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    First Trailer for Tsui Hark's Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon

    a 3D prequel to the blockbuster Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010). The film is produced by China's Huayi Brothers and Hong Kong's Film Workshop. It is set to open in theaters across Hong Kong on September 28th.

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    Venice Review: Tsai Ming-Liang's 'Stray Dogs' | The Playlist

    Still, these are high standards to set for anyone, and of all the films we saw in Venice, this is the one that most demands a second viewing: there's an awful lot to unpack here, and another go-round could probably see our view go way up, or a fair way down. But if nothing else, you're left with a masterclass in directing, and a film that anyone who's serious about cinema needs to make the time to see. [A-/B+]

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    Anton Sirius calls TIFF film R100 “ bat**** crazy” and “the single funniest thing I've seen in the last decade.”

    Well, that was then. In R100, Matsumoto has made a movie that's entirely bat**** crazy, and it's the single funniest thing I've seen in the last decade.

    R100 (the name is a riff on the Japanese rating system for films, where the number after the R is how old you have to be to see it) is a sex comedy in the same way that Caddyshack is a sports comedy, or Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a medieval epic. Katayama (Ichi the Killer's Nao Omori), looking for an escape from the pain of caring for his son as a single parent while his wife lies in a coma, joins an exclusive S&M club. As per the terms of his unbreakable contract, dominatrices with various specialties (some unusual, some so weird they make the unusual ones look positively Mormon) will randomly show up in his life and beat him up and humiliate him. For a while this brings him great pleasure, but as the club ramps up the level of shame and begins disrupting his work and home life he starts looking for a way to end the program. This proves to be a poor decision on his part, and mind-meltingly wacky hijinks ensue.

    But wait! That wasn't weird enough for Matsumoto, so he also introduces a sub-plot involving a government agent trying to shut down the S&M club, as well as some meta-crazy which involves studio executives trying to make sense of the crazy film an aging director has brought to them (which, of course, is R100 itself). By the time the whole thing has turned into a '60s spy film, as Katayama is besieged at his father-in-law's house by the ninja legions of the club and their enraged CEO (played as though she just stepped out of a John Waters film by American wrestler Lindsay Hayward, all six-foot-nine of her), your brain has completely stopped trying to make sense of anything simply as a defense mechanism. That's just as well, because the film's ending cannot be described, only marvelled at as an act of pure dada.

    This is comedy designed to provoke, not pacify, and even if you've never seen the kinds of movies Matsumoto is nominally spoofing there will be plenty here to offend and delight you, and any number of moments that will leave you gasping for air between guffaws. The running gag about people thinking they just felt an earthquake, the intrusions by the studio execs who pick apart the plot holes in the movie, the ridiculous number of Japanese women running around in leather and fishnets, the Queen of Saliva's disco routine... there are too many awesome bits to even attempt to list them all here, and one shot of such hysterical brilliance I wouldn't spoil it even if you poured hot wax on my chest. Given the subject matter and the level at which R100 begins, the fact that Matsumoto finds a way to keep upping the comedic ante is proof positive that he is a true master of his craft. My hat, and my inhibitions, are off to you, sir.

    R100 won't be for anyone. People who still voluntarily pay money to see Adam Sandler films in theaters should stay far, far away. Hell, there are probably countries in which laughing openly at this thing is a jailable offence. But if watching a guy get kicked by a slinky dom in high heels until he beams with shame sounds like your idea of a good time, man have I got a movie for you.
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    24Framespersecond.net - MISS ZOMBIE arrives in the U.S.A

    A doctor and his family receive an unexpected delivery from an old friend at their remote country home - a large wooden crate containing a gun, a female zombie and an instruction sheet telling them not to feed her meat. The family is concerned, of course, but she seems harmless enough. Perhaps she can help clean up outside? Welcome to the unusual world of MISS ZOMBIE, a world in which the zombie virus is clearly a well-known phenomenon and in which more docile sufferers are bought and sold to hobbyists or those looking for cheap labour. It’s a practice not without controversy – the neighbours aren’t thrilled about the newly arrived undead – but she’s quiet, requires little supervision and is an immediate hit with the family’s young son.

