November 26, 2010

Sell Out! (Joon Han Yeo, 2008)

The only showing of the Singapore film, Sell Out, is, oddly enough, sold out. It’s my first Singaporean film, a musical sporting a peculiar premise, so I’m excited about it. A young Singaporean engineer, working for a multinational conglomerate, designs a terrific new product (a tofu processor) but discovers that his invention (and any kind of innovation) isn’t welcomed at […]
November 26, 2010

Kuroneko (Kaneto Shindo, 1968)

One of the big draws in attending Fantasia for a cinephile is the emphasis on film history, especially when newly available restorations are shown. A few years ago, I had the pleasure of watching a newly restored 35mm print of the Shaw Bros. produced The Five Venoms (Chang Cheh, 1978), the best martial arts film I’ve ever seen. Kuroneko (Kaneto […]
November 26, 2010

Secret Reunion (Hun Jang, 2010)

Secret Reunion, my next movie, is one of the films I’m most looking forward to in this year’s festival. It’s director Jang Hun’s sophomore effort, after last year’s Rough Cut (2008), my favourite film of 2009, and comes with a tremendous buzz as a blockbuster king in South Korea and one of this year’s notable Korean films. Kang-ho Song, from […]
November 24, 2010

The Naked Kitchen (Ji-yeong Hong, 2009)

Next up for my Fantasia adventure this year is the romantic comedy The Naked Kitchen. This one was chosen for its peculiar premise (a love triangle between a couple and the chef temporarily living with them) but also to indulge my penchant for Korean films. Ever since last year when my favourite films of the year ended up being Rough Cut […]
November 24, 2010

Crows Zero 2 (Miike Takashi, 2009)

I hadn’t seen the first Crows Zero before venturing into the second one, nor had I heard anything about it or read the popular manga this franchise is based. It’s only part of my viewing list because the director is Miike Takashi and its premise appealed to me. I have a love-hate relationship with the films of Miike Takashi. IHis films rarely appeal […]
November 24, 2010

A Frozen Flower (Ha Yu, 2008)

I’ve heard good things about the Korean film, A Frozen Flower. Outside from the gorgeous production value and box-office success, it has also been heralded for its inclusion of homosexuality in a period setting. I was hoping I would get to see it at this year’s festival and was glad to see it on the schedule, even if for only […]
November 24, 2010

My Fantasia 2010: Preamble

I look forward to Fantasia every year; it’s one of my deepest passions. Yes, I am one of those who check the festival’s website daily, a few weeks before the schedule comes out, hoping to make my selection for this year’s fest. Also, I’m one of those who watch a staggering number of films during the festival, not for work […]