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Excellent Jet Li movie with it's mix of comedy and martial arts. The sequel is also well worth watching.
Stephen Chow can do no wrong in my eyes and this is another funny movie he made.
I have to say that this movie engaged me completely. I could feel deeply for all the characters. Of course if you want a plot, action and a resolution you won't find it here. But there is room for many different kinds of movies for different tastes. It was not so much a story as a picture of a family having to cope with the aftermath of the tragic death of their wife/mother. Any neat resolution would have been unrealistic. The fact that it showed domestic scenes was the whole point really. Everyday life has to go on, despite the pain of loss. The city of Genoa, with its maze of alleys and slightly threatening feel, as well as its beauty, was a perfect backdrop, to a family emotionally adrift and lost, trying to find a way through their loss to some kind of normal life.I thought all the actors did a marvellous job, and were totally convincing in the way they related to each other and reacted to their situation. This was a perfect role for Colin Firth. He is able to convey so much emotionally, with great restraint and delicacy of touch. I can see why people might find thismovie boring but for me this was not the case. If you are interested in human relations, particularly family relations and grief, this is well worth seeing.
One of Sammo's best film. Expect the usual from one of HK's Young Dragons - comedy, action and fantastic martial arts scenes.
Interesting Japanese horror movie about a killer that moves between host bodies and carries out gruesome murders. Bit of a cop out ending though.
One of the funniest ultra violent HK horror movies I've seen and so OTT. 21 year old Ricky who has unnatural superhuman strength is sent to prison but he doesn't conform to the rules which brings him on a collision course with the guards, the sadistic wardens and the 4 big bosses of the prison wings who all want Ricky to die. But he doesn't die all that easily. Heads exploding, a fist through a stomach, limbs being sliced off and some other gory set pieces are all part of the parcel of watching this classic cult movie. I had a lot of fun seeing this and you will too. It's not to be taken seriously at all. Don't miss it.
Very enjoyable live movie done anime style of a mismatched duo (a tall girl and a short boy) that are friends but are afraid of ruining what they've got if they fall for each other. Japanese rom coms are a lot of fun and this one is no different. If you like this kind of genre, Lovely Complex will hit all the right buttons for you. I thought it was great.
This is a good movie. It might be silly and simplistic, but I will always be fond of this movie. The story is great, the special effects are fine for the time, the soundtrack matches the mood of the movie perfectly. It is funny and it is a great example of a science fiction/action movie. Perhaps you would get the best impression of this movie if you first see it at a young age... it is really a lot like a sci-fi fairy tale.
I'd heard good things about this movie and it didn't disappoint me one bit. It was really good. Whilst the premise of the movie might make you think it's all about table tennis and the competition - it goes beyond that, in reality it's more about a study in friendship. You might also argue that the story is about finding onself - that a 'hero' lies in each and every one of us. It just needs someone to give us that extra push to get the hero inside us out into the open. The movie has got a little bit of comedy, the story is ace and never gets boring, the table tennis matches are exciting and fast and the two actors who play the lead characters (Yosuke Kubozuka and Arata) bounce off each other well and have great on screen chemistry. Two friends who are complete opposites of each other but both want something that the other has - Peco wants Smile's natural talent and Smile would like to be more care-free like Peco. I've liked watching the actor Naota Takenaka in other movies and he gives a wonderful performance as Smile's coach 'Butterfly' Joe who can relate to Smile and the way he is as he was the same when he was younger.
I expected the table tennis matches to have some kind of ridiculous OTT CG effects much like The Prince of Tennis movie but thankfully director Fumihiko Sori keeps them to a minimum and subtle enough which I thought was good as too many effects could have distracted the viewer away from the story itself. I also like the fact that there are no real villains at all in the movie - even the players from the other school such as the champion Kazama who sees each match as a matter of life and death isn't that bad of a person. In fact we see his attitude changing near the climax when he begins to realise that he should be enjoying playing his matches especially against somebody like Peco.
Overall, I thought Ping Pong was fantastic and have no hesitation in recommending this unique tale.
