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K-yomi is a Korean pop culture festival that will take place on Saturday September 7 from 10am to 11pm at the Montreal Chinese Cultural Center (1088 Clark street).
This will include a film screening presented by Cine-Asie of the film Speedy Scandal (or Scandal Makers) starring Park Bo-Young and Cha Tae-Hyun. I watched this at Fantasia a few years ago and had some good laughs from it. It’s definitely an above average comedy that most will enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »
The Kiyosu Conference (2013)
Director : Koki Mitani
Screenwriter : Koki Mitani. D’après son roman/Based on his novel
Cinematographer : Hideo Yamamoto
Editor : Soichi Ueno
Cast : Koji Yakusho, Yo Oizumi, Fumiyo Kohinata, Koichi Sato, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Tadanohu Asano, Susumu Terashima, Denden
Music : Klyoko Ogino
The next screening is on Monday September 2 and I definitely recommend you check it out.
This is a surprisingly interesting and dynamic movie despite being mostly talking. The characters while initially being presented as almost one dimensional caricatures become multi-layered as they try to form alliances and outwit each other in order to gain a favourable outcome at the inevitable conference. The reason for this is due to the death of Oda Nobunaga, head of the Oda clan and real life historical figure although I doubt the film has any real historical basis beyond that. There is an urgent need to appoint a suitable candidate as the leader, with two of his sons being the obvious choices but which one will it be? Various vassals have decided to gather together at a conference to vote upon the new leader.
Despite what might seem like a serious matter, the movie has many moments of light humour and not all the characters are stone-faced serious. At one point, the two teams have a little competition on the beach, one of which involves a race. The movie is also very bright with some pretty outdoor scenes although I suspect some of it is CG since sometimes it looks too pretty and almost artificial. Read the rest of this entry »
This is a bit late in the coming but here are some Asian movies that caught my interest but of course that doesn’t mean others aren’t worth checking out. You can also check out this link which lists all the Asian films screenings at the festival and the World Film Festival website. Read the rest of this entry »
Thermae Romae (2012)
Director: Hideki Takeuchi ; Screenplay: Shogo Muto, Mari Yamazaki
Cast: Hiroshi Abe, Aya Ueto, Kazuki Kitamura, Riki Takeuchi, Kai Shishido
If you’re looking for a laugh out loud, feel good comedy that doesn’t take itself seriously then this is the movie for you. Hiroshi Abe plays the main character Lucius Modestus, a Roman bath architect in 128 AD who gets sucked down a water vortex and time travels to modern day Japan. He is amazed by the “flat faced” clan’s innovations in bath technologies and replicates what he sees when he returns to the past to great success in Rome. coincidentallly, he always seems to teleport to a place in Japan that is near a manga artist who is immediately attracted to him.
Most of the laughs come from Lucius’ reactions of amazement to the simplest of modern day bath accessories. Even funnier are the ways he replicates the modern bath technologies he observed with primitive Roman technology (usually a lot of slaves). We learn early on that when Lucius is in deep thought about his next bath design, that he will drown in a water vortex of some sort. He seems to easily return to his original time and place in Rome although the trigger for this is actually nicely revealed in a slightly sad scene. Don’t worry though, this is mostly an upbeat film with a happy ending. Credit to Hiroshi Abe’s great comedic talents, deadpan inner monologues and hilarious facial expressions for keeping things light but not totally wacky.
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Toronto film fans, here’s your chance to win a pair of free tickets courtesy of Variance Films to the screening of Johnny To’s latest crime thriller DRUG WAR which opens August 9th at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Simply reply to this post (making sure to fill out your email address) or send an email via the About / Contact page with “Variance Films Drug War Ticket Giveaway” in the message. Also feel free to tell us briefly about your favourite Johnny To film! A winner will be randomly selected from all entries. Deadline is August 7 at 11:59pm EST. You will receive an email the next day if you have won.
Theater and Tickets: http://tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiffbelllightbox/2013/2330020385
You can check out my Fantasia review and view the trailer and synopsis below. The film also opens on August 9 in Vancouver at the Vancity Theatre and a week later on August 16 in Montreal at Cinema du Parc.
