Year: 2018 Country: South Korea Language: Korean Director: Kim Mooyoung Screenplay: Kim Mooyoung Cinematography: Kim Boram Cast: Song Jae-Ryong, Ji Daehan, Jung Ahmi, Kangyong-Gu Runtime: 110 min Trailer: N/a
Seen at the 2018 Busan International Film Festival, which I had the fortune to attend with a filmmaker’s festival pass. Belately, I will be posting reviews of some the twenty-something films I watched.
Kim Mooyong’s night light is a wondrous and contemplative film in which Hee-tae (Song Jae-Ryong), a terminally ill and long-divorced man, meets his pre-teen son Min-sang for the first time as the boy comes to spend a few days with his father somewhere in the countryside. However, it is not just the ‘countryside’ as Hee-tae literally lives in a hut in the mountains, with no electricity, phone signal (unless you make an arduous climb to another mountain’s peak) or any other modern day conveniences. Continue reading “2018 BIFF Review: 밤빛(night light, South Korea, 2018)”
Country: South Korea Language: Korean Director: Ahn Jae-hun, Han Hye-jin Producer: Lee Sang-Wook Studio: Studio Meditation with a Pencil Adaptation from: Yi Hyo-seok’s 메밀꽃 필 무렵 (Buckwheat Season); Kim Yu-jeong’s 그리고 봄봄 (Spring, Spring) and Hyeon Jin-geon’s 운수 좋은 날 (A Lucky Day) Screenplay: Ahn Jae-hun Art Direction: N/a Animation Direction: N/a Soundscore: N/a Cast: Eom Sang-hyun, Jang Kwang, Ryoo Hyeon-kyeong, Park Young-jae, Lee Jong-hyeok, Jeon Hye-yeong, Kang Eun-tak Runtime: 90 min Distribution: N/a Film’s official website: N/a
This film is part of the K-Animation Season at Otherwhere. Seen at the 9th London Korean Film Festival. Special thanks to the KCCUK for providing me with a press ticket.
Country: UK Language: English Director: Amy Draper (@amyrosedraper)
Adaptation from: Sakai Stan’s long-running manga「兎用心棒」 (Usagi Yōjinbō) Script: Stewart Melton (@stewmelton) Design: Ele Slade (@EleSladeDesign) Lighting design: Joshua Pharo
Projection design: Nina Dunn (@nina_pixelpixie) Sound designer: Max Pappenheim (@max_j_p) Casting director: Annie Rowe (@AnnieRoweCasts) Fight director: Ronin Traynor (@RoninTraynor) Soundscore: Hirota Joji (@JojiHirota) Cast: Amy Ip (@amyip), Kuroda Haruka (@kurodaharuka), Siu Hun Li (@siuhunli) Jonathan Raggett (@JonathanRaggett), Tabuchi Dai Runtime: 95 min (no intermission) Official website: None for the play but Usagi Yojimbo (website for the manga) and Facebook page (manga)
Seen at Southwark Playhouse (@swkplay) in London on December 13, 2014. The play runs from November 28, 2014 until January 4, 2015. Details and ticket booking here. Suitable for ages 8+.
When I posted my first review on Otherwhere back in 2011, I never really thought about where blogging might take me. Three years on, there have been new-found Asian film fan friends (in London and elsewhere), plenty of screeners, invites ge previews, film festivals and even interviews, as well as the opportunity to do a photoshoot for GIGAN magazine a few months back with several London-based Japanese actors – one of whom was Tabuchi Dai. I have been following Dai’s work ever since and was instantly intrigued when, a few days back, he started posting images on his Facebook page from a play he was involved in: Usagi Yojimbo at the Southwark Playhouse. So off to the theatre I went.
Country: Japan Language: Japanese Director: Sunada Mami
Studio: N/a Screenplay: Sunada Mami Cinematography: Sunada Mami Soundscore: Takagi Masakatsu Cast: Miyazaki Hayao, Suzuki Toshio, Hideaki Anno Runtime: 118 min Distribution: GKIDS (North America), StudioCanal (UK) Film’s official website: N/a
This piece was originally written as a guest review for easternKicks. It comes as part of easternKicks’s coverage of the San Diego Asian Film Festival, with SDAFF providing access to an online screener (thank you!). In the UK, the documentary will be available on DVD from StudioCanal on December 1, 2014. In the US, it will be released by GKIDS in select cinemas on November 28, 2014 and available for digital download on December 9, 2014.
Country: Hong Kong Language: Korean Director: Jung Woo-sung (정우성)
Studio: commissioned by Hong Kong International Film Festival (omnibus) Screenplay: Yoon Jung Lee Cinematography: N/a Soundscore: Mowg Cast: Andy Choi, Woo Sang-jeon, Yoo In-yeong Runtime: N/a Distribution: HKIFF Film’s official website: N/a
Trailer: Not available
Seen at the 9th London Korean Film Festival. Special thanks go to the LKFF organisers for providing me with a press ticket.
Screening together with the feature 감시자들 (Gamshijadeul/Cold Eyes, 2013)at the 9th London Korean Film Festival, 킬러앞에 노인 (Killeoapenoin/The Killer Behind, the Old Man) is the directorial debut of Jung Woo-sung. A short originally part of the omnibus Three Charmed Lives – three works directed by individuals better known for their work in front rather than behind the camera – it comes commissioned by Fushan Features and the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Continue reading “LKFF Mini-Review: 킬러앞에 노인 (Killeoapenoin/The Killer behind the Old Man) & Jung Woo-sung Photos”