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Coming Soon (as in now)

June 16th, 2007 (03:03 pm)
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Some things on the fly:

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Posted by: Franz Treviranus (trimegistus)
Posted at: June 23rd, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)

Hi:

Would you recommend any of those films in the Asian film fest?

do you live in nyc?

best,

H

Posted by: lady_wakasa (lady_wakasa)
Posted at: June 24th, 2007 06:06 am (UTC)

Hi -

I can say something about six of these (one of which I've seen on DVD). I'm only going to get to see one film at the festival this year.

  1. The Banquet, from China, is last year's Rule of Two movie with Curse of the Golden Flower (historical costume epic with lots of machiavellian intrigue, name actors in both). Some say Banquet was better, some say Curse. I'll probably see both at some point.
  2. Hula Girls was Japan's submission for this year's foreign Oscar. It's about a Japanese town that's economically depressed so brings in hula to save itself. Even if it didn't get a nomination, the foreign Oscar films are often very good (and often better than the movies which do get nominated), so this might be worth a look.
  3. Exiled is a very highly regarded Johnny To film about a Hong Kong (?) crime syndicate. It may be a sequel to another film, but stands alone quite well. In the same general genre as Infernal Affairs, which was remade by Hollywood as The Departed.
  4. Dasepo Naughty Girls is about a very very bizarre high school, and is based on an online comic strip. It might be worth checking out for the bizarreness, if you're into that.
  5. I'm A Cyborg But That's Okay I saw about a month ago on DVD (review under Memorial Day, Part 1, and I managed to keep major spoilers out of it), and I'm going to see again. I liked it a *lot* - enough so that I spent the following week thinking about it - and, well, I'm going to see it on the big screen. Park Chan-wook is sliding into One of My Favorite Directors-hood.
  6. Aachi & Ssipak is the one I know the least about. It's animated; from what little I know it seems the technical part is pretty advanced / cutting edge, but the story itself doesn't work very well.
The Korean films (#4 on), at least, should be mentioned somewhere on http://www.koreanfilm.org, which is run by an American expat who lives in Korea and writes for Variety (among other things). Even if he doesn't cover all the films, there are quite a few knowledgeable people on his bulletin board who have likely brought them up.

I live a little over an hour outside of NYC, so getting to the festival is doable. I've also been in touch with some people working on other Asian festivals in NYC; if you can hold tight a few weeks I will post info about them.

Posted by: Franz Treviranus (trimegistus)
Posted at: June 24th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)

great!

thanks.

I saw cyborg the other day, its really great!.

Posted by: lady_wakasa (lady_wakasa)
Posted at: June 27th, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)

I totally agree, and I don't understand why some are so negative about it.

I hope you get to check out and enjoy the festival. If you see something good, let us know!

Posted by: Franz Treviranus (trimegistus)
Posted at: July 2nd, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)

Yeah i hope so too, i live in new brunswick, nj so its only 45/60 minutes for me. unfortunately things are not looking that great for me since im teaching and also taking a class.

we'll see.

thanks for posting this info!

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