falls inlove with her and protects her throughout the film. This is a real love story that has plenty of action to make most people happy. The movie, especially the first half, can seem abit slow. The climax is where the movie really gets good. With such a strong cast and interesting story, this movie should end up being one of the best Korean films of the year.


IMDB Link







Saibogujiman kwenchana (I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK)




I have to admit, with a title like that, I really didnt have many expectations. So far, with the movies that I've watched, I've been pretty happy with them, and to be honest, I'm disapointed that they've all been so good. So, I was thinking, this movie has gotta be the one to suck. Boy I was wrong. This movie was really cute and funny. Its about a girl named Cha Young-goon (played by Su-jeong Lim) who thinks that she's a combat cyborg. When she gets put into a mental ward, she meets a boy named Park Il-sun (played by Jung Ji Hoon, Rain) who believes he can steal anyone's soul. Her condition makes her believe she cannot eat because she's a robot and this starts to make her sick. Park Il-sun tries to convince her to eat and get better by playing along with her. This is a very sweet movie that has some nice moments of comedy. If you get a chance, I'd recomend renting this one.

IMDB Link







The next Korean films on my list to see are Milyang (Secret Sunshine) and Orae-doen Jeongwon (The Old Garden), so let me know what you think of these! :)
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Subject:Some movies I recently watched
Posted by:bryzon.
Time:8:12 am.
In the past couple of weeks, I've been spending alot of my free time watching asian movies (mostly Japanese and Korean) and watching some new anime. There are a couple of movies I can strongly recommend to anyone who is wanting something interesting to watch;

Dororo



This movie kicks so much ass, seriously, and not just because it has the coolest movie title ever. Its a japanese movie about a girl (Kou Shibasaki), who was raised as a boy, that joins the side of a samurai (played by Satoshi Tsumbuki) that is on a journey to restore his body from demons. Infact, he has to kill 49 of them. The action is really cool, with lots of cheesy CGI, ontop of a great story and great acting, I highly recomend this movie.

IMDB Link







Kame wa igai to hayaku oyogu (or Turtles Swim Faster Than Expected)





This is my favorite Japanese movie. Katakura Suzume (Ueno Juri) is a really bored housewife. Her most important job is to feed her husband's turtle. Desperate for something else, she answers a secret ad that she accidently finds for a secret spy agency. Suddenly, she's working for one of the weirdest couples you've ever seen. Come to find out, she's not the only spy in the neighborhood. The mission they giver her; act normal and do not act suspicious.


IMDB Link











Sakuran


Did you like Memoirs of a Geisha? Well its not about a geisha, but an Oiran (where geisha is an entertainer, Oiran is a prostitute.). Its about a girl named Kiyoha (Anna Tsuchiya) who was sold to an Oiran house at a young age. When she was a teenager (about 17), she starts to become popular, and eventually becomes more popular then the Oiran. This movie is really different, in the sense that it touches on some older japanese politics that are kind of taboo. The music is really well done, lots of pop music from singers like Shiina Ringo. This is one of the best Japanese movies of 2007. Highly recomended.


IMDB Link



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Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Subject:男兒本色 Invisible Target (2007) [New movie by Nicholas Tse 謝霆鋒]
Posted by:koalathebear.
Time:11:11 pm.
I just watched the movie and did a small pic spam over here in case anyone else is interested.
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Sunday, July 1st, 2007

Subject:R.I.P., Edward Yang
Posted by:woquinoncoin.
Time:1:45 pm.
Taiwanese director Edward Yang dies at 59

I thought Yi Yi (2000) was so amazing when I first saw it, I took it home to my parents and watched all 173 minutes of it again the very next day. Sadly, I've had difficulty locating most of his other films. I heard there were copyright issues with most of them, except for The Terrorizers (1986), which I do have a copy of and which Frederic Jameson praised in print. Even from his brief segment in In Our Time (1982), it was evident that his talent, style, and the very register of his film language were unique. He will be missed.

(crossposted --> asian_movies and chinesemovies)
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Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Subject:DVDs for Sale
Posted by:djdysfunction.
Time:4:43 pm.
DVDs for SaleCollapse )
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Monday, June 11th, 2007

Subject:Two Kim Ki-duk movies
Posted by:aegion.
Time:10:45 pm.
Over the past few days I saw Hwal and Address Unknown both directed by Kim Ki-duk. Here are my thoughts:

Hwal: This is the movie about an old fisherman who lives on a boat. He adopted an orphan girl at a young age and keeps her on the boat, planning to marry her when she turns 17. The entire movie had the feel of a fable. It was a good movie but not great. A large part of the movie is the old man creeping angrily around the boat holding a bow and arrow.

Even though it was ok, Hwal is the worst movie I've seen so far by Kim Ki-duk. It didn't quite live up to my high expectations of him.

Address Unknown: While Hwal was the worst movie I've seen by Kim Ki-duk, Address Unknown was the best. This entire movie is fascinating. Despite it being over 2 hours long, I stayed very entertained and interested the entire time. This is the best movie I've seen all year. I really cared a lot about the characters and the story was good.

It's about a teenager named Ji-Hum growing up in a small South Korean town near a U.S. army base. There's a lot of interesting plots and things that happen, it's like a collection of stories all intertwined into one. It's very realistic too because it's based on things that actually happened from Kim Ki-duk's childhood.
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Thursday, June 7th, 2007

Posted by:aegion.
Time:1:28 am.
I just got through watching Blue Spring by director Toshiaki Toyoda. I had seen 9 Souls and really liked that so I got this based on people saying it was even better than 9 Souls.

