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YESTERDAY

South Korea, 2002 (MIFF 2003, Regional Focus)

Director: Jeong Yun-su

A mega-budget Korean, sci-fi thrill-ride, Yesterday takes its influences from Blade Runner and The Matrix via James Cameron's Dark Angel TV series and Silence of the Lambs. A malevolent, super-intelligent serial killer is bumping off senior police, scientists and even children in daring, dangerous and down-right peculiar fashion. The crack SI unit are called in to stem the tide of blood but are shattered when the young son of their team leader, Seok, becomes the next victim.

Remotely piloted surveillance insects, bold assassination plots, hovering advertising billboards drifting across the Seoul skyline and wildly futuristic costume flair are just the icing on the cake. Yesterday's plot is no Grisham pot-boiler either: a shadowy government genetic research project, mind control and an ice-cold killer combine to propel the film with the velocity of one of the thousands of bullets that criss-cross the screen. Add to that a supporting cast of man-made freaks and underworld trash and you've got teeth-grinding suspense until the final explosive frame.

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TURNING GATE

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INFERNAL AFFAIRS

Hong Kong, 2002
Taking its place besides the classic John Woo and Tsuik Hark Hong Kong action films of the 80s and 90s, Infernal Affairs is as hard boiled and relentless as they come. Yan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) is an… More »

PERFECT STRANGERS

New Zealand, 2003
When Melanie (Rachael Blake, Lantana, MIFF 2001) goes home from the pub with the best looking bloke (Sam Neill) there, she is more than pleased with herself. After a night of revelry, she passes out … More »

SPRINGTIME IN A SMALL TOWN

China, 2002
It is 1946 and China is picking itself up after the withdrawal of Japanese troops. Yuwen lives in a war-damaged house with her ailing husband, Dai, her sister-in-law, Xiu, and a house servant. She is… More »

GOZU

Japan, 2003
This Cannes Directors' Fortnight selection relates the story of Ozaki, a senior Japanese gangster whose increasingly peculiar behaviour is beginning to worry his Yakuza superiors. When Ozaki interrup… More »

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