Panos Kotzathanasis

Panos Kotzathanasis
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T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Macabre (2013) "Macabre" is a genuine exploitation/splatter/slasher film, solely addressing fans of the genre and doing a great job in all of its aspects. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
No Score Yet Yeui-eomneun geotdeul (No Mercy for the Rude) (2006) Αn unusual film that combineσ Japanese aesthetics in terms of character creation and script, as exemplified in films like Sabu's "Postman Blues" and Toyoda's "9 Souls", with notions and tendencies from Korean action thriller and melodrama. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
96% Gangs of Wasseypur (2014) "Gangs of Wasseypur" is a must-see for all, a true epic both aesthetically and technically, in a great mixture of elements from "The Godfather" and "Snatch." - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
100% Winter's Night (2018) "Winter's Night" is a competent specimen of Korean indie cinema, that most fans of Hong Sang-soo will enjoy, while almost any viewer who gives this a chance will be impressed by its minimalist but also impressive visuals. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
No Score Yet Our Sweet Days of Youth (1987) "Our Joyful Young Days" is quite approachable, easy to watch and in essence, very entertaining, despite the relative lack of depth. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
No Score Yet Hello, God (Annyeonghaseyo hananim) (1987) "Hello God" is easy going and very entertaining at times, but the fact that it repeats the motifs of Bae Chang-ho's previous works, and a number of faults in the narrative deem it one his weakest works. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
No Score Yet My Heart (1998) Through a very engaging story of a woman whose main characteristic seems to be empathy about all people around her, Bae Chang-ho presents the hardships women faced through the decades, and the ways they found to survive - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
No Score Yet Gagman (1988) "Gagman" is quite entertaining despite its unusual narrative, and will definitely have its audience laughing a number of times. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
No Score Yet Clean Up (2018) Kwon Man-ki directs and pens a movie that thrives on its narrative, particularly regarding the build-up of the relationship of the two protagonists, and the revealing of the reasons of Jung-ju's behavior. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
No Score Yet Red Carpet (2014) "Red Carpet" has a number of good elements, but its runtime condemns it to mediocrity. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
No Score Yet Gilsoddeum (2012) "Gilsotteum" is a very rewarding film that benefits the most from its multileveled commentary, its direction, and the female acts. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
No Score Yet A Windy, But Pleasant Day (Balambul-eo Joh-eun Nal) (1980) Meaningful, multileveled, thorough and entertaining, with quite competent direction, editing and acting, "A Fine, Windy Day" is a truly great movie. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
No Score Yet Golae sanyang (1984) While "Whale Hunting" may lack the depth of a number of other films by Bae Chang-ho, it is easy-going, funny, a pleasure to look at, and in general, quite entertaining, and that is where its true value lies. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
No Score Yet Deep Blue Night (1985) The main narrative focus is obviously the American dream, although in this case, and again in melodramatic but also mocking fashion, it turns into a nightmare that gets worse as time passes, with the finale cementing this approach. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
No Score Yet Hwang Jin-yi (1986) "Hwang Jin-ie" is one of the least approachable films of Bae Chang-ho, particularly due to its art-house aesthetics and the very thin narrative. At the same time, it is one of the most visually impressive, and that is where its true value lies. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
57% The Journals Of Musan (2011) "Journals of Musan" is a very rewarding film that manages to shed a realistic light to the lives of North Korean refugees, and that is where its true value lies. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
100% House of Hummingbird (Beolsae) (2018) Kim Bo-ra-I creates a rather thorough portrait of a teenage girl, whose life seems to be dictated by the actions of those around her and by events she has no control upon. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet Beautiful Days (2018) Jero Yun proves quite adept in building his story, with the various secrets being revealed in a way the keeps the interest from wavering, while presenting a rather captivating life story - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet Scarlet Innocence (Madam Ppang-Deok) (2014) "Scarlet Innocence" has a number of faults in its narrative, but remains a treat for the eye for various reasons and definitely deserves a watch, particularly from those that enjoy erotic thrillers. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet The Road to Sampo (Sampoganeun kil) (2003) "The Road to Sampo" unfolds quite differently, since the narrative is quite thin, to the point that one could say that the movie is more a collage of episodes glued together through a thin back-story, than a compact one. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet Village in the Mist (Angaemaeul) (1982) "Village of Haze" is definitely a film worth watching for its comments, direction and acting, which could have been on a much higher level, though, if not for the "spoon-feeding" scene. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet Possible Faces (2018) "Possible Faces" is very art-house, in all aspects, and in 131 minutes of duration, it definitely addresses only fans of the category. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet This Charming Girl (Yeoja, Jeong-Hye) (2004) As a portrait of things hidden underneath conventionality, "This Charming Girl" is utterly successful, as a film that benefits the most by Kim Ji-soo's presence, and a lesson in restraint that ends up in an utterly realistic spectacle. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet The Water Mill (Mullebanga) (1966) "A Water Mill" is a great film that mages to communicate its significant messages through a very entertaining story, and, in the process, to highlight the great job done by Lee Man-hee-I, the cast and the crew. - Asian Film Vault EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet An Early Rain (Choyeon) (1966) "Early Rain" is a great sample of the "youth movie" that became a tendency in Korean cinema during the 60's and the 70's and a rather impactful film that thrives on both content and presentation. