Mahabharat (India) (1988-1990)


The epic story of the family feud between the noble Pandava princes and their scheming cousins, the Kaurava kings.

* Harish Bhimani as Samay (Time)
* Mukesh Khanna as Bhishma
* Nitish Bharadwaj as Krishna
* Girja Shankar as Dhritrashtra
* Renuka Israni as Gandhari
* Nazneen as Kunti
* Virendra Razdan as Vidura
* Vinod Kapoor as Dushasana
* Puneet Issar as Duryodhana
* Parween Kumar as Bheem
* Gajendra Chouhan as Yudhishtira
* Arjun as Arjuna
* Sameer as Nakula
* Sanjeev as Sahadeva
* Razak Khan as Ghatotkacha
* Sagar Salunke as Balarama
* Pankaj Dhir as Karna
* Gufi Paintal as Shakuni
* Roopa Ganguly as Draupadi
* Raj Babbar as Bharat
* Arun Bakshi as Dhrishtadyumna
* Kiran Juneja as Ganga
* Paintal as Shikhandi
* Dara Singh as Hanuman (one episode)
* Shampa as young Krishna (seen dancing on snake)
* Sonu as young Yudhistira
* Ankur Javeri as young Arjuna
* Rishabh Shukla as Shantanu

Directed: Ravi Chopra
Broadcast: 1988-1990
Run Time: 4230 minutes/94 episodes
Genre: Historical Drama/TV Series
Also Known As: Mahabharata
Country: India
Language: Hindi
Subtitles: English Hard Coded

Kwaidan (Japan) (1964)

A classical Japanese tragedy…

This film contains four distinct, separate stories.

“Black Hair”:A poor man abandons his wife and marries a rich woman. Unhappy with her, he goes back to his first wife, but realizes a bit too late that she’s no longer alive.

“Hoichi, the Earless”: A blind young monk goes every night to an abandoned graveyard, compelled by the ghosts of a famous battle to retell their story, over and over again.

“The Snow Maiden”: A woodcutter marries a woman who just happens to be devoted to wander snowy landscapes, bringing death to mortals.

“In a Cup of Tea”: A warrior is menaced by an elusive spirit first seen in a cup of tea staring up at him.

Cast: Rentaro Mikun, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiko Kishi, Katsuo Nakamura, Tetsuro Tamba, Kanemon Nakamura, Osamu Takizawa
Directed: Masaki Kobayashi
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Runtime: 183 min
Also Known As: Kaidan, Ghost Stories, Ghost Story, Hoichi the Earless, Weird Tales
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English

The Emperor and the Assassin (China | Japan | France) 1998

In the 3rd Century BC, Ying Zheng, heir to the Kingdom of Qin, seeks to dominate the remaining six Chinese kingdoms. Ying’s strategy is to seem invincible. Ying sends his concubine Zhao to the Han Kingdom as a spy, to enlist an assassin he can conquer. Zhao persuades Jing Ke, but falls in love.

Cast: Li Gong, Fengyi Zhang, Zhou Sun, Xiaohe Lu, Zhiwen Wang, Kaige Chen, Yongfei Gu, Benshan Zhao, Haifeng Ding, Changjiang Pan, Xun Zhou, Xuejian Li
Directed: Kaige Chen
Genre: Historical/Drama/Action
Runtime: 162 Minutes
Also Known As: Jing ke ci qin wang, L’ Empereur et l’assassin, The Assassin, The First Emperor
Country: China, Japan, France
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English

Unholy Women (Japan) (2006)

Unholy Women (Kowai onna), is a composite of three unrelated half-hour horror movies. The first segment, “Rattle Rattle”, tells the story of a young woman who is pursued by an evil other-worldly being. The second movie, “Steel”, concerns a young man who agrees to take the sister of his boss out on a blind date, drawing him into a world more frightening than he ever dreamed possible. The third and final episode, “The Inheritance”, is a supernatural tale of a woman and her young son, scarred by abuse and psychological trauma.

Cast: Tasuku Emoto; Tokie Hidari, Teruyuki Kawaga
Directed: Keita Amemiya; Takuji Suzuki
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 107 Minutes
Also Known As: Kowai onna
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English

Diary (Hong Kong) 2006

Winnie Leung is a lonely woman that likes to make puppets and write her diary, and she misses her boy-friend Seth Lau, who left her after breaking up their relationship. Winnie leaves messages in his mail box and unsuccessfully tries to contact him at his job. When she meets Ray Fan, she tells him that his resemblance with Seth is amazing. Ray moves to her place and when Winnie’s next door snoopy neighbors calls the police because of the smell in her apartment, a dark secret is disclosed in her diary

Cast: Charlene Choi, Isabella Leong, Shawn Yue
Directed: Oxide Pang Chun
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Horror
Runtime: 85 Minutes
Also Known As: Wishful Thinking, Mon seung
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English

13 Beloved (Thailand) (2006)

On the same day his boss informs him that he has just become an out-of-work working stiff, Phuchit’s cell phone rings and a voice asks, “Do you want to win 100 million baht ($2.7 million)?” Phuchit has been chosen by a reality game show! All he has to do is complete 13 tasks that will be conveyed, one after another, via his phone. When the first act is to kill a fly, Phuchit agrees. When the next is to make children cry, he is shaken, but finds a way to do it. He can’t see the audience but, through the modern black magic of micro-cams and a wave of conspirators, they can see him, and his cell phone rings with disapproval whenever he falls out of line. The acts get increasingly nastier and, let’s say, socially destructive as the numbers climb, taking Phuchit all across town as he jumps through one moral hoop after another, dropping audiences’ jaws deeper into the ground with each of them.

Cast: Krissada Terrence, Achita Wuthinounsurasit, Sarunyu Wongkrachang, Nattapong Arunnate
Directed: Ma-Deaw Chukiatsakwirakul
Genre: Thriller
Runtime: 113 Minutes
Also Known As: 13 game sayawng, 13: Game of Death
Country: Thailand
Language: Thai/English
Subtitles: English/Chinese