15: The Movie (Singapore) (2003)


Fast, frenetic, and furious, 15 is the story of five Singaporian teenagers who, abandoned by the system and estranged from their parents and life in general, build their own world in which gangs, drugs, fighting, piercing, self-harm and suicide are common and brotherhood is important above all else. Shot in stunning, jarring style, Royston Tan manages to brilliantly capture the chaotic lives of these boys, living in the shadows of a sprawling metropolis and with only each other to rely on.

The film stars three real-life juvenile gangsters, aged 15, giving an honest and accurate depiction of Chinese teenage gang-life in the Singapore suburbs and features two more gangsters as characters as well as a fight sequence with more affluent English-educated Singapore youths. Rather than scripting the movie or employing professional actors, Tan attempted to capture the troubled lives of his characters in cinéma vérité fashion. While 15: The Movie was initially banned in Singapore, the Singapore board of censors later ruled that the film should be rated R(A) and made 27 cuts to the film. Opposition was also raised against the heavy use of the Hokkien language in the film, which is discouraged by the Singapore government in favour of Mandarin and English. These restrictions infuriated Tan, and would later lead him to create his satirical short film Cut.

Melvin Chen, Erick Chun, Melvin Lee, Vynn Soh, Shaun Tan
Directed: Royston Tan
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Runtime: 1:32:51
Also Known As: 15
Country: Singapore
Language: Hokkien/Mandarin
Subtitles: English
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0344766/

Devils on the Doorstep (Chinese) 2000

Devils on the Doorstep

During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant’s home in a small town. The owner is bullied into keeping the prisoners until the next New Year, at which time they will be collected. The village leaders convene to interrogate the prisoners. The townspeople then struggle to accommodate the prisoners. One is a bellicose Japanese nationalist, the other a nervous translator. Will the townspeople manage to keep the prisoners until the New Year?

Devils on the Doorstep is an award-winning Chinese black comedy produced, directed and starring Jiang Wen. Shot in black and white to mimic old-time war movies, the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on 12 May 2000 and clinched the Grand Prix but was subsequently banned in its home country.

Cast: Wen Jiang, Kagawa Teruyuki, Yuan Ding, Jiang Hongbo
Directed: Wen Jiang
Genre: Black Comedy/War/Historical
Runtime: 2:14
Also Known As: Guizi lai le
Country: China
Language: Mandarin, Japanese, English
Subtitles: English, Chinese
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0245929/

Jasmine Women (China) 2004

Jasmine Women

Three stories, three generations, one family in Shanghai.

Told in three segments spanning three distinct time periods Jasmine Women casts both Zhang and Chen in multiple roles as it tells the stories of three generations of of an all female family and their very poor choices in men. The first segment casts Zhang as A Mo – the only character who recurs through all three segments – with Chen as A’s mother, while Chen taking over the A Mo role in both the second and third segments with Zhang playing A’s daughter and granddaughter, respectively.

The strength of Jasmine Women is very obviously the attention to period detail and the recreation of these distinct times. The opening segment, in particular, is gorgeously detailed and beautifully shot, many sequences very strongly reminiscent of the old MGM musicals. This was a vibrant time period lovingly recreated and there are much worse things in the world than looking at Zhang done up in period glam. And while the later two pieces may not be as flashy as the opening salvo they are also recreated with a remarkable attention to detail.

Cast: Ziyi Zhang, Joan Chen, Wen Jiang, Ye Liu,
Directed: Yong Hou
Genre: Drama/Romance
Runtime: 130 Minutes
Also Known As: Mo li hua kai, Blossoming Jasmine, Jasmine Flower
Country: China
Language: Mandarin, Shanghainese
Subtitles: English, Chinese
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0370969/

Buddha Mar Gaya (India) (2007)

A rich industrialist drops dead just before the IPO of his company – the family must now conceal his death till all the shares are sold.

Cast: Anupam Kher, Om Puri, Paresh Rawal, Rakhi Sawant, Ranvir Shorey, Mukesh Tiwari
Directed: Rahul Rawail
Genre: Comedy
Country: India
Language: Hindi
Subtitles: English
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1083447/

All In (Korean) 2003


As a kid, all Kim In Ha ever did was follow his uncle around and help him cheat in gambling. As a high school student, he hung out with his friends at the basement of a theater. As Kim In Ha gets to know Choi Jeong Won, a model student and also the son of a very rich family, In Ha tries to tempt him into doing mischevious deeds.

Broadcasted – 15-Jan-2003 to 03-Apr-2003
Genre – Drama, Romance, Crime
Directed – Yoo Chul Yong
Script writer – Choi Wan Kyu
Country – South Korea
Audio – Korean
Quality -High
Subtitles – English [.srt]
Episode Run Time – 1Hour 5 Minutes
Total Episodes – 24
Status – Completed [24/24]
Links – wiki.d-addicts.com

Lee Byung Hun as Kim In-ha
Song Hye Gyo as Min Soo-yeon / Angela
Ji Sung as Choi Jung-won
Park Sol Mi as Suh Jin-hee

Big Bang (Korea) (2007)

Office worker PARK Man-su, who has recognized no other authority than fidelity and diligence throughout his life, is confronted by a dead-end situation when he is informed by his wife that their relationship is over, and he gets sacked at the same time. An indignant Man-su goes over the edge. He begins to crack and starts to fight back against the everyday ‘laws and regulations’ he encounters on his journey home. However, he is placed under arrest before long for the misdemeanor of urinating on the street by MA Dong-cheul, a demoted police officer. Meanwhile, the good-for-nothing YANG Cheul-gone, who wants to be sent to jail due to financial reasons, makes a disturbance in the police station. Cheul-gone incites Man-su to escape from the police cell and they run away with a rifle captured from Officer Ma. Now the situation is completely different. It spins out of control. They become vigilantes as they gradually begin to accumulate weaponry and start to force representatives of ‘injustice’ out of their way. The raging police officer Ma denounces them as dangerous anti-socials and follows them in hot pursuit.

Cast: Kam Woo Sung, Kim Su Ro, Jang Hang-seon
Directed: Park Jeong-woo
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Runtime: 1:56
Also Known As: Sonda
Country: Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English