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Han Gong Ju
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8 days ago
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  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
An eternal story of love and hate.
Han Ju Gong is a young girl who suddenly changes school and worse, who is suddenly rooted from her home and taken to a new neighborhood to live and study in a new school. All we know is that there was a "scandal" in her old school and she was kind of involved directly. Your teacher takes you to live with your mother who runs read more a small supermarket.
So Han Gong Ju tries to rebuild a life devoid of the past, but acts like his curious detachment to attract some of his new classmates ...
"Han Gong Ju" impresses by a story-driven writing that became a bit lost at the end, where the drama tends to involve more of the individual's actor's expression skills. This made them slightly exaggerated emotionally, sometimes for Western viewers.
It focuses almost entirely on its main character, played by Chun's backup with excellent Woo-hee. The story jumps unpredictably backwards and forwards, making it very difficult initially for the viewer to follow. But what may seem a weakness is the film's greatest strength, because the viewer has no choice but to follow the events through the very eyes of Gong-ju. The only weakness in my opinion is the current crime scene, which could have been edited with more respect, but again this is a graphic age we are living in.
Generally speaking the performances are sufficiently differentiated to keep a guess of what actually happened and how the past is done in such a way in a slow reveal through flashbacks. The story behind could have been better clarified but the set of elements that make up the whole are sufficient and subtle which help to put all the pieces in their proper place.
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Permanent Residence
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9 days ago
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  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.5
Sometimes I think my reviews are too generous, but I cannot give this movie any less than it deserves. Perhaps, I just happen to be too open-minded that issues like nudity, which most people find scandalous, doesn't bother me at all.

The story is really good. It is very realistic. I see it happening even while watching the film. However, the actors could have done better. I'm not saying the acting was read more a total crap, but they failed to properly relay the emotions from the characters to the viewer... or, perhaps it was the camera man that didn't capture them... or, perhaps the director intentionally made things ambiguous to the audience... or, perhaps I was just not paying much attention--UGH! This is why I have to watch it again sometime.
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Helpless
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9 days ago
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  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 7.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
Bestseller only in books.
Film cliché, Korean film adaptation of mystery, investigation into the disappearance of a woman who was also a close examination of the distortions of society after the economic bubble. What else looks like a handful of documentaries went to fiction with romantic comedy, turning the text into a classic thriller, accentuating the melodramatic tones. If the original protagonist text was arguably the disillusioned detective, here the scene is read more split with the betrayed lover. The choice lessens the reach of the story, bringing up the stubborn man clinging to the personal tragedy experienced by the woman, but it is also a likely necessity due to inherent differences between the two countries.
Generally speaking it is a film originally known as the easiest support, it has a modest tone and filigree history that avoids exaggerations, this helped to omit the usual using famous actors making it balanced, where in short we have characters of perpetually darkened face By remorse while the protagonist retains an ambiguous expression that can guarantee the distance from the reasons for her choices. Highlight for Byeon Yeong-joo, for the first time involved in a thriller is proof that you can remain in the significant daily details, even if you sometimes lose sight of the pace of research in favor of the abandoned existential spleen man. "Helpless" deliberately avoided looking at refined and elegant very contemporary Korean cinema, winning with vehemence, but the changes in the story are to praise, making it more like "easy" puzzles. A dead movie!
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Yi Yi
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9 days ago
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  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 7.5
The last movie of Edward Yang!
"Yi Yi" has a certain circularity, a journey between the beginning and the end centered on the life that happens between them.
It begins with a marriage and ends with a funeral, in the middle it has a birth, a reunion, a crime and a series of moments, of passages. It is perhaps a more serene film, where even the acidity and a certain harshness of read more other films are tamed, contained in the decency and innocence of three of the film's central figures, father NJ played by, Wu Nien-jen, daughter Ting-Ting Kelly Lee and Yang-Yang son Jonathan Chang.
Film criticism about Taiwanese society with superstition, business practices and media, among others), but somehow there is a reconciliation with life, one to accept that we "all get old."
Over the course of three hours, one by one, the title of the film can be translated as "One," the members of the Jian family and a series of characters that gravitate to their own. Each member of the family like that comes to a crossroads that has to separate.
