November 28, 2010
Symbol

Symbol (Hitoshi Matsumoto, 2009)

Symbol never lives up to its potential, choosing rather to limit itself to slapstick gags, immature, dull and predictable.
November 28, 2010
Bodyguards and Assassins

Bodyguards and Assassins (Teddy Chan, 2009)

In Bodyguards and Assassins, Chinese patriots pledge their lives to safeguard a revolutionary named Dr. Sun as assassins are sent to kill him.
November 28, 2010
Woochi

Woochi (Dong-hoon Choi, 2009)

Woochi starts out as a magic-driven wuxia-like set in the Joseon era in Korea, but segues into an unsophisticated popular fare.
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.
November 28, 2010
Overheard

Overheard (Felix Chong and Alan Mak, 2009)

Overheard is a Hong Kong film from Alan Mak in the vein of Infernal Affairs, with magnificent performances from its lead actors.
November 28, 2010
Love in a Puff

Love in a Puff (Ho-cheung Pang, 2010)

Love in a Puff (Pang Ho-cheung, 2010), from one of Hong Kong most promising directors, stands out as a great example of how to do romantic comedies right.
November 28, 2010
The Devils

The Devils (Ken Russell, 1971)

Legend goes that The Devils was considered so extreme in its time that it was banned in North America and never distributed on home video here.
November 28, 2010
Accident

Accident (Pou-soi Cheang, 2009)

Accident devolves into a too simplistic whodunit, where the director tries to dazzle us with his technical mastery and film knowledge.
November 28, 2010
Blades of Blood

Blades of Blood (Lee Joon-ik, 2010)

Blades of Blood is a Korean wuxia, a sword-fighting martial arts film set in the 16th century, during the Japanese invasion.
November 26, 2010
Brass Knuckle Boys

Brass Knuckle Boys (Kankuro Kudo, 2008)

Brass Knuckle Boys is a Japanese comedy about an old Japanese punk-rock music band from the ’70s and ’80s looking to extend their 15 minutes of fame.
November 26, 2010
Sell Out

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

Kuroneko (Kaneto Shindo, 1968)

in its new restoration, Kuroneko (Kaneto Shindo, 1968) is one of those gems, a ‘60s Japanese horror film with a sharp aesthetic.