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    The Grandmaster Blu-ray

    Anchor Bay Home Entertainment and The Weinstein Company will release on Blu-ray director Wong Kar Wai's latest film, The Grandmaster (2012), starring Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Zhang Ziyi, Chen Chang, Song Hye-Kyo, Bruce Leung Siu-Lung, and Zhao Ben-Shan. The release will be available for purchase online and in stores across the nation on November 26th.

    Special Features:

    The Grandmaster: From Ip Man to Bruce Lee
    A Conversation with Shannon Lee, Daughter of Bruce Lee
    Behind the Scenes Featurette
    The Grandmaster According to RZA

    *Please note that the official press release indicates a running time of 108 minutes for the main feature.
    So they're not even going to include the cut stuff as a special feature?

    No reason to double dip after getting the HK release.

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    [Fantastic Fest '13 Review] South Korean Thriller 'Confession of Murder' Is One Helluva Ride -

    For a while now, South Koreans have been kicking our ass in the thriller department. Maybe it’s something in the water over there, but every year there’s another intelligent revenge thriller that crosses over to the U.S. and makes us look like unoriginal hacks. They’re typically dark, violent, and overly theatrical as well. But despite the similar tones and content, they never feel formulaic. The latest export is writer/director Jeong Byeong-Gil’s Confession of Murder – a confident cop vs. killer film that contains some of the most spectacular chase scenes of the year and a plot that twists more than a school dance in the ’60s.

    This is Byeong-Gil’s second feature and first narrative film – the previous being the documentary Action Boys that profiled Korean stuntmen. A minute into Confession of Murder, the director shows his stunt work proficiency by staging a dizzying foot chase through various urban obstacles. Seriously, this film hits the ground running. You barely have time to settle into your seat before a cop is getting judo-flipped into a fish tank. If the sign of a boring movie is an opening-helicopter shot, then the sign of a righteous one is an opening-guy getting flipped into a fish tank.

    The man who goes through the tank is hardboiled Lt. Choi (Jeong Jae-yeong), a cop on the trail of a serial killer who’s already killed 10 women. Right when it seems like Choi has finally got his man, the killer carves his face up pretty bad and escapes. 15 years later, the killer is still unknown and the statute of limitations is about to expire. Choi, defeated and scarred on more than one level, is still haunted by the one who got away. Out of the blue, a man named Lee (Park Si-Hoo) holds a press conference, claiming to be the killer.

    Even worse, he’s charming and repentant. He’s even publishing a graphic tell-all memoir about the killings, complete with information only the murderer would know. Choi can’t touch him due to the statute, but that doesn’t mean the families of the victims will let this smarmy bastard off the hook. Then again, Lee could always be nothing more than a handsome con artist….

    The relentless plot twists and brooding suspense make this not your usual police procedural. Tonally the film is all over the place, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing in my opinion. The tension reaches it greatest heights during two live televised debates between Lee and Choi. Here Byeong-Gil is saying something about how the media creates a cult around bad people (and usually gives them their own reality shows). The film also balances in some comedy as well. There are some fantastic moments of deadpan humor from Jeong Jae-yeong that provide some much needed relief from the gloominess.

    There are only three action set-pieces in the film, but they’re doozies. Besides the thrilling opening chase, there are two bat**** car chases. Although each of them are a little implausible (especially the final one), they’re both more exciting than most chases we see coming out of Hollywood. They’re taken to the next level by some really creative things Byeong-Gil does with the camera. During the initial chase, at times the camera moves right alongside the actors – even when they jump off rooftops and through windows. It’s seamless work and I wonder if the cameraman was a stuntman as well. It’s some truly amazing and dynamic work.

    While it may not pack the emotional wallop of Memories of Murder or I Saw the Devil, Confession of Murder is another remarkable example of how South Korea is doing genre films better than us. It’s an entertaining thrill ride with a narrative that really grabs onto ya until the end. Check it out before its remade in America – starring Brendan Fraser as Lt. Choi, I’m assuming.

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    Music Box Acquires Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Penance

    Neato. Just picked up the DVD set on eBay, but haven't had a chance to watch it yet.

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