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  • Ash Is Purest White

    Ash Is Purest White


    this film experience was really a big disappointment.

    i really really liked A Touch of Sin (which is, needless to explain, a flawless masterpiece) and Mountains May Depart - both films seen at previous viennale festivals. i also liked 24 City, watched on dvd a few years back.

    i completely understand that Jia Zhangke is a master of unique presentation. but here, everything that worked perfectly in the films mentioned above, it just does not work imo.

    there are some…

  • Shoplifters



    viennale '18 #13

    Die Themen sind bekannt, die Variationen mittlerweile ebenfalls. Und dennoch ist es grandios. Koreeda ist schlicht und einfach der Ozu des 21. Jahrhunderts.

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  • Infernal Affairs

    Infernal Affairs


    Rewatching this after some eight or nine years, it gives a completely new impression and for me in fact now easily ranks as one of the best HK films ever.
    Maybe it was totally wrong to see this film as a successor to the classic HK "heroic bloodshed" genre, the first "shootout" in this character driven study of two akin minds taking place just after an hour running time, and then it isn't a "real" shootout. So if you are…

  • Harakiri



    The deconstruction of a myth, and one of the most rigorously composed films ever.