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  • Suck Me Shakespeer 3

    ★★½

  • Finding ʻOhana

  • Jiang Hu: The Triad Zone

    ★★★★

  • Suck Me Shakespeer 2

    ★½

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  • Castaway on the Moon

    Castaway on the Moon

    ★★★★★

    "It's not for health reasons.
    After putting on 10.000 steps,
    I feel like I had a good, busy day.
    It's an all-too-healthy way of escapism."

    So writer/director Lee Hae-Jun knows what made me buy that rowing machine last year - splendid..
    Starring Jeong JaeYeong as the male Kim and Jung Ryeo-Won as the female Kim, Castaway on the Moon opens with male Kim trying to commit suicide via jumping from the infamous Mapo Bridge in Seoul to his death in…

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  • Suck Me Shakespeer 3

    Suck Me Shakespeer 3

    ★★½

    Leaves the stupid casual Racism about Thailand behind, but doesn't manage to be the harmless, dumb and decently charming entertainment that the first film was.
    But we get long-haired Sandra Hüller dancing to Britney Spears' Toxic and generally having a ball as one of the best side characters in these films and it's a "Ruf! Mich! An!" from me.

  • Suck Me Shakespeer 2

    Suck Me Shakespeer 2

    The first film minus the initial fish out of water charme and plenty of horrendous orientalist tropes instead. With the first film I wondered how stuck up my fellow Kartoffeln on this site are. With the second one I wonder how they can say its worse, but not critique the casual racism that permeates so much of this film and that German centrists love so much. Maybe the latter is why.

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  • Farewell My Concubine

    Farewell My Concubine

    ★★★★½

    ”I'm just an actor playing a king. You really are Yuji.”

    Farewell My Concubine is a 171 minute epic that spans 53 years and is as much a behind the scenes look into the Peking Opera and their schools, a love triangle involving a woman and a man after the affection of a second man and a portrayal of Chinese history including the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Cultural Revolution. And to top it all the story mirrors that of…

  • I Saw the Devil

    I Saw the Devil

    ★★★★★

    A piano sonata of revenge that, with each note, breaks a bone, peels back your skin, slits a tendon and punches and kicks your heart and gut and stops exactly a split second before it would knock you unconscious, only to build up again and leave you more devastated the next time around.

    I Saw The Devil is a gorgeously crafted piece of cinema directed by Kim Jee-woon. The tale of a special ops agent played by Lee Byung-hun on…