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Kaz Cai & Wang Jing & Anocha Suwichakornpong – Breakfast Lunch Dinner (2010) (DVD)

Helmed by three female filmmakers from China, Thailand and Singapore respectively, the stories of these three films, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, occurs at a specific mealtime.

In Breakfast, Mei travels by train from the north to visit her boyfriend who has settled down in the south. Breakfast explores the theme of finding one’s own bearings when in love.

Lunch starts off with two teenagers who skip school to have lunch and plans to watch a film. The two teenagers spend the afternoon talking about life and their dreams. Read More »

Isao Yukisada – Kita no zeronen aka Year one in the north (2005)

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In 1868, after the fall of the Shogun-dominated Japan, the new government orders people from Awaji, near Kobe, to re-locate to the northern part of Hokkaido. These people once supported the now displaced Samurais of the older days. After two years, over 500 of them settled in their new land under the leadership of Hideaki, husband of Shino. However, as crops fail he is to go to Sapporo to learn new techniques of farming, leaving his wife and daughter for 5 years. All this time, the new community is constantly watched by the government which choose to again uproot them from their new homes.[imdb] Read More »

Patrick Tam – Fu zi aka After This Our Exile [Director’s Cut] (2006)

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This film tells the tale of a young boy whose mother abandons the family after years of abuse at the father’s hands. The boy, loyal and unwilling to see his father in a negative light, turns to crime in order to support his father’s vices. Read More »

Toshiya Fujita – Imouto aka Younger Sister (1974)

Synopsis (from [email protected]):
A Seishun Kayo Eiga (youth film featuring songs), about the “interesting” relationship btw a
brother and his younger sister. Actually one entry of a trilogy Toshiya Fujita made at that time
with Kumiko Akiyoshi. Also, One of the top 10 films voted by Jumpo that year.

One of the only few non-Roman Porno Nikkatsu films made after 1971 in 70s.
Starring Kumiko Akiyoshi. Jūzō Itami is also in it (as an actor of course). Read More »

Yasuzô Masumura – Kono ko no nanatsu no oiwai ni AKA For My Daughter’s 7th Birthday (1982)

The film is Yasuzo Masumura’s last feature film, based on Mio Saito’s novel which wons him a Seishi Yokomizo Award, shot by Setsuo Kobayashi, principle cinematographers of such Kon Ichikawa & Yasuzo Masumura classics as Fires on the Plain, An Actor’s Revenge, Being Two Isn’t Easy, Ten Dark Women, A Wife Confesses, Red Angel, Blind Beast, Manji, Black Express… (Indeed I think he’s responsible for the look (for example, the tight framing & deep focus) of these films). The film also boasts a fabulous cast, including Tetsuro Tamba, who seems uncredited. Read More »

Ki-duk Kim – Bin-Jip AKA 3-iron (2004)

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A transient young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents’ lives for a few days. Read More »

Kon Ichikawa – Taketori monogatari AKA Princess from the Moon (1987)

The old Japanese folktale of the Bamboo Cutter is here reinterpreted to make Kaguya an alien visitor. Sticking fairly closely to the original 9th century tale of a bamboo cutter finding a mysterious baby girl, this film puts a modern spin onto it by turning the beautiful visitor from the moon into an alien entity lost from a crashed spaceship. Read More »