Although there is crying, shouting and violence in "Yi Yi", the unfolding of the relations between the characters and their self-reflection is subtle, delicate, poetic even a poetry of the real but, above all, a poetry of the cinema. After all, cinema enhances life. "We have lived three times more since the invention of cinema," says one of the characters. Cinema allows us to feel what we just imagine or, like Yang-Yang cinematography, helps us see what we can not.
There is no shortage of intriguing phrases and even quirky humor in the "Yi Yi" dialogues. But this is also a movie of silences and whispers, a film where everything else that remains to be said matters. This delicacy of the film is enhanced by the piano soundtrack. A film in which the images are sovereign and where the actors are part of the spaces. Not that the interpretations are not superb, but that they do not exist in a vacuum but in total experience. The meager detail of décors, wardrobe, lighting, but above all the meticulous frames make "Yi Yi" a film of remarkable balance of technical excellence as well as a plausible portrait of a Taiwanese middle-class family.
Undoubtedly in retrospect, Yang, prematurely missing in 2007, but left us a beautiful goodbye.
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Record of a Tenement Gentleman
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9 days ago
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  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.5
I was born but ...
Mr. Yoshii (Tatsuo Saito), an office worker, moved his young family to a new neighborhood in the suburbs, strategically located a few blocks from his employer, Mr. Iwasaki (Takeshi Sakamoto). One afternoon, while playing outdoors, Yoshii's younger son Keichi (Tomio Aoki) catches the attention of the neighborhood's children, including Iwasaki's son, who proceeds to tease him. His older brother, Ryoichi (Hideo Sugawara), comes to his rescue, but read more soon, the two are outnumbered, and only barely escape when Mr. Yoshii passes the street. Fearing retaliation, the brothers decide to become truants, but are sent back to school by their father with stern reasoning, "Do not you want to go to school and become someone else?" Unable to escape his inevitable encounter with school ruffians, Keichi befriends the delivery boy from the sake shop (Shoichi Kojufita) and persuades him to confront the self-appointed gang leader and teach him a lesson. After the bully escapes with tears, the other children soon turn their allegiance to the brothers, who are quick to test their solidarity by making them obey a resurrection command. Soon, the vanquished boy returns with his father, and the children begin to discuss their respective cases in whose father would be more appropriate to challenge the father of the bully. However, the siblings' idolatry for their father is tested when they visit the house of Iwasaki, and find his father as the subject of home movies playing clown in front of the camera for the amusement of his boss ...
An old film that can not be compared to current cinematographic techniques, yet it has a beautiful story, a comic, witty and incisive portrait of hypocrisy and social inequality in contrast to the more distilled "gendai-geki" which stands for portrait of contemporary life .
A drama would well characterize that it is rooted in the social behavior learned from the children and acceptance of commitment in a non ideal environment, the refusal of the delivery boy to censor the son of Iwasaki because of the patronage of his family; Mr. Yoshii's attention to the young man as he interrupts his sons' attempt to "resurrect" him; The father's shameful behavior ... As the boys' attitude toward their father shifts from a magnanimous hero to an embarrassing fool to a sympathetic human being, Ozu presents a subtle yet poignant remark about the children's rite of passage While moving away from the safe and predictable rules of domestic life to the illogical and often unfair hierarchical social customs of the real world. Very good movie, really good!
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Our Little Sister
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9 days ago
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  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 7.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
"Our Younger Sister" is centered on the relationship between four sisters who live together, has a diffuse, loose and lifeless narrative, employing long 128 minutes to seemingly get nowhere.
Written by Koreeda himself from a manga by Akimi Yoshida and I can not even imagine how boring this manga should be, the script initially introduces us to sisters Sachi (Ayase), Yoshino (Nagasawa) and Chika (Kaho), who share an old Married that had read more belonged to the parents since they were abandoned by both, the father went to live with the lover and the mother went to another state. Comfortable in their routine, they end up receiving the news of their father's death with a strange disinterest, by the way and at the funeral they meet their 14-year-old half-sister, Suzu (Hirose), who moves in with the rest . From then on, we followed the following year while the four ...
That's basically it.
They deal with romantic interests, with the illness of an old acquaintance, with a reunion with the mother, but basically everything is staged in a disinterested and uninteresting way.
