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Mon, 13 Sep 2010 18:51:33
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Paul W.S. Anderson accidentally made the best video game movie in Mortal Kombat, so I give him some credit. Then he made one of the worst in MK2.

I don't pay much attention to directors and studios.  So the same guy was behind both of those movies?  How is that even possible?

It isn't. Paul W.S. Anderson had nothing to do with MK Annihilation. It was directed by someone else.

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Mon, 13 Sep 2010 19:12:14
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It isn't. Paul W.S. Anderson had nothing to do with MK Annihilation. It was directed by someone else.

Oh ok, good for him. So in that case hemade crap like the first Aliens vs Predators and this new Resident Evil movie.

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Tue, 14 Sep 2010 20:34:27

Detective Dee looks interesting. Res Evil - maybe in the cheap theater I'll see it.

That Back to the future just reminds me of recently trying to fill out a Telltale games questionaire about a possible back to the future game and getting rejected (probably because I'm out of whatever target age -  I saw the original films in the theater you bastards!)

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Wed, 15 Sep 2010 11:15:12

How old are you monkey?

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Thu, 16 Sep 2010 14:51:00

13 Assasins is basically Takashi Miike doing Akira Kurosawa.

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 05:03:43
I'm really, really looking forward to Machete. Has anyone seen it yet and how is it?
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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 09:50:18
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I'm really, really looking forward to Machete. Has anyone seen it yet and how is it?

I saw a review somewhere.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/reviews/machete-venice-film-festival-2067905.html

What the film utterly lacks is any emotional depth. The characters are strictly comic-book creations. Whatever happens to them – whether their family members are killed in front of them, their own limbs are lopped off or their eyes shot out – they don't seem remotely bothered. If they don't care, why should we?

2 stars out of 5

http://uk.movies.ign.com/articles/111/1118036p1.html

For some viewers, the trailer might be all the Machete they need, and it's fine to leave it at that if you want. But you have to step back and admire what Rodriguez and co-director Ethan Maniquis have done with the seed of an idea and three minutes of footage. About 90 percent of the scenes from the trailer have been worked into the film somehow (either lifted directly or faithfully reshot) – an impressive bit of reverse engineering that couldn't have been easy to pull off. Rodriguez has fleshed the story out in a way that's as fun as it is extreme.

3 and a half stars out of 5

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 11:40:12

"What the film utterly lacks is any emotional depth. The characters are strictly comic-book creations. Whatever happens to them – whether their family members are killed in front of them, their own limbs are lopped off or their eyes shot out – they don't seem remotely bothered. If they don't care, why should we?"


What were they expecting? LOL

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 12:39:45
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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 12:42:40

TIFF 2010: Legend of the Fist: Return of Chen Zhen review

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http://twitchfilm.net/reviews/2010/09/tiff-2010-legend-of-the-fist-return-of-chen-zhen-review.php

But seriously, this movie is just a snooze. The stretches between the action scenes are interminable, and the action scenes themselves get worse as the movie progresses, which is sort of the opposite of what you want to have happen.


Everyone involved has been better. The only legend on display in this movie is its own Legend of Stinkiness.

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SECOND TAKE:

http://twitchfilm.net/reviews/2010/09/tiff-2010-legend-of-the-fist-the-return-of-chen-zhen-review.php

For those not particularly familiar with the unique skills of Donnie Yen and the canon of Hong Kong action films which this aims to draw from, Legend of the Fist will likely be seen as a decent but middling action epic. But for those who understand the character, the concept and the vast potential of the concept this cannot go down as anything but an enormous disappointment.

Sad

Most of the complaints seem to be about the films patriotism, I don't get how US films can get away with it and everything is fine, when China does it it's not?

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 12:46:27

I SAW THE DEVIL REVIEW

From the director of A Bittersweet Life and the Good the Bad and the Weird

http://twitchfilm.net/reviews/2010/09/tiff-2010-i-saw-the-devil-review.php

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http://twitchfilm.net/reviews/2010/09/tiff-2010-i-saw-the-devil-review.php

The uncut version showed at the Toronto International Film Festival and it is about as bloody and gory (and oddly enough, glossy) a serial killer movie that I can recall. I'm sure someone will make a bloodier and gorier movie, that is the way these things work, but that does not change the fact that this is probably the current benchmark, Korean cinema or otherwise. Since the concept is rather ludicrous to begin with, it is easy to let go and see the crazy places the story is going to dig into.

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 12:53:36

Also the Chaser director is making a new film called Murderer.

Here is the Chaser

Here is the new trailer for Murderer


http://www.beyondhollywood.com/intense-new-trailer-for-na-hong-jins-upcoming-thriller-the-murderer/

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 12:56:36

From one of the reviews:

"Watching LEGEND OF THE FIST: RETURN OF CHEN ZHEN is like watching Donnie Yen masturbate to photos of Bruce Lee while staring at himself in a mirror."

WTF LOL

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 14:27:30

You guys remember Luc Besson of Leon and the Fifth Element?

New film.

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:56:13

gg thank you for this thread.  i enjoy asian cinema a great deal but i find it hard to keep track of movies these days.  this is very helpful, keep up the good work

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 18:14:35

Thanks^ I don't mean this to be just an Asian film thread, but I find I have to actively keep tabs on these films as the western movies get exposure I will see, like trailers on TV or reviews in mags. These foreign films you have to dig and dig to get info and keep up to date.

