She Has A Name

She Has A Name Canada (2016) Dirs. Daniel Kooman & Matthew Kooman The UN estimates over 2 million children a year are forced in sexual slavery on a global scale, with only 1% of them rescued. This terrifying statistic is shared at the end of this upsetting drama that was made not only to raise … Continue reading She Has A Name

Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy

Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy Thailand (2013) Dir. Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit When The Emoji Movie arrived in 2017, aside from being met by universal hostility, it was seen as a lament for modern cinema finding its inspiration in social media. Yet, this Thai black comedy drama got there first by building a story around a … Continue reading Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy

Paradox (Sha po lang: taam long)

Paradox (Sha po lang: taam long) Hong Kong (2017) Dir. Wilson Yip Kids. Who’d have them, eh? You bring them into the world, give them everything, teach them everything and they repay by going missing in a foreign country and exposes a criminal operation with huge political implications. That is what drives this final entry … Continue reading Paradox (Sha po lang: taam long)

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)

Memory aka Ghost House (Rak Lorn)

Memory aka Ghost House (Rak Lorn) Thailand (2008) Dir. Torpong Tunkamhang For my next Halloween watch I found this Thai effort in my ever-growing pile of unwatched DVDs, which was hard to track down details of as it is known under two titles - Memory and Ghost House - and there doesn’t appear to be … Continue reading Memory aka Ghost House (Rak Lorn)

Three…Extremes II (aka Three) (Saam gaang)

Three…Extremes II (aka Three)(Saam gaang) Hong Kong/Korea/Thailand (2002) Dirs. Kim Ji-Woon, Peter Chan & Nonzee Nimibutr When is a sequel not a sequel? When it was made first! Confused? Allow me to elucidate - the first Three Extremes (Saam gaang yi) film from 2004 is actually a sequel of sorts to this film - originally … Continue reading Three…Extremes II (aka Three) (Saam gaang)

SPL 2: A Time For Consequences (Saat po long 2)

SPL 2: A Time For Consequences (Saat po long 2) China/Hong Kong (2015) Dir. Cheang Pou-soi Some readers may recall the 2005 Donnie Yen film Kill Zone (originally titled SPL: Sha Po Lang in its native Hong Kong) - well, forget it because this film is a “sequel in name only” affair which makes little … Continue reading SPL 2: A Time For Consequences (Saat po long 2)

Bangkok Assassins

Bangkok Assassins (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: MVM Entertainment) Running time: 104 minutes approx. Four young boys are kidnapped and maimed by their brutal captors – one is blinded one deafened, one left retarded and the last has his tongue cut out – then sent onto the streets to beg for money. A former Shaolin … Continue reading Bangkok Assassins

The Sperm (Asujaak)

The Sperm (Asujaak) Thailand (2007) Dir. Taweewat Wantha Teenager Sutin (Putthipong Sriwat) has two main hobbies – playing rock music and playing with himself. He frequently dreams about a popular model named Lammy (Pimpaporn Leenutapong) whom he gets to meet at an event broadcast on love TV, but thinking it is another dream, Sutin makes … Continue reading The Sperm (Asujaak)

The ABCs Of Death

The ABCs Of Death Various (2012) Dirs. Various The concept is a brilliant one: take twenty six directors from around the globe and give them a letter each. They must think of a word that begins with that letter then make a film about the subject of death. It’s as simple and ingenious as it … Continue reading The ABCs Of Death