Sex and Lucia (Lucia y el Sexo)

There is little doubt that the United States has grown more conservative in recent years. That has very much been reflected in Hollywood, which has become the land of the prudes. Outside of mediocre Adrian Lyne films, sex appears  ...

Bruce Lee: A Warrior’s Journey

Despite the soaring popularity of Jackie Chan and Jet Li in the past decade, Bruce Lee, or “Little Dragon” as he is called in Chinese, remains the iconic martial arts fighter. No doubt a lot of this is attributable  ...

Skin of Man, Heart of Beast (Peau d’Homme Coeur de Bete)

Skin of Man, Heart of Beast wears its title on its sleeve. Three brothers, who live with their widowed elderly mother and the oldest brother’s two children, regularly erupt into displays of uncontrolled, spontaneous violence, the kind Martin Scorsese  ...

Notorious C.H.O.

The 33-year old Margaret Cho is easily recognizable because she’s not only the rare successful female stand-up comedian but is the sole (no pun intended) Korean one as well. Her act is most famous for working in a territory  ...

Master of the Flying Guillotine

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, for whatever elegance and classiness it has, is an homage to the kind of movie represented by Master of the Flying Guillotine--that is to say, kung fu pulp. And while Crouching Tiger is the superior  ...

Lagaan

Like Chinese and Iranian cinema before it, Bollywood just might be the next big thing among American cineastes. The evocative clip of 1965’s Gumnaam from last year’s Ghost World is both indicative of and an inspiration for interest in  ...

The Orphan of Anyang (Anyangde Guer)

The New Directors/New Films series is one of the most anticipated film events on the calendar in New York City, and it has premiered numerous movies to American audiences which have gone on to much acclaim – Maborosi, Shall  ...

The Inner Tour

Israeli media called Ra’anan Alexandrowicz’s documentary The Inner Tour “subversive and treacherous” according to press notes. Watching this relatively low-key film, it would seem anything but that, unless giving a human face to the “enemy” is considered unpatriotic. Despite  ...

Son of the Bride (El Hijo de la Novia)

Son of the Bride opens with a young boy discovering that his ball has been slashed apart in the shape of a Z. Looking up, he sees the culprit, Zorro, or rather, a pint-sized facsimile. The Zorro-wannabe unleashes a  ...

The Mars Canon

Knowing that The Mars Canon is a Japanese film, the title might bring to mind an anime actioner with some nimble, wide-eyed character entering a giant robot to do battle on the Martian landscape. That could scarcely be further  ...