Asian Cinema


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Asian Cinema Nite continues this week.
Tuesday 7pm Blue Screening Room

Sakuran
directed by Mika Ninagawa
In Japanese w/ English subtitles
2007 – 111 min.

Adapted from a manga with the same name, Sakuran, is the story of a defiant oiran, or prostitute, living in feudal Japan. Much like Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, Sakuran is rich with color and style, with a modern sensibility and soundtrack. Anna Tsuchiya, of Kamikaze Girls fame, rides that fine line of being bitchy, independent, and likeable, always choosing love over fortune.

Trailer here:

More Here:
http://www.midnighteye.com/reviews/sakuran.shtml
http://twitchfilm.net/site/view/ninagawa-mikas-sakuran-review/
http://lunapark6.com/sakuran.html

Mix in Iron Chef with an intriguing story and Korean cuisine! Out in theaters in Korea “Le Grand Chef” now taps into the increasing popularity of food and cooking movies. I can’t wait to see this film.

Trailer below:

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Asian Cinema Nite continues this week.
Tuesday 7pm Blue Screening Room

Dog Bite Dog
directed by Soi Cheang Pou-Soi
In Cantonese w/ English subtitles
2006 – 108 min.

This will be the final Asian Cinema of this year. Like in past years, I will be taking a much needed break to catch up on my growing backlog of films to watch out for during the holiday season.

I haven’t shown an HK film in a while, so when I came across Dog Bite Dog, it was immediately refreshing.

This is a hardcore, dirty, gritty, and no holds barred action film. It’s not action as in martial arts and explosions, but extremely violent and intense chaos. The plot sounds like a typical HK film, two people pair off against each other, one a cold blooded hired assassin, the other a hard-boiled cop. Rough ending but like the film itself it’s a hard knocked life.

More Here:
http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117932094.html?categoryid=31&cs=1
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/dog_bite_dog.htm

The San Francisco Korean American Film Festival and Asian American Film Festival starts Thursday from November 8-18 at either the Castro or the 4-Star. Check out this site for more details.

I highly recommend “Barking Dogs Never Bite”, from the director of “The Host”. It is an extremely dark comedy that is full of charm. There seems to be a great selection of both older films and new ones to check out.

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Asian Cinema Nite continues this week.
Tuesday 7pm Blue Screening Room

Reincarnation AKA Rinne
directed by Takashi Shimizu
In Japanese w/ English subtitles
2005 – 95 min.

Happy Halloween! Asian Cinema presents Takashi Shimizu’s “Reincarnation”, also known as “Rinne”. The director of “The Grudge” continues to frighten in the tale of a murder that occurred at a hotel years ago, and about a film crew making a movie of that murder. However one of the main characters starts to have memories and hauntings of the murders while researching her role for the film. Don’t expect shocks and jolts, but an eerie, uncomfortable, hair standing up, belly tingling, chills and shivers, kind of movie perfect for the holidays. Think Japanese “Shining”. Nuff said.

More Here:
http://twitchfilm.net/archives/007314.html
http://www.horror-fanatics.com/reviews/reincarnation.html
http://www.flipsidemovies.com/reincarnation.html

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Asian Cinema Nite continues this week.
Tuesday 7pm Blue Screening Room

Shinobi
directed by Ten Shimoyama
In Japanese w/ English subtitles
2005 – 101 min.

Romeo and Juliet, but with ninjas. Shinobi is about two warring clans of ninjas and the two star-crossed ninjas caught in between. With CG effects, this is more a live action Naruto movie than Sho Kosugi. After years of enforced peace, two clans now must fight to find out which clan reigns supreme. Charismatic Joe Odagiri stars.

More Here:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/panasia/shinobi_heart_under_blade.htm
http://www.dreamlogic.net/archives/movie-review-shinobi-heart-under-blade
http://www.ampedasia.com/movies/Shinobi-Heart-Under-Blade/

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Asian Cinema Nite continues this week.

Tuesday 7pm Blue Screening Room

Like A Virgin
directed by Hae-jun Lee, Hae-yeong Lee
In Korean w/ English subtitles
2006 – 116 min.

A movie about a trans-gender teenager trying to win money to get a sex change operation by entering a wresting competition does not sound like a typical high school comedy coming from Korea, but directors, Lee’s pull off a heart warming coming of age, sexual identity, and Rocky-like sports movie all in one. Knowing that he is a woman in a man’s body, Oh Dong-Gu dreams of a sex change operation. He teams up with a local wresting coach to enter a Korean wresting competition (Ssirum) hoping to win the prize money.

More Here:

http://lunapark6.com/like-a-virgin.html

http://us.yesasia.com/en/PrdDept.aspx/code-k/section-videos/pid-1004591596/

http://www.lovehkfilm.com/panasia/like_a_virgin.htm

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