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Devdas (2002)

You watch Devdas and you hear it’s the most expensive film made and you can see where the money’s gone. It is one of the most opulent films I have seen in a long time. No longer do we care about the masses, but instead we focus on the big people who live big lives in big mansions – who love big and lose big.

Basically everything about Devdas is big.

The movie has an operatic air about it where … (read more)

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Demon City Shinjuku (1993)

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What do you do when its been 10 years since an inexplicable horror has descended upon a sizable part of Tokyo city and made its own? What recourse do you have when that same monster has spent the last 10 years building up the power and resources to visit the same calamity upon the entire world? What options are left when the greatest diplomat in the world, on the verge of solving the world’s greatest conflicts, is attacked and is … (read more)

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Asoka (2001)

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Like any genre, Sword and Sandals seems to go through its up and downs. It certainly seemed the thing to do in the days of Gladiator and it seems, with Troy to be seen soon as not to mention the Alexander the Great biopics, it still maintains a certain respectability. Of course quality films don’t rely upon the wistfulness of the general populace but it certainly helps with the marketing.

So Asoka, at its most basic, is a Sword … (read more)

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15 (2003)

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The general impression of Singapore is of an over-bearing, authoritarian city-state, whose citizens sacrafice certain civil liberties in return for an efficient and spotless metropolis

Like Hero, minor sacrafices for the greater good.

Unlike Hero, there is no nobility or glory in being an unwilling sacrifice.

15 is a film about being amongst those sacrifices. The juveniles unable or unwilling to fit in and be productive members of society are the central protagonists, operating in pairs, occasionally with … (read more)

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Wo Hu (Operation Undercover) (2006)

Once more we find outselves at the shady underbelly of Hong Kong society with the Triads that inhabit them. The stalwarts of Eric Tsang, Francis Ng, Jordan Chan and Shawn Yu populate this world of crime and violence as once again Hong Kong produces another film about the neverending battle between the police and the triads.

In the most cynical of modes, this is no doubt a cash-in upon recent quality productions more deserving of the spotlight, but it nonetheless … (read more)

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The Postman Fights Back (1981)

There was a time in the mid-90s when everything coming out of Hong Kong was cool and exciting. Guns were blazing while gangsters oozed charm; supernatural heroes were flying for the sake of the world while others performed death-defying stunts merely for our sakes, and we were more than appreciative. Every local release was hired from the video store down the road followed by many a bruise and abrasion with the occasional sprain – though no bones were broken.

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The Art Of Seduction (2005)

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Rom-coms have such a tried and true formula to them that when one tries to move away from the genre tropes and distinguish itself under its own merits, some kudos must be given to the attempt. A shame then that Art of Seduction plays quite true to form, and what little it does do to separate itself from the multitudes actually sucks the fun out of it and makes it a chore to watch.

Art of Seduction suffers from being … (read more)

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The Way Home (2002)

I cannot believe how hard it was for me to write this review for The Way Home. And it has nothing to do with the quality of the film, as it is very understandable how this captured the hearts of its native Korean audience. What made this review hard to write was the fact that this film, while enjoyable, just makes me feel somewhat wretched about my relationship with my grandparents. And yet, paradoxically, it is one of the … (read more)

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