SPL2 – A Time For Consequences (Kill Zone 2) (2015)

Chan Chi-kit (Wu Jing) has been playing the junkie to help get close an international organ-trafficking cartel – but after an assignment goes wrong, the undercover Hong Kong cop finds himself going cold turkey in a Bangkok prison. There Chi-kit is watched closely by both corrupt warden Ko Chun (Zhang Jin) and decent local rookie…

Chasuke’s Journey (2015)

Review of film that formed part of the ‘0th’ Edition of the London East Asian Film Festival (LEAFF 2015) Chasuke (Ken’ichi Matsuyama) is head tea server in Heaven for the legions of workers who script the lives of mortals on Earth. When one of the less imaginative Screenwriters, instructed by ‘the Man’ (i.e. God) to…

Office (2015)

Review of film that formed part of the ‘0th’ Edition of the London East Asian Film Festival (LEAFF 2015) White-collar worker Kim Byeong-gook (Bae Sung-woo) drinks a coffee alone in a diner, takes the commuter train surrounded by people on their phones, and – zombie-like – walks home, where, after dinner, he calmly bludgeons his…

Violator

Violator (2015)

Violator reviewed as part of the ‘0th’ Edition of the London East Asian Film Festival (LEAFF 2015) “Acid.” It is the first word uttered in Dodo Dayao’s feature debut Violator – and although aging Benito Alano (Joel Lemangan) is talking about reflux from his dyspeptic belly, the word is also an apt introduction to the film’s…

Journey To The Shore (2015)

Review of film that formed part of the ‘0th’ Edition of the London East Asian Film Festival (LEAFF 2015) “Don’t rush it,” piano teacher Mizuki (Eri Fukatsu) tells her young pupil at the beginning of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Journey to the Shore (aka Kishibe no tabi). “Nice and slow.” “I think your tempo is a bit…

Kaili Blues (2015)

Review of film that formed part of the ‘0th’ Edition of the London East Asian Film Festival (LEAFF 2015) A centre of culture for the Miao ethnic minority, Kaili is a county-level city with a subtropical climate in China’s Guizhou province. We learn all this, and other wiki-bits of information, over the course of Kaili…

Veteran (2015)

Review of film that formed part of the ‘0th’ Edition of the London East Asian Film Festival (LEAFF 2015) “No police has ever touched one of the superrich,” team chief Oh (Oh Dal-su) tells his detective Seo Do-cheol (Hwang Jung-min) in Veteran. Still, Ryoo Seung-wan‘s eleventh feature carefully teases out the points of contact between…