Four Women (India) 2012


Nallu_Pennungal
AKA: – Naalu Pennungal
Country: India
Year: – 2007
Language: Malayalam
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, Romance
Duration: – 1 hour 42 minutes
Director: – Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Cast: – Padmapriya, Geethu Mohandas, Manju Pillai, Nandita Das, Kavya Madhavan, K.P.A.C Lalitha, Sreejith Ravi
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Naalu Pennungal (Four Women) is a critically acclaimed Malayalam film produced and directed by Indian Master Director Adoor Gopalakrishnan based on four short stories. written by famous Malayalam writer Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai. It is the story of four women from Kuttanad in Alappuzha district in Kerala. The stories are set in the years between 1940s to the 1960s. The movie chronicles a journey of womanhood across assorted backdrops with a classic amalgamation of source matters and techniques that splendidly spans times and frames. The movie has four distinct parts – Story of an illegal affair, The Virgin, Chinnu Amma, Always a Virgin – each adapted from separate short stories. Each of the parts narrates the stories of women from different strata of the society- The prostitute, The Virgin, The housewife & The Spinster. Though the stories are not explicitly connected in narration, a pattern emerges in the flow of the movie – both in the chronological setting and the stature of the women.The film was premiered in the masters section of the Toronto International Film Festival in September, 2007. The film has so far been screened at more than twenty festivals. Adoor Gopalakrishnan won the National Film Award for Best Direction for the film.

Hey Ram! (India) 2000


AKA: – Oh God!
Country: India
Year: – 2000
Language: Tamil
Subtitles: English
Genre: History Drama, Action, Romance
Duration: – 2 hours 50 minutes
Director: – Kamal Hassan
Cast: – Kamal Hassan, Sharukh Khan, Rani Mukharjee, Vasundhara Das, Nasarudheen Shaw, Hema Malini,
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“Hey Ram” is a controversial bilingual Tamil and Hindi film written, directed and produced by Kamal Haasan and he also starred as the protagonist in the film. A period drama told in flashback, the semi-fictional plot centres around India’s Partition and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi by the Hindu extremist Nathuram Godse.
The film is about a protagonist’s journey from religious hatred to love with the theme of the partition of Bengal in the background. Its relevance in the present Indian environment clouded by religious extremism was widely unrecognized. This is the story of Saket Ram, as narrated by his grandson. The film takes place as Ram, a retired archeologist, lies on the deathbed, on 6 December 1999, the 7th anniversary of the destruction of Babri Mosque in Ayodhya.  The film was a treat to eyes through it’s visual effects and amazing acting by Kamal Hassan & Sharukh Khan.
The film won many national & international awards and was chosen as India’s official entry to the Oscars to be considered for nomination in the Best Foreign Film category for the year 2000.

Apu Trilogy (India) 1955 – 1959


1)    Pather Panchali (1955)
AKA: Song of the Little Road
Duration: 2 hours 6 minutes
2)    Aparajito (1957)
AKA: The Unvanquished
Duration: 1 hour 56 minutes
3)    Apur Sansar (1959)
AKA: The World of Apu
Duration: 1 hour 54 minutes
Country: India
Language: Bengali
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: Satyajit Ray
Cast:- Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Subir Bannerjee, Uma Das Gupta, Pinaki Sengupta, Smaran Ghosal, Santi Gupta, Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarty, Ramani Sengupta
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Plot/Synopsis
Satyajit Ray was an Indian Bengali filmmaker who is regarded as one of the greatest auteurs of 20th century cinema. This great director is a cultural icon in India. He won lot of national & international film festival awards including Cannes, Venice, Berlin, San Francisco and also an Oscar award.The Apu Trilogy is a trilogy consisting of three Bengali films directed by Satyajit Ray: Pather Panchali, Aparajito and Apur Sansar. The films were based on two Bengali novels written by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay: Pather Panchali (1929) and Aparajito (1932). The original music for the trilogy was composed by Pandit Ravi Shankar.
Produced on a shoestring budget of Rs. 1.5 lakh ($3000) using an amateur cast and crew, the trilogy was a milestone in Indian cinema and remains one of the finest examples of Parallel Cinema. The three films went on to win many national and international awards, including three National Film Awards and seven awards from the Cannes, Berlin and Venice Film Festivals. They are today frequently listed among the greatest films of all time and considered one of the greatest film trilogies ever made.
The films are a “coming of age” narrative in the vein of a bildungsroman, describing the childhood, education, early maturity, Romance and family life of a young Bengali named Apurba Kumar Roy (Apu) in the early part of the 20th century.

 

Topo Gigio and the Missile War (1967) – Japan

Aka : Topo Gigio, La Guerra del Missile,  Toppo Jijo no botan senso
Year : 1967
Runtime : 1 Hour 30 Minutes 
Country : Japan | Italy
Language : Japanese or English (Dub) – Dual Audio
Genre : Family, Fantasy 
Director : Kon Ichikawa 
Cast : Koichi Fuse, Goro Fuyuki, Keiju Kobayashi, Meiko Nakamura, Tadashi Negami, Yakumo Sono, Takashi Sunaga, Tôru Ôhira

Plot/Sypnosis:
Noted director Kon Ichikawa combines animation with live action scenes in this spy comedy starring the beloved Italian mouse Topo Gigio. When Topo is knocked out of bed after a funny little man crashes his auto, the mouse is soon up to his ears in international intrigue. He gets mixed up with a gang of spies trying to steal secret missile plans from a government safe. Topo Gigio is best known by American audiences from his frequent appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.

DAM 999 (India) 2011


AKA: Dam 999
Year:2011
Country: India
Language: Malayalam
Genre: Thriller, Romance, science fiction
Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes
Director: Sohan Roy
Cast:- Rajith Kapoor, Vinay Rai,  Vimala Raman, Joshua Fredric Smith, Megha Burman, Linda Arsenio, Ashish Vidyarthi
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The film is based on the award winning short documentary DAMs – The Lethal Water Bombs  and the Banqiao dam disaster of 1975 that claimed the lives of 250,000 people in China and anticipated calamity for outdated dams in the world. The ancient Indian concept of Navarasas, or the nine human emotions, are represented by an assortment of actors from India and Hollywood. The movie also portrays the concepts of Ayurveda as well as lost love against the backdrop of the story of a dilapidated colonial dam. Apart from being a controversial movie in India with respect to its theme, the Screenplay of the movie was added to the permanent core collection in Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences before its release in 2011.

The Rainbow Troops (Indonesia) 2008


AKA: Laskar Pelangi
Year: 2008
Runtime: 2 hours 4 min
Country: Indonesi
Genre: Drama,
Director: Riri Riza
Cast: Cut Mini, Ikranagara, Tora Sudiro, Slamet Rahardjo
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Laskar Pelangi (The Rainbow Troops) is a 2008 Indonesian film adapted from the popular same titled novel by Andrea Hirata. The movie follows a group of 10 schoolboys and their two inspirational teachers as they struggle with poverty and develop hopes for the future in Gantong Village on the farming and tin mining island of Belitung off the east coast of Sumatra.The movie, set in the 1970s, opens on the first day of the year at a Muhammadiyah elementary school on Belitung. The school needs 10 students but is one short until near the end of the day, when a straggler fills out the ranks for their teachers, Muslimah and Harfan. Muslimah dubs the children “The Rainbow Troops” (sometimes translated as “The Rainbow Warriors” ) and the movie traces their development and relationships with the teachers. The film’s local and international success fueled a tourism boom on Belitung, with Indonesian airline Garuda reopening direct service from Jakarta to Pangkalpinang, Belitung’s capital, on June 1, 2009.