The Bloodthirsty Trilogy

The Bloodthirsty Trilogy (Cert 18) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 235 minutes approx. Vampire films are not usually associated with Japanese cinema, since they have their own take on the supernatural for their horror films. Despite the odd entry appearing over the past decade or so, vampires haven’t troubled J-Horror films that … Continue reading The Bloodthirsty Trilogy

Mrs. K

Mrs. K Hong Kong (2016) Dir. Ho Yuhang All good things have to come to an end and for Hong Kong film legend Kara Hui, Mrs. K - allegedly - marks her final role as an action star. The latter part needs to be stressed as Hui has made two more films since this one, … Continue reading Mrs. K

The Hand Of Destiny (Eunmyeongui son)

The Hand Of Destiny (Eunmyeongui son) Korea (1954) Dir. Han Hyeong-mo A number of firsts are achieved with this South Korean film - it’s the first South Korean film made prior to the 1990’s that I have seen; it is one of the first spy thrillers from the South; and it features the first ever … Continue reading The Hand Of Destiny (Eunmyeongui son)

Hwayi: A Monster Boy (Hwa-i: Goi-mool-eul sam-kin a-i)

Hwayi: A Monster Boy (Hwa-i: Goi-mool-eul sam-kin a-i) Korea (2013) Dir. Jang Joon-hwan When children play up, our instinctive reaction is to blame the parents for not bringing them up properly. Some might argue this is a rather assumptive and generalist attitude to take but in the case of the young protagonist of this grisly … Continue reading Hwayi: A Monster Boy (Hwa-i: Goi-mool-eul sam-kin a-i)

The Battleship Island

The Battleship Island (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Precision Pictures) Running Time: 127 minutes approx. “Dirty Koreans. You should be thankful!” A typically blinkered rant from a power crazed Japanese officer in this epic Korean box office hit that ruffled the sensitivities of many right-wing Japanese commentators in depicting another shameful, hitherto covered up … Continue reading The Battleship Island

House Of The Disappeared (Si-gan-wi-ui jib)

House Of The Disappeared (Si-gan-wi-ui jib) Korea (2017) Dir. Lim Dae-woong This psychological horror/thriller from Korea is in fact a remake of a 2013 Venezuelan film La Casa Del Fin De Los Tiempos (The House At The End Of Time), a rare case of Asian cinema remaking another country’s film and not vice versa, although … Continue reading House Of The Disappeared (Si-gan-wi-ui jib)

Insyriated

Insyriated Belgium/France/Lebanon (2017) Dir. Philippe Van Leeuw War films almost instinctively tend to focus on either those on the front line or the firsthand civilian victims of military oppression. Belgian writer-director Philippe van Leeuw chooses to focus on a lesser featured contingent to suffer during a conflict, those on the periphery with no direct investment … Continue reading Insyriated

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)

Corridor (Isolerad)

Corridor (Isolerad) Sweden (2010) Dirs. Johan Lundborg & Johan Storm Pressure is a terribly divisive thing. Some thrive on it while others crumble under it and the effect it can have on our nerves and mindset is frightening when it gets all too much becomes palpable. But if there is some fire connected to the … Continue reading Corridor (Isolerad)

Parallel

Parallel UK (2016) Dir. Ieva Makselyte Occasionally on this site, we take a side step from mainstream cinema and look to indie filmmaking for our entertainment. Granted the budgets will be meagre, the production values modest and the acting often raw but what lack in professional glitz they make up for in earnestness and - … Continue reading Parallel