Fantasia 2022.10: Anime no Bento, Demigod: The Legend Begins, "Aurora", My Grandfather's Demons, "Hairsucker", Deadstream, and Kappei

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A very animated Saturday, as my "grew up in the 1980s and that's when you watched cartoons" brain says should be the case. Sure, Demigod is technically puppetry, but you get the idea. Just the one guest, My Grandfather's Demons director...

Fantasia 2022.07: Just Remembering, The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future, One and Four, Chun Tae-Il, and On the Line

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Wednesday was a busy day but not one with a lot of guests, and also a relatively rare day where I stuck around De Sève into the evening, which is when Hong Jun-pyo made an appearance: He was there to talk about his film Chun Tae-il: A Flame That...

Film Rolls, Round 3: Lorenzo's Oil, Perfect Strangers, and Come Drink with Me

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Bruce has a slight lead over Mookie, 11 stars to 10¾, and it's a race. Mookie rolls first: A three, which gets him back into recent Western movies and Lorenzo's Oil And how does Bruce respond? A 20! Per the totally arbitrary rules, this mea...

Hong Kong Saturdays: Revolution of Our Times, Angel, Blood Ritual, Hard Boiled, Nobody's Hero, The Magic Crane, Devil Hunters, and Man on the Edge

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One doesn't really plan for things to wind up this way, but it's kind of cool when it does: Three Saturdays, three different sorts of Hong Kong movies, in different locations and with different perspectives. First up, I was mildly surprised to see...

Sunday double feature: Sundown and The Battle at Lake Changjin II

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I miss writing on the bus to and from work - it was an hour a day with pretty much no distractions, and it made it much harder to fall behind like this, where I'm posting this three weeks after the fact because even though I want to keep this blog up...

Too Cool to Kill

By: Jay's Movie Blog


You probably don't want me on your movie trivia team; as much as I've watched a lot of movies and retained a fair amount of them, it's not exactly organized well in my head. Someone will ask me a question and I'll go to IMDB because they've got a wh...

The Battle at Lake Changjin

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It's an odd feeling to sit in a Boston theater for a Chinese movie and hear folks in the audience applaud as the subtitled text talks about "our" army defeating the Imperialist Americans. Sure, I knew what I was getting into when I got a t...


By: Jay's Movie Blog


How big a star was Anita Mui Yim-Fong in Hong Kong? There are three statues at the end of the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui. One is cartoon piglet McDull, for the kids. One is Bruce Lee. The other is this: (Aside: Just looking through my p...

Maybe Not Directly Related But...: Cloudy Mountain and The Rescue '21

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I don't know to what extent Cloudy Mountain was inspired by the Thai cave rescue of 2018; maybe not at all, but when you see these two a week apart, figure how long a narrative feature with this amount of effects takes to produce, and note that there...

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Fantasia/New York Asian Film Festivals 2021 Extra: Raging Fire

By: Jay's Movie Blog


Does it count as a festival detour if a film plays the festival you're covering, but you watch it at a regular theater? Points for when you're trying to decompress after a movie-packed weekend trip to New York City and overnight train trip home (whi...

Brotherhood of Blades x2

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Back a couple months ago, I wondered if Lu Yang's Brotherhood of Blades movies were so big and great that he got carte blanche to do whatever he wanted with A Writer's Odyssey, because it sure felt like the sort of thing where producers were almost a...

Chinese New Year 2021: Shock Wave 2, Detective Chinatown 3

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Obviously, this is a bit belated, neither of these played Boston. Shock Wave 2 might have done, if the IMDB listing of a Christmas Eve release for it is correct, but theaters were closed in Boston at that time, and if the distributor was putting it...

Imports: Illang: The Wolf Brigade and The Curse of the Demon Cat

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You know what's kind of nuts? Illang: The Wolf Brigade was produced by Warner Brothers South Korea - it even has a custom studio logo clip - but they basically offloaded it to Netflix for the rest of the world. I talk a lot about how big companies...

Chinese Double Feature: Home Sweet Home and Cliff Walker

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So, this is the double feature that gets me to add "dumb 'crime does not pay' epilogues" to the tags. It's a particularly goofy pair: SPOILERS! … one where I nearly yelled out "come on, of all people, she's the one where you make...

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