Panos Kotzathanasis

Panos Kotzathanasis
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T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet The Invincible Dragon (2019) "Invincible Dragon" is a mediocre film with very few engaging moments, and the difference in style and quality than Fruit Chan's latest independent film, "Three Husbands" is so vast, that is very difficult to justify. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
No Score Yet Kontora (2019) "Kontora" is not a film without merits and Chauhan again has some very interesting ideas, while the visual "packaging" of the film is definitely engaging. However, there is such a thing as "too personal" and this is a trap it definitely falls into. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
No Score Yet Master of the Drunken Fist: Beggar So (2017) "Master of the Drunken Fist: Beggar So" has its faults, but considering this is HBO's first try in the genre, I would say it is an effort worthy of support, particularly among wuxia fans. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
78% Perfect Blue (1999) "Perfect Blue" is an artistic and technical masterpiece; however, what is of utmost importance is the fact that Satoshi Kon never deteriorated from the high standards he set here, in the first project that was entirely his own. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
No Score Yet Dead Kids (2019) I feel that "Dead Kids" had something to say, but Red got caught up in his rush to finish it, thus resulting in a movie that has its merits, but is mediocre overall. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
No Score Yet Tezuka's Barbara (2019) Evidently, the film's aim is to impress than to provide food for thought, but I would say that because Tezca acknowledges the fact and is even keen to "flaunt" it to his audience, the result is a movie that works quite well. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
No Score Yet Sêrâ-fuku to kikanjû (Sailor Suit and Machine Gun) (1981) "Sailor Suit and Machine Gun" is a delightful film, filled with very entertaining moments and cinematic artistry, and one of the most iconic productions of Japanese cinema during the 80's. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
No Score Yet Hotaru (The Firefly) (2002) Yasuo Furuhata uses Shuji's yakuza past as an "excuse" to present a number of social and philosophical comments about human nature. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
No Score Yet Chained (2019) Presents the complete portrait of a man whose obsession with getting his own way with everyone around him eventually leads them to alienate him, and him to his demise - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
No Score Yet Fujian Blue (jin Bi Hui Huang) (2007) "Fujian Blue" is a no-nonsense film that presents its many subjects in utter realism, and in that fashion, a great watch, particularly for the art-house audience. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
82% Wet Season (2019) The obvious trait of the film is Anthony Chen's direction, and particularly the artful build-up of the relationship of the two protagonists, that manages to remain captivating despite its obviousness. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
86% A Tale of Three Sisters (2019) Has some faults, particularly regarding the script an an occasionally hyperbolic theatricality, but it is also quite entertaining and a film that will definitely resonate with people who have some experience with living in a village. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
94% Under The Sun (2016) The first word that comes to mind about "Under The Sun" is "shocking", although, at times, even that appears modest in describing what I was watching on screen. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
No Score Yet Kill Time (Mou sha si shui nian hua) (2016) "Kill Time" has fallen into the trap of doing and including too many things in one movie, resulting in a film that is mediocre as a whole, despite the fact that its elements seems interesting, individually. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
67% Lingua Franca (2019) Isabel Sandoval directs a film that manages to make its points through a subtle but eloquent approach. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
No Score Yet Heavy Craving (2019) "Heavy Craving" is pointy, realistic and filled with context, but also quite entertaining and easy to watch, and this combination is where its true value lies. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
60% Nina Wu (Zhuo ren mi mi) (2019) Some faults in the narrative do exist and one could say that her preexisting condition somewhat tones down the accusations the film makes, but in the end, those are but details and the end result is impressive, both contextually and visually. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
No Score Yet Sturgill Simpson Presents Sound & Fury (2019) In less than 42 minutes, the film does not extend its welcome, and I daresay, that "Sound and Fury" is one of the best anime productions Netflix has ever streamed. Fans of Simpson's style of music will definitely have a blast with this. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
No Score Yet The Midnight After (2014) "The Midnight After" is a very interesting production that manages to work both as a quirky/surreal dystopian film and as a comment regarding the current and future situation of Hong Kong. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
No Score Yet The Great Passage (2013) Yuya Ishii directs a genuinely Japanese film, in theme, style and pace, in the very difficult task of making the compiling of a dictionary into an entertaining movie - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
No Score Yet Rom (2019) Huy Tran Thanh has managed to shoot a movie that seems to have it all, action, drama, context, production values, etc and did so with gusto, in one of the best of the year. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
No Score Yet The Iron-Fisted Monk (1977) "Iron Fisted Monk" has its faults, but a number of great fighting sequences and the exploitation elements deem it a movie that definitely stands out since it is one of the few that will appeal to fans of both martial arts and exploitation. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
No Score Yet Demons (2019) Daniel Hui seems to have potential, at least regarding the ideas he has , but his command of the medium, particularly regarding feature-length filmmaking still needs much work. "Demons" has its moments, but as a whole, it simply does not work - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
No Score Yet Finale in Blood (1993) "Finale in Blood" has its faults, particularly regarding the mixing of the two arcs, but the ability in storytelling and the raw energy we watched in Chan's later films is definitely here. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
No Score Yet The Magnificent Butcher (1998) "Magnificent Butcher" suffers from an overcomplicated script, but the action scenes deem it a more than worthy spectacle, that will satisfy most of the fans of the category. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
