Yellow Tears (Japan) (2007)

“Back then we were always laughing–laughing to keep ourselves from crying. Director Isshin Inudo (“Joze to Tora to Sakanatachi”) and the members of pop group Arashi bring you a sad, nostalgic story of dreams, hope, freedom, and adolescent tragedy based on the legendary manga of the same name. Set in Tokyo during the 1950’s, the members of Arashi tell a timeless tale of dreams, hope, and frustration, meetings and departures…” CD Japan Description

Synopsis: Five young men cross paths and develop a strong friendship. Ambitious novelist Ryuzo (Sakurai Sho), aspiring manga artist Eisuke (Ninomiya Kazunari), painter Kei (Ono Satoshi), aspiring singer Shoichi (Masaki Aiba), and Yuji (Matsumoto Jun) who moved to Tokyo to make his own way end up living together end up living together. Each works hard to realize his dream, but the journey of youth is never straightforward.

Cast: Matsumoto Jun (Hana Yori Dango), Sakurai Sho (Honey and Clover), Ninomiya Kazunari (Letters from Iwo Jima), Aiba Masaki (Triple Kitchen), and Ohno Satoshi
Directed: Isshin Inudou
Genre: Drama/Coming of Age Story
Runtime: 128 minutes
Also Known As: Kiiroi namida
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English

Bandit Queen (India/UK) (1994)

She was the most feared outlaw in India. If this story wasn’t true, you wouldn’t believe it…

“Bandit Queen” is a powerful portrayal of a real-life, modern day outlaw, Phoolan Devi (“Goddess of Flowers”). The movie opens at the point at which the 11 year-old Phoolan is sold as a bride to a middle-aged man. The marital rape and abuse that follow drives her to leave him and eventually, as an outcast, she falls into a life of brigandage. The movie does not portray the heroine as just another “wronged woman” but as one with deep psychological problems. Over time, she grows from merely enraged and disturbed to violent and vicious as she learns that she now has the power to inflict pain as well. After a long stint in prison, the real-life Phoolan Devi went on to marry above her caste and became the first Untouchable to serve in the Indian Parliament, but how she got there is a truly incredible story.

Cast: Seema Biswas, Nirmal Pandey
Directed: Shekhar Kapur
Genre: Biography/Action/Drama
Runtime: 119 minutes
Also Known As: Phoolan Devi
Country: India/UK
Language: Hindi/Assamese
Subtitles: English

Love Battlefield (Hong Kong) 2004


Yui and Ching are heading for holiday. But on the day they depart, Yui’s car is stolen, sparking off a quarrel between the two which results in separation. Yui is left alone to travel to the airport. But he then discovers his stolen car in which a bandit named Wah is hiding himself. Knowing that Yui works as a nurse, Wah threatens Yui to treat his injured partner. However, the injured partner dies during the operation. Furious, Wah vows to burn Yui to death.

Cast: Eason Chan, Niki Chow, Zhiwen Wang, Kenny Kwan, Carl Ng
Directed: Pou-Soi Cheang
Genre: Action/Romance/Thriller
Runtime: 1:35
Also Known As: Ai zuozhan
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English

Happy Erotic Christmas (Korea) (2003)


Yearning to be a respected cop and to vanquish the bad guys since he was a child, Byung-ki (Cha Tae-hyun) becomes a patrolman. As a man of few words, living in a small village, his duties are mostly trivial tasks, like distributing promotional papers. One day, he runs into Min-kyong (Kim Sun-ah) and falls head over heels for the local beauty. His attempts to woo her, however, are hampered by the local gang boss. He also wants Min-kyong and schemes to get her to give up her virginity on that most holy of nights, Christmas Eve!

Parental Discretion Advised

Cast: Cha Tae-hyun,Kim Seon-a,Park Yeong-gyu
Directed: Lee Geon-dong
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Runtime: 109 Minutes
Also Known As: Happy Ero Christmas, Haepi ero keurisemaseu
Country: Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English

Johnny Gaddaar (India) (2007)


A tingling tale of crime, betrayal, love and murder.

Johnny Gaddaar (Johnny Treacherous) is a caper thriller focusing on five gangsters, each with his fingers in various criminal activities. When one of the gang members is offered a chance to make a fortune in only four days, all of the gang members are up for it as this is the deal that will catapult them into the big league.

The youngest member of the gang, Vikram, plans to disappear and start a new life with his girlfriend when a devilish thought crosses his mind. What if he grabs the entire jackpot? Vikram’s opening gambit is a neat double cross. But as he plunges further into his diabolical plan, he realizes that the stakes in this game are high. And the only losers he can afford to leave behind are dead ones!

Cast: Ashwini Kalsekar, Dharmendra, Neil Mukesh, Rimii Sen, Vinay Pathak, Zakir Hussain
Directed: Sriram Raghavan
Genre: Crime, Action, Drama
Runtime: 2:21
Country: India
Language: Hindi
Subtitles: English

When The Last Sword is Drawn (Japan) 2004


Kanichiro Yoshimura is a Samurai and Family man who can no longer support his wife and children on the the low pay he receives from his small town clan, he is forced by the love for his family to leave for the city in search of higher pay to support them. In his search he joins a notorious clan, known as the Shinsengumi where he does as much as possible to get money. Looked at as a money grubber,Yoshimura proves his strength physically and mentally by being loyal to his honor. During the dramatic period, with the rise of the Emperor and the fall of the Shogun. Yoshimura shows us the struggle of life in a personal way, by changing the lives of the people he meets and the way life is looked at.

Cast: Kiichi Nakai, Koichi Sato, Yui Natsukawa, Takehiro Murata, Miki Nakatani
Directed: Yojiro Takita
Genre: Drama/Action/Historical
Runtime: 2 hours 17 minutes
Also Known As: Mibu gishi den
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English