Panos Kotzathanasis

Panos Kotzathanasis
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T-Meter Title | Year
86% The Yellow Sea (Hwanghae) (2011) Na Hong-jin maintained most of the elements that made an impression in his debut, by incorporating great characters, desperation and agony, and impressive fighting scenes. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
No Score Yet A Dirty Carnival (Biyeolhan geori) (2007) Yoo Ha directs film seemingly in the usual motif of the rise and fall of a criminal anti-hero, but he enriches it with plenty of drama while he focuses on the repercussions of violence and criminal life in the psychosynthesis of the main character - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
No Score Yet No Mercy (2010) Kim Hyeong-joon's style is characterized by directness, without any compromises in depiction, as it becomes evident with the scene of the autopsy and a number of sex scenes, whose purpose is not to shock, but to strengthen the element of agony. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
No Score Yet Sêrâ-fuku mokushiroku (Schoolgirl Apocalypse) (2011) John Cairn offers a truly alternative look to the zombie genre by incorporating western b-movie aesthetics and a road-trip style of narration which results in an atmospheric, psychological horror one rather than a gore fest, although gore is not scarce - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
No Score Yet Macross Zero "Macross Zero" is anime at its best, a great addition to the franchise and a title that definitely stands the test of time. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
No Score Yet Namyeong-dong 1985 (National Security) (2012) "National Security" is a very hard to watch, although highly realistic film, that uses shock in order to present a clear political message. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
80% A Hard Day (2015) Kim Seong-hun directs a film that constantly lingers between dark comedy and thriller, succeeding in the portrayal of both, creating a highly entertaining picture, where the spectator laughs while having a constant sense of agony for the protagonist - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
100% Nameless Gangster (2012) Yoon Jong-bin presents a highly realistic and entertaining depiction of the crime world of the 80s and 90s, and creates a truly masterful crime thriller with constant plots, intrigues, betrayals, and violence. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
90% Tag (Riaru Onigokko) (2015) Sono drifted far away from the book, instead shooting a surrealistic "Alice in Wonderland" film of sorts, which is filled though, with many of his usual perverse themes and notions. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
69% The Thieves (2012) Everything one could demand from mainstream cinema is here - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
90% Memories of Murder (2003) Bong Joon-ho directs writes sublimely, mostly focusing on the antithesis between the local simpletons and the "intellectual" from Seoul, which is presented with intense humor, without depriving the film of its seriousness, though. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
No Score Yet Lucid Dream (2017) "Lucid Dream" is not a bad movie; to the contrary, it provides much entertainment during its 101 minutes. However, the fact remains that it could have been a lot better if not for a series of misguided choices - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
No Score Yet Single Rider (2017) "A Single Rider" has some faults, but the presence of Lee Byung-hun, the cinematography and some shocking scenes make it a more than worthwhile spectacle. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
86% The King (2018) "The King" is a great movie, which reminded me of Scorsese's days of glory, and a film that proves that Godard was right when he was saying " It's not where you take things from - it's where you take them to". - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
No Score Yet Because I Love You (Saranghagi Ttaemoone) (2017) In the archetypical style of the rom-com, "Because I Love You" is a film that you will watch pleasantly, particularly if you are a woman, and soon after forget it. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
96% A Taxi Driver (2017) "A Taxi Driver" is a truly great film that manages to combine entertainment and meaningfulness, in a visually impressive package, under the elaborate direction of Jang Hoon and a great performance by Song Kang-ho. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
No Score Yet The Senior Class (2017) Hong Deok-pyo directs a very realistic movie that pulls no punches in its depiction of the realities of the art world and the school environment. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
No Score Yet Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned (2016) "Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned" is a great film that manages to transcend the borders of the sci-fi and the drama through an intricate combination that results in a very entertaining movie. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
No Score Yet Amen (2011) "Amen" is a difficult film to watch, as Kim Ki-duk seems to be at his most experimental. Kim Ye-na, the extreme and exploitative mystery, and some beautiful images of Europe help a bit, but the movie remains one for the hardcore fans of the director. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
90% Claire's Camera (La caméra de Claire) (2018) "Claire's Camera" is a film that fans of the director will definitely enjoy. However, at times it got me thinking what was its point, considering that this is the third production of a director who shoots similar films, in one year - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
No Score Yet Anarchist From Colony (2017) Lee Joon-ik uses a very interesting and quite unusual style of narrative for such a subject, retaining a happy-go-lucky sense for the majority of the film's duration. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
78% The Day After (Geu-hu) (2018) Hong Sang-soo directs another minimalistic film, which focuses on witty dialogue to get his comments through, and occasionally functions as a stage play, particularly due to the long takes of people simply talking - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
No Score Yet Come, Together (2017) "Come, Together" is a very meaningful film that manages to present its message with accuracy and realism, through a distinctively dramatic style that benefits the most from the direction and the acting. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
100% The Outlaws (2017) Kang Yoon-Sung presents an impressive combination of true-story, crime, and action-thriller, with the added value that the film entails much humor, even in its most unexpected moments without losing its seriousness - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
78% The Merciless (Bulhandang) (2017) "The Merciless" is not a masterpiece, but Byun Sung-Hyun achieved his goal of standing out, at least partially, in his first effort in the genre. If he manages to improve his narrative and limit his imagination a bit, he could become one of the greats, - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
