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  • Bangkok Nites

    Bangkok Nites

    ★★★★

    Nippon Connection Japanese Film Festival Frankfurt ~ film no. 5

    Very good Independent-film, overlong in its last hour.

  • Happiness

    Happiness

    ★★

    Nippon Connection Japanese Film Festival Frankfurt ~ film no. 4

    First half hour was awkwardly funny, but then the totally overscripted film took over and turned it into a bland revenge story of blood and gore. Disappointing.

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  • Pickpocket

    Pickpocket

    ★★★★½

    Excellent, gritty and realistic account of a petty criminal left behind by his old pals that can adapt to new aggregational develeopments of contemporary chinese society. A bit too long, maybe, and losing its track in the last half hour, but that's just minor criticism in an overall superb film. Cinematography by genius Yu Lik-wai.

  • Love Exposure

    Love Exposure

    ★★★★½

    Yes, this is maybe as good as it gets. Its biggest achievements surely are that this is not an empty popculture ballet without significant meaning orbiting around itself in a delirious hedonist fashion but bears, on the one hand, a lot of reference to actual ongoing developments (speak: anxieties) of society (The Zero Church as a religious cult, cf. A Guru is born (Takeshi Kitano), or 1Q84 (Haruki Murakami)) and youth culture (panties-hentais versus punky chicks adoring pure love (cf.…