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  1. clayton-12

    Recently Seen, Part 36 (February 2020)

    Thanks for the recommendation. Purely by coincidence, I came across this title yesterday afternoon in my yet-to-see European arthouse pile without even realising what it was. From Wang Xiaoshuai, I've only ever seen Red Amnesia. I was impressed with the way Wang had constructed his film with a...
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    Recently Seen, Part 36 (February 2020)

    Tuya’s Marriage (Wang Quan’an, 2006) kicks off with Tuya on her camel out on the plains of Inner Mongolia, herding sheep. She comes across a chap lying comatose on the freezing ground, having come off a motorbike. With all the enthusiasm and sense of urgency of someone doing the dishes, she...
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    Recently Seen, Part 35 (January 2020)

    新年快乐 !!! Lost on Journey (Raymond Yip, 2010) is the type of film that I imagine gets trotted out onto Chinese television at this time every year. Xu Zheng is the ruthless owner of a toy manufacturing company, who is flying home to his wife and daughter in Changsha this New Year/Spring Festival...
  4. clayton-12

    Recently Seen, Part 35 (January 2020)

    I thought this one was great - one reviewer's comment that summed it up really nicely was along the lines of "the viewer walks out of a different film to which they went into".
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    Recently Seen, Part 35 (January 2020)

    Gone With The Light (Dong Runnian, 2019) A mysterious burst of light appears over random cities, resulting in hundreds of people in each location simply disappearing into thin air. Those left behind start noticing that most of those who have disappeared can be linked through a romantic...
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    Review Doramas

    I had a similar experience when I watched Jewel in the Palace many years ago - the series has something like 54 episodes, but the bootleg discs that were being passed around contained around 80 episodes. It turned out that the series had been recut to create shorter episodes to fit in with other...
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    Recently Seen, Part 35 (January 2020)

    I haven't seen this since it first came out on VHS around 83/84, but I recall the stop-motion animation was one of simultaneously cool and corny things I have ever seen.
  8. clayton-12

    Recently Seen, Part 34 (December 2019)

    The Bold, the Corrupt, and the Beautiful (Yang Ya-che, 2017) has one of those English titles that are presumably added in post-production, with an eye to working out just how the film will be marketed to the English-speaking festival crowd. But while the original title, which apparently could be...
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    Recently Seen, Part 34 (December 2019)

    Two from Guizhou … Send Me to the Clouds (Teng Congcong, 2019) Yao Chen plays a tough nut, hard drinking journalist, a thirty-something single and cynical woman with a chip on her shoulder. When she’s diagnosed with ovarian cancer and needs money for surgery, her sleazy business partner sets...
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    Group watch?

    I'm up for watching Himizu. Of the DVDs you've ordered, I've seen two: I can remember very little of Helpless (which I saw back when it first came out) apart from that I found it underwhelming and/or unconvincing. I've got a vague recollection of a scene in a carpark very early on in the...
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    Recently Seen, Part 34 (December 2019)

    Crazy Alien (Ning Hao, 2019) is similar in basic set-up/premise to the Simon Pegg & Nick Frost film Paul – in this case, the alien crashes into a bumbling monkey trainer in the shape of Huang Bo. It claims to be based on a Liu Cixin story, although apparently you need to use a rather loose...
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    Recently Seen, Part 34 (December 2019)

    I found the review by James Hadfield amusing - sounds like he was on the money.
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    Recently Seen, Part 34 (December 2019)

    I'll kick of the new month with the few I've managed to catch over the past couple of months … I’m gonna agree with everything @divemaster13 has said about this. If the benchmark for a thriller is that it is thrilling, then this definitely deserves the 5 star rating. What’s more impressive is...
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    Recently Seen, Part 32 (October 2019)

    Sorry for letting this one get stale, I've been away - but thanks heaps for your lists. If anything, I think that whether or not the number of good Chinese films has decreased, there's so many good ones that I haven't seen that it'll take a long long while before I'm scratching in the dirt...
  15. clayton-12

    Recently Seen, Part 32 (October 2019)

    Allow me to agree with you, and disagree, and offer a point of clarification. When I commented about China, I really meant to refer to mainland China, rather than the combined Mainland/Hong Kong/Taiwan industries. I felt a little cheeky slipping Old Stone into my list, but managed to assuage...
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    Recently Seen, Part 32 (October 2019)

    For such a small little nation (and especially for one that is often associated with nothing more exciting than accounting), Singapore actually has quite a vibrant little film industry. If you ever get a chance to see a subtitled version of the anthology film 7 Letters, check out the first...
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    Recently Seen, Part 32 (October 2019)

    I’m gonna disagree with this statement. Jumping ten years forward to 2016 and beyond, I think My Heart Leaps Up, Old Stone, The Looming Storm, Wrath of Silence and Angels Wear White were all excellent, while I Am Not Madame Bovary, Love Education, and The Crossing were very good. Mainstream...
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    Recently Seen, Part 32 (October 2019)

    I saw Zhang Yimou’s Impressions Sanjie Liu, one of a series of musical stage shows designed for specific locations. Sung in a mix of Mandarin and Guangxi dialect at least, I didn’t have much of a hope of understanding it. However, the long walk into the auditorium is an immersive experience in...
  19. clayton-12

    Recently Seen, Part 32 (October 2019)

    Hell yeah ... No Guts, No Glory. Man up and make her broaden those horizons, and she’ll probably thank you for it. You don’t want to die wondering what might have been ... This is a film that I remember very little of, despite liking it very much at the time.
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    Philippine Movies Thread

    From my outsider's perspective, I think the real strength of Star Cinemas is that it keeps a local industry alive and constantly ticking over. Whether or not the films they produce are any good, they put bums on seats and keep the people employed in an industry that could just as easily be...
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