Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Chinjeolhan geumjassi)

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Chinjeolhan geumjassi) (2005) In accordance with the acclaim of recent South Korean cinema, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is just one of three films from that country featured at this year’s New York  ...

L’Enfant (The Child)

Taking the measure of human relationships: an interview with Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne An article from Cineaste Easy-to-use 16oz teapot and four gourmet tea samples See a brief video demonstration While  ...

The Devil’s Rejects

Putting atrocities on film and shocking an audience is not particularly difficult. Human history is sufficiently replete with horrors like Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer, much less Hitler and Pol Pot, that fiction writers don’t have to dream up.  ...

Memories of Murder (Salinui chueok)

Great openings more often than not, presage great movies. Think of Apocalypse Now’s hallucinatory reverie, Manhattan’s authorial difficulties, or Touch of Evil’s three-minute tracking shot. It’s also the case with Memories of Murder, the South Korean police procedural by  ...

My Summer of Love

For movie connoisseurs and critics, a film’s style is often as important as its content if not more so. After all, content comes in many forms, but what’s the point of loving film if the presentation can be delivered  ...

Kung Fu Hustle (Gong fu)

Writer-director-actor Stephen Chow has been Hong Kong cinema’s reigning cinematic comedian for fifteen years running and Jackie Chan’s most consummate box office rival during that time. As Chan’s star has faded with age (understandable given that his joints and  ...

Torremolinos 73

Torremolinos 73 is director Pablo Berger’s first feature film, which has some irony being that it is the story of a man making his first feature film, which just so happens to be called Torremolinos 73. The film within  ...

Oldboy

As Hong Kong cinema did in the 1990s, South Korean cinema is just now starting to make noticeable waves in the United States. Cinephiles, however, have been following the likes of Kim Ki Duk (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…& Spring,  ...

Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior

When critics evaluate movies, some of the things typically looked at are the direction, the acting, how well the story is put together, and thematic resonance. Sometimes though, none of that matters, and Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior is just  ...

House of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu)

Miramax strangely shelved Zhang Yimou’s previous film, Hero, for two years even though it received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film for 2002. One possible explanation might be that Miramax head Harvey Weinstein was afraid of martial  ...