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    "Ping Pong" as shown on BBC4 in Jonathan Ross's ongoing "Asian Invasion" series.

    Built on some manga series or novel, fresh, amazingly different and good.
    reviews here:
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    http://www.barbelith.com/topic/18650
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ness Rowlah
    "Ping Pong" as shown on BBC4 in Jonathan Ross's ongoing "Asian Invasion" series.

    Built on some manga series or novel, fresh, amazingly different and good.
    reviews here:
    Ive heard of that comic... big in Shonen jump a few years back. One of those semi-formulaic 'occupational' manga about training to be a great Table Tennis player/Chef/Pachinko player/Accountant/Sherpa/Martial artist/Politician/Sushi Chef/Bass Fisherman etc... but with a bit of a twist. I love that stuff. They have the whole aspirational thing down pat, and the competitions/challenges just get more and more intense and ridiculous as the story progresses.

    Id heartily recommend Taiyo Matsumoto's 'Black and White' manga as well, as, apart from being one of the most experimental and Western influenced artists in Japan at the moment, his stories have as much in common with underground UK and US stuff as they do with traditional manga..

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    Bit mainstream perhaps but I really enjoyed "The constant gardener", in fact it restored my faith in cinema. Fiennes is particularly good and I cried like a baby at the end.

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    Munich

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    Quote Originally Posted by robutfromitly
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    If you treat it as fiction and not fact though surely? Some very dodgy twisting of the facts going on with that film from what ive read...

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    I saw "Memories of Murder" by Joon-ho Bong (IMDB link) last night. It's a fairly recent movie, set in mid-1980s Korea under the military dictatorship. Don't know if it's a thriller, a comedy, a political film, but i really liked it.

    the grander question i have is: why are seemingly all korean films good these days, and most good films korean? is there any specific reason for this, to me, surprising emergence of korea as a cinematic powerhouse?

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    kung fu hustle...

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    i'd unreservedly advise everyone to revisit whatever is hailed as the greatest moments of cinema in the thirties, fourties, fifties, sixties and seventies. then add the things that you liked as a kid. up to when you were 12 years old. then reconsider. there you have it.

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    The Constant Gardener.

    I dare the most stringent of film snobs on this board to slam this one.

    (but I'll prolly get what I ask for won't I?)
    Last edited by zhao; 05-02-2006 at 07:58 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ness Rowlah
    "Ping Pong" as shown on BBC4 in Jonathan Ross's ongoing "Asian Invasion" series.

    Built on some manga series or novel, fresh, amazingly different and good.
    reviews here:
    http://www.j-fan.com/cinema/cinema.c...rev&selected=8
    http://www.barbelith.com/topic/18650

    i saw this in the cinema when it came out, it's fucking great

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    Bela Tarr - Damnation & The Werckmeister Harmonies

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    Quote Originally Posted by confucius
    The Constant Gardener.
    I dare the most stringent of film snobs on this board to slam this one.
    (but I'll prolly get what I ask for won't I?)
    ha! i must see it forthwith in order to win this dare.

    btw, i saw the godfather for the first time last week and thought it was RUBBISH

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    Quote Originally Posted by confucius
    The Constant Gardener.

    I dare the most stringent of film snobs on this board to slam this one.

    (but I'll prolly get what I ask for won't I?)
    Of course! Obviously, as resident film-hater, I rather loathed this film - I really did, btw, not just being obtuse. Have already been in trouble with Christian sister of best friend over this - actual anger on her part as to how anyone could dislike such a moving tale of personal courage, the battle against multinational corporations, love, anti-racism, etc.

    The reason why I'd slam this film, despite its potentially appealing premise (revealing the actually existing evil of pharma-cons in Africa and elsewhere - obviously 'true' with regard to the current attitude towards generic versions of Aids drugs, the practice of 'experimenting' on deliberately misinformed patients, etc.).

    Basically, I detested its myriad cop-outs:

    1. That the suspicion that his pretty, politically-aware wife might be shagging the black activist (exploited to the hilt in the hospital scene where she holds a black baby after, you later find out, losing her own child. Plus the fact that she dies in the car with him after sharing a hotel room - maybe they didn't just have a cause in common, hint, hint!). But he's gay! So it's ok (although not for him, obviously, he gets strung up like a hare in some primitive homophobic-political attack. D'oh!).

    The implication being that she had to be as pure and innocent as her political project - and if not, no one would have 'believed' her...let alone taken up her leads and so on (and how stoooopid was her husband for not realising that she was doing all this activism stuff while he worked for the British Gvt - wot, she was sitting at home knitting....but where were all the scarves?!) ...The modern version of the white man's burden - the flirty white wife! 'Keep her in check...obviously we all fancy her, but she's dangerous, you know!'

    2. The personalisation of politics - systematic corruption via the powers that be, but only rendered true-to-life through the sad tale of one man and his wifey - cos no audience could deal with the issues outside of a sorry love story.

    3. The colourful/grey dichotomy - Africa all dancing colours, pathos and rituals; England all grey, rainy and full of eeeevil corrupt politicos with dubious physiognomy. Subtle!

    4. The fact that the 'constant gardener' only tended his plants obsessively about twice in the whole film, thus not really making enough of his supposed inverted, autistic tendencies to make his oh-so-late political revelations convincing.

    Mind you, I loathed City of God even more....

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    really? i watched city of god yesterday.


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    grizzly man. i'm a sucker for gawping at derranged and delusional americans.

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