Blue Spring was a good movie in that I didn't get bored watching it like I do with a lot of movies, but I don't think it quite lives up to all the praise it's gotten. It has some major flaws. One of them is it focuses so hard on being artistic and stylish that it becomes unrealistic. Take the scene from the cover where Kujo and Aoki fight in the hallway. They grab each others hair with one hand and very slowly take turns punching each other. ?! Who fights like that.

It's a pretty movie to watch because it's so stylish but it also lacks a certian depth that would have been there had it been more realistic. Also the characters were less developed than the characters in 9 Souls. In 9 Souls I actually cared a little bit about the people. Blue Spring isn't so bad that they were like cardboard characters but they didn't seem completely fleshed out either.

So overall, it is a good movie, definitely above average and worth watching but just not as good as all the reviews say.
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Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Subject:Jackie and Jet Li Will Begin Filming of The Forbidden Kingdom in May
Posted by:community_yria.
Time:10:46 am.
Jackie and Jet Li Will Begin Filming of The Forbidden Kingdom in May

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Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Subject:DVDs for Sale on Ebay
Posted by:djdysfunction.
Time:9:23 am.
- A TALE OF TWO SISTERS - 2 DISC Special Edition (New, Unopened)

- VITAL - Tartan Asia Extreme DVD

- TOMIE DVD

- 6 DVD Lot - Rush Hour (Factory Sealed), The Great Escape, Waking Ned Devine, Bedazzled, Living with Tigers, Talk Radio,
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Monday, January 22nd, 2007

Subject:Movie thoughts and pic spams: The Painted Veil 《面纱》 (2006)
Posted by:koalathebear.
Time:1:52 am.
I wasn't originally going to post links but since I've discovered that this is a joint production, I think it also counts as a Chinese movie.

My thoughts on the movie were here. First section has no spoilers, the spoiler section is at the end of the post and clearly marked.

I bought the dvd and so made some pic spams:

Landscape shots only (no spoilers)
Spoilery pic spam
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Sunday, January 14th, 2007

Subject:Movie: Confession of Pain 傷城 (2006) pic spam (Takeshi Kaneshiro-centric)
Posted by:koalathebear.
Time:12:33 am.
Thoughts on the movie plus screen caps from the movie are here. The comments and caps are non-spoilery. The caps are all from the official PRC dvd. 99% of the images are of Takeshi Kaneshiro so if you don't like him, I wouldn't click on the link :)
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Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Posted by:gaburieru_.
Time:1:01 am.
What are some classic Japanese horror films? I'm talking about ones like Onibaba, Ugetsu and Kwaidan. I do prefer the pre-modern setting for stories like these, but I'm open to ones in contemporary settings, too.

I do enjoy newer ones as well, but they're just not as purdy. Or good, usually.
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Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

Subject:DVDs for Sale on Ebay
Posted by:djdysfunction.
Time:12:40 pm.
RASHOMON CRITERION DVD
THE THIRD MAN CRITERION DVD
THE PRINCESS BLADE DVD
UBREAKABLE 2-DISC DVD
JAWS OF THE PACIFIC - DISCOVERY CHANNEL SPECIAL DVD

All DVDs are opened, but have only been watched once, and are in like new condition
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Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Posted by:ptpreservatives.
Time:3:23 pm.
Out of curiosity, has anyone seen any of these, and does anyone have any recommendations among them?
b420
Sad Movie
Cocktail
April Snow
Operetta Tanuki Goten
Golden Chicken 2
Everlasting Regret
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Monday, September 11th, 2006

Subject:Kill Zone aka SPL
Posted by:crystalplumage.
Time:12:57 pm.
Mood:awake.
OK,This flick was very cool ,but left me with an odd feeling .

It stars Sammo Hung ,Donnie Yen and Simon Yam .
Directed by Wilson Yip .
2005

SPL ,the original title, stands for the 3 stars in Chinese Astrology, that determine an ill fate ; Chan,Po and Ma .
Nasty stars they are .
And this is the first time i have ever seen Samma play a bad guy .
And he is VERY creepy as one .It would do Jackie Chan well to give up that whole hero thing ,and give his career a boost by changing up the characters he plays .Sammo as a NASTY triad lord was amazing to see . The suits,the goatee ,the nifty shock hair do .
I loved it .

Then,the fight sequences were choreographed by ,no ,not Sammo,but Donnie .And what was outstanding about them was, that they were real ,and not all staged and rehearsed .
You could tell just from how it was all going down .Especially the scene in the alley way with the character i will lovingly coin "The Skunk" .
They were REALLY fighting in this scene ,no joke .And Donnie scenes with Sammo were excellent .
The fight scenes were kept to a minimum as well,which made them all the more cool where there was one .

Its a very depressing film ,slightly grey around the edges ,with the back drop being the fatal flaw humans have thinking they can out run their destiny .
And the editing was very weird ,with huge holes in the plot here and there .
But some of the visuals ...how it was presented (like the scene with the potential golf club fight) were quite memorable.
All in all i liked it but....the end left me with an empty feeling despite "the good guys winning".
So the moral of it all was "winning is cool,but at what cost ?"
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Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

Subject:A bunch of cool Jackie Chan Videos at Youtube~
Posted by:heidy.
Time:12:48 pm.
Jackie Chan Karaoke's
 
 
Jackie Chan Drunken Master Music Video
 
 
 
 
 
Jackie Chan un HKTA Commercial-Welcome to Hong Kong
 
 
 
Jackie Chan Interview about The Myth and Bollywood
 
 
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