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  • Once Upon a Time in America
  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • War and Peace
  • Love Exposure

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  • Perfect Blue

    ★★★★½

  • Red Cliff

    ★★★★½

  • Kubo and the Two Strings

    ★★★★★

  • The Quiet Girl

    ★★★★★

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  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue

    ★★★★½

    My first watch of Satoshi Kon’s directorial debut was over a decade ago with the notoriously disastrous English dubbed version. As a result of such a tainted experience, I always felt that I was never able to properly evaluate the movie as a whole. Upon my revisit of it in its original Japanese version, what I found was a masterfully crafted psychological thriller that fully immerse you in the state of a waking nightmare governed by paranoia at every turn.…

  • Red Cliff

    Red Cliff

    ★★★★½

    John Woo once recalled a dinner conversation in the 90s with the late great songwriter/industry elder statesman James Wong Jim where he first mentioned his plans to adapt the Battle of Red Cliff into a film. Wong responded with a chuckle saying something along the lines of "you have balls but what you're really asking for is a world of pain". From this anecdote, one can understand the sheer ambition of the undertaking even if they were unfamiliar with the…

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  • C'est La Vie Mon Cheri

    C'est La Vie Mon Cheri

    ★★★★½

    Actor/Director Derek Yee is in many ways Hong Kong's Clint Eastwood. Starting out as a leading man in a number of Shaw Bros Studio martial arts films, he moved on direct a string of award winning dramas ranging from modern day romance to gritty urban crime stories with impressive versatility. With that said, Endless Love or otherwise known as C'est La Vie, Mon Cheri is his Bridge on Madison County. While it is still very much a melodramatic tearjerker, Yee…

  • School on Fire

    School on Fire

    ★★★★½

    Probably the least appreciated of Ringo Lam's Fire trilogy (comprised of Prison on Fire and City on Fire), this is also the most socially aware of the three directly tackling the issue of criminal activity corrupting the school environment. While the previous films has their fair share of fire in the belly (no pun intended), Lam here is in full blown "I'm mad as hell" mode with a loud and clear message. Borrowing heavily from Sam Peckinpah's edgy cinematic nihilism…