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‘Rashomon’ (1950): Morality from a Certain Point of View

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa || Produced by: Minoru Jingo Screenplay by: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashmoto || Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyō, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki Music by: Fumio Hayasaka || Cinematography: Kazuo Miyagawa || Edited by: Akira Kurosawa || Country: Japan || Language: Japanese Running Time: 88 minutes My first introduction to Japanese … Continue reading

‘Police Story’ (1985): Stuntwork as Spectacle

Directed by: Jackie Chan || Produced by: Leonard Ho Screenplay by: Jackie Chan, Edward Tang || Starring: Jackie Chan, Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung, Chor Yuen, Charlie Cho Music by: Michael Lai, Tang Siu Lam || Cinematography: Cheung Yiu Cho || Edited by: Peter Cheung || Country: Hong Kong || Language: Cantonese, English Running Time: 100 … Continue reading

‘Alice in Borderland’ (2020, 2022): Dreams of Parallel Tokyo

Created by: Shinsuke Sato, Kaata Sakamoto, Akira Morri  || Written by: Yoshiki Watabe, Yasuko Kuramitsu, Shinsuke Sato Directed by: Shinsuke Sato || Starring: Kento Yamazaki, Tao Tsuchiya, Yūki Morinaga, Keita Machida, Ayame Misaki, Nijirū Murakami, Yutaro Watanabe, Sho Aoyagi, Ayaka Miyoshi, Dori Sakurada, Aya Asahina, Shuntaro Yanagi, Kina Yazaki, Tsuyoshi Abe, Nobuaki Kaneko, Riisa Naka … Continue reading

‘Warriors of Future’ (2022): The Expansion of Mainland Blandness

Directed by: Ng Yuen-fai || Produced by: Louis Koo, Tang Wai-bat Screenplay by: Lau Ho-leung, Mak Tin-shu || Starring: Louis Koo, Sean Lau, Carina Lau, Philip Keung, Tse Kwan-ho, Nick Cheung Music by: Chan Kwong-wing || Cinematography: Ng Man-ching || Edited by: Wong Hoi, Luk Chi-ho || Country: Hong Kong || Language: Cantonese Running Time: … Continue reading

‘Ringu’ (1998): Watershed J-Horror and Its Many Bastard Children

Directed by: Hideo Nakata || Produced by: Shinya Kawai, Taka Ichise, Takenori Sento Screenplay by: Hideo Nakata || Starring: Nanako Matsushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rikiya Otaka, Miki Nakatani, Yuko Takeuchi, Hitomi Sato, Yutaka Matsushige Music by: Kenji Kawai || Cinematography: Junichiro Hayashi || Edited by: Nobuyuki Takahashi || Country: Japan || Language: Japanese Running Time: 95 … Continue reading

‘The Witch’ (2018, 2022): Genetically Modified Children

Directed by: Park Hoon-jung || Produced by: Park hoon-jung, Yeon Young-sik Screenplay by: Park Hoon-jung || Starring: Kim Da-mi, Jo Min-su, Choi Woo-shik, Go Min-si, Jung Da-eun, Choi Jung-woo, Park Hee-soon, Shin Si-ah, Park Eun-bin, Seo Eun-soo, Sung-Yoo-bin, Jin Goo Music by: Mowg || Cinematography: Kim Young-ho, Lee Teo || Edited by: Kim Chang-ju || … Continue reading

‘My Name’ (2021): Cops & Robbers, Intertwined

Created by: Kim Ba-da, Kim Jin-min || Written by: Kim Ba-da Directed by: Kim Jin-min || Starring: Han So-hee, Ahn Bo-hyun, Park Hee-soon, Kim Sang-ho, Lee Hak-joo, Chang Ryul, Yoon Kyung-ho No. of Episodes: 8 (~400 minutes total) Beyond the likes of Infernal Affairs (2002) and its Hollywood remake, Martin Scorsese’s The Departed (2006), I’m … Continue reading

2021: My Last Try at Oscar-Bait?

One of the earliest attempts by my high-school friends and I at “branching out” from Hollywood blockbusters (Star Wars [1977-]! Jurassic Park [1993-]! The Dark Knight [2008]!) and our childhood favorite genre movies (e.g. Aliens [1979-]! Predator [1987-]!) were the annual Oscar nominations, or Academy Awards given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and … Continue reading

John Woo’s ‘Face/Off’ (1997) & ‘Manhunt’ (2017)

Directed by: John Woo || Produced by: David Permut, Barrie M. Osborne, Terence Chang, Christopher Godsick [1], Gordon Chan [2] Screenplay by: Mike Werb, Michael Colleary [1], Gordon Chan, Chan Hing Kai, James Yuen, Itaru Era, Ho Miu Ki, Maria Wong, Sophie Yeh [2] || Starring: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Gina Gershon, Alessandro … Continue reading

‘The Crowned Clown’ (2019) & ‘Mr. Queen’ (2020-2021): Joseon Identity Crises

Created by: Studio Dragon1-2, tvN2 || Written by: Kim Seon-deok, Shin Ha-eun [1], Park Gye-ok, Choi Ah-il [2] Directed by: Kim Hee-won [1], Yoon Sung-sik [2] || Starring: Yeo Jin -goo, Kim Sang-kyung, Lee Se-young [1], Shin Hye-sun, Kim Jung-hyun, Bae Jong-ok, Kim Tae-woo, Seol In-ah, Na In-woo [2] No. of Episodes: 16 [1], 20 … Continue reading