Hello, Everyone! Welcome to ASIANatomy; a Lunch.com community dedicated to the beauty of Asian Cinema…films from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Korea, Thailand and other countries from Asia can have a home!
Now, at the behest of some of our members, we will now be a webpage for PURE Asian entertainment that includes Asian TV Series and Manga. This is Not to compete with a community on manga (such as Reality Inked ) but to be a more tribute webpage to the Asian entertainment medium.
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When I first heard that Wong Kar-Wai was going to do a film about Bruce Lee's teacher, I immediately thought that his movie would be like "Wyatt Earp" to "Tombstone"... that his The Grandmaster would be like "Wyatt Earp" to Wilson Yip's "Ip Man". Wong takes his film into an artsy approach that had become his signature. Having … more
I suppose being Bruce Lee's former teacher and someone who had made the martial art Wing Chun known around the world, the curiosity around his life became so strong that directors Wilson Yip and Herman Yau had their turn in bringing his life to the big screen. Wilson Yip's "Ip Man" was a film with a lot of fiction around it, which focused entirely on action sequences with Donnie … more
After pondering some more about Haibane Renmei, I realized that it was better than I initially thought, so here's an updated review. Haibane Renmei is quite an enigma with me. I decided to invest in this anime because prior to this, I watched Serial Experiments Lain, which I loved. I was curious about Haibane Renmei since ABe (character designer of Serial … more
When I saw the first Flower and Snake film, I became impressed with the lengths Aya Sugimoto, a popular pop star/model would go to make that film. Despite its multiple scenes of sexual intercourse and nudity, it did not wallow at all in the graphic eroticism. It was a tale of sexual desire, misplaced sense of loyalty and just how sometimes, even when something turns us off, one adjusts to whatever … more
Korean films always carry a certain theme even when they are making a film about cops and robbers. They always seem to have the ability to create interesting characters that can easily be related to. Director Lee Yeon-Woo’s “Running Turtle” is another such film that has the themes of family, and can be seen from both viewpoints of the cop and the fugitive. … more
Everyone appreciates a good cop story, and the Chinese are no different. Those dedicated investigators who stick it out through thick and thin to get to the bottom of things are a cause for celebration wherever they serve. There’s one thing a cop anywhere will tell you: somehow – in some way – it all comes back to family. This doesn’t necessarily … more
Here’s the thing about having ghosts and/or spirits serve as characters: unless the story goes to great lengths to humanize whatever their cause or struggle is, then there’s very little likelihood that the audience will identify with that plight. Patrick Swayze’s character in GHOST still felt the yearning’s of his Earthly but immortal love; through those … more
The film chronicles the rise of the Shanxi merchants towards the end of the Qing dynasty in China. Called the "wallstreet of China" and based on the novel "The Silver Valley", director Cristina Yao leads Aaron Kwok in a grandiose epic blended with a filmmaking style that mimics historical reportage. There is a lot of things to take in with this film, both … more
The Pinky/Pinku films kinda/sorta underwent a bit of re-invention in the early-to-mid 1980’s due to the emergence of adult home video. These direct release properties were vastly cheaper to produce than a bigger, bolder, sexier theatrical film. In order to compete, production companies beefed up the stories and poured a few more dollars into the budget; so long as these … more
I saw bits and parts of this film last night on TV and decided to check it out again on dvd. It is quite surprising that a movie about a boy losing his bicycle can be compelling. It is a harrowing account of innocence lost and honestly, it is a bit brutal. It is a tale of a young man and his lost bike. Plot synopsis partially derived from back cover: Set in modern-day … more
There’s much more afoot here than what get more commonly delivered in the average Pinky/Pinku film (which this is and is not). With an almost macabre ‘After-School Special’ quality, FEMALE TEACHER HUNTING tries to be about more than the act of sex and/or the glorification of rape (a staple of many similar Japanese films, especially those under the ‘Female … more
Felt like re-watching something that I did not need to think about and decided to see something familiar, yet I know that the replay value would be good. Based on the manga inspired by the life Choi Bae-Dul (aka. Matsutatsu Ayama), “Fighter in the Wind” presents great, hard-hitting martial arts choreography and a wonderful score. Called the “Godhand” … more
Sent to the Earth from the planet Vegeta as a newborn baby. The Saiyan child Kakarot was programmed to destroy the planet. After losing his memory in the spacepod landing, he was found by a martial arts master and renamed to Goku. Goku was trained very well by his master Gohan, and he eventually grew up to become the planets savior. He now dedicates his life to protecting … more
Love, love, love. What life is worth living if you don’t have love? All you need is love, for love is a many splendored thing … or so the songs go. What’s particularly heart-wrenching involving such affairs of the heart is how to come to grips when it seems like civilizations are destined to keep star-crossed lovers apart. Now that’s … more
Banner of the Stars, the sequel to Crest of the Stars, is a mixed bag to say the least. On the one hand it’s slow, tiresome, badly paced, and boring; on the other it boasts some of the best space combat I've seen since Star Wars. Hailed by some as one of the best anime series ever (Crest of the Stars, Banner of the Stars, and the next in the series Banner of the Stars II) this show certainly … more
My love for Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli know no bounds. With each film they manage to capture the magic, the art, and the heart that make films great. Even what I consider their weaker films, such as Ponyo or Kiki’s Delivery Service are good films and always leave me smiling and happy (well, with the exception of Tales From Earthsea). The Secret World of Arrrietty is no exception, and in many … more
Marvel Anime: Iron Man was based on Marvel Comics Characters and definitely took more inspiration from the highly popular live-action movies starring Robert Downey Jr. The series wasn’t terrific, but it was watchable. It had that anime flavor that I appreciated, that despite the fact that some areas in its narrative did not fit, at least it had a consistency around it. Well, I was hesitant when … more
There are Asian films that do not surprise me at all as to why and how they became so successful in their native country. However, there are those that do make me wonder why they became successful in the first place. I do understand just how sometimes the transition of a film from one country to another is not that successful, since several factors can become lost in translation. Well, I guess this … more