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Re: 1990s Far East Bracket: Verdicts
« Reply #2380 on: August 07, 2017, 12:03:55 AM »
Nicely done Teproc. I liked Blues Harp, but I'm not too surprised to see it exit here.
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Re: 1990s Far East Bracket: Verdicts
« Reply #2381 on: August 07, 2017, 03:34:11 AM »
Good reviews, Teproc.  I am hoping to watch your choice one of these days.
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Re: 1990s Far East Bracket: Verdicts
« Reply #2382 on: August 07, 2017, 04:49:48 AM »
Thanks guys. :)

And now we wait (both for manana and pixote's resurrection verdicts).

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Re: 1990s Far East Bracket: Verdicts
« Reply #2383 on: August 20, 2017, 04:59:09 AM »
Round Four Resurrection Review





















Sleeping Man  (Oguri Kôhei, 1996)
Won over Ghost in the Shell (verdict by edgar00)
Won over Art Museum by the Zoo (verdict by Bondo)
Won over Shanghai Triad (verdict by smirnoff)
Lost to Made in Hong Kong (verdict by BlueVoid)

As a slideshow celebrating the natural beauty of Japan's Gunma Prefecture, Sleeping Man is exceptional. As a movie, it's considerably less successful — at least on one viewing under less than ideal circumstances. It's rare for me to be anxious to rewatch a movie I didn't ultimately like, but Sleeping Man falls into that special category. The composed, meditative elegance of the cinematography earns Oguri's fourth feature considerable benefit of the doubt, encouraging me to wonder whether the film's perceived failings are in fact my own. For the time being, I side with the majority of verdicts in finding Sleeping Man's slice-of-life poetry to be too disconnected and unengaging. The acting struck me as a bit broad and the metaphysical elements rather clunky, at times. And yet, while watching, I was continually making favorable comparisons to some other bracket favorites: the distanced beauty of Spring in My Hometown, the local eccentricity of Nabbie's Love, the earthly artistry of Moe no suzaku, the elegiac magical realism of Dreams, and so on. Oguri synthesizes these elements into a film that casts a very unique spell — but not one I was able to fall under. A highly recommended disappointment!

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Up next: A Dedicated Life.

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Re: 1990s Far East Bracket: Verdicts
« Reply #2384 on: August 20, 2017, 06:11:26 PM »
Nice job Pix! I loved the poetic beauty of it. I wish I enjoyed the entire movie more...
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Re: 1990s Far East Bracket: Verdicts
« Reply #2385 on: September 16, 2017, 10:53:55 PM »
The Hole - Tsai Ming-liang, 1998

A fantastic, singular film. I've come to realize that I'm a sucker for a good sound design, and in this case the constant sound of rain and industrial buzzing is complete and total mañana-bait. Along with the constant sense of dampness, the sound design gives the film a unique bleak atmosphere. Combine all that with the grim apartment complex interiors, and the art direction here is totally my jam. Not too far into this, it started to remind me of Jarmusch. Not sure if that comparison is superficial or not, but the tone and odd humour kept bringing him back to mind. As a general rule, the social/spiritual alienation and loneliness of modern urban life tends to bore me (just go take a class or volunteer or something, geez), but the how is too good here for me to take issue with the what.


Kamikaze Taxi - Masato Harada, 1995


Did you know that starting in the late 19th century several waves of Japanese immigrants arrived in Peru looking for work? Well, I didn't. Did you also know that immigration policy changes in the 1980s and 90s allowed for ethnic-Japanese Peruvians to work in Japan to meet labour shortages? Stop pretending you read about this in The Economist. Apparently, though ethnically Japanese, culturally and socially those of Peruvian background were othered. Koji Yakusho plays Kantake, a Japanese Peruvian taxi driver who chauffeurs Tatsuo on his revenge mission (his kamikaze mission, that is), and he is definitely the standout to my mind. The film is rather sprawling and meandering, and though that was discouraging as a viewer initially, once I committed and got on its wavelength, I was rather engrossed. With such little knowledge of the context, I'm hesitant to offer an assessment of how smart its politics are. As commentary on social and political systems and Japanese insularity (xenophobia and brutal, powerful men are elements throughout) I don't know how nuanced it is, but I can say I was along for the wandering ride. Most importantly though, as you might expect, the dirty talk on the Blockbuster Video floor was probably my favourite part. But that would be true of almost any movie.

Verdict: The Hole moves on.
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Re: 1990s Far East Bracket: Verdicts
« Reply #2386 on: September 17, 2017, 12:23:36 AM »
Great reviews to end on! (I don't remember the Blockbuster Video scene in Kamikaze Taxi. I'll have to check YouTube later.)

I'll try to get the last few resurrections reviews posted within the week. In the meantime, for seeding purposes, please send me your ratings (0-10) for any of the following films that you watched since the fourth round began:

After Life
After the Rain
Audition
Blues Harp
Cageman
Chungking Express
Comrades, Almost a Love Story
Cure
Days of Being Wild
A Dedicated Life
Farewell My Concubine
Flowers of Shanghai
Hana-bi
Happy Together
Hard Boiled
The Hole
Like Grains of Sand
M/Other
Made in Hong Kong
Moving
Only Yesterday
Perfect Blue
Pickpocket
Princess Mononoke
The Puppetmaster
Raise the Red Lantern
Rebels of the Neon God
Rice People
The Road Home
The Scent of Green Papaya
Siao Yu
Sonatine
Spring in My Hometown
Vive L'Amour
Whisper of the Heart
Woman Sesame Oil Maker


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Re: 1990s Far East Bracket: Verdicts
« Reply #2387 on: September 17, 2017, 12:45:28 AM »

After Life-- 8
After the Rain--8
Audition-- 9
Chungking Express--9
Farewell My Concubine--7.5
The Hole-- 8
Only Yesterday-- 7.5
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Re: 1990s Far East Bracket: Verdicts
« Reply #2388 on: September 17, 2017, 03:43:47 AM »
Audition - 7
Blues Harp - 6
Chungking Express - 8
Like Grains of Sand - 7
M/Other - 7
Princess Mononoke - 10
The Puppetmaster - 7
Raise the Red Lantern - 7
Rice People - 8

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Re: 1990s Far East Bracket: Verdicts
« Reply #2389 on: September 18, 2017, 03:25:27 AM »
Cure 7/10
Happy Together 7/10