The cinematography is poorly connected giving an episodic tune to the narrative, "Our Younger Sister" can not even dramatically justify Suzu's entry into the sisters' lives as it relates to the transition of scenes and camera movements.
In general, the film is culminating in a terribly cliché plan because essentially nothing changes that immediately adapts to the dynamics of the others.
Cast is the key point, which acts consistently, avoiding to become a complete disaster thanks to the charisma of the main cast, the long one at least can establish some interest thanks to the dynamics among the girls, even if their personalities end up looking schematic: Sachi is Withdrawn and responsible; Yoshino is impulsive and immature; Chika is naive and cheerful; And Suzu is a mixture of the three. Incidentally, the decision to anchor the film in the older sister is a rare success of the project, since Haruka Ayase offers a sufficiently melancholic and relatively multifaceted performance and it is a pity, for example, that Koreeda does not pay more attention to the dynamics between her and The youngest, since, in a way, the two are the ones who lived more similar experiences with the father, losing much of the childhood thanks to this.
The soundtrack is composed by master Kanno Yoko to try to create punctual atmospheres that alone story that unfortunately can not, at a certain moment, the song sounds cute to bring lightness; In another, he bets on sad chords to emphasize a painful moment, and ends up forcing the tone instead of simply commenting on it or even emphasizing it.
Generally speaking, depending on the uncomfortable form of expository dialogues to explain to the viewer the circumstances that led the sisters to an isolated existence of their parents, the script lacks an identifiable dramatic arc, limiting itself to using the seasons and consequent changes in Beautiful locations to indicate the passage of time, as if only the passing of the year could give some sense of development to history.
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Mountains May Depart
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9 days ago
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  • Overall 6.5
  • Story 7.5
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.5
"Mountains May Depart"
Tells a story divided in three parts into a melodrama of a love triangle. Tao, Zang and Lianzi at the end of 1999 are young people and friends, but both are interested in Tao. From then on and the various decisions they make, they will be passed to a second part, set in 2014, and a third in 2025.
The film has a proposal that amalgamates with the extraordinary read more flow, allegorical fragments of a broken and confused reality about the past, present and future of China's Asian giant. "Mountains May Depart" can dispel the subtly social portrayal produced in a population marked by accelerated technological progress, where socialist underdevelopment joins the arrival of commodification, causing a clash of identities where broken dreams and deception are perceptible to all. To achieve such an ambitious outcome, Zhangke had a purely linear and structured three major narrative episodes.
Past: The story begins in 1999, during New Year's Day, the first thing we see on screen is a group of friendly characters dancing to the rhythm of "Pet Shop Boys," uncoordinated and unrepentant. Then the script will affect a love triangle that makes clear the differentiation of stratified and bitter classes ...
Present: Here the director introduces the author's credit and his title, beating to present the idea of ??a filmic mind that corresponds to the true beginning of the film (after this prologue about the past) ...
Future: 2025, each character that the initial triangle has been put into practice. One in absolute decrepitude, another in the solitude of breaking the heart and another in the happiness and comfort of a satisfactory family life ...
In general the film, although I liked it, some parts more than others want to do a lot, between ups and downs. No doubt has coherence and concordance, its cinematography is rich in details the soundtrack ends with smooth notes between the transitions of space and time. Yet it seems a remarkable work, a beautiful, sad and brilliant melodrama that has its ups and downs throughout history.
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Tinker Ticker
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9 days ago
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  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
This movie is a good comparison to different psyches. Some can create bad things, but not do bad things. Others can do bad things but need the help of others. When these two kinds of people meet, there is a disconnect that can be detrimental to them both.
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The Prince of Tennis
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9 days ago
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  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.5
Point 1: If you like the manga and the anime, but hate the annoying girl (the coaches grand-daughter) and/or dislike the coach, you are in luck because both those characters have been cut.

Point 2: Kanata Hongo was the best choice for this kind of role. He always does his best acting when his character has a secret strength. Sometimes they are smart, sometimes secretly evil, sometimes secretly strong or a punk, read more and in this case, because he is a little short and young, he deceives his opponents.
