Headshot

Headshot (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 118 minutes approx. Recently I reviewed the 2014 Chilean action film Redeemer and commented on how its violence was more gory than most horror films. Trust the Indonesians to make a film that is even more grisly than that! A man is washed up by … Continue reading Headshot

The Age Of Shadows (Miljeong)

  The Age Of Shadows (Miljeong) Korea (2016) Dir. Kim Jee-woon It’s a familiar story - a celebrated Korean director tries his luck in Hollywood, fails, returns to his native land and produces an absolute corker to get himself back on track. Park Chan-Wook did it with The Handmaiden and now it’s Kim Jee-Woon’s turn … Continue reading The Age Of Shadows (Miljeong)

Rome, Open City (Roma città aperta)

Rome, Open City (Roma città aperta) Italy (1945) Dir. Roberto Rossellini For many De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves is considered the starting point for discovering Italian cinema’s Neo Realism movement. But if you want to see the true launching pad for the subgenre, it almost assuredly has to be this powerful dramatisation of the real life … Continue reading Rome, Open City (Roma città aperta)

The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi)

The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) Korea (2016) Dir. Park Chan-Wook Following a stint in Hollywood that yielded 2013’s Stoker, Park Chan-Wook is back on native turf and while the US idea of aesthetic grandeur has rubbed off on him The Handmaiden is just as subversive as Park’s previous Korean work. Relocating the Victorian England setting of Sarah … Continue reading The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi)

Honeymoon (Luna de miel)

Honeymoon (Luna de miel) Mexico (2015) Dir. Diego Cohen They say it is always the quiet ones you have to watch out for. Mexican director Diego Cohen explores this particular maxim in his latest film, which is most assuredly not for the easily squeamish. Jorge (Hector Kotsifakis) is a quiet medical doctor who lives alone … Continue reading Honeymoon (Luna de miel)

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 3 – The Advent

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 3 – The Advent (Cert 18) 2 Discs (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (Distributor: Manga Entertainment/Kaze UK) Running time: 113 minutes approx. Unfortunately we are not afforded a recap of the events from the previous two films in this rebooted trilogy of Kentaro Miura’s popular manga so coming into this final instalment fresh … Continue reading Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 3 – The Advent

Ab-Normal Beauty (Sei mong se jun)

Ab-Normal Beauty (Sei mong se jun) Hong Kong (2004) Dir. Oxide Pang Jiney (Race Wong) is a talented but cold art student who is never satisfied with her work until, she witnesses a car accident and finds herself inexplicably compelled to take a photograph of one of the dead victims. Much to the horror of … Continue reading Ab-Normal Beauty (Sei mong se jun)