Korean writer/director Ki-duk Kim has achieved an extraordinary feat with Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter… and Spring – a young Westerner found beauty and magic in a Korean Buddhist temple. Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter… and Spring is divided into the five Continue reading Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter… and Spring
Monsieur Batignole is an interesting film – it tries something different for a WWII piece – making it a refreshing change. Maybe it’s just me, but a lot of WWII films seem similar in nature, but this one struck me Continue reading Monsieur Batignole
I also felt that he spoke a bit too familiarly of Tintin’s creator, as if he’d known him all his life, rather than simply being in discussion with the man for several days.
Rating: Hoopla Factor: Continue reading Tintin and I
Zatôichi is apparently based on a well-known Japanese folk story, of the blind samurai. It confused me greatly. Maybe I don’t relate to Japanese cinema? Or I don’t have the cultural understanding to appreciate the humour and references in this Continue reading Zatôichi
Seriously. All is going along fine in a reasonably incoherent manner, when suddenly we are subjected to the image of a donkey that’s not just looking at the main characters, but looking at them suspiciously. I know it’s a suspicious look because the music cue at that moment seems to suggest this.
Rating: Hoopla Factor: Continue reading Darkness Bride
This film was directed by the great Mathieu Kassovitz, who was responsible for the awesome La Haine (which at one stage featured in my personal top ten films of all time). How far he seems to have fallen! It’s weird, Continue reading The Crimson Rivers
I could have quite happily cut the first half hour and the last fifteen minutes from The Spanish Apartment. I found the beginning very sluggish and at the same time disorienting; and as a consequence I had prepared myself for Continue reading The Spanish Apartment
This film rocks. It’s Lord Of The Flies meets Series 7 meets ‘Survivor meets The Running Man. The explosion of reality television over the last decade or so has, not surprisingly, been reflected on the big screen. Most recently I Continue reading Battle Royale
There’s been a recent surge in the availability of Asian cinema in our local video stores here in Melbourne. As a consequence I’ve been lapping up many of the (mostly Japanese) films on offer. Volcano High hails from South Korea Continue reading Volcano High
After the disappointment of Volcano High I was thrilled with The Princess Blade, one of the many new DVDs appearing in my video store in the ‘Eastern Eye’ collection. This film is just about as close to live action Anime as Continue reading The Princess Blade