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

The Knot (China | Taiwan) 2006

Chen Xiushui is an English teacher in Taiwan. The boy he tutors has a sister, Wang Biyun. They fall in love. But he’s a leftist and leaves Taiwan to fight for a new China. They make a pledge to see each other one day. On the mainland Chen Xiushui is active in the Korean War as a doctor and a soldier and later in rebuilding the country, working in Tibet. He changes his name to Xu Xiuyun. A woman by the name Wang Jindi, also a soldier, falls in love with him, but he is still thinking of Wang Biyun. In the meantime, Wang Biyun, still in Taiwan, is waiting for her love to return.

We follow the story in retrospective as Wang Biyun, now an old woman living in New York, sends her adopted daughter to find out what exactly happened to Chen Xiushui some 60 years ago.

Cast: Kun Chen, Chen Qiushui, Steven Cheung, Han Chin, Athena Chu, Ah Lei Gua, Vivian Hsu, Isabella Leong, Bingbing Li, Wang Jindi, Kuei-Mei Yang
Directed: Li Yin
Genre: Drama/Romance
Runtime: 117 min
Also Known As: Yun shui yao
Country: China, Taiwan
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0924003/

Samurai Wolf (Japan) (1966)

This is the story of a vagrant samurai – the solitary, savage and scrupulous Kiba – who arrives at a village to defend a beautiful, blind woman against a sinister plot. Her assailants then send against him another samurai, named Sana, who is without scruples. The fight between them will become personal, for the honor and love of the blind woman.

Cast: Isao Natsuyagi, Junko Miyazono, Ryohei Uchida
Directed: Hideo Gosha
Genre: Action
Runtime: 1:10:42
Also Known As: Kiba okaminosuke
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English/French
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0199680/