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  • Le Samouraï

    Le Samouraï

    ★★★★★

    Jean-Pierre Melville, Cinema of Resistance Part 10

    At first we don't see him. Jef (Alain Delon) had been lying on bed, unmoved, inside his drab room, dimly lighted and hardly decorated. Not till we see a puff of cigarette smoke do we realise his existence. Jef barely talked, words were rarely spoken and we only hear his voice, hence the first dialogue in the entire film, after twenty minutes had passed. Jef never put the emotion on his face as…

  • The One-Armed Swordsman

    The One-Armed Swordsman

    ★★★★½

    The beginning of Hong Kong wuxia genre.

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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…

  • An Inn at Osaka

    An Inn at Osaka

    ★★★★½

    Deeply sad and melancholic of the disappointment in the post-war Japan, Osaka is the portal for the macroscopic view of the social structure where unemployment and poverty are a norm among the lower class, while the inn is the site for microscopic scrutiny on human relationship and indifference.
    IMO the female characters are the main focus of the film, no matter the geisha or the maid or the inn owner, they reminisced Naruse's tragic, resilient women (particularly Flowing); whereas the…