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reviewed Memories of Murder. December 31, 2007
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Memories of Murder
A hotshot young detective from Seoul is enlisted to help out the old school small town detectives when it becomes clear they have a sophisticated serial killer on their hands. The local detectives' old …
reviewed The Isle (2001). December 02, 2007
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The Isle (2001)
This is my third film from director Ki-duk Kim (II). The first one being "3-Iron" and the second "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring" both being great but close to silent films. The Isle (Seom), …
reviewed Shinobi: Heart Under Blade. October 09, 2007
Shinobi
I put this movie on my wish list a while ago and to be honest I didn't know anything about it and forgot about it after some time. I was sitting at home looking for stuff to watch on one really boring …
reviewed Battle Royale. July 08, 2007
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Battle Royale: Director's Cut (Collector's
This is a film with an extraordinarily flimsy and unrealistic premise. It violates its own rules and internal logic. It is, essentially, a great big snuff-film.    And I really liked …
reviewed Jet Li's Fearless (2006). July 03, 2007
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Jet Li's Fearless (Unrated Widescreen Edition)
Jet Li's 'Fearless' has all the best aspects you'd want from an Asian movie: combat with stunning movies that shuffle the deck, ancient, wise lessons, and exquisite beauty that lingers on like a butterfly. …
reviewed Memories of Murder. June 29, 2007
Memories of Murder
This was a well-made mystery based on a series of murders committed in Korea in 1986. Main character Park (Kang-ho Song) is a cross between Dirty Harry and Takeshi Kitano's characters, though on a much …
reviewed SUICIDE CLUB a.k.a. "Suicide Circle". April 18, 2007
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Well, only in Japan it seems can a director comfortably make star-studded features such as this. This rather remarkable career trajectory belongs to Sion Sono, whose Suicide Club stars high-profile actors …
reviewed Battle Royale. April 18, 2007
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Battle Royale: Director's Cut (Collector's
"Battle Royale" become a cult favorite in many corners of the world. Fukasaku wanted this movie to be viewed by all ages, but putting its gory depictions of death and blood into consideration the ratings …
reviewed Addicted (aka. The Poisoning). April 10, 2007
Addicted (aka. The Poisoning)
Young-hoon Park has created an absorbing tale well told and acted by his four mains, they play well off each other and the range of emotion, especially from Mi-yeon Lee, is heartfully felt. Like many …
reviewed A Bittersweet Life. April 03, 2007
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In the same vein as "Oldboy" comes "A Bittersweet Life," a movie so good it shocked me when watching it for the first time. It's a violent revenge movie with a gripping story with some fantastic actors …
reviewed A Bittersweet Life. March 29, 2007
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I just can't get enough of these Korean revenge films because they're just so different and unique from your normal revenge plot. Now of course a film like this or one of the films from Park Chan-wook's …
reviewed Addicted (aka. The Poisoning). March 19, 2007
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Addicted (aka. The Poisoning)
Addicted is a film that could have been so much more but it just never reached the potential of its story. The synopsis will no doubt attract people because it is very unique and very hard to perfect. …
reviewed Jet Li's Fearless (2006). February 01, 2007
Jet Li's Fearless (Unrated Widescreen Edition)
What can us viewers do to change your mine?...O well I got to say that director Ronny Yu has made the right choice of casting Jet Li as Huo Yuan Jia, after Jet portrays Huang Fei Hong in his remarkable …
reviewed ARAGAMI, The Raging God of Battle. January 17, 2007
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Originally, I found out about this movie after watching 2LDK a couple pf months ago and found out about this challenge. I thought it was an interesting concept and would like to see how some of today's …
reviewed Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. January 05, 2007
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
Asians excel at horror because, not having to pander to Hollywood's rules, they can take you anywhere at all. For all this filmed was billed as a gory horror, violence was minimal, and certainly not gratuitous, …
reviewed Jet Li's Fearless (2006). January 04, 2007
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Jet Li's Fearless (Unrated Widescreen Edition)
Jet Li has been an impressive presence in film as a martial arts practitioner and choreographer both in his native China and in his US films. He has selected FEARLESS as his final film as a martial artist …
reviewed Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. December 27, 2006
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Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
Park Chan-wook's Vengeance trilogy sure does give you a break from the normal film and it makes you appreciate Korean cinema. I saw Oldboy first and I was impressed and it is now one of my favorite films …
reviewed Lady Vengeance. December 14, 2006
Lady Vengeance
This film is really good. Park Chanwook made the perfect conclusion to a trilogy with Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. The three films work off each other beautifully, and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is far …
reviewed Kung Fu Hustle. December 11, 2006
Kung Fu Hustle
Being a chow fan myself, I must say this is by far the best work he's done. I was absolutely captivated and immediately at home in this very foreign place. This film is so strangely retro and yet tangible. …
reviewed Infernal Affairs. November 15, 2006
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"Infernal Affairs" is one fascinating movie with a great premise. This has been a reasonably popular movie that had generated huge buzz when it came out, and since been talked, compared and still highly …
reviewed Oldboy. October 20, 2006
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Oldboy
Lots have been said about this film. It is neither a classic nor a flop. After seeing this film last night I found it to be pretty good. There's no reason to bash this film because it does deserve to …
reviewed Jet Li's Fearless (2006). October 04, 2006
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Jet Li's Fearless (Unrated Widescreen Edition)
This is one of the best martial arts films I have seen! This is a film that didn't give into the hokey symbolism and fantasy that seems to be prevalent in a lot of the Chinese period movies about the …
reviewed Kung Fu Hustle. August 23, 2006
Kung Fu Hustle
How do you describe a film with the slapstick of the stooges, the moves of a Bruce Lee? Frankly you don't, you just watch it and enjoy.    The plot of this picture takes quite a few …
reviewed Audition. June 03, 2006
Audition (Unrated) (Dir Sub)
It's difficult to know what my reaction to this film is. I have several, they're strong and they're pulling me in different directions    Based on a novel by Ryu Murakami, director …
reviewed New Chinese Cinema: Challenging Repre.... February 16, 2006
New Chinese Cinema: Challenging Representations
Pros: Handy-dandy; goes well with a good Chinese movie     Cons: Feels slightly disorganized; a few other nitpicks     The Bottom Line: Handy in a fix; not for …
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