Director: Suzuki Seijun[Princess Raccoon], from maverick of Japanese cinema Seijun Suzuki (MIFF 00 retrospective subject), screened in Official Selection at Cannes, 2005. In this stunning operetta, Suzuki is inspired the Tanuki Goten films of the 1940s and 50s, but gives his own unique touch to the genre through engaging (among other things) opera, rock and hip-hop, as well as a combination of movement and dance styles. The result is a beguiling story of romance between Princess Tanuki (Zhang Ziyi, [House of Flying Daggers]) and Prince Amechiyo (Joe Odagiri), firmly grounded in tradition and mythology. The raccoon dog, or tanuki, is the ultimate trickster in Japanese folklore, which can even take human form. Love between a human and tanuki is strictly forbidden. Prince Amechiyo is banished from the fold of his family, as his vain father is jealous of his beauty. Amechiyo meets the beautiful Princess Tanuki, and the pair is besotted with one another. Only the holy Mount Kairasu knows the course their love will take. Brilliant performances and expert direction give the magic [Princess Raccoon] a wonderful and outrageous dreamlike edge.
Hong Sangsoo epitomises a distinctive thread in the current generation of brilliant Korean filmmakers. His [Tale of Cinema] is an intelligent and quietly provocative film, which screened in Official … More »
Elections are always tense, but none more than for the leadership of Hong Kong's largest and oldest criminal Triad. The much-acclaimed Hong Kong director Johnnie To brings together a luminous cast in… More »
Hong Kong/China, 2004
Ken (Daniel Wu) has been romancing teacher Chan Wai-Ching (Gillian Chung), until he unceremoniously ditches her for karaoke waitress Shirley (Tao Hung). Chan goes knocking on Shirley's door when she … More »
Hong Kong, China, 2004
Mongkok, one of Hong Kong's most densely populated areas, is a seething centre of illicit business and criminal connections. Into these claustrophobic streets steps Lai Fu (Daniel Wu), a farm boy fro… More »
Down on his luck and desperate, Gang Tae-shik ([Choi Min-sik; Old Boy], MIFF 04) is doing it hard on the streets. He's lost the respect of his son, and his wife has thrown him out of home. Now the fo… More »