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One of the (perhaps unintended) side benefits of the melodramatic mode that dominates South Korean cultural exports (such as their K-Dramas and cinema) is the space given to their actors to really act. Particularly in the arthouse sphere, works such as this and the excellent Han Gong-ju are quietly devastating though the gravity of the lead performance. The two films share some thematic concerns, so maybe that's why I'm conflating them in my head. Jeon Yeo-been is the lead in…
Ishii's 90s output really was something to behold - Tokyo Blood, Angel Dust, August in the Water and then Labyrinth of Dreams. All just fantastic. All from the guy who basically invented the cyberpunk genre in Japan. Switched his style completely and mastered a new way to make films like it was nothing.
Nothing but respect.