78% Master (ma-seu-teo) (2017) "Master" is an impressive film that will satisfy all fans of action thrillers, and a clear indication of the path commercial Korean cinema is taking at the moment, which is quite similar to the one of Hollywood blockbusters - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
63% Soom (Breath) (2007) "Breath" has its faults, particularly regarding the impact it has as a film, at least in comparison with Kim's previous works, but remains a very interesting movie, as it presents its message through an unusual and somewhat extreme concept. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
No Score Yet Eolguleobtneun minyeo (Hypnotized) (Faceless Beauty) (2004) "Faceless Beauty" had all the opportunities to become a masterpiece, but the rather faulty narrative doomed the film to mediocrity, despite the permeating artistry that derives from its production values and Kim Hye-soo's performance. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
No Score Yet Nae meorisokui jiwoogae (A Moment to Remember) (2004) "A Moment to Remember" is an impressive production that manages to surpass the borders of the "chick flick" by far, through its direction, acting and technical prowess, and is definitely one of the best romantic dramas the country has ever produced. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
No Score Yet 71: Into The Fire (2010) "71-Into the Fire" aims at entertainment, not historic accuracy or realism, and in that fashion, John H. Lee succeeds to the fullest. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
67% Hahaha (2010) What sets his film apart from the plethora of similar ones is that his characters are eccentric, very frequently drunk, not sure at all of what they want from their lives, although willing to go to extremes to achieve it, and liars. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
No Score Yet Madame B., histoire d'une Nord-Coréenne (2016) "Mrs. B. A North Korean Woman" is an impressively realistic documentary that highlights the circumstances of the immigrants in SE Asia through the life of a truly extraordinary woman. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
100% Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (1989) Running at 175 minutes and filled with minimalism and implementing a very slow pace, this is a very difficult film to watch. However, if one can get past these notions, he will discover a true masterpiece, that signaled the progress of Korean cinema - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
No Score Yet Oh! Soo-jung (Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelor) (2000) Once more, Hong Sang-soo puts his main subject in the background, instead focusing on playing with time, and through time, with his audience, through a distinct sense of irony that permeates the film. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
No Score Yet Sub-Zero Wind (2018) Before "Sub-zero Wind", Kim Yu-ri shot shorts, and she seems to have fallen into that trap of first-time directors, of presenting a series of shorts glued together, instead of a compact film. However, the potential seem to be here - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
No Score Yet Rakkhosh (2019) Abhijit Kokate and Srivinay Salian have created a very interesting world, with the POV element adding much to both the asylum setting and the exploration of a troubled mind, and ended up with a rather unique horror film, that definitely deserves a watch - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
No Score Yet Inner Landscape (2019) , the historic elements and the presentation of the musical culture in China allow the film to be interesting to a wider variety of audience, who will enjoy the presentation and the information alike. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
No Score Yet Jinpa (Zhuang si le yi zhi yang) (2018) "Jinpa" is a great movie that manages to combine a number of elements into a very entertaining and thought provoking package that will satisfy audiences of almost every kind. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
No Score Yet His Lost Name (2019) "His Lost Name" does not manage to stand out (not much at least) from the plethora of similar films released in Japan, but still remains a hopeful debut, and a film that will satisfy most fans of the Japanese contemporary drama. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
40% Revenger (2018) "Revenger" is barely a film, but it can definitely satisfy people that enjoy pure, violent action, and video game aesthetics. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2019
No Score Yet Flower on the Equator (Jeogdoeui ggot) (1983) Bae Chang-ho, in essence, directs a film about love, although not in the way the sentiment is usually portrayed in cinema, but instead as a destructive force that leads people to extremes, clouding their mind and ruining their lives. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
No Score Yet A Quiet Dream (Chun-mong) (2016) Zhang Lu directs and pens a distinct art-house film, whose aesthetics are eloquently described in its title, since there is almost no music, and there are a number of scenes that could pass as dreams, particularly the surrealistic ending sequence - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
No Score Yet Derailed (Doo namja) (2016) "Derailed" is a great film, that benefits the most from its direction, script, and acting, while the ending scene will probably haunt its audience for quite some time. Kim Ki-duk seems to have left quite a legacy in the country. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
No Score Yet Baby Beside Me (Agiwa na) (2017) "Baby Beside Me" is a very interesting film that presents a different take on a very serious issue, and a great specimen of contemporary S. Korean cinema, as it benefits the most from its direction and the protagonist's acting. - Asian Film Vault EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
No Score Yet Jane (2016) Despite this being her debut, Cho Hyun-hoon decided to implement an intricate and rather unusual narrative, where the story moves in circles, the surrealism is permeating, and the borders between reality and fantasy are extremely thin - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
No Score Yet Ditto (2000) Overall, "Ditto" is a well shot melodrama, with all the pros and cons the genre entails. However, it stands apart from the plethora of similar S. Korean productions due to its script. - Asian Film Vault EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
No Score Yet Fighter in the Wind (2004) Context, drama, and adequate acting make "Fighter in the Wind" a unique entry in the martial arts genre, and one of its most impressive. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
No Score Yet Noksaek uija (Green Chair) (2005) Park Chul-soo directs a film about love, growing up, and a doubtful, to say the least, S. Korean law. However, there is no deep analysis, as the focus is on entertainment, rather than context with the steamy sex scenes take a large part of its duration - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
No Score Yet Ardor (2003) "Ardor" is a film worth seeing, particularly due to Kim Yoon-jin's performance, but in the end, it is simply a flick. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
94% Yourself and Yours (2016) "Yourself and Yours" may lack the depth and artistry of "Right Now, Wrong Then", but is definitely more entertaining. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019