Bayside Shakedown 1 & 2 (Japanese) 1998/2003

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It starts off as a regular day at the Bayside Precinct shortley after a mysterious body is found floating in the river. Later in the day they realize that a whole bunch of things is stolen from the police station and finally they find out that the Commissioner has been kidnapped. The Metropolitan Police Department(MPD) set up an HQ at the Bayside Precinct to investigate the kidnapping but unfortunately the cops from Bayside are left in the dark concerning this case. Investigator Aoshima will try to get involved in the kidnapping case much to the disapproval of MPD. The next three days will easily be the worst days that the Bayside Precinct will ever see.

Bayside Shakedown is based on a Japanese TV series by the same name that was first aired between January – March 97. The TV show had great success and was very popular in Japan which spun off into several special episodes and eventually a movie. The Japanese box office made 100 million US with Bayside Shakedown, the movie was also nominated for 12 movie awards.

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Cast: Yuji Oda, Toshiro Yanagiba, Eri Fukatsu, Miki Mizuno, Kyoko Koizumi, Chosuke Ikariya, Takehiko Ono, Soichiro Kitamura, Akira Saito, Yusuke Santa Maria, Kenta Satoi, Masahiro Komoto
Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro
Genre: Action / Comedy / Crime
Runtime: 119 min | approx. 130 min
AKA: Odoru Daisosasen: The Movie | Odoru daisosasen the movie 2: Rainbow Bridge wo fuusa seyo!
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English + Nordic (.sub) | Eng. Soft subs
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No Regret (2006) (Korean)


Leaving a pretty countryside orphanage after a love affair with another young guy there, Lee Su-min (Lee Yeong-hun) is next seen working on a dreary production line at a Seoul factory, where he shares digs with an aggressively heterosexual workmate. At nights, he works as a driver for hire, during which time he ferries home the drunken Song Jae-min (Lee Han), who makes a tentative gay approach that Lee rejects.
Song turns out to be the son of the factory’s CEO and, when Lee is among a batch of lay-offs, Song offers to spare him — an offer which Lee again rejects. Drifting from job to job, Lee ends up as a lap-dancer in a gay club, owned by a hard-assed gangster type dubbed “Madame” (Jeong Seung-gil, in pic’s funniest perf).
One night, Song turns up at the club, and Lee reluctantly services him but tells Song he’ll kill him if he ever comes round again. Story trajectory then broadens to include Song’s private life: He’s due to be married, under pressure from his parents, and is getting major cold feet.
As Song continues to seek out Lee at the club, despite the latter’s warning, the two slowly develop a relationship in which the needy emotional party slowly changes from Song to Lee, and class differences always simmer beneath the surface. Ending, which goes on a reel too long, has a blackly comic touch amid the violence.
Two main characters are too conveniently schematic (the poor, uneducated orphan and the rich, educated businessman), and Song’s predicament and angst are formulaic; but in many other respects pic avoids cliches and labels. Working atmosphere at the club is shown in a practical, unvarnished way — even down to Madame’s prejudice against employing gays because they tend to go off with clients (i.e. bad for biz). Even that prejudice feeds into pic’s main theme of the danger of falling in love, which here almost always ends tragically.
Perfs, too, are largely believable, with the two leads well cast, especially Lee as the orphan, used to fighting his way through life. (Thesp was also the lead in helmer Leesong Hee-il’s short, “Good Romance,” of which “No Regret” is “an expanded version,” per Leesong.) Technically, pic has a smooth look way above its evident low budget. Handful of sex scenes are graphic but with no genitalia on display.

