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  • I Saw the Devil

    I Saw the Devil

    ★★★★½

    2021 Asian Cinema Challenge
    Week 24 Theme: Korean New Wave

    Current Progress: 7/52

    "Don't act so weak... this is just the beginning. Remember... your nightmare's only getting worse!"

    A serial killer makes the mistake of brutally killing the fiancee of an Intelligence Officer which starts off the cat and mouse chase to "punish" the murderer.

    I held off watching this film for the longest time as I had in my possession the R1 Magnolia release since it first came out.…

  • A Tale of Two Sisters

    A Tale of Two Sisters

    ★★★★

    2021 Asian Cinema Challenge
    Week 15 Theme: Korean Horror Films

    Current Progress: 6/52

    The third feature film by director Kim Jee-woon and this time, he delves into the Horror genre with A Tale of Two Sisters aka 장화, 홍련 or Janghwa, Hongryeon translated as Rose Flower, Red Lotus.

    This one deserves a rewatch as I definitely missed some of the layered moments of the film as I did not fully comprehend what was happening until the final reveal. The cinematography…

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  • The Present

    The Present

    ★★★

    A short film by Kim Jee-woon that leaves you wanting more. This was Kim Ah-joong first acting role after 200 Pounds Beauty and also stars Jung Woo-sung.

    The sypnosis from Letterboxd is all that you need to know. It's stylish and the few action scenes were well done.

    I'll watch a full length feature film of this. Thankfully, my poor Korean language skills were enough for me to understand this short film.

    Watched via YouTube in Korean with no English Subtitles.

  • Pantyhose Hero

    Pantyhose Hero

    An misguided project by Sammo Hung and in which the film, Cruising is a big inspiration for it. But while Cruising was a more of a serious take, Sammo and Alan Tam plays their roles more for laughs by including every single gay offensive stereotype possible. Also, the serial killer motivation is not clearly explained which at this point, shouldn't surprised you.

    It does contain 3 big action sequences that are quite memorable. The fight at the beginning, the end…

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  • Yes, Madam

    Yes, Madam

    ★★★½

    This film started off the Girls with Guns subgenre in HK films in which I'm grateful for but I wish that they would have focused more on Michelle Yeoh (in her second leading role) and Cynthia Rothrock (in her first HK acting role).

    Instead, the focus is on the trio of bumbling crooks played by Tsui Hark (in an acting role), Mang Hoi and John Shum. With the exception of one scene in Tsui Hark apartment, everytime they are onscreen,…

  • Royal Warriors

    Royal Warriors

    ★★★★

    The unofficial sequel of Yes, Madam (1985) and this time, they knew what they had with Michelle Yeoh as they don't waste any time in getting her into a fight. She's joined by Michael Wong and Hiroyuki Sanada. The former is an Air Security official and the latter is a Tokyo cop who plans to retire. The trio gets tangled up with a botched airline hijacking that they are able to stop which in turns gets them to become targets…