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Archive for August, 2007

Tokyo Zombie (JAPAN 2005)

Director : Sakichi Sato
Cast : Tadanobu Asano and Sho Aikawa

Review
by Edward Tang

Sakichi Sato is a f*cking maniac. He is the very same man who penned the ultra-bizarre (and excellent) Takashi Miike flicks Ichi the Killer and Gozu. Speaking of such movies, an actor from each of them decided to appear in this. The first one is the charismatic Sho Aikawa who was just so damn cool to look at in the Dead or Alive movies and overall is underrated when it comes to the acting circle. Then we’ve got probably one of the most well known Japanese actors out there in Tadanobu Asano who can be great without saying a single world. What a combination!

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Tube (KOREA 2003)

Director : Baek Woon-Hak
Cast : Seok-hun Kim, Sang-min Park, Du-na Bae and Oh-jung Kwon

Synopsis
When a former undercover agent takes a crowded subway hostage, one detective must risk it all by facing the terrorist in a deadly showdown.

Review
by Edward Tang

When you see a film that is compared to others in this fashion “In the same game as Speed and Under Siege, comes this rip roaring action packed film straight for South Korea!”, just avoid it like the f*ckin’ plague. They tried to hard with that line, but I’m still a sap, and knowing that Korea has produced some good action films (Namely Shiri), this one was a no-brainer considering the low price tag. Through the notion that some films can be crap but still be “entertaining” can be used in many categories, I”m afraid “Tube” falls a little bit short. I don’t know what this film tried to accomplish, because it wasn’t a fast-paced film. There were many parts that were trying to build this dramatic side to the characters, which just didn’t do anything for the time at hand. Sure it’s like Speed and Under Siege, it successfully takes their plot and characters and makes them even worse! Alas, the action sequences weren’t that good at all, there were two in general that involved big bitch machine guns and thousands of slugs being sprayed all over the place, but they looked sloppy and belong in the “visited territory” box.

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The Heroic Trio (HK 1993)

Director : Johnnie To
Action Director : Ching Siu Tung
Cast :  Anita Mui, Maggie Cheung, Michelle Yeoh, Anthony Wong, Damian Lau, James Pax, Paul Chun Pui, Yen Shi-Kwan

Synopsis
The Trio join forces against an ancient Ming Dynasty eunuch who is trying to resurrect China’s imperialist past by collecting male babies and storing them up to form a new nation.

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Traces Of A Dragon (German Version)

DVD Information
Universum Film Release
Content : One disc
Format: Widescreen
Languages: Cantonese / Mandarin
Audio: stereo, 5.1
Subtitles: English, German
Region: 2 (PAL)

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The Eye 2 (HK 2004)

Director : Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang
Cast : Shu Qi, Eugenia Yuan, Jesdaporn Pholdee, Philip Kwok, May Phua, Rayson Tan, Alan Tern and San Yow

Synopsis
Pregnant Joey (Shu Qi) teeters on the brink of madness after several fruitless suicide attempts. She’s the unwilling recipient of an influx of shadowy images that haunt her pervasively.

Review
by Edward Tang

What can I say? This “sequel” is basically following the same path as the first one (see ghost) but really has nothing to do with it in any other regard. Me myself, I wasn’t really a fan of the first one, but respected what the Pang Brothers brought to the table. This film really doesn’t have anything special going for it, a few interesting images but not much else. The direction is top notch, but the story gets cluttered after you see the ghost image about 50 times and just get tired of it. Some aspects of the story do remain interesting however, we get an explanation of reincarnation with includes people’s ghost figures floating into vaginas and coming back as babies. But then the story seems to be another like Sixth Sense, as the events unfold as to why this ghost is actually following her, it just seems beat to death. Basically for the time being, the film lurked around, gave us a few interesting images and just ended with the sappy happy ending. I can’t say that I was bored, but this film just didn’t improve on the above-average original. 

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