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  • retinue.  The <strong>film</strong>’s extended set-up which vividly details the characters and the historical setting, as well-wrought as it is, is but a prelude to the incredibly thrilling final sequence, an expertly staged and choreographed 40 minute battle sequence in which this small band of warriors must fight hundreds of the lord’s men.  This sequence contains some of the greatest, most compelling <strong>film</strong>making Miike has created to date.  This and many other f...

    The best films of the 2010 Pusan International Film Festival

    Christopher Bourne retinue.  The film’s extended set-up which vividly details the characters and the historical setting, as well-wrought as it is, is but a prelude to the incredibly thrilling final sequence, an expertly staged and choreographed 40 minute battle sequence in which this small band of warriors must fight hundreds of the lord’s men.  This sequence contains some of the greatest, most compelling filmmaking Miike has created to date.  This and many other f...

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  • In “<strong>Breathless</strong>”’ pre-credits opener, a man punches and kicks a screaming woman out on the street in front of a handful of shocked observers, who nevertheless do not attempt to intervene. Another man stalks into the scene, breaking up the fight by beating up this aggressor. After he is done, he squats in front of the woman, and instead of comforting her or expressing his sympathies, spits in her face, and begins smacking her. “Why do...

    “Breathless” Review – 2009 New York Asian Film Festival

    Christopher Bourne In “Breathless”’ pre-credits opener, a man punches and kicks a screaming woman out on the street in front of a handful of shocked observers, who nevertheless do not attempt to intervene. Another man stalks into the scene, breaking up the fight by beating up this aggressor. After he is done, he squats in front of the woman, and instead of comforting her or expressing his sympathies, spits in her face, and begins smacking her. “Why do...

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  • ers. The inevitable push towards the digitization of <strong>film</strong> is why Panh, winner of the Asian <strong>Film</strong>maker of the Year Award at the 2013 Busan International <strong>Film</strong> Festival, considers the future as equally important as the past.  The 49-year-old director co-founded the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center in Phnom Penh where students – unable to benefit from the lost generation of artists that perished during the Khmer Rouge era – learn about archiving, p...

    A Rithy Panh interview: “The Missing Picture” and Cambodian cinema

    Yuan-Kwan Chan ers. The inevitable push towards the digitization of film is why Panh, winner of the Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award at the 2013 Busan International Film Festival, considers the future as equally important as the past.  The 49-year-old director co-founded the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center in Phnom Penh where students – unable to benefit from the lost generation of artists that perished during the Khmer Rouge era – learn about archiving, p...

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  • Dustin Nguyen took on the lead role of Dao in his directorial debut, “Once Upon a Time in Vietnam.” (photo courtesy of the Busan International <strong>Film</strong> Festival)   In a mockumentary capturing the Bruce Lee post-death frenzy of cashing in on the suddenly popular martial arts genre – the 2007 Justin Lin <strong>film</strong> “Finishing the Game” – the actor Dustin Nguyen plays the actor Troy Poon, who just wants a role that requires more work than poi...

    A Dustin Nguyen interview: Transforming Vietnamese film

    Yuan-Kwan Chan Dustin Nguyen took on the lead role of Dao in his directorial debut, “Once Upon a Time in Vietnam.” (photo courtesy of the Busan International Film Festival)   In a mockumentary capturing the Bruce Lee post-death frenzy of cashing in on the suddenly popular martial arts genre – the 2007 Justin Lin film “Finishing the Game” – the actor Dustin Nguyen plays the actor Troy Poon, who just wants a role that requires more work than poi...

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  • Editor’s note: “Closed Curtain” screens at the <strong>Film</strong> Forum in New York for two weeks, beginning Wed., July 9, 2014.  For more information, go to http://<strong>film</strong>forum.org/<strong>film</strong>/closed-curtain. In “This Is Not a <strong>Film</strong>,” Jafar Panahi’s 2011 semi-documentary feature, which he made shortly after a 20-year ban from <strong>film</strong>making was imposed on him for supposed subversive anti-government activities, Panahi describes and maps out in detail an id...

    “Closed Curtain” – 2013 San Diego Asian Film Festival Review

    Christopher Bourne Editor’s note: “Closed Curtain” screens at the Film Forum in New York for two weeks, beginning Wed., July 9, 2014.  For more information, go to http://filmforum.org/film/closed-curtain. In “This Is Not a Film,” Jafar Panahi’s 2011 semi-documentary feature, which he made shortly after a 20-year ban from filmmaking was imposed on him for supposed subversive anti-government activities, Panahi describes and maps out in detail an id...

