The Hypnotized (Korea) (2004)

The Hypnotized puts a cinematic spell on you!

Offering a captivating plot about an erotic experiment that exposes the private lives of the persons involved, viewers are invited to a celluloid journey that breaks down the barriers between dream and reality.

This ambitious movie centers on Jin-su (Kim Hye-soo) a woman on the verge of insanity who makes appointments with professional therapist Sok-won (Kim Tae-woo). Sinking into a profound state of hypnosis, a tapestry of Jin-su’s past and present life as well as occurrences from her surreal imaginations are gradually unveiled. Involuntarily getting absorbed in his patient’s world, Sok-won’s inner life also becomes visible as this nightmarish tale inevitably reaches its climatic point…

Brought to life by Kim In-sik who has earned acclaim ever since his premier silver screen hit Road Movie , this enterprising film once again proves his
skills in attractive movie story telling. Backed-up by outstanding performances topped by lead actress Kim Hye-soo, The Hypnotized is one of the Korean film treats you should not pass by.

Cast: Hye-su Kim, Tae-woo Kim, Chang Yun, Jeong-su Han
Directed: In-shik Kim
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Romance
Runtime: 101 Minutes
Also Known As: Olguleobtneun Minyeo, Faceless Beauty
Country: Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English

Gegege No Kitaro (Japanese) (2007)

Kitaro is half-human and half-yokai (a general term for creatures and supernatural beings), orphaned as a child and dedicated to keeping the peace between the human and yokai worlds. Kitaro tries to save a high school girl named Yumeko and stop a stone with the power to control both worlds from falling into the wrong hands.

Mizuki Shigeru’s beloved manga series Gegege no Kitaro has seen numerous small and big screen adaptations since the 1960s, but this latest 2007 film is without a doubt the most visually stunning effort yet. Directed by Motoki Katsuhide (Drugstore Girl) with a screenplay from Habara Daisuke (Hula Girls), Gegege no Kitaro is set in a delightful world populated by Japanese folklore creatures called yokai, demon spirits with supernatural powers. Yokai come in many shapes and forms and the film brings them to life in a fanciful fusion of CG, animation, and live-action, with everything from cat spirits to walking eyeballs roaming through ancient forests and modern Japan. The special effects were handled by Centro Digital Pictures, whose previous credentials include Kill Bill, Kung Fu Hustle, and Shaolin Soccer. Equally impressive is the cast, with Wentz Eiji of WaT, who proved his acting chops in Captain Tokio and Lovely Complex, stepping into the title role of Kitaro and Inoue Mao (Hana Yori Dango) playing his human love interest, a new role written especially for the film. They appear alongside an all-star line-up that includes Oizumi Yo, Tanaka Rena (Waiting in the Dark), Nakamura Shido (Be With You), You, and Koyuki (The Last Samurai).

In modern-day Japan, the worlds of the human and the yokai often collide, and usually not in the most pleasant of manners. Half-human and half-yokai, one-eyed Kitaro (Wentz Eiji) lives in Gegege Forest with his bickering friends Nezumi Otoko (Oizumi Yo) and Neko Musume (Tanaka Rena) and his eyeball father, and he dedicates his time to maintaining peace between humans and yokai. When a magical ball of power ends up in the wrong hands, Kitaro must recover it or both worlds could fall into grave danger.

Source……..: DVD (R2)
Release Date..: 2007.10.26
Video Info….: XViD @ 1437 Kbps Avg
Frame Rate….: 23.976 fps
Resolution….: 640 X 352 (1.82 : 1)
Audio Info….: AC3 5.1CH / 448 Kbps

Starring: Mao Inoue, Yo Oizumi, Eiji Wentz, Kanpei Hazama, Shigeru Muroi
Directed by: Motoki Katsuhide
Produced by: Chihiro Kameyama
Genre: Fantasy
Also Known As: Gegege no Kitarô
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English / Japanese

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