THIRTEEN ASSASINS REVIEW

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http://twitchfilm.net/reviews/2010/09/tiff-2010-13-assassins-review.php

13 Assassins is a gloriously glossy genre picture that gives an impossible and heroic situation all the glory it is due. It is curious to see Miike do something so straight-forward and crowd pleasing. I am sure he will be off to a new picture (or three) which is as different and wacky and unconventional as is his wont. Sit back and enjoy his stop in epic myth making.

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 18:33:06

A aintitcool reader saw I saw the Devil

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Not sure if this would be of interest, but I was at I Saw the Devil last night and was blown away.

The new Kim Ji-woon film, it's recently been released in Korea after some footage was cut (I believe the Korean ratings board deemed it offensive to human dignity) but they showed the full version at TIFF and Magnet Releasing has picked up U.S. distribution. It's a vengeance film starring Choi Min-sik (Oldboy) and Lee Byung-hun (The Good, The Bad and The Weird). Lee Byung-hun is a man whose fiancee is brutally murdered by Choi Min-sik and basically, the film revolves around Lee Byung-hun's quest to inflict pain on Choi Min-sik.

But unlike most other vengeance films, I Saw the Devil overtly raises the question of morality. This is probably my favourite thing about the movie because I think that at heart, a vengeance film should raise a question of morality and I Saw the Devil pretty much throws that question in your face.

Lee Byung-hun is great and because the movie makes his day job to be some type of secret service agent, we get some surprisingly awesome action sequences. Watching Choi Min-sik is fascinating since he's essentially playing the reverse of his Oldboy character.

I'm not normally squeamish, but I turned away in this movie several times. There's one moment near the beginning when they're searching for the fiancee in a river which scared the crap out of me.

When I got home to my empty, dark apartment after the film, I suddenly got spooked and I don't think I've ever been scared by a non-supernatural villain (honestly, it's a day later and I'm still kind of creeped out). I think it's because despite the high level of violence in the film, I felt like there was a certain level of reality because it was a bit jarring to be reminded that this type of random violence could actually happen to anyone.

The cat and mouse game between Choi Min-sik and Lee Byung-hun is also fantastic. It's truly back-and-forth between them for the entire film.

I don't think I can watch I Saw the Devil again but it's the best vengeance movie I've ever seen. I love Park Chan-Wook's trilogy but always felt that there was a little something missing from each of the films whereas I Saw the Devil feels complete to me. There are even some funny moments. And in some way, this film reminds me of Silence of the Lambs (it's that good), but more visceral. This was the one film I was dying to see during TIFF and even though going in I was convinced this had to be awesome just based on the people involved, I could never have imagined it was going to be this (pulse-pounding, ultra-tense, punch to the face) intense. Really recommended.

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 18:56:17

reading that somehow reminded me of an old (i guess it is now) korean film: nowhere to hide which i saw at the odeon in camden about 10 years ago

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 19:35:13

The first 45 minutes of that movie is FUBAR, the director keeps messing around. Once it beds down it's a good thriller. I really enjoyed the chase scenes, it has a certain energy about it.

I saw Duelist by the same director and its too much of a hotch potch, miixing slapstick with straight laced drama.

There is another film he directed called M, which I'm considering importing. The trailer is good.

REVIEW

http://www.beyondhollywood.com/m-2007-movie-review/

“M” in this case is an apt title, potentially standing for a number of key themes in the film such as memory, mystery, mirrors, muse, and ultimately, masterpiece. Although this may perhaps not hold true for those who have been less than impressed with the director’s excesses of style in the past, for devotees it stands as his best work to date, and an exquisitely moving experience.


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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 20:00:42

More Legend of the Fist reviews

http://www.obsessedwithfilm.com/reviews/venice-2010-review-legend-of-the-fist-the-return-of-chen-zhen.php

The first ten minutes equals anything in recent memory in terms of adrenaline pumping action. We begin in France during WW1, where a group of Chinese allied to the French are under fire from a German position. Few films tackle The Great War over it’s deadlier sequel and this is probably the most exciting take I’ve seen, as scores of biplanes bomb our heroes and Yen outruns machine guns and scales buildings, gleefully hacking away German soldiers.

Yen’s choreography would make Bruce Lee proud. Fitting, as the film is a sequel to Lee’s own Fist of Fury (my favourite of his movies) and neatly links into that film, remaining true to the character and spirit of Lee’s original hero. The fights here are amazing, only spoiled by Lau’s reluctance to pull back and hold still. Too many fast cuts and close-ups are employed, and they serve to detract from what are often jaw-dropping set pieces.

The film is everything you’ve come to expect from a Chinese blockbuster, such as Hero or Curse of the Golden Flower. It is big, with high-end production values and full of action. Like those films it is also set in the past, albeit a more recent one (the bulk taking place in 1930s Shanghai –
Not a must see, but well worth catching when it hits our shores, with its high-octane mixture of war movie, martial arts, historical epic and, even, gangster picture. There isn’t a more fitting way to celebrate Bruce Lee’s 70th year




     source: http://www.obsessedwithfilm.com/reviews/venice-2010-review-legend-of-the-fist-the-return-of-chen-zhen.php#ixzz0zoZsfkHR

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