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post Jun 24 2005, 04:50 PM
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I just ordered Happy Together, As Tears Go By and Memories of A Murder off play.com.

I hope to see Kung-Fu Hustle tonight.
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post Jun 24 2005, 05:06 PM
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For those who have multi-region players Kung Fu Hustle has been available from CD-WOW for quite some time for a mere 9.99
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post Jun 24 2005, 05:35 PM
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QUOTE (whitey @ Jun 24 2005, 05:06 PM)
For those who have multi-region players Kung Fu Hustle has been available from CD-WOW for quite some time for a mere 9.99
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And its a very good print too. The elitist in me doesn't want the film to be huge, but I hope it is...I can't recall the last time a film got so many rave reviews.
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post Jun 24 2005, 05:47 PM
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QUOTE (Sostie @ Jun 24 2005, 06:35 PM)
And its a very good print too.  The elitist in me doesn't want the film to be huge, but I hope it is...I can't recall the last time a film got so many rave reviews.
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I know exactly what you mean. I was really gutted when Miyazaki started becoming popular.
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post Jun 24 2005, 06:05 PM
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QUOTE (whitey @ Jun 24 2005, 05:47 PM)
I know exactly what you mean. I was really gutted when Miyazaki started becoming popular.
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Aaah but wasn't it satisfying, when someone would rave about Spirited Away and you would turn around and say "aaah but its not as good as.." and you would list as many films of his as possible biggrin.gif
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post Jun 24 2005, 06:24 PM
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QUOTE (Sostie @ Jun 24 2005, 07:05 PM)
Aaah but wasn't it satisfying, when someone would rave about Spirited Away and you would turn around and say "aaah but its not as good as.." and you would list as many films of his as possible  biggrin.gif
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That was a bit good yes.

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post Jun 24 2005, 06:30 PM
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With the exception of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon a few years back, I have only just dipped my toe in the Asian cinema waters over this last few months, but what I've seen so far has been nothing short of excellent, namely OldBoy (stunning), Spirited Away (mesmerising), Zatoichi (thoroughly entertaining).

I have ordered Ong-Bak (pre-order) and House Of Flying Daggers which should arrive soon. Tempted to order Shaolin Soccer now too. I already have Infernal Affairs and Hana-Bi DVDs sat on the shelf waiting to be watchified. Puzzling over which one to watch tonight actually...

QUOTE (whitey @ Jun 24 2005, 06:06 PM)
For those who have multi-region players Kung Fu Hustle has been available from CD-WOW for quite some time for a mere 9.99
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Damn you Whitey, you really shouldn't have said that! But I'm glad you did.

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Gah, more expense!

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post Jun 24 2005, 06:50 PM
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QUOTE (Ade @ Jun 24 2005, 06:30 PM)
. Tempted to order Shaolin Soccer now too. I already have Infernal Affairs and Hana-Bi DVDs sat on the shelf waiting to be watchified. Puzzling over which one to watch tonight actually...

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Well if you like football you will love Shaolin Soccer. If you don't, there is still plenty to enjoy. The film went round work, and everyone who saw it went and ordered their own copy. These are people who mostly had never bothered with subtitled films before.

Hana-Bi I love - it will always be in my top 5. But I'd go for Infernal Affairs - its got two of Honk Kong's greats - Andy Lau & Tony Leung, who as well as being brilliant, irritatingly haven't aged in 20 years. The plot is simple, but brilliant. And you have to watch it before Scorsese's remake comes out next year.

Talking of which - get Dark Water. Remake out next month, but the original has to be seen. One of the best horrors of recent years.
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post Jun 24 2005, 06:57 PM
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QUOTE (Sostie @ Jun 24 2005, 07:50 PM)
Well if you like football you will love Shaolin Soccer.  If you don't, there is still plenty to enjoy.  The film went round work, and everyone who saw it went and ordered their own copy.  These are people who mostly had never bothered with subtitled films before.
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I don't know anybody who didn't love it. I showed it to people who aren't into kung-fu, football or subtitles and they still loved it.
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post Jun 24 2005, 07:37 PM
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I have already seen the trailer for Shaolin Soccer, several times - I know what to expect, and I don't expect I'll be disappointed. And Kung-Fu Hustle also looks fantastic.

So, Infernal Affairs it is then, that's that sorted! Off to watch now with all speed.
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post Jun 24 2005, 07:39 PM
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QUOTE (Ade @ Jun 24 2005, 07:37 PM)
I have already seen the trailer for Shaolin Soccer, several times - I know what to expect, and I don't expect I'll be disappointed. And Kung-Fu Hustle also looks fantastic.

So, Infernal Affairs it is then, that's that sorted! Off to watch now with all speed.
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post Jun 24 2005, 08:07 PM
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I'd like to give a mention to 'Tears of the Black Tiger' - Marvellous Thai Western/Fairytale/Romance/Comedy/Drama which is more inventive with colour than any Western film I can think of. Some of it's technicolor, some sepia tinted - it's really stunning to watch. The closest thing I can think of in tone is 'The Princess Bride'

I own it and frequently force confused visitors to enjoy it with me.
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post Jun 24 2005, 08:10 PM
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Audition is viley disgusting and horrible and I loved it.

A Tale of Two Sisters didn't grab me, I have to say, but Zoe and my other half loved it and they've got great taste so it's got to be worth a recommendation.
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post Jun 24 2005, 08:16 PM
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QUOTE (Stella MM @ Jun 24 2005, 09:10 PM)
A Tale of Two Sisters didn't grab me, I have to say, but Zoe and my other half loved it and they've got great taste so it's got to be worth a recommendation.
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Ahhh that sounds as if we all went to the cinema together.

Scared the shit out of me that one - in a good way you understand.

Right I'd like to add 'Nowhere to Hide' - Fast paced and visually inventive (yes again) Korean crime caper. Some really brilliant fight scenes and great characters.
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post Jun 24 2005, 08:18 PM
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QUOTE (Zoe @ Jun 24 2005, 09:16 PM)
Ahhh that sounds as if we all went to the cinema together.

Scared the shit out of me that one - in a good way you understand.
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The film or the thought of going to the cinema in a crazy threesome with a person you've never met and her boyfriend?

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TOTS did scare me while watching it, but the ending kind of negated it all.
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