Wednesday, 31 January 2007

What happened in that one again?

I've realised that I can't remember exactly what happens in all of those films so my reviews won't be totally up to scratch. But seeing as my 3G iPod bit the dust and I've replaced it with a shiny shiny 5G video one I thought I'd kill 60GB with one stone and rip a bunch of DVDs to it in order that I can refresh my memory whist freezing my cahones off waiting for the bus each morning.

Currently encoding: oldboy, howls moving castle....

Tuesday, 30 January 2007

Battle Royale

Battle Royale Once a year a class of badly behaved kids are chosen, told they're going on an away day, only to be drugged and taken to an island, given weapons (ranging from guns to frying pans) and only one will make it out alive. Brilliant. Totally Brilliant. Everyone who has ever worked in a school should be sat down and made to watch it. Quite gory in places, shows how evil kids are can be.

*********' 9/10

"If I survive, can I go home?

Yes, but only if everyone else is dead."

Mr. Chan-Wook

First off, if you're going to get into Korean Cinema you need to be aware of one Park Chan-Wook (or Chan-Wook Park, I'm not quite sure which way round that should be).

Probably most famous for his vengeance trilogy:
Sympathy for Mr Vengeance
Lady Vengeance

In an interview I saw with him he admitted that he never intended to make a trilogy, but during and interview with the Korean press during the release of Oldboy, somebody asked what his preoccupation with vengeance was about, he replied I'm just making the three vengeance films then leaving the subject alone. At that point he realised he'd only made two, so the third was made to save face.


OK to start I'm just going to list the films I have (most are Tartan Video).

Sympathy for Mr Vengeance
Lady Vengeance
A Tale of Two Sisters
Twilight Samurai
Shaolin Soccer
Kung Fu Hustle
Infernal Affairs
A Bitter Sweet Life
Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
Ninja Scrolls
Battle Royale
Seven Samurai
Howls Moving Castle
Spirited Away
Shogun Assassin
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
House of Flying Daggers

More to be added as and when I get them (and I will :D )

Here we go

This will be a nice collection of reviews of various Asian films (or films with an oriental slant) I've got or seen, so my mate Dan can choose a film to watch next.

When I get my arse in gear