Misbehavior (Yeo-gyo-sa)

Misbehavior (Yeo-gyo-sa) Korea (2016) Dir. Kim Tae-yong It’s tough getting older, having worked hard all your life, giving your best years to the same job and the same people, then a younger model comes along and usurps it all. How you handle this depends on your resolve, but sometimes you are gifted the perfect ammunition … Continue reading Misbehavior (Yeo-gyo-sa)

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Who Killed Cock Robin? (Mu ji zhe)

Who Killed Cock Robin? (Mu ji zhe)   Taiwan (2017) Dir. Cheng Wei-hao Everyone knows the Sparrow did it - he even confessed. Well, that was quick wasn’t it? Actually, the second film from Cheng Wei-hao has nothing to do with this traditional nursery rhyme aside from using the title to imply this mystery crime thriller … Continue reading Who Killed Cock Robin? (Mu ji zhe)

Darkland (Underverden)

Darkland (Underverden) Denmark (2017) Dir. Fenar Ahmad Is it possible to retain one’s cultural and racial identity having assimilated to another country’s culture and made a success of their lives? This is the unexpected subtext of what on the surface is a straight up revenge thriller from Denmark, one of the founding fathers of the … Continue reading Darkland (Underverden)

Justice League

Justice League (Cert 12A) US (2017) Dir. Zack Snyder In early 2016 the DCU, in response to Marvel producing successful super-team films thought it had the crown in their hands when they paired off its two most iconic Superheroes Batman and Superman in one film. Sadly, the film was a misfire and soured the DCU … Continue reading Justice League

Land Of Mine (Under sandet)

Land Of Mine (Under sandet) Denmark (2015) Dir. Martin Zandvliet Another film about World War II that is “based on true events” - haven’t we emptied that particular well already? As it transpires we haven’t and if Land Of Mine is any indicator, there is still a huge wealth of important but overlooked tales of … Continue reading Land Of Mine (Under sandet)

Someone (Nanimono)

Someone (Nanimono) Japan (2016) Dir. Daisuke Miura For all their idiosyncrasies there is no denying the Japanese are an industrious lot; their indomitable work ethic is legendary. But it has also given rise to an unfortunate and avoidable modern phenomenon “death by overwork”. Quite why anyone would willingly slog their guts out for a spot … Continue reading Someone (Nanimono)

The Bacchus Lady (Jug-yeo-ju-neun Yeo-ja)

The Bacchus Lady (Jug-yeo-ju-neun Yeo-ja) Korea (2016) Dir. E J-yong The original Korean title for this poignant and rather tragic outing from the enigmatically named E J-yong is The Killer Woman, a deceptive and less poetic title than the one used for its international release, which tells those of us outside of Korea very little … Continue reading The Bacchus Lady (Jug-yeo-ju-neun Yeo-ja)