Shohei Imamura – Hateshinaki yokubo (1958) – Japan

Shohei Imamura - Hateshinaki yokubo AKA Endless Desire (1958) 8

Japanese Title: Hateshinaki yokubo
Year: 1958
Directed: Shohei Imamura
Genre: Drama | Black Comedy
Runtime: 101 Min.
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Cast: Shizuko Kasagi, Tomiko Hattori, Kayo Matsuo, Hiroyuki Nagato, Misako Watanabe

Plot/Synopsis :
Crackerjack black comedy showcasing early development of Imamura’s style. A group of would-be criminals team up with an ambitious woman to tunnel under a business and rob it. Their descent into the (literal) underworld is played out with a noirish style that pokes fun at the genre while using it in incredibly effective ways, and the editing rhythms that develop are uncommon for the late 50s and have more in common with early-60s Suzuki. Misako Watanabe (who isn’t on the IMDb cast list) is the standout in a really dynamic performance as the vicious femme fatale. Still, this is minor Imamura, will be of great interest to his fans but is still very effective as a comedy-thriller and will appeal to casual viewers also.

Conan Future Boy (Japan) 1978

AKA: Mirai Sh?nen Konan
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Genre: Animation, science fiction
Duration: 26 episodes
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Future Boy Conan is an anime series, which premiered across Japan on the NHK network between April 4 and October 31, 1978. It is an adaptation of Alexander Key’s novel “The Incredible Tide”. The story begins in July 2008, during a time when mankind is faced with the threat of extinction. A devastating war fought between two major nations with ultramagnetic weapons far greater than anything seen earlier brings about total chaos and destruction throughout the world, resulting in several earthquakes and tidal waves, the earth thrown off its axis, its crust being rocked by massive movements, and the five continents being torn completely apart and sinking deep below the sea. An attempt by a group of people to flee to outer space failed, with their spaceships being forced back to earth and vanishing, thus shattering their hopes. But one of the spaceships narrowly escaped destruction and crash landed on a small island which had miraculously survived the devastation. The crew members of the spaceship settled there, as if they were seeds sown on the island. Amidst these survivors, a boy named Conan was born, bringing a new ray of hope to the earth. After several years, during which most of the other survivors had died and the only people left on the island were Conan and his grandfather, he meets a young girl named Lana, and their adventure begins. Between the different islands left in the world: Industria, High Harbor, Rambent, and others, the group travel and coflect rises between good and evil.

Wild Romance (Korean TV) 2012

A.K.A: Nanpokhan Romance
Year: 2012
Runtime: 1hour [average] per disc
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Episodes: 16
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director: Bae Kyung Soo
Cast: Lee Dong Wook, Lee Si Young, Kang Dong Ho, Oh Man Suk
Links: Drama Wiki

Everything starts on the birthday of Eun Jae’s dad. Eun Jae ran into Park Moo Yul, who is the 2nd baseman of ‘Green Dreamers’, when she is drunk. Eun Jae who is a fan of ‘Blue Seagulls’, starts a fight with Moo Yul who led the ‘Green Dreamers’ to victory. The next day, internet is on fire with the video called ‘Humiliated Park Moo Yul’. Because of this video, career of both Moo Yul and Eun Jae, who recently got a job as a bodyguard, are in danger.

In the end, they decided to put on a show against the public! They lie that Eun Jae is Moo Yul’s private bodyguard and the video was recorded when Eun Jae was giving a self-defence demonstration to Moo Yul. Like this, Eun Jae becomes real bodyguard of Moo Yul. It seemed like everything worked out just fine, but the problem is that they can’t stand each other’s existence… HanCinema

History of the Salaryman (South Korea) 2012

AKA: Salaryman Chohanji
Year: 2012
Episodes: 20
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Genre: Comedy
Director: Yu In-Sik
Cast: Lee Bum Soo, Jung Ryu Won, Jung Gyu Woon, Hong Soo Hyun
Salaryman Cho Han Ji depicts the trial and tribulations of the average salaryman, from humble beginnings to success. This drama portrays the salaryman’s loneliness and isolation, struggles, sorrows, hopes and successes in a realistic light. During the cover of night, Yoo-Bang enters a dark villa with a flashlight. Yoo-Bang finds a man Ho-Hae dead, slouched over on a chair, and a woman Yeo-Chi hiding behind a curtain. At Ho-Hae’s funeral, detectives enter and arrests Yoo-Bang and Yeo-Chi for the murder of Ho-Hae.

Fly With Me (Hong Kong TV) 2010

A.K.A: Fei Nui Jing Juen
Year: 2010
Runtime: 43mn [average] per disc
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English
Episodes: 24
Genre: Science fiction
Director: Chik Kei Yee
Cast: Ada Choi, Moses Chan, Raymond Cho, Kenny Wong, Queenie Chu
Links: Drama Wiki

LEUNG HAU-CHI (Choi Siu Fun, Ada), a career woman in her 30s, has all the attributes of a typical Hong Kong girl – fussy, arrogant and easily irritated by the sight of beautiful young ladies. She is desperate for love and has been eagerly waiting for the thrilling miracles of life. As CHI is plunged into misery and despair, something strange happens and leads to her abrupt transformation into a superwoman of charm and immense strength. Every time CHI mutates, she is equipped with extraordinary powers, through which she fights for justice and helps the weak, joyously exploring and experiencing a dazzling kaleidoscope of adventures. Along the way, she is happy to have met three nice men, namely the brave yet traditional policeman YEUNG HO-YIN (Wong Tak Bun), the good-natured gentleman turned nouveau-riche businessman TSU WING-FAI (Raymond Cho), and the super-talented genius KAN MING-HIN (Chan Ho, Moses). Fortuitously, HIN is in love with CHI in both her usual and mutated states, leaving her stranded on the horn
s of a dilemma.

It is always hard to be plain and perfect at the same time. Despite the extraordinary powers she has, CHI is unable to get out of the maze of love. How is CHI going to handle it all? What more perfect choice could there be for her?

The Life and Times of a Sentinel (Hong Kong TV) 2011

A.K.A:  The Life and Times of a Sentinel
Year: 2011
Runtime: 43mn [average] per disc
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English
Episodes: 25
Genre: Action, Historical
Director: Leung Choi Yuen
Cast: Steven Ma, Kenneth Ma, Power Chan, Selena LiNatalie Tong
Links: Drama Wiki

The sudden death of the young Shun-chi Emperor (Shunzhi) shocked the whole kingdom. The second prince Fuk-tsuen, was originally the successor for the throne, but Empress Dowager Hao-chong (Xiaozhuang) changed the successor to the third prince Yuen-yip, who subsequently becomes the Hong-hei Emperor (Kangxi). Angry with this, Fuk-tsuen dispatchs a spy, Nip Dor-po, and instructs him to gain Hong-hei’s trust.