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Sympathy for Mr Bonehead
In which Taeko (Michiyo Kogure) both scandalises and amuses a couple of her female friends and niece regarding her husband, whom she refers to as “Mr Bonehead” and compares to a dim-witted carp. And it has to be said, it’s pretty funny stuff. But then we get to spend some time with ‘Mr Bonehead’ – or Mokichi (Shin Saburi), to give him his actual name – and we realise that he’s a decent chap. It’s just…
Even the conspicuous dubbing of Lee Young-ae’s English-speaking dialogue (and the stilted performances of two European actors) can’t dampen the power of this deeply humanistic story about a geographical, political, ideological and cultural nexus point, where North and South Korea meet. And at the heart of this particular zone are people, not monoliths, a point which Park Chan-wook, elegantly sums up with a single photograph – a picture that is genuinely worth a thousand words.
”I guess I’ll go put this money in the bank… then go home and sleep it off.”
One of my favourite scenes in Psycho occurs roughly 11 minutes in, when Marion arrives home with $40,000 worth of someone else’s money. Before putting on fresh clothes, she looks apprehensively at the ill-gotten bundle lying on her bed; the camera zooms in on the cash, at which point, Temptation, a haunting Herrmann cue begins, reflecting the conflicting undercurrent of emotions felt by…
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“Sergeant, if I were you, I’d go back to the mainland.”
Though I’ve seen The Wicker Man many times, I’ve never before watched the ‘Director’s Cut’ so it came as some surprise to discover the film was meant to start with a fairly lengthy sequence that takes place on the Scottish mainland. And if we were in any doubt before, this section of the film makes it very clear that Police Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) is a deeply Christian man;…