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Rating Title/Year Author
4.5/5 Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017) Harris Dang Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts is a brilliant female-driven arthouse/grindhouse rape-revenge Western that manages to endear, repulse, emotionally stir, mesmerize and propel in the best of ways. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 Kanojo ga sono na wo shiranai toritachi (2017) Harris Dang Birds Without Names is a great piece of work from director Kazuya Shiraishi, that not only succeeds as a great romantic drama but as an actors showcase for all involved, especially Yu Aoi, who gives her best performance yet. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
2.5/5 Be With You (2018) Harris Dang Be With You is a missed opportunity to be something great. It's not a terrible movie by any means, it just feels like a lot of remakes nowadays: unnecessary. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
2/5 A Or B (2018) Harris Dang A or B? More like a D-, really. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
3.5/5 Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (2018) Harris Dang An above-average entry in the found-footage genre. Thanks to genuine scares, a fitting cast and a strong adherence to verisimilitude from Bum-sik's direction, it's a haunting experience that's bound to spook a few frights out of the audience. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
0/5 Girls vs Gangsters (2018) Harris Dang Girls VS Gangsters is the cinematic equivalent of drowning in a cesspool of vomit whilst having ultraviolent dysentery. The worst film of 2018. Features Mike Tyson, playing a half-Korean. I am absolutely not joking. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
3.5/5 Re: Born (2016) Harris Dang Re:Born is a more than sufficient entry to the action genre with Tak Sakaguchi and Yuji Shimomura doing what they do best: kicking ass and taking names, hundreds upon hundreds of them, with style. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
0.5/5 Nest (2018) Harris Dang Given the choice of being stuck in a tomb with spiders for 90 minutes or watching Guardians of the Tomb, I'd choose the tomb. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
1.5/5 S.M.A.R.T. Chase (2017) Harris Dang Despite having Orlando Bloom trying to branch out away from his image, The Shanghai Job robs any chance of that happening with its dull storytelling, cardboard cutouts of characters, tension-free action and lame attempts at humour. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
2/5 Chasing the Dragon (2017) Harris Dang Chasing the Dragon is a bombastic failure as a throwback to 90's gangster films, as a Donnie Yen acting showcase and worse, as a Wong Jing exploitation film. The only thing the film ends up chasing down is its own tail. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
1/5 Bleeding Steel (2017) Harris Dang Jackie Chan is credited as "Excetutive Producer" [sic] in the opening credits. That pretty much tells you the amount of effort that went into this film, because Bleeding Steel is one of the worst films in Jackie Chan's career. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
Bad Genius (2017) Harris Dang Bad Genius is a refreshing attempt at the heist genre that tackles one of the most mundane and boring tasks on planet Earth and makes a fantastically entertaining film out of it. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
4.5/5 Columbus (2017) Harris Dang Columbus is a fantastic directorial debut for Kogonada and a great showcase for its two leads, John Cho and Haley Lu Richardson. Features the best punch-dancing since Footloose. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
3.5/5 La caméra de Claire (2017) Harris Dang Claire's Camera is the cinematic equivalent of milk ice tea. It doesn't really add up to much substantially. But it's sweet, looks nice and it goes down smooth. Kim Min-hee singing children's songs is worth the price of admission. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
3.5/5 Wolf Warrior II (2017) Harris Dang Wolf Warrior 2 is an improvement over its predecessor that provides the requisite thrills and action. But its sheer moral ineptitude combined with its throwback B-movie tone makes it one of the most unintentionally hilarious films of the year. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
0/5 Meow (2017) Harris Dang Meow is an atrocious piece of garbage and everyone involved in this film should be thoroughly ashamed. The cinematic equivalent of having ultraviolent dysentery. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
2/5 22-nenme no kokuhaku: Watashi ga satsujinhan desu (2017) Harris Dang Memoirs of a Murderer is an inferior remake as well as a bland film that does nothing to stand out from the crowd and really should belong in television, rather than be a theatrical release. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
