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The Four

The Four

| April 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Gordon Chan’s The Four, based off a Wu Xia novel by Wen Ruian, is a convoluted mess of a film, that still manages to entertain through its action and flair. The film focuses on the Divine Constabulary, a department commissioned by the Emperor himself, to handle secret missions and operate in the shadows. Zhuge Zhengwo […]

Woochi the Demon Slayer

Woochi the Demon Slayer

| April 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

I was amazed by the sheer epic scope of Korean writer-director Dong-Hoon Choi’s 2006 feature, Tazza: The High Rollers, when I covered its DVD release in September of last year. More recently, upon the Blu-ray release of his 2012 picture, The Thieves, I declared that the film “may just be perfect,” going to quite some […]

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The Great Magician

The Great Magician

| March 19, 2013 | 1 Comments

Full of whimsical performances by its fantastic cast, Derek Yee’s The Great Magician is an enjoyable romp of a film. Based off of the novel written by Zhang Haifan, The Great Magician is set in the early 1920′s in Beijing, where Zhang Xian (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai) has returned from studying magic abroad. To his dismay, […]

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The Suicide Forecast

The Suicide Forecast

| March 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Starring one of my favorite Korean stars, Ryoo Seung-Bum, The Suicide Forecast manages to be an endearing dramedy that shines through its character development and premise. Ryoo stars as Byeong-wu, a former professional baseball player, that retired early and went on to become an insurance salesman. After one of his top clients commits suicide, an […]

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Punch (Wan-deuk Yi)

Punch (Wan-deuk Yi)

| March 4, 2013 | 1 Comments

With a wonderful mixture of both comedy and tenderness, Lee Han’s Punch (Wan-deuk Yi) is a splendid slice of life film. Wan-deuk (Yoo Ah-in) has just moved to Seoul, with his hunchback father (Park Su-Young) and his Uncle Min-Goo (Kim Yeong-Jae). Wan-deuk has a history of being a rebellious teen, but meets his match, with […]

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11 Flowers

11 Flowers

| February 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Coming of age stories are nothing new, but coming of age near the end of the Chinese Cultural Revolution in 1978 makes for a great story. 11 Flowers is a story about 11-year-old Wang Han, who lived in Southeast Asia with his father, mother, and sister during the revolution. It was no doubt a memorable […]

A Simple Life

A Simple Life

| February 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Hong Kong veteran director Ann Hui brings together two of its major stars, Deanie Ip and Andy Lau, for a very warm-hearted drama that is sure to please everyone. On February 26, 2013, Well Go USA will release A Simple Life on DVD and Blu-Ray. Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs, House Of Flying Daggers, numerous others) […]

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The Thieves

The Thieves

| February 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Last September, I had the pleasure of screening Korean writer/director Dong-Hoon Choi’s 2006 feature, Tazza: The High Rollers when it arrived on North American DVD. And it knocked my friggin’ socks off! It was easily the most sprawling epic of a gambling picture I had ever seen, and so tightly structured and paced that I […]

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Bleak Night (Pasuggun)

Bleak Night (Pasuggun)

| February 5, 2013 | 1 Comments

Yoon Sung-Hyun’s Bleak Night (Pasuggun) is an incredible feature film debut and an intimate portrait of high school life. A father (Jo Sung-Ha) is overwhelmed with grief, after his son has recently committed suicide. As he’s looking through all of his things, he comes across a picture of his son, with two of his friends […]

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Boogiepop and Others

Boogiepop and Others

| January 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

As much as I love the Boogiepop Phantom TV series, I can honestly say that its narrative can feel a bit impenetrable. The live action film version, Boogiepop and Others, which is based off of the first light novel, makes for a much smoother transition and an easier effort, that could help people get into […]

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