Manufacturing just fifty grams of meth in China will earn you a death sentence, and Timmy Choi (Louis Koo) has manufactured tons of it. After a violent lab accident, he’s in the custody of Captain Zhang (Sun Honglei), and now he has only one chance to avoid execution: turn informant and help Zhang’s undercover team take down the powerful cartel he’s been cooking for. With the uneasy allies forced to compress months of police work into just 72 sleepless hours, things begin to spin wildly out of control, and it becomes unclear whether the cop or the criminal truly has the upper hand in master director Johnnie To’s puzzle box of a crime thriller.
I’ll Give It My All…Tomorrow (2013)
Director: Yuichi Fukuda ; Screenplay: Yuichi Fukuda, Shunju Aono
Cast: Shinichi Tsutsumi, Ai Hashimoto, Katsuhisa Namase, Takayuki Yamada, Gaku Hamada
I would say the first half of the movie is disappointing but does get better in the second half. There are some decent jokes but I didn’t really find it that funny. It depends on whether you sympathize with the main character, Shizuo or not. I mostly felt he was kinda stupid for his age and thus didn’t find his slapstick humour very amusing most times. However, I liked the other two characters whom Shizuo hangs out with. Like Shizuo they are also looking for their own purposes in life. The premise of dropping a stable salaryman type career to find your true passion (in Shizuo’s case, becoming a manga artist) is not a poor premise to base a movie on. At least the story does a good job of showing the difficulties one must go through to attain one’s dream. It shows him working, getting rejected, becoming lazy and trying again.
The question of whether Shizuo is good enough to even be a manga artist is not really touched upon, he appears to already have some decent drawing ability although it is never explicitly mentioned. Then again, this was not really the point of the movie and likely would’ve dragged it even more than it already does. The first half is a bit dull because Shizuo really does just laze around with his father yelling at him and his 17 year old daughter being quietly supportive. The story picks up when Shizuo does achieve a small amount of success but it’s more because we see significant occurrences with other characters. Credit to the movie for making one question what is truly important in life. None of the characters are necessarily successful by the end of the movie but it’s a hopeful ending about taking chances.
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Boomerang Family (2013)
Director: Song Hae-sung ; Screenplay: Kim Hae-gon, Kim Jae-hwan, Song Hae-sung, Cheon Myung-gwan
Cast: Park Hae-il, Yoon Je-moon, Kong Hyo-jin, Youn Yuh-jung, Jin Ji-hee
This movie is more a drama than a comedy with some gangsters thrown in for good measure. There are some laughs and lots of swearing but I’d say most of the movie is about the consequences of dysfunctional family dynamics that lead to a serious situation. Two adult sons and an adult daughter along with her own daughter come back to live with their mom after various failures in their lives. They waste no time getting into fights and arguments as if they were children but stick together against others who would hurt any one of them. The actors do a great job of portraying the love-hate dynamics. It’s all the more heartfelt and poignant when you discover the sacrifice that a sibling has made for another that isn’t apparent with all their fighting and arguing.
There isn’t really a main story line but there is a crisis that does lead to a satisfying ending that plays around with expectations. My only criticism would be the revelation of an unheard of a character whom serves as a convenient plot device to help the mother buy meat (this will make sense if you watch the film). Inevitably, we know the adult children have to move out and keep going on with their lives no matter what hardships arise. In that respect, the movie does offer some universal life lessons about the importance of family and swallowing one’s pride in order to take a lesser job in difficult times.
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A Company Man (2012)
Director: Lim Sang-yoon ; Screenplay: Lim Sang-yoon
Cast: So Ji-sub, Lee Mi-yeon, Kwak Do-won, Kim Dong-joon
I was actually expecting more action from this movie but what action pieces we do get are pretty good and slick. So Ji Sub does the quiet, brooding type very well as expected and is efficient and brutal in his fight scenes as a hitman who wants to quit and live a normal life. There is some romance, perhaps a bit too much but at least it’s bittersweet. The final shootout plays out like an office worker’s violent fantasy. The story is well paced and surprisingly there is a lesson in all of this. It’s basically that you shouldn’t dedicate your whole life to work because you might miss out on something special (like love or something). Or maybe the lesson is that if all you do is work, you’ll go crazy and shoot up the office. It’s one or the other or both maybe. In any case, the movie is quietly entertaining but could’ve used more action. This isn’t a movie you need to go out of your way to see but you won’t regret it if you do see it. Trailer after the jump.
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