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  • Floating Weeds

    Floating Weeds

    ★★★★½

    A kabuki troupe arrives at a sea port town for their next round of shows. Komajuro (Ganjiro Nakamura), the middle-aged actor and the head of the troupe, intends to revisit his old flame Oyoshi (Haruko Sugimura) and his now-teenage son Kiyoshi (Hiroshi Kawaguchi). There’s a twelve years gap since the last time the three were together, but Kiyoshi, of whom Komajuro pretends to be his uncle all along and was told his real father is dead, is more than happy…

  • Reconstruction

    Reconstruction

    ★★★★½

    Named the first in a top ten best Romanian films of all time by the domestic film critics in 2008, RECONSTRUCTION (also known as REENACTMENT) is a daring, dissident satire on the dehumanised condition under the Socialist regime in Romania. The film opens with a 'mockumentary' of a young boy repeatedly falling down on a muddy ground, a flash-forward of the later revealed reenactment of a juvenile delinquency the two same young boys formerly committed.

    Vuica (George Mihaita) and Ripu…

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  • Lions Love

    Lions Love

    ★★★

    Added to: Agnès Varda, Ranked

    It seems really odd that in several film databases, the end of this film title is often omitted. As in Letterboxd, LIONS LOVE (... AND LIES) is only listed as an alternative title. But as Varda pointed out in an interview, the title itself is a triplet, it shouldn’t be separated (I would refer the film title as LLL here). And ironically it is ‘the lies’ that is neglected, the lies that’s encapsulated by the…

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    Man with a Movie Camera

    ★★★★★

    In Dziga Vertov‘s Kino-Eye manifesto, he wrote “I am the Kino-Eye. I am a mechanical eye. I, a machine, show you the world only as I can see it. Now and forever I free myself from human immobility. I am in constant motion.” MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA is the exposition of that manifesto in the purest form. The film opens with an introduction, self-explaining the deprive of intertitle, story and theatrical set, including ‘actors’ in this experimental film. What…

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  • Yi Yi

    Yi Yi

    ★★★★★

    Added to: Sight and Sound Greatest Films
    Added to: My 100 All Time Favorite Films

    The Rearward View of Life

    Near the end of the film Yi Yi, there is a funeral, the little boy Yang-Yang (Jonathan Chang) reads out the letter he wrote for his deceased grandma (Ruyun Tang), saying he would like to be a person of showing stuff others don't see, and now when he sees his baby cousin, he would feel old too. Every time when…

  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★★½

    Added to “2018, Ranked” & “Palme d’Or Winners, Ranked

    A summation of Koreeda’s works. Abandoned children in Nobody Knows (2004); slice of family life in Still Walking (2008) and Our Little Sister (2015); parenthood without blood ties in Like Father, Like Son (2013); the dissolution of traditional family relationship, from society detachment in Distance (2001) to failure of fatherhood in After the Storm (2016); and the crime of the marginalized people in The Third Murder (2017), all interwoven into Shoplifters. It…