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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
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My ballot with the ratings I'll (most likely) add to my letterboxd:

01: Chocolate 4
02: Rashomon 3.5
03: Daimajin 3
04: Paprika 3
05: Black Rain 3
06: Hanagatami 2.5
07: Drunken Angel 2.5...
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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
I believe it's a quite common opinion that those...

I believe it's a quite common opinion that those bombs saved lives. Not everyone agrees, of course, but many believe that the traditional war against Japan would have caused way more casualties.
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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
Tears of the Black Tiger (2000) Less is more...

Tears of the Black Tiger (2000)

Less is more is a phrase that the people responsible for Tears of the Black Tiger either haven't heard of or just rebel against. It crams a spaghetti western,...
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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
Paprika (2006) Unlike I initially thought,...

Paprika (2006)

Unlike I initially thought, I've probably seen this before. At least many things, like the dream parade, felt awfully familiar. I didn't remember much about the story, though, just...
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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
Re: Asian Film Hall of Fame

I've watched all the films now. Still have two reviews to write and ordering the ballot is going to be a pain, too.
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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
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I just finished Paprika. A review will come in a couple of days, but it reminded me of watching Nolan while doing LSD (apparently that would be an improvement).
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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
Dust in the Wind (1986) A fragmented series...

Dust in the Wind (1986)

A fragmented series of looks into the lives of people in a small Taiwanese town. I lost my attention halfway to the film and ended up watching the rest on a second monitor...
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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
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I started Dust in the Wind today, but it'll be another two-day endeavor for me.
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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
I bundle two short reviews into one post. Had a...

I bundle two short reviews into one post. Had a hard time writing anything, so these are short and fragmented sketches.

Mother (2009)

This is probably my fourth Bong Joon-ho film (though,...
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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
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I've watched Mother and Snake in the Eagle's Shadow. I'll try to write something about them soonish. Didn't really care that much about either.
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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
黒い雨 (1989) aka Black Rain For some reason,...

黒い雨 (1989)
aka Black Rain

For some reason, I have very little to say about Black Rain. I do like its retro feel (it doesn't only look like an older film, but the writing feels old, too). I kinda...
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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
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I also watched Black Rain a couple of days ago, but I find it difficult to write anything about it. And I'm not overwhelmed or devastated or anything, but I just don't know what to say. I'll try to...
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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
Marital arts sounds like a cool way to describe...

Marital arts sounds like a cool way to describe porn :D
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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
Hanagatami (2017) This was the first...

Hanagatami (2017)

This was the first ‘bayashi film I've seen (I'm aware of Hausu, but I haven't seen it). I quickly glanced at some reviews when the nominations were revealed, so I knew to expect...
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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
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I also started (and finished) Hanagatami today. Full review in few days, but I didn't either love or hate it (I loved or hated some aspects of it, though).
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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
Heh, I also have an antipathy towards the Olympic...

Heh, I also have an antipathy towards the Olympic Taekwondo (not necessarily because it's points-based, but because of the awful habits these fighters learn from it - hands dows cause no punching to...
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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
Just snipped what I wanted to reply to. ...

Just snipped what I wanted to reply to.



I don't get the issue with the roundhouse kicks connecting with the foot. Muay Thai isn't the only martial art with effective kicks :D Here's a random...
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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
And the actress has a Taekwondo background :) But...

And the actress has a Taekwondo background :) But yeah, she was learning kungfu from the films she saw.
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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
I love to nitpick myself, so I'll nitpick your...

I love to nitpick myself, so I'll nitpick your nitpick a little.

You don't have to land kicks with a shin or knee to KO someone. As you mentioned MMA, let's look at Anderson Silva's front kick:
...
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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
羅生門 (1950) aka Rashomon Telling the story...

羅生門 (1950)
aka Rashomon

Telling the story repeatedly from different points of view is a gimmick that rarely works. In Rashomon, this storytelling decision doesn't even feel like a gimmick. The...
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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
And here I was thinking no one would be offended...

And here I was thinking no one would be offended by this :rolleyes:

Also, Citizen Rules - you've missed my Chocolate review:...
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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
酔いどれ天使 (1948) aka Drunken Angel Unlike I...

酔いどれ天使 (1948)
aka Drunken Angel

Unlike I said initially, I may actually have seen this earlier. At least lots of it felt somehow familiar. Anyway, it's one of the weaker Kurosawas to me. Some of...
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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
大魔神 (1966) aka Daimajin I love how the...

大魔神 (1966)
aka Daimajin

I love how the Japanese don't care about genre restrictions, be it music or movies or, presumably, any form of art. Daimajin is, at the same time, a samurai epic, a kaiju...
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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
Chocolate (2008) I've always been a fan of...

Chocolate (2008)

I've always been a fan of martial arts films. It's probably the most long-lived cinematic passion I have, and while it's been overtaken by a love for horror, these films still...
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Asian Film Hall of Fame
Posted By pahaK
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Let's see what we have here...

Rashomon: I may or may not have seen this ages ago. In either case, I don't remember anything about it. I've never seen a bad Kurosawa film, though, so it should be...