Filipino film history: from Noli Me Tangere to Machete Maidens Unleashed

By Agne Ser Filipino film history is marked by continuous tension between local Filipino movies and imported Hollywood ones. Though Hollywood production had always been, and still is the biggest competitor to almost every local film market, for the Philippines … Continue reading

The Story of Qiu Ju

The Story of Qiu Ju (秋菊打官司) Director: Zhang Yimou Country: China Year: 1992 Review by Agne Ser After seeing such visually elegant films from the director Zhang Yimou like “Ju Dou” and “Raise the Red Lantern”, “The Story of Qiu … Continue reading

Three Times

Three Times (最好的時光) Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien Written: Chu Tien-wen, Hou Hsiao-hsien Country: Taiwan Year: 2005 Review by Agne Ser “A man meets a woman…” – countless stories written in fiction, filmed on celluloid and lived in life can have the … Continue reading

The Art Cinema of Takeshi Kitano and Park Chan-wook

By Mohamed Sultan In 1954, French filmmaker and film critic Francois Truffaut presented the possibility of giving film an artistic status by introducing the idea of film authorship, or auteurism. This shined the light at many filmmakers at that time … Continue reading

Essay: The Brilliance of Branded to Kill as a Result of National Limitations

  By Mohamed Sultan Seijun Suzuki was as an eccentric character, a filmmaker who was indeed ahead of his time. His brilliance, however, didn’t simply generate from his exceptional artistic vision, but was also affected by the suppressive environment that … Continue reading

House of Flying Daggers

House of Flying Daggers (十面埋伏) Director: Zhang Yimou Writing: Zhang Yimou, Li Feng, Wang Bin Country: China Year: 2004 Review by Agne Ser With “House of Flying Daggers” Zhang Yimou brings the Tang dynasty to the wide screen with iconic … Continue reading

The Hole

The Hole (洞) Director: Tsai Ming-liang Country: Taiwan Year: 1998 Review by Agne Ser The first time I heard about the movie “The Hole” was in my teen years while reading a book about the history of cinema. The film … Continue reading

The Wind Will Carry Us

The Wind Will Carry Us (Bad ma ra khahad bord) Director: Abbas Kiarostami Country: Iran Year: 1999 Review by Mohamed Sultan Abbas Kiarostami is possibly the most internationally recognized Iranian filmmaker of his generation, a master of cinema who created … Continue reading

Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers Director: Pan Nalin Country: India, Germany, France Year: 2005 Review by Agne Ser “Valley of Flowers” is a mystical romance of epic proportion directed by Pan Nalin (best known for film “Samsara”). The story spans from high … Continue reading