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September 28, 2010
Forbidden love and In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)

Wong Kar-Wai is considered influential. In the Mood for Love (2000) was a big commercial success for him. How does it compare to Wong Kar-Wai’s other work?
April 20, 2010
Love Exposure

Love Exposure (Shion Sono, 2008)

Love Exposure is a beautiful film, a cherished secret I find myself unwilling to share but incapable of keeping. It's one of the best films I've ever seen.
March 20, 2018
Black Panther movie

Black Panther: A Perspective

I’ve been away from the Kinoreal blog for a while, and I’ve missed writing it. Movies are the way I make sense of life, how I endeavour to understand the complex issues that affect me daily. Maybe I haven’t been motivated enough by any of the recent movies to add to the discussion. Black Panther has changed that. Although not […]
February 27, 2018

On the dopeness of Black Panther

I’ve been excited about Black Panther from the moment I heard about it. It's now a record-breaking release. So why are we so extra with this movie?
November 15, 2015
Spectre

Spectre (Sam Mendes, 2015)

Spectre is visually and technically flawless. The film is shot in stunning locations, and its photography is breathtaking.

POPULAR POSTS

September 28, 2010
Forbidden love and In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)

Wong Kar-Wai is considered influential. In the Mood for Love (2000) was a big commercial success for him. How does it compare to Wong Kar-Wai’s other work?
April 20, 2010
Love Exposure

Love Exposure (Shion Sono, 2008)

Love Exposure is a beautiful film, a cherished secret I find myself unwilling to share but incapable of keeping. It's one of the best films I've ever seen.
June 29, 2010
20th Century Boys

20th Century Boys Trilogy (Yukihiko Tsutsumi, 2008-2009)

WHAT IT IS: Kenji, a failed musician turned convenience store clerk, notices about a terrible (but familiar) virus outbreak in Africa. When a popular doomsday cult surfaces branding the symbol Kenji conceived as a child with his friends, world events take on new meaning. Someone is using the Book of Prophesies Kenji wrote years ago as a blueprint for the […]
March 3, 2011
Terminator: Salvation

Terminator: Salvation (McG, 2009)

In Terminator: Salvation, John Connor is the leader of the resistance against Skynet, an artificial intelligence bent on wiping out humanity from existence.
November 28, 2010
Written By

Written By (Wai Ka-fai, 2009)

In Written By, after losing his whole family in an accident, a blind writer keeps his loved ones alive by writing them an afterlife.
January 30, 2015
Live

Live (Noboru Iguchi, 2014)

What is most impressive with Live is its infectious energy.Every death, every plot point is sacrificed to the cinematic experience.
September 21, 2011
The Unjust

The Unjust (Seung-wan Ryoo, 2010)

The most interesting feature of The Unjust is its main actor and star, Jeong-min Hwang. I discovered him in Private Detective (2009) at Fantasia.
November 6, 2013
Master Yip in Ip Man: The Final Fight

Ip Man: The Final Fight (Herman Yau, 2013)

Ip Man: The Final Fight is centred around an ensemble cast of characters including Ip Man’s first students, so we get to see the evolution of Hong Kong in this period through their eyes.
November 24, 2010
Crows Zero 2

Crows Zero 2 (Miike Takashi, 2009)

In Crows Zero 2, the Miike cool is in full display in the characters,modern day warriors haunting the streets of Tokyo in search of a good fight.
April 20, 2010
Sherrybaby

Sherrybaby (Laurie Collyer, 2006)

Held together almost entirely by the strength of Gyllenhall’s performance, Sherrybaby is one of the best independent movies of the decade.
April 20, 2010
Ip Man

Ip Man (Wilson Yip, 2008)

Ip Man, a martial arts master, must go against his own code of conduct to protect his fellow countrymen when war breaks out.
March 26, 2010
Dan in Real Life

Dan in Real Life (Peter Hedges, 2007)

Dan in Real Life is predictable, and its characters rarely venture into unknown territory. It makes for a passable rental, but not much else.
November 24, 2010
Threesome in The Naked Kitchen

The Naked Kitchen (Ji-yeong Hong, 2009)

The Naked Kitchen is disappointing, even with the presence of Ji-hun Ju (Kim from last year’s Antique) and its appealing premise. It does everything wrong.
April 19, 2010
Once

Once (John Carney, 2006)

WHAT IT IS: An aspiring English songwriter meets a young singer who sparks his desire and ambition. HOW IT IS: There has been a lot of press on how cheap this movie was to make and how much profit and praise it has garnered. It’s true that aesthetically, this movie looks amateurish, with no photography crafting, camera skill or direction. […]