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“Madeo” and psychoanalysis of the illicit desires

Mother (마더) Director: Bong Joon-ho Writer(s): Park Eun-kyo, Bong Joon-ho Country: South Korea Year: 2009 Find Mother on Amazon. Motherly love has been most sacred and revered concept throughout the human history. Until you crash into Freud’s theories in the … Continue reading

Snowpiercer, or Noah’s Ark in the modern post-apocalypse

Snowpiercer (Mori lieche) Director: Bong Joon-ho Writer(s): Bong Joon-ho, Kelly Masterson Country: South Korea, USA Year: 2014 Find Snowpiercer on Amazon. Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the … Continue reading

Memories of Murder

Memories of Murder (살인의 추억) Director: Bong Joon-ho Written: Bong Joon-ho, Kwang-rim Kim, Sung Bo Shim Country: South Korea Year: 2003 Watch Memories of Murder on Amazon. After viewing the movie the first time I was not sure what to … Continue reading

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 Art Cinema of Takeshi Kitano and Park Chan-wook

  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 mostly from … Continue reading

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

Branded to Kill (殺しの烙印) Director: Seijun Suzuki Country: Japan Year: 1967 “Branded to Kill” (The Criterion Collection) on Amazon. Seijun Suzuki was as an eccentric character, a filmmaker who was indeed ahead of his time. His brilliance, however, didn’t simply generate … Continue reading

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Thoughts and reflections on Thai movie history

Before I go into the Thai movie month I will begin with an overview of Thai movie history. It dates back all the way to birth of cinema, when brothers Lumière toured Southeast Asia and screened their films. After seeing … Continue reading