Discussion in 'The Cutting Room Floor' started by gwynplaine, Dec 15, 2009.
A Bittersweet life & The Man from Nowhere. I highly recommend these films.
Liked Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmasters. Great action scenes, touching lead performances by Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi (her best in a while) and Zhang Jin as the villain.
Enjoyed Hou Hsiao-Hsien's The Boys from Fengkuei. Youths who have just graduated spend their time drinking, fighting, one falling in love and losing his girl, while waiting for compulsory military service. Nostalgic, pain, remembrance. Very good.
Yee Chin-yen's Blue Gate Crossing. Carefully made, light coming-of-age story about a young girl trying to decide between her male best friend and her may-or-maybe not destined girlfriend.
I recommend 3 fantastic films from the late great French director Louis Malle (from his early French period) : "The Thief of Paris" (with a young Jean Paul Belmondo in great form), "Murmur of the Heart", and my favorite "Lacombe Lucien."
Just rewatched Vittorio De Sica 's "Marriage Italian Style" with Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. Great film and Mastroianni with his pencil-thin moustache looks just like "Mandrake the Magician" and made me think of his abandoned film based on the comic that Fellini and him wanted to dot:
Going through Edward Yang. That Day, On the Beach really does deserve a region 1 release. Modernism without showing off, totally natural. Taipei Story, about a young woman fleeing her past -- and Taipei's -- is underrated even by his fans. A Brighter Summer Day really does deserve a place on those best-of-the-past-quarter-century lists it and Yi Yi are starting to pop up on.
Add Yang's Mahjong to the underrated list. Funny crime drama that plays like something Tarantino might have written early in his career if he was soaked in Taiwanese culture.
Enjoyed Jia Zhangke's Xiao Wu. An especially low-level pickpocket doesn't manage to move on after all his friends have graduated to legit jobs or higher levels of crime, and he pays the consequences for it as China regains Hong Kong and cracks down on crime. Very funny film, until you think about all the implications of what you've just seen, and then it turns somewhat shocking.
^ Thanks for the infos, Childeroland. I haven't heard of a lot of the films you mention in this thread and you sure know a lot about Foreign films and Asian Cinema in particular
No problem, though I always feel like I'm trying to catch up on stuff I've missed, with Asian and other cinema (French, neorealism, etc).
i would like to recommend two argentine (my country) movies that both have universal acclaim:
9 reinas (or nine queens)
el secreto de sus ojos (or the secret in their eyes)
Just rewatched "Le Professionel" with Jean Paul Belmondo on Netflix, really fun old school French action movie with a Belmondo in great form.
Enjoyed Gilles Bourdos's Renoir. Undramatic, but compelling. I wish they'd gone into Jean's years with Andree/Catherine after his father's death.
26 minutes of B-Roll footage from the making of Three Colours.
On NETFLIX today, I saw WOMAN IN THE MOON (1929) Directed by Fritz Lang.
This was the 162 minute DVD edition. As always....Lang was a genius.
Being a huge WW2 fanatic,my all time favorite foreign film is Der Untergang(2005). Bruno Ganz is amazing as Der Fuhrer. The greatest performance I've ever seen in that kind of role. I really love how Hitler is treated like a real human being with emotions,hopes and feelings and not just some ranting "evil" cartoon character.
Arjun: The Warrior Prince (2012) India, animated
Saw this today. Beautiful animation.
Speaking of beautiful animation , I just watched recently a great animated film from China called "Uproar in Heaven."
Enjoyed Oshima's Pleasures of the Flesh. Classic loser murders a man who raped one of his students and gets blackmailed by the only witness into holding embezzled money while the embezzler serves a five year term for stealing the money. Eventually the ?hero? succumbs to his impulse to spend the money, planning to commit suicide when the money runs out. Then the embezzler and the student he avenged come looking for the money. Not as great as A Cruel Story or Night and Fog in Japan, but pretty decent film noir.
Really liked The Berlin File. Sort of a South Korean Bourne Identity. Exciting, fast-paced. I couldn't follow the plot after one viewing, but this is very, very fun.
The Unjust. A corrupt prosecutor uncovers a corrupt cop's scheme to frame a man for a series of child murders his department could not solve. Good stuff.
"Death in Venice." (Visconti and Mahler, perfect match.)
Sinsegye. Another excellent South Korean crime film about an undercover cop who becomes henchman to the number 2 in his crime family just as his handler's case is splitting the mob up into rival factions.
Enjoyed Chen Kaige's Yellow Earth. Does the whole revealing-characters-through-song thing Tsai Ming-liang used to try with films like The Hole, but better, working it into this story of a soldier dispatched to the countryside to gather happy folk songs promoting the Communist revolution and finding only misery and humanity in the music instead.
Ysuo Furuhata's Poppoya. Nice little story about a railway stationmaster of a dying end-of-the-line village who is offered a cushy hotel job but cannot take it because his memories of his dead wife and daughter tie him to the railroad. Then he meets a young girl who reminds him of his daughter and she helps him to push on.