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet Seashore Village (Gaetmaeul) (1965) Kim Soo-yong directs a film that functions in two levels, one directed to entertainment through the romance and the melodrama, and an underlying one, which presents his comments about life in the island villages - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet Flames in the Valley (Sanbul) (1967) "Flame in the Valley" is a masterpiece, a film that has it all: comedy, drama, social commentary, anti-war messages, great characters and great performances, in a package that manages to be equally entertaining and meaningful. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet The Hand of Destiny (Eunmyeongui son) (1954) Despite some evident faults mostly deriving from the melodramatic part and the production values in the action scenes, The Hand of Destiny is a great film, full of meaning and a great sample of the social circumstances in S. Korea after the Korean War - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet Fire Woman (1971) Kim Ki-young uses the theme of the "femme fatale entering a quiet home to bring things upside down" in order to present his psychosexual comments, mostly through their consequences. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet A Woman After a Killer Butterfly (Salinnabileul ggotneun yeoja) (1978) Kim Ki-young has managed to shoot a supernatural, surreal horror/melodrama with philosophical and social implications and that is where the true value of the film lies, as a rather unique amalgam of cult, art-house and genre film. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet Break the Chain (Shwisaseuleul geunheola) (1971) Lee Man-hee-I directs a genuine western, almost completely stripped of any kind of artistry, with the focus being on the action from the beginning - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet The Age of Blood (2018) "The Age of Blood" is a no-nonsense action film, which will satisfy all fans of the genre, and particularly the ones who enjoy HK martial arts. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet Spinning Wheel (Yeoin janhoksa moulleya moulleya) (1984) "Spinning the Tales of Cruelty Towards Women" is a film that highlights the circumstances of the time with a melodramatic hyperbole that makes its point more obvious and impactful, and that is where its value lies. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet Declaration of Fools (1983) "Declaration of Fools" is a great film, filled with context and artistry, and a great start for someone who wants to witness where the style of Lee Chang-dong, Park Kwang-soo, and Kim Ki-duk's emerged. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet Mulberry (Pong) (1986) True to its erotic nature, Lee Doo-yong directs a film that is filled with sex scenes, although with little nudity, as most actions are implied rather than depicted. His focus however, is much deeper, since the movie deals with a number of social issues - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet March of Fools (Babodeuli haengjin) (1975) "The March of Fools" is a great film, which manages to surpass the limitations of the era in its portrayal of the lives of youth at the time, and a true classic of Korean cinema. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet Chilsu and Mansu (Chil-su oa Man-su) (1989) Park Kwang-soo directs a film that uses an unlikely base, since the way the two become friends borders on the surrealistic in order to present a number of sociopolitical comments about the era, which become much more intense as the story progresses. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet The DMZ (2018) "The DMZ" is a very rewarding thriller that manages to make the most of its simple premise and at the same time to highlight the director's prowess and the acting abilities of its protagonists. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet Daddy You, Daughter Me (2017) Kim Heyong-hyeop's biggest asset in the film is the fact that manages to retain the comedy for the most of its duration, in a concept that is harder than it seems - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet Mothers (2017) Despite its faults (many of which could be erased with some work in the editing), "Mothers" is a rewarding film that manages to show many aspects of motherhood in very interesting fashion. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet A Tiger in Winter (2017) Lee Kwang-kuk directs a film using the life of a sad and failed man to make a number of social comments that include the difficulty of retaining relationships in the modern era, unemployment, and literature. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet Hit The Night (2017) "Hit the Night" is a very interesting movie, which presents human relations in minimalist but quite entertaining fashion. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet White Night (Baekyahaeng) (2009) "White Night" is an enjoyable film, which could have been a masterpiece based on its script, acting and editing, if Park has chosen another tactic in his presentation of the story. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet Back to the Soil (2004) "Back to the Soil" is a very interesting documentary that shows the lives of Korean farmers in an artful combination of sensitivity and realism. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet A Tale of Legendary Libido (2008) Sin Han-sol directs a rather uneven movie, which starts as a crude sex comedy, only to transform into another melodrama in the last part, in a change that faults the film significantly - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet Ggobangdongne saramdeul (1982) "People in the Slum" was a great debut for one of the most successful Korean directors of the 80's, who managed to create a realistic but also very impressive setting where his characters thrive in dramatic terms - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
93% Hotel by the River (2019) "Hotel by the River" is one of the "tamest" films of Hong Sang-soo, but remains a very enjoyable experience, and I felt that its style applies to a much wider, although again art-house oriented, audience, than the majority of his films - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
No Score Yet Waikiki Brothers (2001) Filled with music and nostalgia, but most of all realistic drama, "Waikiki Brothers" is an excellent indie film, and one of Yim Soon-rye's greatest accomplishments. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
No Score Yet Grain in Ear (Mang zhong) (2009) "Grain in Ear" is a very meaningful film that uses a genuine art-house approach in order to present its harsh but very realistic comments - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
No Score Yet Jiltuneun naui him, (Jealousy Is My Middle Name) (2002) "Jealousy Is My Middle Name" is a great art-house film that adopts some of Hong Sang-soo elements but actually evolves them to something different, but of equal quality - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019