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  • The Day I Died: Unclosed Case

    ★★★½

  • The Great Chase

    ★★★★

  • Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway

    ★★★½

  • I'm Livin' It

    ★★½

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  • Farewell My Concubine

    Farewell My Concubine

    ★★★★½

    ”I'm just an actor playing a king. You really are Yuji.”

    Farewell My Concubine is a 171 minute epic that spans 53 years and is as much a behind the scenes look into the Peking Opera and their schools, a love triangle involving a woman and a man after the affection of a second man and a portrayal of Chinese history including the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Cultural Revolution. And to top it all the story mirrors that of…

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  • The Great Chase

    The Great Chase

    ★★★★

    Man, this is prime Etsuko Shihomi material! Some bonkers and wonderful stunt-work, a super fun score and it doesn't bother with all the yucky exploitation stuff much either. They could also call it The Fun Chase (although it is great too ;D).

  • Limbo

    Limbo

    ★★★½

    I still feel dirty thinking about this and it's been almost 24 hours.
    Some stunning, but supremely grimy black and white cinematography meets one of the bleaker plots Hong Kong cinema has produced and turns its city into a bleak purgatory of journeying to the Seventh circle of hell suffering. There is no hope here and most everyone is horrible and everything feels muddy and desperate.

    Not an enjoyable experience then, yet one that definitely feels like it has been…

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  • I Saw the Devil

    I Saw the Devil

    ★★★★★

    A piano sonata of revenge that, with each note, breaks a bone, peels back your skin, slits a tendon and punches and kicks your heart and gut and stops exactly a split second before it would knock you unconscious, only to build up again and leave you more devastated the next time around.

    I Saw The Devil is a gorgeously crafted piece of cinema directed by Kim Jee-woon. The tale of a special ops agent played by Lee Byung-hun on…

  • Castaway on the Moon

    Castaway on the Moon

    ★★★★★

    "It's not for health reasons.
    After putting on 10.000 steps,
    I feel like I had a good, busy day.
    It's an all-too-healthy way of escapism."

    So writer/director Lee Hae-Jun knows what made me buy that rowing machine last year - splendid..
    Starring Jeong JaeYeong as the male Kim and Jung Ryeo-Won as the female Kim, Castaway on the Moon opens with male Kim trying to commit suicide via jumping from the infamous Mapo Bridge in Seoul to his death in…