Bio-Cops (Hong Kong) (2000)


CIA Anent Harry is bitten by a man who was part of a deadly experiment involving the ability to withstand pain. The bacterium has a virus, causing the victim to become a zombie. Upon Harry’s arrival in Hong Kong, after rejection from his ex-girlfriend, the virus begins to take effect. He kills a call girl and is arrested after a gang fight. When he is in prison, Harry transforms into a Zombie King and transforms nearly an entire Triad gang into his personal horde. Soon, the police department becomes a House of the Dead. It’s up to a police officer named Marco, Harry’s ex, and a Triad member named Cheap to stop them before it’s too late.

Wong Jing’s shoddy horror comedy might have gotten points if it weren’t such an obvious rip-off of the excellent Bio-Zombie. Stephen Fung is a cop who must fight zombies that are loose in the police station. Sam Lee is on board as a wacky triad who gets dragged into the mess, and Alice Chan Wai is the femme fatale presence. Steve Cheng directs without direction, as he uses too many slow-motion zombie shots. Furthermore, the continuity is laughable and the ending is a direct lift from Bio-Zombie. By direct, we mean it’s stolen lock, stock, and barrel with pretty much zero apologies. Why Stephen Fung and Sam Lee chose this for their Gen-X Cops reunion is beyond me. (Kozo 2001).

Director: Steve Cheng Wai-Man
Producer: Wong Jing
Cast: Stephen Fung Tak-Lun, Sam Lee Chan-Sam, Alice Chan Wai, Ronald Wong Ban, Hui Siu-Hung, Ng Chi-Hung, Samuel Leung Cheuk-Moon
Runtime: 89 min
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese
Subtitle: English
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O Lucky Man (Thai) (2003)

O Lucky Man (Thai) (2003)

Set in a futuristic world, Em (Sam Chotibund) is a young, good-looking guy whose ‘Dream Machine Project’ promises much. Unsurprisingly women are queuing up to date him, among them colleagues and Rose (Jutarat Atthakorn), the sexy vice president of Em’s company. While he still indulges in womanizing, Em’s life totally changes when he encounters God in the form of a surreal creature with an irresistible proposal.

Cast: Sam Chotibund, Lila Boonyasak, Sub. Lt. Jutarat Atthakorn, Ackarat Nitipol, Chawanan Jiraratanachan, Sawinee Pookarun
Running Time: 91 mins. (approx.)
Languages: Thai
Subtitles: ENGLISH

Kairo (Japan) (2001)


After one of their friends commits suicide, strange things begin happening to a group of young Tokyo residents. One of them sees visions of his dead friend in the shadows on the wall, while another’s computer keeps showing strange, ghostly images. Is their friend trying to contact them from beyond the grave, or is there something much more sinister going on?

Cast: Haruhiko Katô, Kumiko Aso, Koyuki, Koji Yakusho
Directed: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 118 minutes
Also Known As: Pulse, The Circuit
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English

Camel(s) (Korea) (2002)

An unremarkable man in his forties spends a weekend at a South Korean coastal resort with a female acquaintance. They talk, eat, and, though both are married elsewhere, have sex. So little ‘happens’ that we must pay close attention to every tiny detail, though the couple’s lengthy conversations are as banal as the decor of their hotel room. Using austere b/w digital video, writer/director Park Ki-Yong observes the pair with ostentatiously protracted takes that owe more to video installation art than conventional cinema. Adventurous souls willing and able to adjust to Park’s rhythms may be absorbed and rewarded.

Cast: Dae-yeon Lee, Dae-yeon Lee, Myeong-shin Park, Myeong-heuiMyeong-shin Park
Directed: Ki-Yong Park
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 91 Minutes
Also Known As: Nakta(dul)
Country: Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English

Dry Wood, Fierce Fire (Hong Kong) 2002

Alice Tsui works as a columnist for a female publication called ‘Lady’. But when Michelle, a famous novelist, buys up the magazine the staff of ‘Lady’ has to merge with the former staff of ‘Gent’ magazine to create a publication called Boku. Alice falls for the new editor Ryan Li, but Ryan seems to only have eyes for his new boss Michelle. When Alice learns about his affection towards their boss, she decides to help him to win her over. But at the same time her own affection for Ryan seems to be growing.

Cast: Louis Koo, Miriam Yeung Chin Wah, Flora Chan, Man Man Chan, Nelson Cheung, Tat-Ming Cheung, Matt Chow, Fung Li, Meng Lo, Monica Lo
Directed: Wilson Yip
Genre: Romance/Comedy
Runtime: 97 minutes
Also Known As: Gon chaai lit feng
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English

Marathon (Korea) 2005


Rain Man meets Chariots of Fire in Jeong Yun Cheol’s directorial debut Marathon, the box office hit that critics have dubbed “the feel-good movie of the year”! Also known by the alternative title Running Boy, this poignant human drama stars Cho Seung Woo (The Classic, Raging Years) as Cho Won, a twenty year old autistic man with a passion for running track.

Encouraged by his mom (television actress Kim Mi Sook in her first major film role), Cho Won begins to participate in small-scale races at the local
level, all in preparation for the ultimate goal – competing in an actual marathon! To help him achieve his dreams, Cho Won’s mother finds her son a
track coach in the form of washed-up marathon champion Jeon Wook (The Quiet Family’s Lee Ki Young). But can the bitter coach overcome his personal skepticism and give Cho Won the expert training he so desperately needs? The answer awaits you in Marathon, a heartwarming film that explores one boy’s drive to succeed in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds!

Review: This is a film that captures the fine nuances of human emotions (or the inability to express them in the case of the autistic character). It explores in a realistic and heartfelt manner a family with an autistic child, and the outside world from which the child is protected. Thanks to a good script, good acting, and good production all round, their story was brought to life and we can really feel for the characters in this movie. On the one hand, this film is complex as it touches on many different themes, but on the other, it is so simple as it touches on the deepest of our roots and emotions.

Cast: Jo Seung-Woo, Kim Mi-Sook, Lee Gi-Young
Directed: Running Boy, Malathon
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 117 minutes
Also Known As: Running Boy, Malathon
Country: Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English