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|90 83%||Shin-san Tankoumachi no serenâde (2010) - Dec 09, 2018
"Seems to be a bit neglected, unfairly so IMO. Impeccably set in a small mining town, Japan, mid 50's. Coming of age film that's realistically told and not over emotional. It was only when I started to think about this review that I realised it touches on so many "life matters" but does it so deftly that, at the time, it is just the story being told. There is a trace of romance, one of which goes movie-long but as it's not a focal point, won't tag this with (teen) "romance". "
|10 2%||The Tiger and the Snow (2005) - Dec 02, 2018
"If you don't mind irrelevant arcs, a concentration on a main character who acts like he's the hero who'll solve everything - seems the style in some Italian comedies -, this may suit. See other reviews where it would seem this is done in the style favoured by the lead/director. I only lasted 30 minutes."
|82 63%||A Liar and a Broken Girl (2010) - Nov 29, 2018
"Unusual "small" scale film punches well above its weight. Bit like an onion, you need to keep watching to see the backgrounds of the principal characters alter as more is revealed & peeled. Though a bit shaky as far as realism is concerned it is still very pleasing to watch with the two leads played admirably. Perhaps more a fantasy/drama/romance. Excellent casual watch with its left field story surprisingly watchable. NB some mildish violence, no nudity. Littlies may be frightened by some bits."
|75 47%||Dog Bite Dog (2006) - Nov 12, 2018
"Good Lord only one comment! 75 where "75" is "overall". In it's course zigzags madly from 90's to cartoonish 30's. Note one bit is the pits. Different HK actioner, well shot and well played. Though is cliche riddled you forgive that a bit because it is highly watchable with a professional shoot and OK to good acting. Genre fans a "must watch", others, give it a bit of slack and most will watch it right through. High violence factor. The HK style of movie making suits this one very well."
|85 71%||Jinx!!! (2013) - Nov 02, 2018
"Ho hum another Japanese or Korean school/college based romance YAWN, so similar, so generic. No, just no .......well actually this one is a surprise. Slightly different & with a standout performance by Hyomin as Jin-ho lifs a well written script way above humdrum. The synopsis tells the story in a way but doesn't mention a key difference that gives this one depth and actually tugs on your emotions. This is a rom (there is com, but IMHO, it is subservient to the main aim of this one) done right."
|82 63%||The Naked Prey (1966) - Nov 02, 2018
"Film needing to be viewed with production year in mind. Yes, you could say it's generic & pro colonising whites but the "1966" says pretty radical for its time & extremely well done. IMHO very even handed, natives shown respectfully in a time & place of Apartheid ALA Zulu. If you have not seen a "single person on the run V a pack of warriors" eg "Run of the Arrow", Apocalypto this will be revolutionary & gripping. Even if you have this is highly entertaining. Bonus if you spot the pesky car LOL"
|80 57%||The Harimaya Bridge (2009) - Oct 30, 2018
"This is a hard one to rate as is tad generic but, at same time is very well done (NB D Glover is NOT a lead here, cameo appearances, the male lead is B Guillory). It can be a hard watch as BG (who is a good casting IMHO, his large frame intimidates just standing there) starts as VERY rude - has a reason - esp when you consider the value Japanese place on politeness & getting along. Not a classic but IMHO definite watch. Synopsis is good & tells the genre. You'll need subs as 2/3rds in Japan."
|15 3%||Leptirica (1973) - Oct 02, 2018
"Terrifying....ly bad. Not scary, nor well told. Like an early TV production. Ignore the high scores."
|90 83%||The Mistress (1953) - Sep 28, 2018
"It seems this one is a bit neglected...it certainly deserves a comment which will be brief as it is a while since I watched this...BUT I do still remember it. Period piece from the Golden Age of Japanese film, well acted, told and with great sets. It is a romance but there is a lot of depth to it. A definite watch if you get the chance."
|15 3%||Brotherhood of Blades (2014) - Sep 24, 2018
"Inane scum V scum, CGI and wirework infested, actioner. With romance (you arrested my family, they're all dead now, put me in a brothel at age 12 but I love you anyway) to invoke feelings. Genre fans only."