Youth (Fang hua)

Youth (Fang hua) China (2017) Dir. Feng Xiaogang  Communism is a great idea in theory but not in practice, yet countries like China still implemented its model. Here in the west we probably can’t understand what it must like be growing up under such a regime - Youth, the latest blockbuster from Feng Xiaogang, is … Continue reading Youth (Fang hua)

Operation Red Sea (Hong hai xing dong)

Operation Red Sea (Hong hai xing dong) Hong Kong (2018) Dir. Dante Lam They say worse things happen at sea. I’m in no position to comment either way on the veracity of this aphorism but I would think being run over by a lorry would hurt more than getting water in your swimming goggles whilst … Continue reading Operation Red Sea (Hong hai xing dong)

The Fortress (Namhansanseong)

The Fortress (Namhansanseong) Korea (2017) Dir. Hwang Dong-hyuk   Politicians hide themselves away They only started the war Why should they go out to fight? They leave that role to the poor Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler might have written these incisive lyrics in 1970 for the classic track War Pigs but as this impressively … Continue reading The Fortress (Namhansanseong)

Ode To My Father (Gukjesijang)

Ode To My Father (Gukjesijang) Korea (2014) Dir. Yoon Je-Kyun The second highest grossing film in Korean cinema history is a multi-decade, country-hopping tale of loyalty, patriotism and heartbreak on an epic scale which will make some Hollywood heavy hitters envious of his grand vision. The central character is Yoon Deok-Soo (Hwang Jung-Min) an elderly … Continue reading Ode To My Father (Gukjesijang)

Dragon Blade (Tian jiang xiong shi)

Dragon Blade (Tian jiang xiong shi) China (2015) Dir. Daniel Lee It would appear that the only person who didn’t get the memo about Jackie Chan no longer doing martial arts movies is Jackie Chan, as he is in fine sword swinging and butt kicking form in the latest historical epic from Daniel Lee, which … Continue reading Dragon Blade (Tian jiang xiong shi)

Hard To Be A God (Trudno byt bogom)

Hard To Be A God (Trudno byt bogom) Russia (2013) Dir. Aleksey German This isn’t the best way to open a review but I hardly understood what happened in this film. Even after consulting other reviews and articles for the plot it remains a mystery. Yet for 177 minutes I was transfixed on this harrowing … Continue reading Hard To Be A God (Trudno byt bogom)

Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout The Ages

Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout The Ages US (1916) Dir. D.W Griffith One of the great things about being an artist is how it allows one to express themselves through their chosen medium, be it happiness, concern, disgust or retaliation. For the legendary D.W Griffith the latter was the motivation behind this epic fugue form film, … Continue reading Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout The Ages