Tag: reviews

Oppai Volleyball (Japan, 2009)

The lustful desires of adolescent boys are a comic trope that is susceptible to the law of diminishing returns. What may start out as clever...

Oishii Man (South Korea, 2008)

As such recent misfires as Kwak Jae-yong’s Cyborg She (2008), Yu Lik-wai’s Plastic City (2008) and Sngmoo Lee’s The Warrior’s Way (2010) have demonstrated, international...

Last Life in the Universe (Thailand, 2003)

In the intellectually weighty 1998 tome Death and Metaphysics – Heidegger on Nothingness and the Meaning of Being, Death and Philosophy, Peter Kraus argues that,...

Score (Japan, 1995)

In 1994, the documentary filmmaker Mike White delivered a minor blow to Quentin Tarantino’s prematurely over-sized ego when he hit the festival circuit with Who...

Gate Of Flesh (Japan, 1964)

Seijun Suzuki’s military career in the Imperial Japanese Army was nothing less than comically horrific.  Conscripted in 1943 and sent to East Abiko, Chiba for...

The Host (South Korea, 2006)

At the time of production, The Host was the most expensive film in the history of the South Korean film industry with an estimated budget...

Confession of Pain (Hong Kong, 2006)

‘Why are you going off at a tangent?’ asks fresh-faced police detective Bong (Takeshi Kaneshiro) of his veteran partner Hei (Tony Leung) over a glass...

The Story Of Qiu Ju (China, 1992)

Before the epics, before the over-blown spectacles, and long before the ostentatious pageantry, Zhang Yimou was one of China’s great neorealist directors.  His films gave...

I Saw the Devil (South Korea, 2010)

Although the New Korean Cinema dream team of director Kim Ji-woon and leading man Lee Byung-hun has already explored the theme of revenge with their...