Harry, He’s Here To Help (Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien)

Harry, He's Here To Help (Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien) France (2000) Dir. Dominik Moll When we can’t rely on our families we turn to our friends instead (those of you that actually have friends) but what if they are even less help? What if they serve to make your problems even … Continue reading Harry, He’s Here To Help (Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien)

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Godspeed (Yi lu shun feng)

Godspeed (Yi lu shun feng) Taiwan (2016) Dir. Chung Mong-hong Michael Hui is one the biggest names in Hong Kong comedy, his heyday being in the 70’s and 80’s, but over the last decade is film work has slowed down a little. This black comedy from Taiwanese director Chung Mong-hong puts Hui firmly back in … Continue reading Godspeed (Yi lu shun feng)

Dead Or Alive: Final

Dead Or Alive: Final Japan (2002) Dir. Takashi Miike Concluding a story is often hard for a writer; concluding a trilogy is going to be even harder but it seems Japanese provocateur’s decision to make his Dead Or Alive trilogy a largely unconnected affair made it a bit easier for screenwriter Ichiro Ryu and his … Continue reading Dead Or Alive: Final

Dead Or Alive 2: Birds (Dead Or Alive 2: Tôbôsha)

Dead Or Alive 2: Birds (Dead Or Alive 2: Tôbôsha) Japan (2000) Dir. Takashi Miike After delivering one of the most conclusive endings possible to a film, the idea that there could be a sequel to Takashi Miike’s Dead Or Alive seems rather preposterous. But this is Miike we are talking about - and who … Continue reading Dead Or Alive 2: Birds (Dead Or Alive 2: Tôbôsha)

The Student ((M)uchenik)

The Student ((M)uchenik) Russia (2016) Dir. Kirill Serebrennikov If one is going to make film about religion then in this current, politically charged climate of egg shell treading, being openly confrontational isn’t necessarily a smart move, unless you can safely predict the audience is going to divine your intentions. Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov either didn’t … Continue reading The Student ((M)uchenik)

Dead Or Alive (Dead Or Alive: Hanzaisha)

Dead Or Alive (Dead Or Alive: Hanzaisha) Japan (1999) Dir. Takashi Miike Takashi Miike’s reputation as a major proponent of extreme cinema proceeds any of his works, no matter how innocent the subject matter may be. Therefore, the violent world associated with the Yakuza seems tailor made for him - with Miike’s unique twist liberally … Continue reading Dead Or Alive (Dead Or Alive: Hanzaisha)

Crush And Blush (Misseu Hongdangmu)

Crush And Blush (Misseu Hongdangmu) Korea (2008) Dir. Lee Kyoung-Mi “Everybody does something for no reason” is the sophistry behind the odd behaviour of the central character of this black comedy but she does have a reason - that old devil called “love”. Not that it justifies how she chooses to deal with this issue … Continue reading Crush And Blush (Misseu Hongdangmu)