1981-1990

Shozin Fukui – Kyatapira AKA Caterpillar (1988)

Quote:
The power of angel and fallen angel are awake and they both start to affect the function of the cyborg. Sharman and Golden Mask accelerate the speed of destruction. MIU sings a song in spite of these drive. The non-stop accelerated power barrel through the metropolice. Overwhelming cuts and sounds has got beyond the boundaries of the traditional film size. Read More »

Matthew Robbins – Dragonslayer (1981)

A King has made a pact with a dragon where he sacrfices virgins to it, and the dragon leaves his kingdom alone. An old wizard, and his keen young apprentice volunteer to kill the dragon and attempt to save the next virgin in line, the King’s own daughter. Read More »

Chia-Liang Liu – Yu mao san xi jin mao shu AKA Cat vs. Rat (1982)

Synopsis:
Cat Vs. Rat follows Chao aka The Cat (Adam Cheng) and his struggles with fellow student Yu Tang aka The Rat (Alexander Fu Sheng) and both attempting to prove who is the better fighter. Their long suffering master (Lau Kar Leung) tells them that they are equally matched but both sides wish to better the other, with Yu Tang willing to go to ridiculous lengths. When the Emperor (Gordon Liu) is rescued by Chao and rewards him the title of Royal Cat, Yu Tang kicks the feud into overdrive and events are set into motion where the two martial brothers may have to rely on each other. Read More »

Piotr Szulkin – Wojna swiatów – nastepne stulecie AKA The War of the Worlds: Next Century (1981)

Synopsis:
Film opens on December 18, 1999, just a few days before the dawn of the new century. A local reporter, Iron Idem, announces that the Martians have landed. Shortly after that his program loses its independence: he is given the script telling the crowds how to welcome the invaders. Then the chaos breaks out: the Martians and police mistreat the populace; things become violent. Idem’s own wife is kidnapped and it seems somebody is trying to reduce his effectiveness as a reporter. Idem decides to fight back: he illegally broadcasts a message during the rock concert, but nobody believes him anymore. Read More »

Manoel de Oliveira – Nice – À propos de Jean Vigo (1983)

a large-part-silent (an homage to Vigo) documentary by the master. Note that, after movie ends, last 14 minutes are blank. Read More »

Pierre Perrault – La Bête lumineuse AKA The Shimmering Beast (1982)

A moose hunt is the pretext for this film. Nine men and their Indian guide withdraw to the wilderness to spend one week together away from their daily routines. The film charts the social dynamics of this diverse group, how they relate to one another–alternately revealing and disguising their feelings. A rich mix of personalities lends relief to the human topography in this documentary about an annual event that brings out the best and worst in men. The filmmaker chose not to embellish what the camera recorded. -ONF Read More »

Darezhan Omirbayev – Shilde AKA July (1988)

Review: Darezhan Omirbaev’s penchant for spare, elliptical narrative, muted figures, and disembodied framing (most notably, of hands and feet) have often been (favorably) compared to the rigorous aesthetic of Robert Bresson. However, in imposing such a somber – and inescapably cerebral – analogy, there is also a propensity to overlook the wry, self-effacing humor and irony of situation that pervade his films: a lyricism that equally captures the human comedy in all its contradictions and nobility from the margins of Soviet society. This sense of the quotidian as a continuum of human experience, elegantly rendered in Omirbaev’s recent film, The Road through Amir’s recurring daydream of a mother milking a cow and her intrusive child (who, in turn, looks remarkably like Amir’s own son) in rural Kazakhstan (an image that subsequently proves to be a catalytic historical memory from his childhood when man landed on the moon), can also be seen from the outset of Omirbaev’s cinema through his incorporation of a decidedly Buñuelian sequence in the short film, July of a young boy who, while on the lookout for guards near the foothills of a kolkhoz commissary, curiously finds himself wandering into a recital hall where the performance of a young pianist is punctuated by the appearance of a horseman on the stage. Read More »