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DIRECTOR: Hee-il Leesong
Producer: Peter Kim
Editor: Leesong Hee-il, Lee Jeong-min
Screenwriter: Leesong Hee-il
Principal Cast: Lee Han, Lee Yeong-hoon, Jo Hyeon-chol, Kim Dong-wook
Runtime:113 min / Germany:114 min
Country:South Korea
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Love of South and North (2003) (Korean)


Chul Soo (Cho In Sung, A Dirty Carnival), the son of an intelligence officer, doesn’t take anything seriously. He’s only interested in girls and flirting and can’t be bothered with schoolwork. His professor sets an ultimatum, threatening to not let him graduate unless he joins a pan-Korean historical excavation unit in Yeon-byun. On the other side of the parallel, Young Hee (Kim Sa Rang, Hot For Teacher), the smart and beautiful daughter of a North Korean diplomat, is faced with her father ‘s threat to marry her off. Therefore, she opts to join the excavation team as well. When Chul Soo catches sight of Young Hee, he is determined to ask for her hand immediately, but can their love cross the North-South divide? Find out in this romantic comedy from Wet Dreams director Jung Cho Shin.

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Director:Cho Sin Jung
Writers:Jin Han (writer)
Cho Sin Jung (screenplay)
Genre:Drama / Romance
Runtime:106 min
Country:South Korea
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Hero (Japanese) 2007


Synopsis / Plot / Review
Based on the popular drama series that won the hearts of Asian audience, HERO returns! This is the most anticipated movie of the year as it opens in 475 theatres and is all time biggest release in Japan ever. The movie is set to break the box office records.

Kohei Kuryu (Takuya Kimura), the prosecutor who shirks suit and tie for a pair of jeans but is never casual about his pursuit for the truth, is back! Besides the original TV series cast, Korean heartthrob Lee-Byung Hung is in it and was shot partly in Busan. This time, he is involved in an obscure case of manslaughter that turns into the trial of the century.

Failure here means the end of his career. He must solve it!

Year:…………….. .: 2007
Directed:………….: Masayuki Suzuki
Genre:…………….: Drama
Runtime…………..: 2 hrs 10 mins
Country:…………..: Japan
Language:………..: Japanese
Subtitles:…………: English / Japanese
Cast:………………: Takuya Kimura
Lee Byung Hun
Takako Matsu

Crazy for wait (Korean) 2007

Crazy for wait

Synopsis / Plot / Review

Four couples are heartbroken with their pending separation caused by the compulsory military service. The boys are worried their girlfriends will now have an excuse to meet other men. The girls are also having a hard time getting used to living without their boyfriends. Will the boys successfully fulfill their obligation and return to their girlfriends?

Also Known As:…: 기다리다 미쳐(Gi-da-ri-da Mi-cheo)
Year:…………….. .: 2007
Directed:………….: Ryu Seung-jin
Genre:…………….: Comedy / Romance
Runtime…………..: 108 mins
Country:…………..: South Korea
Language:………..: Korean
Subtitles:…………: English / Korean (.idx, .sub)
Cast:………………: Son Tae-yeong
Jang Geun-seok
Jang Hee-jin
Yoo In-yeong
KIm San-ho

Election (Hong Kong) 2005


Johnnie To’s gritty take on triad warfare is full of cinematic storytelling, deadpan absurdities, and disturbingly cool criminals. It’s also a well-made kick in the teeth for a film industry that’s been languishing for too long. Election does end on a shocking, though thematically appropriate downer, and a lot of minor developments seem to get introduced then promptly ignored. Still, this is as good as Hong Kong Cinema gets nowadays.

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Director:Johnny To
Writers:Nai-Hoi Yau (written by) &
Tin-Shing Yip (written by)
Cast: Simon Yam, Louis Koo, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Nick Cheung, Suet Lam, Sui-fat Cheung
Genre:Crime / Drama / Thriller
Also Known As:Election (International: English title) (UK)
Black Society (China: Cantonese title) (literal English title)
Election: Vol 1 (UK) (DVD box title)
Election: Volume 1 (UK) (DVD title)
Runtime:China:85 min (cut version) / USA:100 min / France:101 min (Cannes Film Festival)
Country:Hong Kong
Language:Cantonese / Mandarin / English
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Very much recommended!! Rating of 7.0 out of 10!!