Yakuza Law

Yakuza Law (Cert 18) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 96 minutes approx. “The Yakuza are groups of men bound by ironclad rules.” So boasts the legend at the start of this film, which may very well be true but it does also give the “King of Cult” Teruo Ishii an opportunity to … Continue reading Yakuza Law

My Hero Academia – Two Heroes

My Hero Academia -  Two Heroes (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray/Steelbook (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 96 minutes approx You know a shonen action show has made it to the big time when it gets its own big screen spin-off, so welcome to the major leagues My Hero Academia! Kōhei Horikoshi’s creation manga has seen … Continue reading My Hero Academia – Two Heroes

Widows

Widows US/UK (2018) Dir. Steve McQueen In following up his Oscar winning 12 Years A Slave, Brit director Steve McQueen takes the unusual route of resurrecting an 80’s British TV crime drama and giving it a modern - a very Hollywood - overhaul. A criminal gang led by Harry Rawlings (Liam Neeson) based in Chicago … Continue reading Widows

The Ciambra (A Ciambra)

The Ciambra (A Ciambra) Italy (2017) Dir. Jonas Carpignano Life is about the choices we make, learning from the bad, and building on the foundation of the good. But sometimes the influence of our surroundings and family situation is so overwhelming that we are likely to be destined to follow a path in life that … Continue reading The Ciambra (A Ciambra)

11.6

11.6 France (2013) Dir. Philippe Godeau A curious title that is not quite as enigmatic as it might seem. It refers to the sum of money a French security guard stole from the van he was driving, without the use of firearms or anyone else’s help in 2009 - 11.6 million Euros to be precise. … Continue reading 11.6

Reset

Reset China (2017) Dir. Chang Time travel was very popular in films next year. Many directors from across the globe have had a crack at it, now it is China’s turn, although helming this project is actually Korean director Hong-Seung Yoon, under the pseudonym Chang, presumably to distance himself from any films he is embarrassed … Continue reading Reset

The Lesson (Urok)

The Lesson (Urok) Bulgaria (2014) Dirs. Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanov No-one likes being in debt. It may start with a couple of quid here and there but as life continues to deal you some dodgy hands, it can soon spiral out of control until you are trapped in a pit of despair, your creditors … Continue reading The Lesson (Urok)

The Liar (Geojinmal)

The Liar (Geojinmal) Korea (2014) Dir. Kim Dong-Myung It is becoming increasingly tough to keep up with the Joneses is these days of austerity and economic disparity so why not choose the alternative - just pretend? It doesn’t cost you anything, except maybe the trust of those around you and maybe your own sanity. Ah-Young … Continue reading The Liar (Geojinmal)

White Ant (Bai yi)

White Ant (Bai yi) Taiwan (2016) Dir. Chu Hsien-che We all have our little peccadilloes and foibles, the more extreme examples usually called fetishes and perversions. The default reaction to them tends to be “they need help!”, yet persecution is another knee jerk response when understanding is what someone truly needs. Bai Yide (Chris Wu), … Continue reading White Ant (Bai yi)

Bluebeard (Haebing)

Bluebeard (Haebing) Korea (2017) Dir. Lee Soo-Youn Hearing the words “serial killer” and “South Korean film” together in the same sentence immediately conjures up images of extreme and gleefully unsettling violence with a smattering of misogyny. Perhaps then, the biggest shock in Bluebeard is how atypical it is from every other Korean serial killer flick. … Continue reading Bluebeard (Haebing)