Penny Pinchers (Tikkeulmoa Romaenseu)

Penny Pinchers (Tikkeulmoa Romaenseu) Korea (2011) Dir. Jeong-hwan Kim College graduate Ji-Woong (Song Joong-Ki) prefers to live the high life on his mother’s income rather than getting a job of his own, despite bring five months behind on the rent of his small and cheap rooftop apartment. Living in the cheap building opposite is Hong-Sil … Continue reading Penny Pinchers (Tikkeulmoa Romaenseu)

Happy Together (Chun gwong cha sit)

  Happy Together (Chun gwong cha sit) Hong Kong (1997) Dir. Wong Kar-Wai Gay lovers Ho Po-wing (Leslie Cheung) and Lai Yiu-fai (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) arrive from Hong Kong in Argentina for a road trip holiday to visit Iguazu waterfalls but the relationship turns sour and they soon split. Yiu-fai gets a club job … Continue reading Happy Together (Chun gwong cha sit)

OSS 117: Lost in Rio (OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus)

OSS 117: Lost in Rio (OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus) France (2009) Dir. Michel Hazanavicius France’s top secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117 (Jean Dujardin), returns with a new mission that sees him on his way to Brazil to deliver a 50 000 francs payment to an exiled Nazi, Professor … Continue reading OSS 117: Lost in Rio (OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus)

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo US (2011) Dir. David Fincher I imagine a plot recap isn’t necessary for this US remake of the Swedish adaptation of the best selling novels from the late Stieg Larsson so I’ll get straight the review. As a fan of World Cinema (and in this case the original Millennium … Continue reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Romancing In Thin Air (Gao hai ba zhi lian II)

  Romancing In Thin Air (Gao hai ba zhi lian II) Hong Kong (2012) Dir. Johnnie To Michael Lau (Louis Koo) is a hugely popular star in Hong Kong and upon winning an acting award, proposes to his co-star and girlfriend Yuanyuan (Gao Yuanyuan). Unfortunately at the wedding Yuanyuan’s first love Zhang Xing (Wang Baoqiang) … Continue reading Romancing In Thin Air (Gao hai ba zhi lian II)

Crows Zero II

Crows Zero II (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: MVM Entertainment) Running time: 133 minutes approx. Having finally conquered Suzuran All-Boys High School, Genji Takiya (Shun Oguri) is thrown headlong into his first test of leadership when he inadvertently breaks a truce between Suzuran and the rival Hosen School. Former Suzuran student Sho Kawanishi (Shinnosuke Abe) … Continue reading Crows Zero II

The Artist

The Artist (Cert PG) 1 Disc (Distributor: Entertainment In Video) Running Time: 100 Minutes approx I’m sure you all know the plot of this homage to the golden era of silent movies in which megastar George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) ignores the advent of talking pictures and falls into obscurity, just as a young dancer Peppy … Continue reading The Artist

Bleach Series 9 Part 1

Bleach Series 9 Part 1 (Episodes 168-178) (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: Manga Entertainment/Kaze UK) Running time: 233 minutes approx. Following Aizen’s treachery towards the Soul Society the Third Division Squad is in need of a new squad captain. Much to everyone’s surprise, the job is given to Shūsuke Amagai, a relative unknown who heads … Continue reading Bleach Series 9 Part 1

The Great Magician (Daai mo seut si)

  The Great Magician (Daai mo seut si) Hong Kong (2012) Dir. Derek Yee At the turn of the 20th century in China the warlord Bully Lei (Lau Ching-Wan) lives up to his name with his mistreatment of the locals but has met his match in the form of his prospective seventh wife Liu Yin … Continue reading The Great Magician (Daai mo seut si)

Honey (Bal)

Honey (Bal) Turkey (2010) Dir. Semih Kaplanoglu In a remote part of the Turkish countryside six year-old Yusuf (Bora Altas) lives with his bee keeping father Yakup (Erdal Besikçioglu) and his mother Zahra (Tülin Özen). They live a quiet and modest existence but things slowly begin to crumble for them. Yakup’s bees seem to be … Continue reading Honey (Bal)