Ben Challoner

Ben Challoner Pro

East Asian cinema obsessive and host of The Third Window Films Podcast πŸ€“

Favorite films

  • The Beast to Die
  • The Eel
  • Sleep
  • Gate of Flesh

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  • Queen of Underworld

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  • Puzzle

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  • Organ

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  • Nowhere Girl

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  • Queen of Underworld

    Queen of Underworld

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    This wasn’t quite as extreme as I was expecting from the rumours, but it definitely has its fair share of fucked up stuff in it! The true standout is Amy Yip though. She gets so much more to do here as each side of her character is so different. She really has an awesome presence.Β 

    It’s got the usual tonal whiplash you expect from 90s Hong Kong cinema. Horrendous acts of violence followed by silly comedy are par for the course. I was along for the ride with this one though. A biopic of a very different nature and a shining showcase of Amy Yip’s talents!

  • Puzzle

    Puzzle

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    This is actually pretty fucking wild! It’s got all the usual Japanese teen tropes like bullying, suicide and rebelling against authority, but it also happens to have a gang of psychopathic youths going full Jigsaw on the school! It’s nasty and silly but I kinda really enjoyed it!

    It’s under 90 minutes, it’s got a buckets of blood, it’s got twists aplenty (maybe a few too many in the final act πŸ˜‚) and above all else it showed me stuff I wasnt really expecting. A scene involving a bunch of exploding bicycles had me laughing out loud! Anyway, it was a blast!

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  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

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    Yup! DRIVE MY CAR is a slow, sad, sexy masterpiece! I went in hyped to the rafters and it still managed to exceed my expectations. A supremely complex study of grief and guilt but also a truly heart-rending look at relationships in general. As of now this is my film of the year!

  • The Invitation

    The Invitation

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    The Invitation is certainly a slow burn but the payoff is pretty immense. A daunting look at loss, stability & moving on in dark, crazy L.A.