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Flying Colors
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9 days ago
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  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.5
A movie that the title (and description for that matter) doesn't do it justice. Truthfully, they both make it sound like a comedy that would quickly get boring. But, it is actually quite an enjoyable film, with the leading lady rocking it with her performance. The movie had a light feeling, but explored the family dynamics very effectively, giving it a little depth. The fact that the film makers didn't focus, or read more added, a romantic element into it, to overshadow the whole main story, helped a lot to turn the film into a more unique movie than the rest manga like movies. However, the romance "danger" was there, with an other outcast dropped there, dangerously approaching the girl. But the film just kept focused on the main plot, having the girl outsmart herself and aim for the miracle. So, 8 out of 10.
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9 days ago
9 days ago
  • Overall 4.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.5
  • Music 3.5
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
This movie was exactly like the relationship between the girl and the boy: it's obnoxious, a little idiotic, kind of nerve wracking, but in the end, like the guy said, it's really difficult to get over it. The story is a been far stretched, as the girl, who is in the less clever class of her school, has to move in with the top student of the school, after her house collapsed read more like a house of cards. The twist here is that the girl was in love with the boy for years, but, after confessing to him, she was rejected very rudely. The girl simply annoys the guy and there is no indication that he even likes her. But, the ending just takes the most clever twist ever to let you anticipate for the second film. So, 4 out of 10, because the film makers could have tried to presented the facts better than just leave them look like a cheep comedy rather than a manga movie. Plus, the chemistry between the two were lacking, even though their performances were really good.
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Little Forest: Summer & Autumn
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  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.5
  • Music 4.5
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
I've got mixed feelings about this one. Although it was beautiful, for a story as a whole it wasn't much. The plot dragged through the two films in snail pace, with the story being revealed too slowly. There is some depth in it, with the girl finally revealing us that her mother left her five years ago. And there is more to it, if the film had made a better presentation of read more the girl's relationship with her mother. Also, it would have been good if the movie focused a little on the reasons why she left the city to come back to her farm house, or why she left the farm house in the first place. But maybe the second film gives a clearer view on the matter. Other than that, the film focuses on the connection between nature, agriculture and cooking. The sceneries are beautiful, as well as the cinematography regarding the cooking process. I guess you can say that the performance of the leading lady was good, though she didn't have much to work with. So, 5 out of 10.
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Little Forest: Winter & Spring
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  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 4.5
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 4.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
The second movie follows the same example as the first one, recipes, nature and a few story lines here and there. Of course, the scenery was beautiful in here as well, with the green forest and the white snowy landscapes creating an idyllic atmosphere, making the movie look like a moving painting. In this movie, the recipes had more meaning behind them, as they were originated not from the girl's past with read more her mother but rather had been triggered by a story from the past that had shaped her character now. The plot thickens with the girl interacting more with friends, co workers and potential lovers. The mother daughter relationship is here as well, but it never gets deeper than a few hints here and there for the mother's character. Finally, the ending was a bit rushed, with the conclusion seeming like it was out of the blue. So, 5 out of 5.
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The Beauty Inside
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9 days ago
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  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 4.5
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
Interesting movie about an even more interesting and entertaining theme. Though, I couldn't help it but await for the guy's condition to eventually (miraculously) change. But, as the hero says (short of), love can change things but can make things difficult as well. The girl was amazing in her performance, as she displayed perfect chemistry with each actor that played her partner. Plus, some of the actors were really good (exapmle, the read more girl who performed the scene where the mother confesses her secret to her son). Still, however, it felt like it needed something more, maybe some twist or something more powerful. But all in all, a nice love story, so 7 out of 10.
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Yesterday Once More
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9 days ago
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  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 6.5
  • Rewatch Value 7.5
The only reason this movie gets 8 out of 10 from me is that, in the end, you just need more. The story had a feel of a Japanese manga high school movie with a touch of those back to the old good days movies. Unlike other young love Chinese movies I have watched that were like bad teen TV movies, this one was really good. The story is touching and it read more focuses less on developing a cliché love story and more on having the audience get to know the characters. Truelly, the only thing that this film got wrong was the ending. Even though everyone's' story was concluded, the main one was left open wide, and you just need a good conclusion on the love story.
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