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  • Project Mermaid

  • Cats' Gathering

    ★★★

  • Japanese Girls at the Harbor

    ★★★★

  • Lucky Chan-sil

    ★★★

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  • Project Mermaid

    Project Mermaid

    Odd, incredibly disappointing short from Oshii Mamoru.

  • Cats' Gathering

    Cats' Gathering

    ★★★

    Shinkai's short on the Ani*kuri 15 collection isn't as breathtaking as Kon's "Ohayou," but not everyone is supposed to create memorable multilayered one-minute-long shorts, nor do they need to. What Shinkai presents is an entertaining and delightful work, making the spectator feel sympathetic for the poor cat, especially when its innate simplicity and trust is brought to focus.

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  • Rashomon

    Rashomon

    ★★★★

    Based on "In The Grove" and "Rashomon," two short stories by Akutagawa Ryonosuke.

    "War, earthquake, winds, fire, famine, the plague. Year after year, it's been nothing but disasters. And bandits descend upon us every night. I've seen so many men getting killed like insects, but even I have never heard a story as horrible as this. Yes. So horrible. This time, I may finally lose my faith in the human soul. It's worse than bandits, the plague, famine, fire or…

  • Lucky Chan-sil

    Lucky Chan-sil

    ★★★

    Yet another film born out of the post-Hong Korean Cinema engine of the conversation-heavy, dry humoured mill, "Lucky Chan-sil" is surprisingly an emotional barren land, as the more personal moments surrounding the titular character often fails to connect, although the humour mostly hits the right awkward spots.

    Nevertheless, it is a pleasant, desirable tale of frantic cinephilia, with discussions of Ozu Yasujirō and manifestations of Leslie Cheung, not too manipulative in its expression. A short research reveals Kim's semi-autobiographical debut…