- Mar 02
- Korean war epic THE FRONT LINE: DVD review
- Posted by Deljhp - 02/03/12 at 08:45 PM
Director: Jang Hoon. Review: Adam Wing.
War, what is it good for? Well, over-reaching sentiment and gritty action sequences for a start. The Front Line doesn’t attempt to think outside the box, but what it does do it does efficiently enough. Winner of Best Film at the 48th Daejong Film Awards, director Hun Jang (Secret Reunion) and author Park Sang Yeon (JSA) take us back on the battlefield of The Korean War. Popular actors Ko Su (White Night) and Shin Ha Kyun (Thirst) star as lieutenants on the front line, along with an impressive cast that includes Ryu Seung Ryong (Battlefield Heroes), Ko Chang Seok (Rough Cut) and lone actress Kim Ok Bin (Thirst), who more than holds her own as a North Korean sniper nicknamed ‘Two Seconds’. The Front Line was South Korea’s entry for the 84th Academy Awards, and even though it didn’t make the shortlist, it did pick up four Grand Bell Awards (the Korean equivalent of the American Academy Awards), and now it’s available for the first time in the U.K. courtesy of Cine Asia.
In the final battles of The Korean War, North and South Korean soldiers face a brutal deadlock on the Aerok Hills. Veteran intelligence officer, Kang Eun Pyo (Shin Ha Kyun), accepts an assignment to join the front line, with the task of uncovering treachery and collusion with enemy forces. The South Korean commander of the Alligator Company has been found dead, indicating that there may be a mole within the ranks. He arrives to find North and South battalions fighting over a small hill that changes hands almost everyday, and somewhat unexpectedly, an old friend he had long thought dead. Kim Soo Hyuk (Ko Su) isn’t the man Kang Eun Pyo remembers though; a battle-hardened soldier and fearless tactician has replaced the weakling he once knew. Suspicion, honour and sacrifice come under fire as the two men are forced to fight side by side in the name of freedom. What is it good for again? Continue reading review.
- Mar 02
- TLA Celebrates Underground Film with TLA Cult Awards
- Posted by Deljhp - 02/03/12 at 06:14 PM
Movie lovers recovering from a long award season have one more celebration of cinema to look forward to, but, this time, there aren’t any adorable dogs or 3D orphans in sight. TLACult.com, the cult, horror and exploitation arm of legendary Philadelphia movie retailer TLAvideo.com, has launched the 2012 TLA Cult Awards and this year’s pack of nominees is a rag tag bunch of mind-boggling cinematic oddness.
Side stepping the typical award fare, TLA’s ignored the multi-million dollar “indies” and Hollywood pictures celebrated elsewhere and instead focused on the oftentimes strange, more oftentimes sexually graphic films that cult movie enthusiasts come to TLACult.com to buy. The TLA Cult Awards include categories for Best Cult DVD, Best Grindhouse/Exploitation DVD, Best Artsploitation DVD and Best Taboo Erotica DVD among others.
Noms were selected by members of TLA’s editorial and purchasing staff and were limited to DVD and Blu-ray releases from 2011. TLA also has a category, Best Website/Blog/Podcast/Whatever, that honors bloggers and other web personalities who help celebrate underground cinema and help keep cult movies alive. Nominees can be viewed and votes can be cast at TLACult.com/TLACultAwards2012. Voting is open through April 1st, 2012 and winners will be announced on April 16th, 2012. Check out all the fun here.
- Mar 01
- Class wars! Miiki’s CROWS ZERO finally hits UK DVD
- Posted by Deljhp - 01/03/12 at 08:17 PM
Any self respecting UK fan of Takashi Miiki worth their salt, should really already have a copy of his cult hit movie Crows Zero, tucked in their collection - but if you didn’t get around to snapping up a disc from either Hong Kong or the U.S, then here’s your chance as its finally set to debut on UK DVD, via MVM video!
Based on the bestselling manga by Hiroshi Takahashi (screenwriter of the original Japanese “Ring” movies), Crows Zero is certainly one of Miike’s most accessible and commercially successful movies in years, proving to be one of his biggest box office hits to date in his native Japan and even spawning an equally successful sequel.
CZ streets on April 9th!
Synopsis: The notorious Suzuran Senior High School for Boys is Japan’s lowest achieving and most violent school, nicknamed “The School of Crows” after its students’ tendency to band together in conflicting factions and battling each other for domination. The one thing they all share is a common goal that has never been achieved in the school’s history: unification. No single faction has ever reigned supreme. But that could be about to change. Genji Takiya, a recent transfer student from a rival school, has set his sights on taking over Suzuran High School before graduation. The only person standing in his way is Suzuran’s toughest and most respected senior, Tamao Serizawa. It looks like an even match until Genji gains a slight advantage when he finds an unlikely mentor in the shape of Ken Katagiri, an old boy yakuza gang member with something to prove and a score to settle.
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