Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors (2000) (Korean)


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A young man arrives at a hotel for an assignation; she calls to say she’s not coming. He is Jae-hoon, she is Soo-jung; they’ve met through Young-soo, an independent filmmaker. Soo-jung writes for him; Jae-hoon may finance his film project. In two long parallel flashbacks, from varying points of view, we see what precedes the date at the hotel. Details differ, and one account includes events missing from the other. Characters are quiet and self-contained, then animated; victims apologize. Each character frequently asks, “Really?” What has really happened? Is one account more accurate? Is a kiss the most enjoyable and promising human contact? Connections are tenuous and fragile.

Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (Oh! Soo-jung) is a 2000 South Korean comedy-drama film, directed by Sang-soo Hong. It follows the romantic travails of a video producer and a gallery owner, and the web of deceit they spin around their relationship. It was an early success in the short career of female star Lee Eun-ju, who would commit suicide five years later.

Director:Sang-soo Hong
Writer:
Sang-soo Hong (writer)
Starring Mun Seong-kun, Lee Eun-ju
Runtime:Netherlands:126 min
Country:South Korea
Language:Korean

Love and Honor (Japanese) 2006

Love and Honor

A look at the relationship between a young blind samurai (Kimura) and his wife, who will make a sacrifice in order to defend her husband’s honor.

Cast: Takuya Kimura
Directed: Yoji Yamada
Genre: Drama / Romance
Runtime:
Also Known As: Bushi no Ichibun
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English / Japanese / Chinese
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0483578/

No Blood No Tears (Korean) 2002

no blood

kyong-Son is a tough as nails ex-female gangster, who is down on her luck and now working as a taxi cab driver. To make matters worse, her husband left her years ago and now she is constantly harrassed by the mafia to payback his debts that he left behind. Kyong-Son soons meets Soo-Jin in a fateful car accident. Soo-Jin has aspirations to become a pop singer in Japan, but is burdened with a sadistic boxer/thug/boyfriend that beats her at willl. She comes up with an idea on how to get herself and Kyong-Son out of their miserable situations but it requires Kyong-Son’s help and trust. Their motives are not always clear and they both seem to have something to hide, but they decide to go for the big score together. Fast paced noir’ish movie, that will bring to mind such film like Snatch and Pulp Ficton. The characters in the movie were many and all interesting; a washed-up middle-aged female cab driver, a sexy wannabe pop singer, an abusive boxer, a human martial arts fighting machine that never speaks a word, incompetent debt collectors, very bizarre gangsters and a bunch of unlucky cops and moronic informants. Viewer should be prepared for some heavy violence at times in the movie (street fights, martial art battles, and some gruesome dog-fighting scenes as well). No Blood No Tears plays out in the familiar gangster genre, but the movie is so engaging because of the cast of crazy characters, unpredicatble plot, the fact that most of the characters are not good or evil but drift somewhere in between, and Hye-yeong Lee who was absolutely brilliant playing her part as the washed up cab driver. Highly recommended if you crave a fun, fast paced, unpredictable, gangster movie.
IMDb Link……: http://imdb.com/title/tt0310000/
Reviews……..: http://www.londonist.com/archives/2005/09/no_blood_no_tea.php

http://www.kfccinema.com/reviews/action/noblood/noblood.html

Genre………….: Action
Distributor……: Cinema Service
Year……………: 2002
Country……….: Korea
Language…….: Korean
Director………: Ryu Seung-wan

Ming Ming (Hong Kong) 2007

Ming Ming

Acclaimed Mainland actress Zhou Xun (Best Actress winner for Perhaps Love) takes up two roles in MV director Susie Au’s debut feature Ming Ming, which also stars Hong Kong heartthrob Daniel Wu, Taiwanese rising actor Tony Yang (Formula 17), and singer Jeff Chang. With a dizzying avant garde style that distinguishes this piece from other Hong Kong genre films, Ming Ming offers a uniquely stunning visual experience that bears some resemblance to anime, the French New Wave, and even Wong Kar Wai movies.

Zhou Xun is charismatic enough to deliver her two roles dynamically. She is the cool Ming Ming who is good at martial arts, and also the girlish and sassy Nana. Ming Ming falls in love with D (Daniel Wu) and steals $5 million from mob boss Cat (Jeff Chang) so they can go to Harbin together. She hands off the money to Tu (Tony Yang), who mistakenly grabs the hand of Ming Ming-lookalike Nana. Orange-haired Nana, it turns out, is also in love with D. When D disappears to Shanghai, the three of them follow in search.

Cast: Xun Zhou, Daniel Wu, Tony Yang, Xin-zhe Zhang, Bo-yuan Chan, Kristy Yang
Directed: Susie Au
Genre: Action / Mystery / Romance
Runtime: 105 min
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese / Mandarin
Subtitles: English / Chinese
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0885505/

100 Days With Mr. Arrogant (Korean) 2004

100 Days With Mr. Arrogant

IMDB Summary: Ha-yeong is dumped by her boyfriend on the 100th day of their relationship, an important milestone for every couple. Hyeong-jun is a wealthy and handsome man who melts women wherever he goes, but is not interested in dating. One day, as the later is driving his luxury car, the two will meet. Disgruntled by her recent rejection, Ha-yeong kicks a soda can out of frustration, which finds its way onto Hyeong-jun’s head. Startled by the impact, he loses control of his car and scratches it against a wall. When Ha-yeong is unable to pay for the damages, he persuades her to repay him by signing a contract that binds her to his service for 100 days. What happens next is strictly by the (silly) book and inevitably, they both start having feelings for one another.

Genre: Romance / Comedy
Starring: Kim Jae-Won, Ha Ji-Won, Kim Tae-Hyeon
Director: Shin Dong-Yeop(b)
Runtime: 95mins
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
Subtitles: English
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0395677/
AsianDB: http://www.asiandb.com/browse/movie_detail.pfm?code=5566

Tears for You (Japanese) 2006

Tears for You

8-year old Yotaro gains a 3-year old step-sister, Kaoru, when his mother marries a jazz musician who plays in a club in Naha, Okinawa where they live. Before long Kaoru’s father deserts them, and not long afterward Yota’s mother becomes terminally ill. Her dying wish is for him to watch out for Kaoru at his grandmother’s place on a small island off the coast of Okinawa. He fulfills her wish and becomes very protective of his younger sister who calls him “nee-nee.” Thirteen years later Kaoru returns to Naha and comes to live with him as she starts high school. Yota works hard making deliveries of vegetables from an open-air market by day, and in a restaurant (he is a licensed chef) by night to save money to fulfill his dream of having his own restaurant. He also assumes the role of pushing for Kaoru’s entrance to a university. This allows less time for his beautiful girlfriend Keiko, the daughter of a doctor and a medical student at Ryukyu University. It seems that Yota’s dreams start to come together when Mr. Kameoka sells him a place for a restaurant. Yota works hard constructing the place, but just as he is to open, the real owner appears. Being swindled, Yota is left with a large outstanding loan. Keiko’s father’s plans do not include a working class son-in-law as he explains when he offers to pay Yota’s debt. Although he refuses, Yota concludes he is not best for Keiko’s future. Years later he continues to overwork even after the debt is paid and Kaoru starts university study. With her feelings of love for Yota growing deeper, they mutually decide to live apart.

Cast: Satoshi Tsumabuki (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift)
Directed: Nobuhiro Doi (Be with you – Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu)
Genre: Drama / Romance
Runtime: 118 minutes
Also Known As: Nada Sou Sou
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English