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Alive (JAPAN 2002)

Director : Ryuhei Kitamura
Cast :  Hideo Sakaki, Ryo, Koyuki, Shun Sugata, Erika Oda, Tak Sakaguchi and Jun Kunimura

Synopsis
Tenshu is imprisoned and sentenced to death for murdering the men who raped his girlfriend. However, he manages to survive his execution and is presented with an option: face another execution attempt or subject himself to their bizarre and dangerous experiments. He choses the latter and is put in a cell with a rapist and a woman who’s infected with a taint that transports from person to person during extreme anger. The taint is transferred to Tenshu and he must now deal with the military who has interrupted the experiment to obtain it.

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A Tales of Two Sisters (KOREA 2003)



Director :
Kim Jee-Woon
Cast : Kim Kab-Su, Yeom Jung-Ah, Im Soo-Jung, Moon Geun-Young

Synopsis
The two sisters Su-Mi and Su-Yeon arrive home after a time away for treatment of an illness. The two girls appear to be happy as they explore their house and garden, and it is clear that the two girls are very close. At the arrival of their stepmother it becomes clear that the family has some problems – the girls do not like her and their father seems to ignore the problem. The grand old house in which the family live seems to be very comfortable. But then strange things start to happen to this small family, which may or may not be of their own making.

Review
by Martin Cleary

Firstly, let me start off by saying that I had no idea what to expect from this film as I had no idea what it was about. I’d heard a few people mention it, but decided not to read any reviews as it’s sometimes better to see a film without knowing anything about it. Also, the films poster had me hooked anyway, with its macabre ‘family portrait’ image. A Tale Of Two Sisters was, for me a pleasant surprise – if you can say that about a horror film. If you like slow paced character horror, then don’t both reading this review – just go see it – as the less you know, the better it is. As I’ve just mentioned, the film is paced very slowly.

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A Better Tomorrow II (HK 1987)

Director : John Woo

Cast : Chow Yun-Fat, Ti Lung, Dean Shek, Leslie Cheung, Emily Chu, San Kwan, Kenneth Tsang and Fui-On Shing.

Synopsis
In this sequel, Ho (Ti Lung) initially refuses to go undercover to bust the gang he used to work for in exchange for his release from prison. He only accepts after his little brother, the policeman Kit (Leslie Cheung) accepts the assignment. Meanwhile in New York, Ken Gor (Chow Yun-Fat), the twin brother of Mark Gor from the 1st movie, shelters the boss of the gang, who has had to flee after it is taken over by a more aggressive leadership.

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The Blacksheep Affair (HK 1998)

Director : Allun Lam
Cast : Man Cheuk Chiu (Vincent Zhao), Qi Shu, Ken Wong, Hoi Lin, Xin Xin Xiong, Andrew Lin and Jude Poyer.

Synopsis
A patriotic Chinese cop is reposted to fictional East European country Lavernia as punishment for ignoring orders during a plane hijack operation

Review
by Edward Tang

I know that action films are not suppose to be well told stories with intriguing characters. I know that the story can be summarized on a poster, and that will satisfy most fans like me. In Blacksheep Affair, you more or less don’t have a clue what is happening on the screen, with some weird ass plot about some made up place, and a Messiah. Yes throughout this film, we learn of a disgraced dude named Dong, who goes to Lavernia and joins up with the Chinese embassy.

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Fulltime Killer (HK 2001)

Director : Johnny To/Ka-Fai Wai
Cast : Starring Andy Lau, Takashi Sorimachi, Simon Yam, Kelly Lin and Cherrie Ying.

Review
by Edward Tang

“Fulltime Killer” isn’t the best film about assassins but it goes up there as one of the most entertaining. Andy Lau is probably the shining star of this film, as he is in most films. Other than the fun action scenes, you also get some comedy for instance. The film isn’t a typical action film and has it some pointless and comical moments that are great especially for me. I liked this film a lot, because I had a great time watching it. It basically has the appeal of a video game, fun and interesting but some of the levels can get tedious.

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