Innocent Thing (Gashi)

Innocent Thing (Gashi)

Innocent Thing (Gashi) Korea (2014) Dir. Kim Tae-gyun With the recent spate of Korean films dealing with high school bullying, it is something of a refreshing change to watch one that covers a different subject matter. Unfortunately the subject matter of Innocent Thing isn’t exactly original either, but it is an earnest attempt at putting … Continue reading

The French Connection II

The French Connection II

The French Connection II US (1975) Dir. John Frankenheimer Four years after the multi-Oscar winning success of The French Connection, this sequel arrived and while it is a continuation of sorts of the central story from the first film, it is a non-canon work with only two returning cast members and a different director. Since … Continue reading

The French Connection

The French Connection

The French Connection US (1971) Dir. William Friedkin I have to be honest, of all the Best Film Oscar winners The French Connection was one of those which I always felt seemed out of place alongside such revered treasures as Gone With The Wind, Casablanca, The Godfather, etc. As it stands this is a pretty … Continue reading

Spring In A Small Town (Xiao cheng zhi chun)

Spring In A Small Town (Xiao cheng zhi chun)

Spring In A Small Town (Xiao cheng zhi chun) China (1948) Dir. Mu Fei Having been introduced to Chinese cinema via Bruce Lee’s martial arts classics I am rather ignorant towards the films made before 1971! Unfortunately many early Chinese films were essentially banished into the ether by the Communist regime, but thanks to BFI, … Continue reading

Leap Of Faith

Leap Of Faith

Leap Of Faith UK (2015) Dir. Dominic Ryan Time to indulge once again in the cinematic underworld that is the UK independent scene with the third short film from the very busy actor-writer-producer-director Dominic Ryan. Leap Of Faith is straightforward tale of not letting negative circumstances get you down and finding that catalyst to spiritual … Continue reading

Sankarea – Undying Love

Sankarea – Undying Love

Sankarea – Undying Love (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 314 minutes approx. Release Date: April 27th      It’s an age old story – boy meets girl, girl dies, girl comes back to life as a zombie, boy falls in love with girl…wait, what? Let’s go back to the beginning: Chihiro Furuya is … Continue reading

My Man (Watashi no otoko)

My Man (Watashi no otoko)

My Man (Watashi no otoko) Japan (2014) Dir. Kazuyoshi Kumakiri In this day and age it seems that just about every taboo has been broken in film yet some still have the power to engender concern and appal. My Man is a film which explores one such taboo but manages to humanise it as much … Continue reading

Branded To Kill (Koroshi no rakuin)

Branded To Kill (Koroshi no rakuin)

Branded To Kill (Koroshi no rakuin) Japan (1967) Dir. Seijun Suzuki In 1960’s Japanese cinema the resident enfant terrible was Seijin Suzuki who, despite being a prolific filmmaker for the Nikkatsu studio – forty films in eleven years – baffled audiences and critics alike with his surrealist approach eventually being fired for making films which … Continue reading

Gatchaman Crowds

Gatchaman Crowds

Gatchaman Crowds  (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: Animatsu Entertainment) Running time: 301 minutes approx. Release Date: April 27th     If the name Gatchaman brings with a warm sense of nostalgia and possible excitement then I apologise for bursting your bubble so early on, but any similarities between the 1970’s classic – which was renamed Battle … Continue reading

No Tears For The Dead (U-neun nam-ja)

No Tears For The Dead (U-neun nam-ja)

No Tears For The Dead (U-neun nam-ja) Korea (2014) Dir. Lee Jeong-beom Having set a new standard for the grisly and violent revenge flick with 2010’s The Man From Nowhere, interest was keen for director Lee Jeong-beom’s next project. The answer finds him walking a similar path with a hint of what films Lee has … Continue reading