No Score Yet Eastern Condors (1987) Not much more to say, "Eastern Condors" is a masterpiece of the Hong Kong action/martial arts scenes, one of the best movies of Sammo Hung, and a definite must-see of all fans of the category. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
No Score Yet What Is Love? (2018) "Just Only Love" is sincere, intelligent, realistic, thorough and quite entertaining, in an impressive package that strays far away from the silliness of the romcoms. Definitely one of the best indie films of the year. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
86% Call of Heroes (2016) "Call of Heroes" has its faults, but it will definitely surprise its audience at times, and is quite entertaining. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
63% Redline (2011) "Redline" is a true anime gem, a film that every anime fan will enjoy, to say the least. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
98% Mountain Patrol (Kekexili) (2006) Lu Chuan uses a rather unique approach for his narrative, combining elements of documentary , road movie, and western - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
No Score Yet Nu ren si shi (Summer Snow) (1995) Ann Hui presents a number of social comments, most of which are represented by May's character, a woman in her forties who is part of an in-between generation, living in an era that is about to forget the blights of the war - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
No Score Yet Koshikei (Death by Hanging) (1968) "Death by Hanging" is a unique film, both for its context and presentation, but also as the embodiment of Oshima's ideas regarding both society and cinema. A true classic. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
No Score Yet Pigs and Battleships (Buta to gunkan) (Hogs and Warships) (1961) Imamura uses the rather dramatic love story and the concept of raising pigs in order to present a number of sociopolitical comments regarding the era - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
83% Ghost Walk (2018) The narrative's main trait is formed through the combination of Yu Eun-jeong's writing, Lee Young-lim's editing and Lee Ju-hwan's cinematography who create an atmosphere of extreme eeriness - Asian Film Vault EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
No Score Yet Merantau (2009) When the fighting starts, the film takes a turn for the exciting, as Pencak Silat is a very impressive and violent style and Iko Uwais makes the most out of Ruhian's spectacular action choreography. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
No Score Yet Zebraman 2: Attack On Zebra City (Zeburâman: Zebura Shiti No Gyakushû) (2010) I cannot say if anyone will actually like this film, but one thing I can easily say is that "Zebraman 2" is definitely a Miike movie, since all his pros and cons seem to be here, in various degrees. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
No Score Yet In The Absence of The Sun (2014) Kuswandi's comments may be evident and pointy, but he presents them in a very subtle manner, through irony and humor, in a style that makes the film quite entertaining. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
No Score Yet Mujo (This Passing Life) (This Transient Life) (1971) "This Transient Life" is a true masterpiece for a number of the reasons I just mentioned, but most of all, because Jissoji managed to combine the pinku film with the experimentally arthouse one in the most meaningful fashion. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
No Score Yet Pintu terlarang (The Forbidden Door) (2009) "Forbidden Door" is an elaborate film, both technically and aesthetically, which retains the interest for all of its duration through the constant plot twists. In general, one of the best noir-thrillers of the last decade. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
No Score Yet Mandara (1971) "Mandala" is evidently a very difficult film to watch, both for its visual approach and the extreme narrative, but if one was to overcome these "issues" much artistry and innovation would be revealed. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
No Score Yet Weeds on Fire (Dian wu bu) (2016) "Weeds on Fire" is a great film that manages to provide the quintessence of cinema, which is none other than entertainment, while it also manages to make some social comments that elevate it much above the concept of the mainstream movie. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
80% Saat po long (S.P.L.) (Kill Zone) (2005) "Sha Po Lang" is an outstanding film, as Wilson Yip manages to present a great combination of crime thriller and martial arts film, through a unique view, that differs much from the plethora of HK action films. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
80% She Remembers, He Forgets (2015) "She Remembers He Forgerts" is a delightful and very entertaining movie, that transcends the rom-com and the coming-of-age genres through their combination and a number of very interesting social comments. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
No Score Yet Masters of Horror (2006) Imprint" is a film that justifies the attribute notorious, both for itself and Miike, fully, and one of the movies that definitely stands out in the vast filmography of the Japanese master. Fans of splatter films are bound to have a blast with this. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
No Score Yet Kin'yû hametsu Nippon: Tôgenkyô no hito-bito (Shangri-La) (2002) "Shangri-La" is a delightful, a definite stand-out in Miike's vast filmography, and a film that is, actually, addressed to families. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
No Score Yet Ai to makoto (The Legend of Love & Sincerity) (2012) Takashi Miike directs another absurd amalgam of different genres, where hyperbole in both the narrative and the production values seems to be the rule - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
No Score Yet Xianggang zhizao (Made in Hong Kong) (1997) A film that begins as an effort to portray, realistically, the lives of delinquents and small time triad members, but is soon swamped in a permeating nihilism which induces it with a punk essence that seems to fit its visual style to perfection. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
No Score Yet Nintama Rantarô (Ninja Kids!!!) (2011) if one enjoys crudity, slapstick and parody of ninjas, there is really a lot to like here. Just don't search for any kind of maturity. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
No Score Yet Laplace's Witch (Rapurasu no majo) (2018) "Laplace's Witch" is not one of the worst movies Miike has every directed, but for me it is something even worse: mediocre. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
80% Cities of Last Things (2018) In general, "Cities of Last Things" is a good looking, meaningful and entertaining film, which manages to retain interest and occasionally even shock throughout the 107 minutes of its duration - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020