4/5 The Villainess (2017) Harris Dang A much-needed shot in the arm in terms of action films, female-led films and South Korean cinema. I hope that actress Kim Ok-bin and director Jung Byung-gil will be appreciated for their efforts and move on to do more ambitious work. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
3.5/5 Dead or Alive (1944) Harris Dang If one were to describe Dead or Alive in singular words, it would be as it goes: Gonzo. Unforgettable. Crazy. Silly. Bizarre. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
3.5/5 Extraordinary Mission (2017) Harris Dang Extraordinary Mission is 100 mins of cat-and-mouse games, until it reaches 20 minutes of full-blown, stunt-filled insanity! EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
4/5 Mrs. K (2016) Harris Dang Mrs K is a fitting end to the action career of lead actress Kara Hui, a fun crime drama in its own right with good action scenes, some very amusing moments of odd humour and a sheer love of genre film that director Ho Yuhang conveys throughout. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
4/5 Love and Goodbye and Hawaii (Koi to sayonara to Hawai) (2017) Harris Dang Love and Goodbye and Hawaii usually drags a bit in its pacing and it can be a bit too understated for some to truly appreciate, but like the lead character Rinko, you will end up remembering this film endearingly, hiccups and all. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
4.5/5 The Tenants Downstairs (Lou xia de fang ke) (2016) Harris Dang The Tenants Downstairs is a fantastic throwback to the Category III films of the 90's that will sicken, surprise and amuse many with its sexual deviancy, shocking depravity and sheer lunacy. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
4/5 Your Name (2016) Harris Dang Your Name is Makoto Shinkai's most satisfying and complete film to date thanks to its amazingly beautiful animation, a fun yet familiar sci-fi premise, a great melding of genres (sci-fi, romance and disaster movie?) and great vocal talent. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
4/5 I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016) Harris Dang A funny, charming, satirical, feminist tale that shows both director Feng Xiaogang and actress Fan Bingbing at their best. How this film was NOT considered as a submission for the Foreign Language Film Oscar is baffling beyond belief. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
3.5/5 Phantom Detective (2016) Harris Dang The Phantom Detective is greater than the sum of its parts, and although it doesn't reach levels of greatness, it is an entertaining diversion that packs committed performances, surprising direction from Jo Sung-hee and an appealing visual style. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
4.5/5 The Age of Shadows (2016) Harris Dang With stellar performances, thrilling set-pieces, masterful storytelling and top-notch production values, The Age of Shadows is a must-see for anyone who loves period films, spy thrillers and cloak-and-dagger flicks. Highly recommended. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
4.5/5 Antiporno (Anchiporuno) (2017) Harris Dang Anti-Porno is not only a big middle finger to the dangerous societal views of women but also the Roman Porno Reboot brand itself, thanks to its energetically layered performances, beautiful cinematography and surprisingly metatextual storytelling. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
4/5 Over the Fence (2016) Harris Dang Over the Fence is another quality hit for director Nobuhiro Yamashita, with great performances from Joe Odagiri and Yu Aoi, confident direction, a committed supporting cast and an effective balance of realism and the trademark Yamashita humour. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
4/5 Kaze ni nureta onna (2016) Harris Dang Wet Woman in the Wind is a hugely enjoyable entry in the Roman Porno Reboot with committed performances, a witty script that shrewdly comments on sexual politics and assured direction from Akihiko Shiota. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
5/5 Shin Godzilla (2016) Harris Dang With its satirical and topical humour, glorious scenes of destruction and a fresh coat of paint, Shin Godzilla [Godzilla Resurgence] lived up to the buzz and exceeded my expectations in every single way. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
4.5/5 Top Knot Detective (2017) Harris Dang I really enjoyed Top Knot Detective not only as a comedy, but as an homage and as a drama. It made me feel exactly how I felt back in the early 90's. watching the surreal late-night programming that it, quite honestly, almost made me shed a tear. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
4.5/5 Time Renegades (2016) Harris Dang Time Renegades is a triumphant return-to-form for director Kwak Jae-yong, as well as a great departure to new territory, melding his passion for love stories to the crime thriller genre with a killer premise. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