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  • “Recession? What recession?” This was the message of the 2009 Pusan International <strong>Film</strong> Festival (PIFF) in South Korea, which bucked the current trend of other festivals that have felt compelled to cut back and offer fewer amenities to journalists (Tribeca, I’m talking to you). This year, PIFF unveiled its biggest slate ever: 355 <strong>film</strong>s from 70 countries, sprawled out in two far-apart areas of Busan – Haeundae and downtown Nampo-dong. This was my...

    My recap of the 14th Pusan International Film Festival

    Christopher Bourne “Recession? What recession?” This was the message of the 2009 Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) in South Korea, which bucked the current trend of other festivals that have felt compelled to cut back and offer fewer amenities to journalists (Tribeca, I’m talking to you). This year, PIFF unveiled its biggest slate ever: 355 films from 70 countries, sprawled out in two far-apart areas of Busan – Haeundae and downtown Nampo-dong. This was my...

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  • ...val in SF, mine played in the lobby monitor at the Kabuki Theater. I watched the videos. There was Castle by Doug Ing…that guy again. Later, at one of the receptions, I officially met him. So, sporadically over the past 4 years, my path has crossed many times with Doug. Artists with that much energy and creativity are few and far between here in Seattle, so I’ve always checked out Doug’s <strong>film</strong>s. <strong>Film</strong>makers often look down upon his work; it’s...

    The World of Doug Ing

    I.H. Kuniyuki ...val in SF, mine played in the lobby monitor at the Kabuki Theater. I watched the videos. There was Castle by Doug Ing…that guy again. Later, at one of the receptions, I officially met him. So, sporadically over the past 4 years, my path has crossed many times with Doug. Artists with that much energy and creativity are few and far between here in Seattle, so I’ve always checked out Doug’s films. Filmmakers often look down upon his work; it’s...

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  • The 2008 Pusan International <strong>Film</strong> Festival revisited two of Kim Ki-young’s <strong>film</strong>s as part of its “Archeology of Korean Cinema” retrospective. One of these was Kim’s undoubtedly most famous work, “The Housemaid,” which screened in a new digital restoration that premiered at the 2008 Cannes <strong>Film</strong> Festival. One of the enduring classics of Korean cinema, Kim’s 1960 expressionist masterpiece was first rediscovered, along with his other works, at the 2n...

    Kim Ki-young’s “The Housemaid” ( 하녀 ) – 2008 Pusan International Film Festival Review

    Christopher Bourne The 2008 Pusan International Film Festival revisited two of Kim Ki-young’s films as part of its “Archeology of Korean Cinema” retrospective. One of these was Kim’s undoubtedly most famous work, “The Housemaid,” which screened in a new digital restoration that premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. One of the enduring classics of Korean cinema, Kim’s 1960 expressionist masterpiece was first rediscovered, along with his other works, at the 2n...

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  • etails of the natural world, as well as a vivid sense of Nara as a place (you could practically draw a map of Nara based on her <strong>film</strong>s), that she brings so forcefully to her documentaries. Kawase’s most recent documentary, the 40-minute “Tarachime (Birth/Mother),” returns once again to her great-aunt, this time in her 90’s, suffering from poor health and the beginnings of dementia. The <strong>film</strong> opens with the startling image of her great-aunt’s naked...

    An interview with Naomi Kawase, director of “The Mourning Forest”

    Christopher Bourne etails of the natural world, as well as a vivid sense of Nara as a place (you could practically draw a map of Nara based on her films), that she brings so forcefully to her documentaries. Kawase’s most recent documentary, the 40-minute “Tarachime (Birth/Mother),” returns once again to her great-aunt, this time in her 90’s, suffering from poor health and the beginnings of dementia. The film opens with the startling image of her great-aunt’s naked...

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  • love, his wife and his sister-in-law in the titular suburb of Seoul. Employing an intricately overlapping time structure, this is a very unusual story of love and loss, as psychologically complex as it is emotionally moving. 4. “Tokyo Taxi” (Kim Tai-sik, South Korea/Japan) Kim’s wry and charming take on the relations between Koreans and Japanese follows two men: a Japanese musician invited to a rock festival in Seoul who takes a taxi all the way...

    From a packed Pusan lineup, a Top 10 film list emerges

    Christopher Bourne love, his wife and his sister-in-law in the titular suburb of Seoul. Employing an intricately overlapping time structure, this is a very unusual story of love and loss, as psychologically complex as it is emotionally moving. 4. “Tokyo Taxi” (Kim Tai-sik, South Korea/Japan) Kim’s wry and charming take on the relations between Koreans and Japanese follows two men: a Japanese musician invited to a rock festival in Seoul who takes a taxi all the way...

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