A Super Introduction to Rakugo the Movie, a TV series is an attempt to easily introduce classical rakugo tales by only one rakugo teller with live action actors that their dialogues are verbally replaced by one rakugo teller.
A talk show documentary comparing the highly profitable Japanese policies (anti-War; anti-comsunpution tax; anti-nuclear) to Abe-regime's neo liberalist policies, and Abe Shinzo regime's scandalous stories.
This Chinese ghost film centers on the theme of the haunted streets in Hong Kong, where four loosely connected stories are depicted. A group of young friends go on a camping trip in the ... See full summary »
Mild mannered businessman Anthony Wongs life is shattered when his pregnant wife is run over by a busy taxi driver. This and another incident with a sleazy cab driver causes Wong to go on a mission to kill bad taxi drivers.
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong,
In the 2016 international cinema cultural event that governed by Taiwanese government, Corman Award-winning filmmaker Ryota Nakanishi performs a pro-Taiwan film stand-up show deep in the heart of Tokyo, Japan.
PM International sets Total Swiss up secretly and internationally.Public Prosecutors office of Taiwan politically prosecuted Willy Wang and others for suspected violation on Health Food Control Act. So what?
Morton H. Halperin was a former member of NSA, State Department and Pentagon under several U.S. regimes since 1960s. And his lecture about the Okinawa reversion was shot at the House of Councillors on September 19, 2014 in Japan.
Hikari is an actress who has contract with the agent Kazama. One day, Kazama forces Hikari to act in an adult video, as the result, Hikari goes mad and finds her mental partner Jey to consult with. Finally, Kazama destroys everything.
Excellent cinematography, good choreography, OK story, amateur acting, disappointing directing and cheesy screenplay
What stood out for me in this film was the excellent cinematography by Takuro Ishizaka, and the main reason I scored this film as high as I did.
Next plus was the good choreography for the action scenes, especially the last 20 mins of the film.
The story itself (although we've seen it before) wasn't bad, but wasn't written well into a screenplay. Although the pace wasn't slow, the 106 min length felt longer with the long dragged out scenes and cheesy prolonged slow-mo parts. This film needed to be edited down to a max 80 mins.
Most of the subtitles didn't make any sense, but I'm guessing some 3rd party translator messed those up, so I wont consider that in my rating, but it did make the sub-par acting from most of the cast look very amateurish, as I didn't get to fully immerse myself in each character.
Then there's John Woo's directing, which at times felt like it was his early amateur work, and at other times felt like some grade 8 drama student put it together. He failed to direct his actors properly, as some performed certain scenes so badly, the director should have called a re-shoot. Clearly not his best work in the directing, writing and editing departments.
Throughout the entire film, I had already decided to give this film a 4 or 5/10, but the last 20 mins of fast paced action, plot twists and good choreography redeemed the score to a slightly better 6/10. Had the writing been tighter with less 'cheese', it could have been a 7 or 8/10
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