March 4, 2011

The Clone Returns Home (Kanji Nakajima, 2008)

WHAT IT IS: After his accidental death during a mission in outer space, Kohei Takahara, an astronaut, is cloned in order to continue the mission. But the clone, fixating on a traumatic childhood memory of the original Kohei, goes AWOL and attempts to return to “his” childhood home. HOW IT IS: Although the premise seemed conducive to the movie becoming […]
March 3, 2011

Instant Swamp (Satoshi Miki, 2009)

WHAT IT IS: After her mother’s suicide attempt, Haname, a young woman in crisis, finds a letter addressed to her long-lost biological father and decides she wants to meet him. HOW IT IS: After the surreal Adrift in Tokyo (2007) Miki disappoints with this unfocused fable exploring the great divide between magical thought and rational thought, as observed through Haname’s […]
March 3, 2011

Legendary Assassin (Chung Chi Li and Jacky Wu, 2008)

WHAT IT IS: Following the murder of an important triad boss, the assassin is trapped on the small island where the deed occurred due to weather conditions. Using his dazzling martial arts and impeccable professional skills, he must evade capture by the local triad out to avenge their leader and escape police capture, all the while lugging around his victim’s […]
March 3, 2011

Terminator: Salvation (McG, 2009)

WHAT IT IS: In a very imminent future, John Connor is the leader of a branch of the human resistance against Skynet, an artificial intelligence bent on wiping out humanity from existence. HOW IT IS: Early on — as soon as exposition starts in fact, Terminator Salvation starts to fail in its attempt to create a new starting point for […]