Under The Sand (Sous le sable)

Under The Sand (Sous le sable) France (2000) Dir. François Ozon When you read a plot synopsis and then notice the name of the film’s director, there are occasions where this association will elicit feelings of trepidation. This is not a case of say, Lars von Trier doing romantic comedy, but French provocateur François Ozon … Continue reading Under The Sand (Sous le sable)

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Belladonna Of Sadness (Kanashimi no Beradonna)

Belladonna Of Sadness (Kanashimi no Beradonna) Japan (1973) Dir. Eiichi Yamamoto Aesthetically there is little to suggest that this baffling slice of psychedelic erotica can be classified as anime. But it is part of a trilogy involving the godfather of anime and manga Osamu Tezuka, so who are we to argue? Based loosely on the … Continue reading Belladonna Of Sadness (Kanashimi no Beradonna)

Wet Dreams (Mongjeongki)

Wet Dreams (Mongjeongki) Korea (2002) Dir. Jung Cho-Shin Yup it’s that kind of film. Despite American Pie flopping at the Korean box office its presence was enough to inspire a domestic take on the “gross out” comedy genre. First came Sex Is Zero in 2002 followed a month later by Wet Dreams, whether anybody asked … Continue reading Wet Dreams (Mongjeongki)

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)

Souvenir

Souvenir (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: Studiocanal) Running Time: 87 minutes approx. Release Date – August 14th When an actor has played practically every aberrant, enigmatic and emotionally tortured role possible what is there left to do? If you are irrepressible modern French legend Isabelle Huppert the answer is simple - you play a washed … Continue reading Souvenir

The Working Girl

The Working Girl (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Signature Entertainment) Running Time: 99 minutes approx. Release Date – August 14th In its native France, this debut from Sylvie Verheyde is entitled Amoureux Solitaires (Lonely Lovers) while for international release it has been renamed Sex Doll. Presumably, this would be far too raunchy for uptight … Continue reading The Working Girl