The Bandage Club (Japanese) 2007


The Bandage Club (Japanese) 2007

Synopsis / Plot
A group of six teens who call themselves The Bandage Club answer Internet requests to place bandages at various locations. These locations hold some significance to the people making the requests and when it’s done they receive a recording of the process in hopes that seeing the symbolic bandaging may alleviate some of their emotional pain.
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Also Known As:…: Hôtai Club
Year:…………….. .: 2007
Directed:………….: Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Genre:…………….: Drama
Runtime…………..: 117 mins
Country:…………..: Japan
Language:………..: Japanese
Subtitles:…………: Japanese
IMDB………………: http://imdb.com/title/tt0949804/
Cast:………………: Yuya Yagira
Satomi Ishihara

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Japanese) 1960

Synopsis / Plot

This is the story of Mama, a.k.a. Keiko, a middle-aged geisha who must choose to either get married or buy a bar of her own. Her family hounds her for money, her customers for her attention, and she is continually in debt. The life of a geisha is examined as well as the way in which the system traps and sometimes kills those in it. Written by PastaQueen

Keiko, whom everyone calls Mama, narrates her story: she’s a hostess on the Ginza, 30, a widow. She describes life’s vicious cycle: acting cheerful around drunks, dressing and living well to convey confidence, needing money for these expenses and for her demanding mother and brother, and knowing she’s growing older. She’s of an age when she must choose: to seek marriage (difficult given her tarnished occupation), to be a kept woman, or to borrow money to buy a bar of her own. Each route has dangers, including investors demanding a return on their loans. Keiko has a quiet dignity that attracts men, but are they what they seem? Does she actually have choices?

Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki (1960)
AKA: When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
Year: 1960
Directed: Naruse Mikio
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 111 Min.
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English (hardsubs)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054144/

Cast
Hideko Takamine … Keiko Yashiro
Masayuki Mori … Nobuhiko Fujisaki
Reiko Dan … Junko Inchihashi
Tatsuya Nakadai … Kenichi Komatsu, the manager
Daisuke Katô … Matsukichi Sekine
Ganjiro Nakamura… Goda
Eitarô Ozawa … Minobe
Keiko Awaji … Yuri

Punch Lady (Korean) 2007

Punch Lady (Korean) 2007

Aka: Peon-chi le-i-di
Year: 2007
Directed: Kang Hyo-jin
Genre: Drama, Sports
Runtime: 121 mins
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
Cast: Do Ji-won, Son Hyeon-joo, Park Sang-wuk, Choi Seol-ri, Lee Joo-sil

Synopsis:

Do ji-won stars in this tense and cathartic South Korean drama as a battered housewife whose husband’s regular beatings drive her to the absolute breaking point. In defiance, she tears away from him and trains as a boxer, then publicly challenges him to an organized fight before an audience of spectators.

Love on Delivery (Hong Kong) 1994

Love on Delivery

Synopsis / Plot
Hilarious Stephen Chow comedy that features Hong Kong’s King of Comedy at his most likable. Chow plays a dumb, endearing delivery boy who tries to win the heart of local beauty Christy Chung, but he’s a wimp who can’t protect her from the likes of Cheng Cho as the sleazy judo instructor. Chow decides to undergo training from Ng Man-Tat, who plays a crippled huckster called Devil Killer. He swindles Chow out of large sums of money while teaching him useless kung-fu. Not realizing it, Chow thinks he’s become an invincible kung-fu master and resolves to protect Chung.
Eventually Chow has the opportunity to save her while wearing a large Garfield mask, which could qualify as one of the funniest things ever put on film. Still, he cannot reveal his identity because everyone, including his karate-wielding nemesis (Lam Kwok-Bun) wants to take credit for his heroic deeds. To prove himself and win Chung’s love, Chow can only do one thing: challenge his arch-rival to a duel. (http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/love_on_delivery.htm)

Year: 1994
Directed: Lee Lik Chee
Genre: Comedy / Action
Runtime : 100 mins.
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English (hard coded)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110852/

Au Revoir UFO (2004) (Korean)

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While some yearn for passionate or instant relationships, simple-minded bus driver Sang-hyon (Lee Bum-soo) is overly shy and merely manages to peek at the blind woman passenger he falls for. Working the night shift in a rural area of Seoul, unpretentious Sang-hyon enjoys fiddling around with rock oldies and mixing them in his leisure time to play them on his bus. But as he runs into Kyong-wu (Lee Eun-joo), a young blind lady on his bus who gets away from a heart-breaking relationship, the sentiment rolls in, stirring in the two strangers.

Romantic comedy “Hello! U.F.O” stars protagonists Lee Bum-soo from last year’s comedic hit “Oh! Brothers” and Lee Eun-joo from “Unborn But Forgotten.” Plunge into the gentle, genuine romance that comes off in a small town.

Cast: Ji-hye Kim, Hae-jun Lee
Directed: Jin-min Kim
Genre: Drama, Romance
Runtime: 112min
Also Known As: Au Revoir, UFO
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0395452/

Alive (2001) (Japanese)

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Tenshu is imprisoned and sentenced to death for murdering the men who raped his girlfriend. However, he manages to survive his execution and is presented with an option: face another execution attempt or subject himself to their bizarre and dangerous experiments. He choses the latter and is put in a cell with a rapist and a woman who’s infected with a taint that transports from person to person during extreme anger. The taint is transferred to Tenshu and he must now deal with the military who has interrupted the experiment to obtain it

Review: (Taken from IMDB)
***Caution: May or may not contain spoilers.***

I found this movie to be very well-paced. The premise is quite imaginative, and as a viewer I was pulled along as the
characters developed. The pacing is done very well for those that like to think–enough is kept hidden from the viewer
early on, and questions keep arising which are later answered, producing a well-thought out and very satisfying film,
both cerebrally and from an action standpoint.

It seems some people were looking for a non-stop roller-coaster ride with this film–one of those that comes charging out
of the gate. This would be more analogous to one of those coasters that first takes you slowly up the hill–creating a
wonderful sense of anticipation–and is ultimately, in my mind, more fulfilling for the foundation initially laid.
Excellent film.

Title: Alive
Year Released: 2001/2
Directed By: Ryuhei Kitamura
Cast: Hideo Sakak, Ryô, Koyuki, Shun Sugata
Running Time: 119 Minutes
Genre: Action / Drama / Sci-fi / Thriller
Country:Japan
Language:Japanese