Tag: reviews

Desperado Outpost (Japan, 1959)

Kihachi Okamoto (1924-2005) was a Japanese filmmaker who spent an entire career demolishing the widely accepted viewpoint that there was any honor in violence. Although...

So Close to Paradise (China, 1998)

My current research project as Lecturer in Film Studies at Nanjing University is a study of the cinema of Lou Ye, the Sixth Generation Chinese...

Outrage (Japan, 2010)

Calling your comeback yakuza film Outrage, made after a widely panned trilogy of “difficult” (read: terrible) comedies, is pretty ballsy. It’s like handing a pre-written...

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...