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  • Eight Hours of Terror

    Eight Hours of Terror

    ★★★½

    A Japanese version of Stagecoach aptly summarized the film. Indians were replaced by two robbers-on-loose, various characters are confined in a partially restricted space (the social space) with their functionality on full display: a prostitute saving the day against the robbers but still being despised by the “respectable” people (a comparable reference to Boule de Suif), an ex-army doctor becoming a real murderer after the war, and the selfish businessman and enterprisers. Under the guise of a suspenseful thriller is…

  • Chie the Brat

    Chie the Brat

    ★★★

    Centered around the independent girl Chie and her ineffectual, honestly one of the worst irresponsible kind, father, Chie the Brat is causally comical (asides from all the bad-taste jokes on the cat’s ball) and humanly charming. The family drama intertwined with some side characters like yakuza, bullying schoolmates and fighting cats, too much plot lines diluted the impact of the central story and the “climax” is really out-of-place amid the entire film. A tighten script or a longer, serialized version (like its original anime series) would benefit the film more.

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  • Yi Yi

    Yi Yi

    ★★★★★

    The Rearward View of Life

    Near the end of the film Yi Yi, there is a funeral, the little boy Yang-Yang (Jonathan Chang) reads out the letter he wrote for his deceased grandma (Ruyun Tang), saying he would like to be a person of showing stuff others don't see, and now when he sees his baby cousin, he would feel old too. Every time when I watch this ending, I can imagine director Edward Yang expressing his motivation in making…

  • Illumination

    Illumination

    ★★★★½

    A mosaic portrait of the young intellectual Franciszek (Stanislaw Latallo) spanning across his years of studying Physics in college to unexpected marriage and fatherhood, above all it revolves around the protagonist’s existential crisis and anxiety. Shot in a hand-held documentary style and told in a elliptical, obscure narrative, the story is often punctured by inserts of scientific explanation of behavior and phenomenon. The detached and clinical observation is a reflection of the repressive social norm in Poland during the Communist-era,…