Into the Mirror (2003) (Korean)


After the accidental causing of the death of his partner during a hostage situation, Woo Young-min (Yu Ji-tae) quits the police force to work for his uncle as head security of Dreampia, an immense shopping center. Dreampia is currently in the rebuilding stages as a fire destroyed parts of it five years ago. The re-opening was scheduled in a few days, until some strange murders begin to occur in the building. It seems that the victims, all employees of the mall, have committed suicide in very gruesome and unconventional ways.

Director:Kim Seong-ho
Screenplay:Kim Seong-ho
Cast:Yu Ji-tae, Kim Hye-na, Kim Myeong-min
Country:South Korea
Duration:113 mins.

Pornographers (Japanese)


Watching this I find that it’s kind of hard to believe it was made in 1966, and I can’t imagine exactly how it was received back then, but seen today this is still an amazing film and while I enjoyed it a lot I think I’d have to watch it again to see if I can pick up a bit more. Mr. Ogata is the main character, and he and his cronies make pornographic films, and what wonderful casts & crews they seem to round up. For anyone that thinks Japan is a polite society where everyone is well mannered, etc., think again. We even have a young woman cast as a school girl who’s a bit “slow” says her dad, well, no, she’s retarded. Of course they use her anyway because she’s “the right age”. This is a dark black comedy, and features a woman and her two children that Mr. Ogata lives with and supports, and none of them would apparently be the bedrocks of mental health, either. The young man has a thing for his mom, the young girl is rather “wild”, and the woman is not very well, either mentally or physically, it would seem, and keeps the reincarnated spirit of her dead husband in a tank, because he came back as a carp. Mr. Ogata goes about his life in a rather stoic, matter-of-fact way that’s so deadpan that it makes the humor in this even better. I did have a bit of trouble keeping up with who was who on occasion because this also jumps time periods a few times as well. There are a few scenes in this that were quite “arty”, I guess you’d say, and the use of music and the stark way they were presented makes them really stand out in my mind. I liked this a lot, but I couldn’t say I understood all that was happening or what I was seeing, but with a more careful watch I suppose I would like it even better. I would recommend this to fans of Asian cinema, and maybe even a few more adventurous types. 8 out of 10.

Japanese Title: Jinruigaku nyumon: Erogotshi yori (1966)
Directed: Imamura Shohei
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Runtime: 128 Min.
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English

Fighting Beat (Thai) 2007

Fighting Beat

It was an ordinary night on Phi Phi Island where the usual nightlife was loud and lively overflowing with foreigners at every street bar
lined up on the island. KEM and a group of friends innocently fell victim to a group of doped-up foreign kickboxing fighters looking for
trouble where ultimately, KEM’s father was killed on the scene…..

Title:………………….: Fighting Beat
Year:…………………: 2007
Genre:……………….: Action / Martial arts
Runtime:…………….: 1 hr 20 mins
Store Date:………….: February 5, 2008
IMDB Rate:………….: None at this moment
IMDB URL:…………..: None at this moment

Audio:………………..: Dolby Digital 2.0 (AC3 48000Hz)
Language:…………..: Thai
Video;………………..: 2246 kbps XviD 25.000 FPS
Resolution:………….: 720 x 404
Subtitle:……………..: English
Size:………………….: 1.37 GB
Source:………………: DVD [PAL]

Spirit of Jeet Keun Do (Korean) 2004

Spirit of Jeet Keun Do (Korean) 2004

Plot: Hyun-Soo has just transferred to a new college. There he is about to get an education in violence from classmates Stabber, Hamburger, and Woo-Sil that is as dark as anything you’ll have seen from Korean filmmaking.

Story: It’s 1978, and Hyun-soo’s family have moved to a new area in the hope of making a profit when the property prices rise. For Hyun-soo that means a new school to attend, and Jungmoon High School is not the most hospitable of academic institutions. Bullying is rife and institutionalized, and violence is a way of life. Still, the shy Hyun-soo makes friends, most notably the popular Woo-sik whose attitude towards life is to confront it head on. The two become firm friends, and school seems an enjoyable time despite the harsh discipline. But as is the way between friends, it is a girl who comes between them. Eun-ju is a hard working student aiming for college, and from the first moment Hyun-soo sees her, he’s in love. But being shy and retiring is a drawback, and Woo-sik gets her first. Their friendship disintegrates because of this, while the violence at the school intensifies. His home life no better, Hyun-soo is soon facing stress from all quarters. But there is a way for him to fight back, the teachings and philosophy of his idol Bruce Lee, and the martial art of Jeet Kune Do.

IMDb Link……:
English Hardcoded
Genre…………: Action, Juvenile, School, Martial
Distributor……: CJ Entertainment
Year………….: 2004
Country……….: Korea
Director………: Yu Ha(a)

Love is A Many Stupid Thing (Hong Kong) 2004

Love is A Many Stupid Thing (Chinese) 2004

Spoof of the Hong Kong Blockbuster Infernal Affairs, the film based of a bizarre and nonsense war between the police and the triads. Lek Sir send Keung, Yan and Fatty on undercover inside Sam’s garage to get the evidence of any crime Sam has committed includes spitting on the street, bribing and get prostitutes, in order Lek can win the heart of Sam’s wife Mary again. This film continues director Wong Jing’s “Chasing girls” series since the trilogy of “Romancing Stars” in the 80s, Wong successfully re introduce his famous adoptions and nonsense humor in the new form in new generation.

Other Title: Cheng Chong Chui Lui Chai
Infernal Unfairs
Directed:Jing Wong
Runtime:95 min
Country:Hong Kong

My Name Is Fame (Hong Kong) 2006

my name is fame

Synopsis / Plot
Fai, a talented actor who has won the Best New Artist of the Hong Kong Film Awards and always plays leading roles in television, is an arrogant guy who does not cherish the opportunities given to him. As he keeps on criticizing his co-workers, his career and popularity gradually deteriorates. He is not offered leading roles anymore and has to take the parts of villains and rapists. Finally, he has even lost his job at the TV station. Fai becomes extremely depressed, but a twist of fate makes him become an agent for extras. As Fai gives pointers to a young girl named Fei, who truly loves acting, he regains his own enthusiasm towards acting and life.

Chinese Title: Ngor yiu sing ming
Year: 2006
Director: Lawrence Lau Kwok-Cheung (aka Lawrence Ah Mon)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Runtime: 1:33
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English (SRT), English & Chinese (SUB/IDX)

Lau Ching-Wan, Huo Siyan, Candy Yu On-On, Lai Yiu-Cheung, Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Fiona Sit Hoi-Kei, Fruit Chan Gor, Derek Tsang Kwok-Cheung, Niki Chow Lai-Kei