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Thursday, June 23rd, 2005
9:27 pm
Last Life in the Universe (2003)
Titles: Ruang rak noi nid mahasan, Last Life in the Universe, Chikyû de saigo no futari
Language: Thai / Japanese / English
Genre: Drama / Romance
MPAA: R
****
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Meet Kenji.
He's an obsessive/compulsive Japanese librarian with a suicide habit, who happens to be in Taiwan... and is a former yakuza member. He doesn't speak much Thai.

Meet Noi.
She's a Japanophile mixed in with the wrong crowd who desperately wants to move to Osaka. She doesn't speak much Japanese.


Noi and Kenji meet each other... in a rather sad way.
Noi had a sister. She tried to stop Kenji from jumping off a bridge and was run down by a car. They take her to the hospital, but it's too late [which is a fact Kenji never seems to fully grasp]. Kenji also had a brother, but he was shot by one of their gang's men [while he was trying to kill himself in his bedroom]. This man was then shot by Kenji.

...Kenji doesn't exactly want to go back to his apartment. It smells there.

Noi is convinced to let him stay with her for a while. With their language difficulties they get by best by speaking in somewhat decent English. As Noi works out her grief over her dead sister, she starts to fall for the odd man who refuses to go home.

I found the movie rather funny, even though it isn't billed as a Comedy. :x At one point Kenji is standing outside Noi's home with a butcher knife at his wrist. He is stopped when a coconut falls on him. Since his suicide attempts seem to be driven by boredom and his belief in a futile future, he picks up the coconut and goes into the empty house. Why waste fresh fruit? [Are coconuts fruit?]

Another scene has Noi yelling at him to leave after she sees he was going through her sister's things. He goes, and after a time she goes to her car to go after him... but he never really left. Instead he's laying under the front wheels waiting to be run over.


The movie was very entertaining and would get a full 5 stars, if it didn't seem to move a bit too slow at times. Also, for it being billed as a Romance and Drama, I think it lacks. It'd be better billed as a Romance Comedy with Random Yakuza and a Man who Only Uses his own Chopsticks.
8:55 pm
Survive Style 5+ (2004)
Language: Japanese
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Mystery
MPAA: PG-12 (Japan)
*****
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What would you do if your father thought he was a bird? Would you bother to hire a hitman if the wife you keep killing kept coming back to life? Is it more PC to call your same sex partner "gay" or "homo"? Are hypnotists really worth having around? Do you see your life as one big commercial?

What is your function in life?


5 groups of people are oddly related to each other. Everyone is if you really think about it. This movie just manages to show it in a much brighter and surreal way than most people would imagine.
8:50 pm
The Bottled Fools: Hellevator '04
Language: Japanese
Genre: Horror / Sci-Fi
MPAA: 16+ (Canadian)
****
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Officially titled The Bottled Fools, or Gusha no bindume.... I think it is better described by the large word on the front cover of the DVD: HELLEVATOR.


The Country is a giant skyscraper with no windows. Elevators take people along the outside of the building to get from floor to floor. Each floor is a different city. Where you go is determined by your class, job, and what you're looking for.

The story revolves around a teenager with the ability to read minds.

She is going about her daily life along with a few other passengers in one of the many elevators. This elevator is chosen to host some special guests on this trip; 2 dangerous criminals from the prison level. They're being brought to Level 0 to be disposed of.

Once one of the prison officers leaves and the other is knocked out, the criminals have control of the elevator [or as much control as there can be] after abusing and threatening the Elevator Operator Lady.


This is a movie with everything; bioterrorism, coinlocker babies, telepaths who just don't give a fuck, serial rapists, and a man who only speaks in reverse.

While the sets are minimalistic, the acting is excellent. Ryosuke Koshiba and Masato Tsujioka had better start getting bigger roles. They deserve them.
Masato played part of Genisis' Gang in Suicide Club [if you're like me and would be distracted by going "I know him from somewhere else... what movie?"] and has a role in the newestly released on DVD Asano flick, Vital.
Monday, April 18th, 2005
7:57 pm
Longinus (2004)
Language: Japanese
Genre: Action
MPAA: N/A
*
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I'm not sure if I'm happy this was only 40 minutes or not. I think it would have been better if it was longer [plot development. Oooh], but the shortness ended the pain.

The DVD might be worth buying if the special features are any good, but I'm too scared to see what's on it.

Ryuhei? Atsushi? I expected better out of you two. Especially for a vampire flick.
7:37 pm
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
Language: Mandarin
Genre: Action / Drama / Romance / Crap
MPAA: PG-13
**
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"From the director of HERO and the star of CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON"

Never mind that Zhang Ziyi was also in Hero....

Actually, just go watch Hero. Watch it again if you've already seen it. If you think you want to watch this movie, you don't. You want to watch Hero or CT,HD. The only reason I watched this movie was because it was a free rental and I was too bored to get up off the floor.

The plot is horrible and overdone.

This is getting 2 stars because it's beautiful to look at, and the martial arts are well done.

If all you're looking for is well choreographed action scenes and softcore pr0n, with a very pretty background, then maybe you want to rent this movie.... but you still shouldn't. You should rent Hero.
Sunday, April 17th, 2005
7:05 pm
Oldboy (2003)
"Revenge is good for your health."

"We threw away the hand because it rotted."

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Language: Korean
Genre: Thriller / Mystery / Action / Disturbing
MPAA: R
*****+
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Oh Dae-Su is kidnapped and kept in a hotel room for 15 years.

In those 15 years, his only thing resembling human contact is the TV, which he constantly watches. What does he do for 15 years? He learns to fight from watching boxing matches. He also works on escaping the room, digging his way through what he assumes is the outside wall.

He does get out, but before he has enough bricks removed from the wall to get out on his own. He's set on the roof of a building, and soon is given a cellphone and wallet full of cash. He is determined to figure out why he was kept there for so long. He can't exactly go to the police because, well.... he's a wanted man. He killed his wife.

That's not really important to the story, though. Thinking of him as the bad guy won't work in this film.

One of the first things he does is go to a sushi bar and falls in love with "The Youngest Female Sushi Chef in Korea" [he learned that from TV. TV is your friend.]. She helps him to figure out the mystery surrounding his abduction.


That's as much of a plot summery I can give without getting into spoilers. This movie is beautifully filmed, and occasionally has a surreal quality to it's visuals. The fight scenes are well choreographed, and there's excellent [if not obvious] use of color.


This film deserves it's R rating. The actual fighting scenes and nudity aren't all that bad, but the villain is seriously sick and twisted. The disturbance factor almost went off my scale. Fans of Takashi Miike's odder films would probably enjoy this one. This is probably the best "new" movie I'll see this year.
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