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What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Posted: 14 Mar 2008, 13:34
by tom2681
This thread is for asian cinema only.
For western cinema, please use the following thread: ... php?t=4449

Note: the old "What have you seen" thread is still around: ... ic.php?t=6

Posted: 14 Mar 2008, 14:09
by thelostdragon
About "Memories of Matsuko":
HungFist wrote:I've been tempted to check out if the film really is as terrible as it looks like, but so far no progress.
I had it laying around here for a very long time, because I got it after I read all those good reviews online and on IMDB. When it arrived the anticipation for it had gone and so it lay around gathering dust. I should have watched the film way earlier though. I love it now.

Posted: 14 Mar 2008, 19:23
by dragonhero005

Quite trying to be complex for a Benny Chan project. Has a lot of good moments, as well as some bad ones. The finale seemed a bit forced to me (all important characters appearing at once - to answer all questions...)

Anyway. Better than I had expected it would be. Better than this year's Invisible Target without a doubt.


Posted: 14 Mar 2008, 22:06
by bradavon
About "Memories of Matsuko":

Thanks Hung and Shing I'll pick up the HK DVD.

Posted: 14 Mar 2008, 22:08
by Lourdes
The Darjeeling Limited - 2/5
I can't stand Wes Anderson; he's a horrible little smug hipster that makes horrible little s,ug hipster films that are all the same. I like a couple for their novelty, this was not one of these. It went from slightly novel to painful.

The 39 Steps - 4/5
A nice little thriller which is excellent in the moment if a little lacking in terms of overall plot.

Vexille - 1/5
Refer to my Appleseed Ex Machina review. I haven't actually seen this but the same stuff applies, I guarantee it.

Lola rennt - 3/5
It was nice to see this on BD but some of the cool has worn off and this is a film that really does depend upon its cool. I'd still recommend it to people who haven't seen it but I don't see myself revisiting it again personally, although I still love Miss Potente and her lovely red hair.

Posted: 14 Mar 2008, 22:19
by bradavon
Why are you posting Western films in the Asian thread?

Posted: 14 Mar 2008, 22:22
by Lourdes
bradavon wrote:Why are you posting Western films in the Asian thread?
Tossed a coin as the old topic seems to be locked.

Posted: 14 Mar 2008, 22:27
by bradavon
Lourdes: It's been agreed to have separate threads so please go along with the community and just do it. Everyone else will just do it, without being childish and stubborn about it.

If you insist in posting in one thread at least do it in the General one.

Posted: 14 Mar 2008, 23:21
by gasteropod
I really liked The Darjeeling Limited, although not as much as his last three films. To be fair, they are usually growers though. I'll definitely be purchasing it when it comes out on Blu-ray.

Posted: 14 Mar 2008, 23:36
by Lourdes
Shogun - 4/5
Having read the book since my first viewing the amount that has been cut from the TV script really surprised me and it now seems far too short and with big jumps. Still bloody brilliant of course, highly recommended but I would read the book also as it really expands on the whole thing.

Stand By Me - 3/5
Above average but didn't really stand out IMO, there are so many other films like this that use the same formula.

The Man Who Would Be King - 4/5
Good old epic that doesn't get as much recognition as it deserves.

Posted: 14 Mar 2008, 23:38
by Lourdes
gasteropod wrote:I really liked The Darjeeling Limited, although not as much as his last three films. To be fair, they are usually growers though. I'll definitely be purchasing it when it comes out on Blu-ray.
Eh, I tend to find I like his films less over time. :oops:
He's a one-trick pony as far as I'm concerned, it can be fun but with my objective hat on I find I'm not that impressed and I think this latest effort dragged that out too much.

But I'm still looking forward to Fantastic Mr. Fox!

Posted: 15 Mar 2008, 00:45
by Markgway
When did we agree to have seperate threads?

Just wondering...

Posted: 15 Mar 2008, 01:18
by bradavon
No offence but you really need to start using the "View posts since last visit" feature. It's been discussed here: ... php?t=4438

Lost Dragon suggested it a few days ago.

