Chasing The Dragon

Chasing The Dragon (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Well Go USA) Running Time: 129 minutes approx. Drugs are bad; everyone knows that, but not just for the users and their families whose lives are messed up by them but for the peddlers too. Prolific and polarising Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Jing and co-director Jason … Continue reading Chasing The Dragon

The Other Side Of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen)

The Other Side Of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) Finland (2017) Dir. Aki Kaurismäki The Finnish master of the mundane returns with another low-key chronicle of life in his native country, laced as ever with his quietly absurd but cynically askewed humour that exposes more than it lampoons. Following on from 2011’s Le Havre, the ever-relevant … Continue reading The Other Side Of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen)

Samba

Samba France (2014) Dirs. Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano Immigration is a tricky subject to make a rom-com out of and the directors of the international crowd pleaser Untouchable don’t exactly deliver much of one, but they do present a thoughtful and conscientious yarn about finding love when the political system is against you. Senegalese … Continue reading Samba

Flu (Gamgi)

Flu (Gamgi) Korea (2013) Dir. Kim Sung-su Sometimes the title just says it all. Even the genre in which the film appears can tell you everything without having to watch it. The skill of the filmmaker therefore is to ensure that the story told is enticing enough for the viewer even if they can surmise … Continue reading Flu (Gamgi)

Sea Fog (Haemoo)

Sea Fog (Haemoo) Korea (2014) Dir. Shim Sung-bo Illegal immigration is a hot topic at the moment and contrary to what we may believe in own national press about it being a problem exclusive to us, it is something that affects many other countries too. This directorial debut from Shim Sung-bo, writer of the crime … Continue reading Sea Fog (Haemoo)

A Girl At My Door (Dohee-ya)

A Girl At My Door (Dohee-ya) Korean (2014) Dir. July Jung A female police academy instructor Lee Young-nam (Bae Doona) is relocated from Seoul to small seaside town following a personal scandal to head a small police substation. On her first day there Young-nam witnesses a group of kids bullying a young girl, Do-Hee (Kim … Continue reading A Girl At My Door (Dohee-ya)

Le Havre

  Le Havre Finland/France (2011) Dir. Aki Kaurismäki In the port city of Le Havre lives former playwright Marcel Marx (André Wilms) and his wife Arletty (Kati Outine) and their Golden Retriever Laika, getting by with a humble but meagre lifestyle and Marcel’s less than profitable shoeshine business. Just as Arletty is taken ill and … Continue reading Le Havre