4.5/5 Busanhaeng (2016) Harris Dang But what it lacks in gore, it makes up with frenetic energy and tension, and Train to Busan is a superior zombie entry with great performances and assured direction that proves that there is life to the over-saturated zombie genre. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
4/5 The Inerasable (Zan'e: Sunde wa ikenai heya) (2015) Harris Dang The Inerasable is a great film that is buoyed by two good leading performances and Yoshihiro Nakamura's assured hand to subvert J-Horror tropes and clichés and create a part meta-horror experience/part crime procedural that is refreshingly smart. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
5/5 Ah-ga-ssi (2016) Harris Dang The Handmaiden is not only one of Chan-wook Park's best films, it is also his funniest. Actress Kim Tae-ri is officially a star. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
3.5/5 Iron Protector (2016) Harris Dang Laughter is good for you, no matter what the context is. Unintentional entertainment is still entertainment. Don't fight it. With the right frame of mind (or you are an aficionado of Hong Kong cinema), you can have a lot of fun with The Bodyguard. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
4/5 A Bride for Rip Van Winkle (2016) Harris Dang A Bride for Rip Van Winkle is director Shunji Iwai coming outside the box and it was a moving, suspenseful and richly rewarding film that I hope that it doesn't take another decade for him to make a live-action film. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
4/5 April Story (1998) Harris Dang There aren't many films [as April Story] this quiet that has given me such a still-growing appreciation in my mind and a warm feeling in my heart. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
4.5/5 Goksung (2016) Harris Dang The Wailing lives up to its title, puts South Korea back on the horror genre map and I cannot recommend this film enough. Believe the hype. I loved this hideous thing. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
4.5/5 Hana to Arisu (2004) Harris Dang With an odd yet amusing sense of humour, a wistful plot, beautifully melodic music, captivating female characters and immersive cinematography, Hana and Alice is a great starter for those who love slice-of-life films. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
2/5 The Final Master (2015) Harris Dang Xu Haofeng may have an original eye but he desperately needs a collaborator that can help convey his ideas in a much more enjoyably cinematic fashion. Hopefully his next film, he can do this but in the meantime, The Final Master is a colossal bore. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
3.5/5 Blind Detective (2013) Harris Dang Blind Detective is an ambitious Johnnie To entry that can wildly entertain as well as polarize people, but for those who can handle the tone shifts and the overacting will have a lot of fun. Just don't watch this film on an empty stomach. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
3.5/5 Journey to the Shore (2015) Harris Dang Journey to the Shore is a touching love story with a twist that is a nice change of pace for director Kiyoshi Kurosawa and it shows that he still has his directorial skills intact. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
2.5/5 Xiao shi de xiong shou (2015) Harris Dang The Vanished Murderer many playful details, good performances and great production values. But it also has many plot holes, absolutely no logic, derivative moments/needless subplots and a political agenda that is delivered without restraint. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
2/5 My Beloved Bodyguard (2016) Harris Dang Although I'm happy to see Sammo Hung directing again, and apparently, he has another project lined up already, I am sorry to say that The Bodyguard was a full-blown disappointment. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
3.5/5 Chongqing Hot Pot (2016) Harris Dang Chongqing Hot Pot is a hearty meal that mixes its multiple genres with enough spice and meat to savour most audiences out there. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 The Man From Hong Kong (1976) Harris Dang The Man From Hong Kong is a fantastic piece of cheesy, schlocky fun that has fantastic stunts, a cool hero and villain, colourful cinematography and a light, self-aware sense of humour that makes the film soar sky high. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 Qu mo jing cha (Magic Cop) (1995) Harris Dang Magic Cop is an imaginative thrill ride that makes me kind of sad that due to current Hong Kong films losing their local identity (due to China co-productions), there are very few films like it. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
2.5/5 Future Cops (1993) Harris Dang The ensemble cast and sheer chutzpah alone makes Future Cops a cult classic that will reward the adventurous film viewers out there. It's kind of scary that this film beats other Street Fighter film adaptations. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018