Monday, January 19, 2009

Movie News - January 2009

The Korean Hansel and Gretel is showing at the ICA at the moment. Alex Fitch has reviewed the tale here (definitely not for kids).

On last week's Lucky Cat Alex, Dan Lester and I all agreed that Tetsuya Nakashima's Kamikaze Girls is a splendid film and it gets a Lucky Cat recommendation. Ten minutes into the film I was in love: with the cinematography, the actors, the silly hairstyles, the comedy yakuzas and the kitsch wonderland that the film inhabits.
Memories of Matsuko also gets a Lucky Cat meow. With a stronger narrative of epic proportions this film will take you on a sour sweet adventure.
Both are out on 26th January.

Chinese New Year is fast approaching (actual date 25th Jan) and the London Chinese Film Festival takes place 31st January - 19th February at various London venues.
See for details. Some great films are showing, including Hollywood Chinese, a documentary on Chinese in American cinema. I mentioned it last year as it won the award for best documentary at the Taiwanese Golden Horse Film Awards.
Kekexili: Mountain Patrol is also showing, which I saw a few years ago. It is a wonderful film set in Tibet (read my old post here).
The image above is from the documentary Young and Restless in China


migratingfishswim said...

i've added both films to my DVD rental list, thank you for the recommendation.

i'm about to watch "the height of summer". it's vietnamese, but might be of interest to other readers, so i'll say what i thought about it soon

migratingfishswim said...

a height of summer review:
dreamy, gentle, quiet, beautiful, puzzling, slow.

lovely use of the colour green and of courtyard gardens

some similarities to an earlier film, the scent of green papaya in terms of focusing on cooking and sisters, and also contrasting a very slow pace with sudden, dramatic events.

migratingfishswim said...

as lucky cat's original post was about japanese film, readers may be interested to know that i've just reviewed two japanese animé on my blog: