Tag: reviews

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...

Princess Raccoon (Japan, 2005)

Popular thought dictates that the films of Seijun Suzuki are difficult, obtuse, and illogical works that exist in a very aestheticized universe.  Watch a few...

Three Times (Taiwan, 2005)

The films of the Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien have dealt alternately with the tumultuous periods of Taiwan’s past and the pressing problems of its present,...

Take Aim at the Police Van (Japan, 1960)

Seijun Suzuki’s hard-boiled crime thriller Take Aim at the Police Van is so keen to deliver on the promise of its provocative title that the...

Tekkonkinkreet (Japan, 2006)

The first time I saw Tekkonkinkreet, it was the second film of a four part anime all-nighter at the London Sci-fi festival in the summer...

The Professional: Golgo 13 (Japan, 1983)

Director Osamu Dezaki’s action-packed anime The Professional: Golgo 13 concerns the dangerous career of Duke Togo – otherwise known as Golgo 13 – an exceptionally...