Posted: 15 Mar 2008, 13:12
by Markgway
LOL. I never noticed that function before. :D

Posted: 15 Mar 2008, 22:21
by bradavon
Really? I told you about it the other day, remember? Seriously though, it is handy.

Posted: 16 Mar 2008, 13:36
by HungFist
Saigo no tokkotai (The Last Kamikaze) (Japan, 1970) – 4,5/5
Toei Studios’s b/w war film about the Japanese kamikaze pilots in WWII is perhaps the most touching movie I have ever seen. There’s a bit of sentimentialism, but director Junya Sato handles the tragic subject masterfully. The cast is filled with major stars such as Ken Takakura, Bunta Sugawara, Tatsuo Umemiya, Asao Koike and Junko Fuji but they all play their roles extremely well. Especially the lead actor Koji Tsuruta is amazing. Tomisaburo Wakayama and his humoristic character are the only ones that feel slightly out of place. His appearence takes place mostly during the film’s middle third, which is the weakest and least engaging part of the movie. However, the film being this heavy themed it may actually work to the benefit of the film in the end. The last third is even more gripping than the first. Simply one of the best war movies ever made.

Posted: 16 Mar 2008, 23:29
by Lourdes
Casino Royale (2006) - 4/5
I really enjoyed my second viewing of this, Craig will be a rather good Bond if the dialogue becomes natural. I really didn't like the fights which were like brawls between small children with annoying camerawork, and the romance was such an awful contrivance but on the whole a rather good film that has me looking forward to the next installment.

The Shawshank Redemption - 5/5
Brooks letter alone makes it worth watching, such a good film.

Posted: 17 Mar 2008, 09:51
by HungFist
Retreat Through the Wet Wasteland (Japan, 1973) – 4/5
This problematic production turned into one of Nikkatsu’s best roman porno movies ever. And, ironically, it’s not really roman porno at all. Scripted by Yukihiro Sawada (The Man Who Stole The Sun) Retreat Through the Wet Wasteland is an uncompromising and extremely nihilistic crime thriller about two beats-like cops hunting their former colleague who could bring their crimes into daylight. The studio was so afraid the film would cause public scandal that they first tried to stop the production, and then demanded adding the word ”Wet” (nureta) to the title as a disguise procedure. In the end the producers’ fears did not come true, instead the film was recognized by the critics as the birth of japanese noirish anti-hero, and rightfully so.
(full review in the works)

Posted: 17 Mar 2008, 10:11
by grim_tales
Seems a rather negative review for 4/5 Lourdes :)
Craig made a great Bond IMO.

Posted: 17 Mar 2008, 13:14
by IronMonkey
What's Casino Royale doing in the Asian film thread?

Posted: 17 Mar 2008, 13:19
by EvaUnit02
IronMonkey wrote:What's Casino Royale doing in the Asian film thread?
Lourdes protesting against a pointless (in his opinion) moderating decision (of dividing the Review thread into categories).

Posted: 17 Mar 2008, 15:32
by tom2681
He'll get over it.

Posted: 17 Mar 2008, 15:48
by Lourdes
grim_tales wrote:Seems a rather negative review for 4/5 Lourdes :)
Craig made a great Bond IMO.
Quicker just to cover what I didn't like.
IronMonkey wrote:What's Casino Royale doing in the Asian film thread?
Daniel Craig is 1/3 Filip and there's no Pacific Island DVD review thread.

Posted: 17 Mar 2008, 20:35
by saltysam
Dragon Tiger Gate blu-ray 2.5/5

Not a great movie by any stretch of the imagination but entertaining enough.i liked it better 2nd time round.ok action but a nothing story. as with Flash Point Deltamac deliver an excellent transfer onto blu-ray.

Posted: 18 Mar 2008, 16:58
by Lourdes
Catch-22 - 1/5
The book is a lunatic black comedy which just doesn't work on film at all, nobody can act Catch-22 kind of crazy.