Fantasia 2014 Mini reviews   Leave a comment

Mini review for Cold Eyes, The Fatal Encounter, and Jellyfish Eyes after the jump.
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Posted July 22, 2014 by Dazey Daze in +Fantasia Film Festival, 2014, Reviews

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The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow review Fantasia 2014   Leave a comment

The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow (2013)
Director: Chang Hyung-yun
Screenplay: Chang Hyung-yun
Cast: Jung Yu-mi, Yoo Ah-in

This animated film from Korea does not look too different from Japanese animated films as far as overall style but that doesn’t make the film unoriginal. It features a cast of weird characters, a satellite turned school girl, an adult male turned milk cow and a magician turned toilet paper. This is a film where you have to just accept the seemingly nonsensical events and whatever scant yet flimsy explanations might be given if any is given at all. Sure, the world seems normal but strange things just happen. Better not to ask why. For example, we learn early on that the reason why the adult male, Kyung-chun, is a now a milk cow is because he had his heart broken. He’s also being chased by some seemingly ordinary man with a liver sucking plunger and a giant walking incinerator. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted July 21, 2014 by Dazey Daze in +Fantasia Film Festival, 2014, Funny, Reviews, Trailers, Video

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Uzumasa Limelight review Fantasia 2014   Leave a comment

Uzumasa Limelight (2014)
Director: Ken Ochiai
Screenplay: Hiroyuki Ono
Cast: Seizo Fukumoto, Chihiro Yamamoto, Hiroki Matsukata, Masashi Goda, Hirotaro Honda, Hisako Manda

Note: This film will screen on July 26.

Uzumasa studios used to be called the Hollywood of Japan due to the many samurai shows that were filmed there. The film starts with the sudden cancellation of a 40 year running samurai show as the new and young producer wants to create something more modern for younger audiences and with younger actors in mind. That means an end to the glory days for veterans like the protagonist, Kamiyama who’s pushing 70. He was never the hero but an extra who had a talent for dying in creative and dramatic ways. However, not all young people are disinterested in the old traditions and one young aspiring actress, Satsuki, asks Kamiyama to train her in sword fighting and acting in the old art form. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted July 20, 2014 by Dazey Daze in +Fantasia Film Festival, 2014, Reviews, Trailers, Video

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Hal review Fantasia 2014   Leave a comment

Hal (2013)
Director: Ryotaro Makihara
Screenplay: Izumi Kizara
Cast: Yoshimasa Hosoya, Yoko Hikasa

Note: This film will screen on July 27

If the premise of this film interests you and you like animation then this is a worthwhile feature to watch. The story is about a girl, Kurumi, whose boyfriend dies in an airplane disaster. She is deeply saddened and isolates herself from everyone else. In order to aid her, a robot made to look like Hal is created to take care of her and to help her overcome her sadness. There’s really more to the story than that but you’ll find out when you watch the film. Robot Hal is given Kurumi’s Rubic’s cube which has different messages written on it. These messages are either tasks or wishes that Kurumi wanted to do in the past with her boyfriend. Robot Hal decides to try and fulfill these tasks. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted July 20, 2014 by Dazey Daze in +Fantasia Film Festival, 2014, Art & Animation, Reviews, Trailers, Video

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Red Family review Fantasia 2014   Leave a comment

Red Family (2013)
Director: Lee Ju-hyoung
Screenplay: Kim Ki-duk
Cast: Kim Yu-mi, Jung Woo, Son Byeong-ho, Park So-young

Even though Kim Ki-duk was involved in this movie, I initially had little interest in watching due to the premise which sounded kinda hokey to me. But I decided to go for it anyway since it was convenient and did not regret it. The film is about a seemingly perfect family but in reality they are North Korean spies who assassinate defectors from their country. When they’re not doing that they must deal with the South Korean family next door who constantly argue and bicker. They initially dislike the family, seeing them as the end product of evil capitalism but they begin to feel envious of them because the spies themselves are separated from their own families. They even meet up with the other family and the fake family of spies themselves begin to form their own family-like bonds. This does not sit well with their “shadows”, other higher level North Korean spies whom spy on the spies. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted July 20, 2014 by Dazey Daze in +Fantasia Film Festival, 2014, Reviews, Trailers, Video

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Han Gong-ju review Fantasia 2014   Leave a comment

Han Gong-ju (2013)
Director: Lee Su-jin
Screenplay: Lee Su-jin
Cast: Chun Woo-hee, Jung In-sun, Kim So-young, Lee Young-lan

Note: The next screening of this film is July 25.

This is a powerful and damning film that will likely cause you to feel anger towards the selfish, unsympathetic characters except for a few. That includes the girl whose name is the title of the film. Gong-ju gets transferred to another school in Incheon due to a traumatic past incident. Even though it’s not revealed what it is initially, hints appear early on which are later confirmed in flashbacks. Gong-ju just wants to start over and be invisible but a girl at the new school who befriends her helps Gong-ju break out of her self-imposed shell and actually begin to have a few little fun moments. Unfortunately, her new friend inadvertently causes Gong-ju’s past to find her in Incheon with serious consequences. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted July 20, 2014 by Dazey Daze in +Fantasia Film Festival, 2014, Reviews, Trailers, Video

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Snowpiercer screening at Cinema du Parc starting July 18   Leave a comment

Snowpiercer is a movie adaptation of a French graphic novel. The movie is directed by Bong Joon-ho and one of the producers is Park Chan-wook. To add to that impressive list of Asian talent is actor Song Kang-ho and Go Ah-sung who were both in the popular horror movie, The Host (which was directed by Bong Joon Ho). However, this is actually Bong Joon-ho’s English debut and stars mostly Western actors speaking mostly English. We have Cap America, himself, Chris Evans on the movie poster. Early reviews have been very positive.

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