Loading....
Recent Article links:

Archive for August, 2007

Impak Maksima (MALAYSIA 2007)

 

Director : Ahmad Idham
Cast : Awal Ashaari, Eizlan Yusof, Zul Huzaimy, Cat Farish, Opie Zami, Dynas Mokhtar 

Synopsis
The story follows Ayie, a college student who likes to race illegally at night. Loyai, his college friend, and Amran, his mechanic are always by Ayie’s side in all the races. Meanwhile, Ayie lives with his brother, Johari after their parents passed away. As a former professional Rally racer, Johari strives to prevent Ayie from following his footsteps by providing him a sound education.

Continue reading

One Missed Call (JAPAN 2003)

Director : Takashi Miike
Cast : Kou Shibakashi, Shin’ichi Tsutumi, Kazue Fukiishi, Renji Ishibashi, Goro Kishitani and Anna Nagata.

Synopsis
People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their
own violent deaths.

Review
by Edward Tang

I hate horror films (I just wanted to get that off my chest). Now, I was surprised that I was at least entertained by this film, which is more or less a ripoff of Ringu. But was that the point? I’ve read recently that Takashi Miike did this fact on purpose, he did it for the fact that every new horror artist makes something that basically rips off Ringu in some fashion. So why not? Takashi Miike, still the king of obscure and utterly hilarious flicks should purposely make a ripoff of this certain type of flick that has been literally beat into the ground.

Continue reading

Oldboy (KOREA 2003)

Director : Park Chanwook
Cast :  Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-heong Kang, Dae-han Ji, Dal-su Oh, Byeong-ok Kim and Seung-Shin Lee.

Synopsis
Oh Dae-su is an ordinary Seoul businessman with a wife and little daughter. After a drunken night on the town, he is abducted and locked up in a strange, private “prison.” No one will tell him why he’s there and who his jailer is and his fury builds to single-minded focus of revenge. 15 years later, he is unexpectedly freed, given a new suit, a cell phone and 5 days to unravel the mystery and discover the identity of the enemy who had him imprisoned.

Review
by Edward Tang

Basically seeing this film for the first time is probably one of the better experiences you can have watching cinema. I didn’t think that film could live up to expectations. Frankly, I was surprised that this film was over two years old when I first saw it because it felt so very new to me when I was given the opportunity to view probably one of the true masterpieces of modern cinema. The film has basically everything going for it, whether it’s a complete story that moves you along and never stops until the credits role, or the fact that the actors truly capture their roles, or just because you can still have fun with this film. “Old Boy” is the second Vengeance film in the Park Chanwook trilogy, the first being Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and the final being Sympathy for Lady Vengeance which was just released this year. Old Boy fits into that classic middle chapter that might just make it the most disturbing of all films. During this film we are given some horrific details on why this all went about, which still has me thinking up these entire theories on how Dae-su will live with himself. The only part that makes me scratch my head is the final scenes, a little bit stupid for my taste, but it doesn’t take away from the movie.

Continue reading

Musa : The Warrior (KOREA 2001)

Director : Kim Sung-su
Cast : Ahn Sung-Ki, Jung Woo-sung, Joo Jin-mo, Zhang Ziyi and Yu Rong-guang

Synopsis
In the late fourteenth century a Korean diplomatic envoy is sent to make peace with the new Ming government but its members are accused of spying and are ultimately exiled to a remote desert in the west. Upon escaping from their captures and heading home for Korea, they come across Yuan soldiers who have kidnapped a Ming princess, Princess Fu-Rong (Zhang Ziyi), and decide to rescue her in order to secure safe passage home by the Ming court.

Review
by Vincent Yeoh

Directed by Kim Sung-su who has already established his finely polished, Hong Kong inspired action in contemporary films like Beat (1997) and City of the Rising Sun (1998). In Musa he’s taken a large scale period drama epic and given it a dose of dramatic realism, which lacks nothing as a historical epic and yet has better action sequences then some Hollywood productions of a similar scale without having to resort to the use of CGI characters. Musa is a record breaker, having taken five years to make and being the most expensive move in Korean history with a budget of 8 million Korean dollars. This movie runs at almost 3 hours long and is long to sit through.

Continue reading

Memories of Murder (KOREA 2003)

Director : Joon-ho Bong
Cast :  Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song, Hie-bong Byeon, Seo-hie Ko and No-shik Park.

Synopsis :
South Korea in 1986 under the military dictatorship: Two rural cops and a special detective from the capital investigate a series of brutal rape murder. Their rude measures become more desperate with each new corpse found. Based on a true case.

Review
by Edward Tang

Memories of Murder is very much different from this round of things, the killer is never seen and although he is a psycho, his killings are not only disgusting, but neat. There truly isn’t a corpse that is seen all sliced up and shit to gain shock value, they actually focus on the storytelling element. Even though there isn’t an “ending” to this noise, the “whodunit” factor always comes into play. Beautifully shot, from long fields to dark nights filled with blood and rain. A superb cast that includes some great performances, mostly from the likes of Kang-ho Song (JSA).

Continue reading