Golgo 13: Kowloon Assignment is a gritty grindhouse movie, typical of 70?s Japanese cinema and Sonny Chiba by the time this movie came out had settled into a rather stereotypical role handed to him by various filmmakers - that of a tough uncompromising man. It's not his best movie but if you're a die-hard fan you should find plenty to entertain you here. You'll certainly have to suspend your disbelief at some of the things that goes on - for example Golgo 13 must be one hell of a shot to shoot his target on a helicopter in flight whilst dangling from a cliff! Apparently this kind of absurdness is typical of the director Yukio Noda and you'll find more than one such sequence in this movie. The story trundles along at a brisk pace full of exciting shootouts and bone breaking martial arts mayhem. There's a fair bit of nudity on offer too courtesy of the delightful and sultry actress Dana. You would not be wrong to think that there's a kind of a James Bond like feeling to this movie as the story takes us to several countries and is not just content to stay in Hong Kong. Miami, Kyoto and Macao are several of the globe trotting locations on show though going to these places doesn't really advance the plot one bit.
Sonny Chiba delivers a solid performance as Golgo 13, a paranoid individual who expects to get attacked by anybody at any moment. He matches the image of the cool anti-hero assassin in the manga and was probably the perfect choice to play the role. The character of Golgo 13 hardly smiles, has a stony expression and snarls his way through the movie. Whenever he goes, death and violence seems to follow him such as when he helps a young woman who kills her violent boyfriend in a sidestreet. He rescues her from the police and then from her boyfriend's gang who's out to get her. This comes in handy for Golgo 13 later when he's shot in the leg during a sequence in a car junkyard. She repays his kindness by helping him treat his leg on her boat.
OK, so the plot of the movie may be thin but then again what we've really come to see is Sonny Chiba doing what he does best - kick some serious ass and this he does in spades in the movie's fight scenes which are very violent (witness Golgo 13 stabbing a man in the mouth with a knife!). A great foot chase sequence sees Chiba going on top of a moving bus that will remind viewers of something that Jackie Chan would do years later to better effect in Police Story 2. Unlike JC, he doesn't go through a window but grabs a passing pole and swings down to safety below.
This could have been a lot better than what it turned out to be but it's still a rather good action movie thanks to the presence of Sonny Chiba. I'm sure this movie would have been a damp squib without him.
I've always adored watching Ghibli movies and whilst I'm rather late in watching this movie as it came out in 2010 it was definitely worth the wait. An anime that appeals to everybody across the board from children to adults. Ghibli always make special movies and I've yet to see a bad one from them. Hayao Miyazaki didn't direct this movie though he had a hand in the screenplay. The honour went to long time Ghibli animator Hiromasa Yonebashi and this was his directorial debut. It's a beautiful movie and the high standards of what we've come to expect of Ghibli continues. I would think that most people know about the story of The Borrowers by Mary Norton, there's been many TV adaptations (one shown as recently as last Christmas) and yet this movie manages to make the story seem fresh and new. The story is wonderfully written and executed. The animation is superb as you'd expect from Ghibli with every little detail drawn beautifully. The plot works well to keep you entertained containing some excitement to keep you on the edge of your seat - kids won't be bored by watching this movie I guarantee you that.
What makes this movie work more than anything apart from the animation and the excellent soundtrack is the characters themselves. Arrietty has enough spirit and charm to carry the movie on her own, although she doesn't have to worry about that. Her anxious yet loving mother Homily and her strong but kindhearted father Pod play out far beyond the caricatures that they usually would be. Sho is a quiet, thoughtful young teenager facing a harrowing heart surgery with a subtle grace and preparation- a nice counter to a lot of characters his age. Even the main antagonist, Haru, is definitely not evil; at worst she is only incredibly overeager and maybe a bit crazy. All the characters are incredibly real.
So on the whole Arrietty is a winner all round and another masterpiece from the studio that can do no wrong. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this movie. I can't wait to see the next Ghibli project From Up On Poppy Hill by Miyazaki's son Goro.