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The Cat Returns (Neko no Ongaeshi) JapanThe latest film from Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli is The Cat Returns, an enchanting fantasy adventure tale following the fortunes of Haru, a young girl who is drawn into the secret world of cats.Walking home from school with her closest friend ... Read more
A boy goes to extraordinary lengths to shelter his dog from the dangers and violence of the outside world. A short film of remarkable scope and complexity, touching upon universal issues with a particularly Korean sensibility. Grand Prix winner Pusan. ... Read more
The Himalayas have always attracted mountaineers of those nations interested in climbing, for the colossal peaks at the "Roof of the World", present the ultimate challenge. ... In 1958, the Academic Alpine Club of Kyoto University decided to attempt the scaling of Chogolisa - the Bride's Peak, in ... Read more
Chuk and Gek is the story of two four-year-olds and their adventures in a deserted mountain hut high up in the Blue Mountains. The performances of the two strange, gnome-like little urchins are miraculously unaffected and the film has a genuine and fairy tale charm. ... Read more
An extraordinary raid on a bank led by a high-class gangster. The gang literally hangs out in a cupboard, where they are lined up on coat-hangers ready for action. The gun raid is conducted like an orchestral piece, but things come to grief when the shares and accounts are settled. A hilarious ... Read more
A colour cartoon in which a cowboy hero is lured from the screen by his young admirers &ndash: only to fall painfully short of their fantasy ideals. ... Read more
"The recurrent themes in my films are space and captivity. The woman in Crocodile and the man in The Isle are captives; they're characters who become prisoners through a violence which, ironically, is beautiful." - Kim Ki-Duk ... Kim Ki-Duk's debut is an unsettling and unclassifiable piece ... Read more
The Curse is a Yirritja story that is told in Mialli language in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia. An old woman nurses her sick son while her baby grandson sleeps. The son is ill because he has been cursed by a witchdoctor. ... --- ... D Luke Jurevicius S Pamela Weston (Ngaritjan) & ... Read more
Darkon was the winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary, SXSW. ... Each weekend, on the sweeping soccer fields of Baltimore, they gather. An epic war is taking place and at stake are the riches and glory of an empire. ... Darkon is a fascinating and colourful documentary about an ... Read more
"In the beginning I led a very ordinary life. . ." This is the way Andrei Sokolov, the hero of A Man's Destiny by Mikhail Sholokhov, starts to tell us about himself. A simple, unadorned story of a plain man who has shouldered the full brunt of the desperate battle against fascism. . .this ... Read more
The global phenomenon of James Bond is an archetypal instance of 60s audiovisual brashness. The sheer loudness and pictorial noise of the first Bond films and their ironic self-consciousness reverberated throughout world cinema, creating many a transcultural mutant in the espionage genres. Far from ... Read more
A companion piece of sorts to Mermaid, Drop utilizes similar brush and wash backgrounds, but stylizes its central protagonist in broader caricature. Tezuka made this film in one week as a demonstration to his staff at Mushi that experimental anime could be done quickly and economically. ... Read more
We are shown a glimpse of the complicated system of life through the functions of glucuronic acid which is indispensable for the preservation of youth and energy. ... Read more
On the beach a tourist inflates a whole village in plastics. There is an ersatz for everything, including even human sentiments. A small, but real nail, however, gets involved in these proceedings. ... Read more
Vukotic plays out the human drama of love, jealousy, murder and suicide in the environment of plastic beach toys. Winner of the first Academy Award for animation outside the United States. ... Academy Award, Best Animated Short, 1962; 1st Prize, San Francisco, 1961. ... Read more
God is in his heaven, all is (Not) right with the world. ... The Angels have descended. These colossal extraterrestrial monsters besiege the fortress-city of Tokyo-3 and our last line of defence is the Evangelion battle machine and its teenage pilot. A decade on, Hideaki Anno has reimagined his ... Read more
Japanese films like Rashomon and Jigokumon have been the surprises at recent International Festivals, and the high standard of these and the few other Japanese films presented abroad in late years lead us to suspect that more good films are being made today in that country than elsewhere in the ... Read more
Distinguished by the extraordinary visuals for which he is justifiably celebrated, the latest project by director Shinya Tsukamoto is an atmospheric, eerie exploration of identity, destiny and psychological torture. Dr. Yukio Daitokuji seems to have it all. It is 1910, Tokyo, he runs a successful ... Read more
Get Up (Gerropa!) JapanA Japanese yakuza comedy with soul! The soul of James Brown, that is. Ageing mob boss Habara has two days of freedom left before being sent off for a five-year stretch in prison. As the days count down to his incarceration, Habara realises he will never fulfil his two main ... Read more
Writer-director Nanouk Leopold's impressive second feature delves into notions of how we create distances and fall out of phase with one another. ... A strong-willed, thirty-something, wife and mother, Anna is an irrigation engineer on aid missions, seemingly leading a comfortable existence. When a ... Read more
Best friends are forced to face each other in a violent confrontation when one joins the police force and the other becomes a criminal. An action-packed adventure film which is also an indictment of the prevailing gun culture in Thailand. ... Read more
Following his debut feature, Show Me Love, and his acclaimed Lilya 4-ever, the talented Lukas Moodysson probes further into the dark excesses of human behaviour. Sure to provoke controversy, his fearless A Hole in My Heart explores the shocking world of DIY pornography, reality TV and emotional ... Read more
Horns and Halos careens straight into the heart of leftwing underground publishing versus hegemonic US political agendas. The pivotal characters include a 29-year-old punk rocker-cum-publisher an ex-crim-cum-muckraking author, and former Texas governor-cum-US president George W Bush. ... In 1998 ... Read more
An animated film in four sequences that uses the same characters to demonstrate the plight of women in different epochs. ... Read more
“Recalls the intensity of Alfred Hitchcock's The Wrong Man.” - Variety ... The writer-director of the original Japanese Shall We Dance?, Masayuki Suo, makes his return to feature filmmaking after an 11-year absence. Suo turns his eye for analysis on the closed world of Japan's legal system ... Read more
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