Archive for March, 2008

“Yojimbo” – Chris Luedtke

The year is 1860, and samurai Sanjuro Kuwabatake (Toshirô Mifune) finds himself out of work and master-less after the fall of the Dynasty. Now Sanjuro travels by himself with nothing but his sword and wits. On his travels, he runs into a town with two rival gangs at war led by gamblers. Upon careful speculation, [...]

“The Bow” – A.J. Hakari

I’ve only had a slight introduction into the world of Korean director Kim Ki-duk. But on the basis of the two films of his I have seen, the acclaimed 3-Iron and now The Bow, I can tell that he has the ability to get away with what a lot of filmmakers can’t. As I’ve mentioned [...]

“Battle Royale” – Andrew Guarini

The first thing that is going to stick out about Battle Royale is the plot. Where has been done like this before? Never as far as I know. Maybe a movie has been done like this with full grown adults (edit: The Condemned), but what about a bunch of kids who aren’t even adults yet? [...]

“Late Spring” – Chris Luedtke

27-year-old Noriko (Setsuko Hara) has a problem: everyone wants her to get married, from her friends to her family and widowed father Somiya (Chishu Ryu). Noriko just doesn’t believe that it is time for her to get married and would much rather spend her life taking care of her father. However, the pressure begins to [...]

The “Akihabara” Trilogy – A.J. Hakari

If anything, Asia Pulp Cinema’s “Akihabara Trilogy” has managed to prove what a naïve doofus I am. Thinking these looked like unique little comedies, I watched them, only to discover that they’re pretty much glorified softcore pornos. But does that necessarily make them any less worth watching? Surprisingly, no. Named for a district in Tokyo [...]