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Another Korean Genre Sampling: ‘The Wolf Brigade’ (2018) & ‘Time to Hunt’ (2020)

Directed by: Kim Jee-woon [1], Yoon Sung-hyun [2] || Produced by: Kim Woo-sang [1], Handae Rhee [2] Screenplay by: Kim Jee-woon [1], Yoon Sung-hyun [2] || Starring: Gang Dong-won, Han Hyo-joo, Jung Woo-sung, Kim Mu-yeol [1], Lee Je-hoon, Ahn Jae-hong, Choi Woo-shik, Park Jung-min [2] Music by: Mowg [1], Primary [2] || Cinematography: Lee Mo-gae … Continue reading

‘Shin Godzilla’ (2016): The Timeless Horror of Natural Disaster

Directed by: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi || Produced by: Minami Ichikawa, Taichi Ueda, Yoshihiro Sato, Masaya Shibusawa, Kazutoshi Wadakura Screenplay by: Hideaki Anno || Starring: Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara Music by: Shiro Sagisu || Cinematography: Kosuke Yamada || Edited by: Atsuki Sato, Hideaki Anno || Country: Japan || Language: Japanese, English Running Time: … Continue reading

A 4-Way Takashi Miike Sampling: ‘Audition’ (1999), ‘Ichi the Killer’ (2001), ’13 Assassins’ (2010), & ‘First Love’ (2019)

Directed by: Takashi Miike || Produced by: Satoshi Fukushima, Akemi Suyama [1], Akiko Funatsu, Dai Miyazaki [2], Michihiko Umezawa, Minami Ichikawa, Tôichirô Shiraishi, Kazuomi Suzaki, Hisashi Usui, Takahiro Ohno, Hirotsugu Yoshida, Shigeji Maeda [3], Muneyuki Kii, Jeremy Thomas, Misako Sako [4] Screenplay by: Daisuke Tengan [1, 3], Sakichi Satō [2], Masaru Nakamura [4] || Starring: … Continue reading

‘Okja’ (2017) & ‘Parasite’ (2019): Double Review

Directed by: Bong Joon-ho || Produced by: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Lewis Taewan Kim, Dooho Choi, Seo Woo-Sik, Ted Sarandos [1], Bong Joon-ho [1–2], Kwak Sin-ae, Moon Yang-kwon, Jang Young-hwan [2] Screenplay by: Bong Joon-ho1-2, Jon Ronson1, Han Jin-won2 || Starring: Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Ahn Seo-hyun, Byun Hee-bong, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Giancarlo Esposito, … Continue reading

‘Office’ (2015): Work Days Can Be Murder

Directed by: Hong Won-chan || Produced by: Choi Yun-jin Screenplay by: Choi Yun-jin || Starring: Go Ah-sung, Park Sung-woong, Bae Seong-woo, Kim Eui-sung, Ryu Hyun-kyung, Lee Chae-eun, Son Soo-hyun, Park Jung-min, Oh Dae-hwan Music by: Kim Tae-seong || Cinematography: Park Yong-su || Edited by: Kim Sun-min || Country: Korea || Language: Korean Running Time: 111 … Continue reading

‘The Wandering Earth’ (2019): All Your Favorite Hollywood Disaster-Movie Cliches, But Chinese

Directed by: Frant Gwo || Produced by: Gong Ge’er Screenplay by: Gong Ge’er, Yan Dongxu, Frant Gwo, Ye Junce, Yang Zhixue, Wu Yi, Ye Ruchang || Starring: Qu Chuxiao, Li Guangjie, Ng Man-tat, Zhao Jinmai, Wu Jing, Qu Jingjing Music by: Roc Chen, Lu Tao || Cinematography: Michael Liu || Edited by: Cheung Ka-fai || … Continue reading

‘Bleach’ (2018): A Stylish Genre Twist on Teenage Friendship

Directed by: Shinsuke Sato || Produced by: Kazutoshi Wadakura Screenplay by: Shinsuke Sato, Daisuke Habara || Starring: Sota Fukushi, Hana Sugisaki, Ryo Yoshizawa, Erina Mano, Yu Koyanagi, Taichi Saotome, Takamasa Ishihara, Seiichi Tanabe, Masami Nagasawa, Yosuke Eguchi Music by: Yutaka Yamada || Cinematography: Taro Kawazu || Edited by: Tsuyoshi Imai || Country: Japan || Language: … Continue reading

‘Wolf Warrior 2’ (2017): Wu Jing Howls

Directed by: Wu Jing || Produced by: Wu Jing, Jiang Ping, Zhao Haicheng, Li Yang, Zhao Jianjun, Xu Zhiyong, Jing Defu, Liu Kailuo, Deng Hao, Wu Yan Screenplay by: Wu Jing, Dong Qun, Liu Yi || Starring: Wu Jing, Celina Jade, Frank Grillo, Hans Zhang, Wu Gang, Yu Nan Music by: Joseph Trapanese || Cinematography: … Continue reading

A Korean Genre Sampling: ‘The Wailing’ (2016), ‘Train to Busan’ (2016), & ‘The Villainess’ (2017)

Directed by: Na Hong-jin [W], Yeon Sang-ho [TB], Jung Byung-gil [V] || Produced by: Suh Dong-hyun, Kim Ho-sung [W], Lee Dong-ha [TB], Moon Young-hwa [V] Starring: Kwak Do-won, Hwang Jung-min, Chun Woo-hee [W], Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok, Jung Yu-mi, Kim Su-an, Kim Eui-sung [TB], Kim Ok-bin, Shin Ha-kyun, Sung Joon, Kim Seo-hyung [V] || Screenplay … Continue reading

‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’ (1959): The Most Insufferable Drama Ever

Directed by: Alain Resnais || Produced by: Samy Halfon, Anatole Dauman Screenplay by: Marguerite Duras || Starring: Emmanuele Riva, Eiji Okada, Stella Dassas, Pierre Barbaud Music by: Georges Delerue, Giovanni Fusco || Cinematography: Michio Takahashi, Sacha Vierny || Edited by: Jasmine Chasney, Henri Colpi, Anne Sarraute || Country: France, Japan || Language: French, Japanese, English … Continue reading