Articles Posted in the " World Cinema " Category

  • New Directors from Japan (15) Home Entertainment Review

    Dir. Various, Japan, 2014, 170 mins, in Japanese with English subtitles Review by Jennifer Chuks Third Window Films presents this sampler of the best work by Japanese first-time directors. Director: Kosuke Takaya – Buy Bling, Get One Free This fashion-fuelled, style-sampling cotton crazy movie has Japan written all over it. The eccentric, fashion conscious lead Kamono […]


  • Hero of Shaolin (15) Home Entertainment Review

    Dir. Kei Chung and Che Dai, China, 1984, 87 mins, in Mandarin with English subtitles Cast: Alexander Lo Rei, Eagle Han Yin, Fei Chan, Shun Chien, Yuen-cheh Chin, Eun-suk Lee, Hai Hsing Li Review by Martin Goolsarran One of the joys of growing up in the 1980s was that your local high street newsagent usually doubled up as a video […]


  • Leviathan (15) Film Review

    Dir. Andrei Zvyagintsev, Russia, 2014, 141 mins, in Russian with English subtitles Cast: Aleksey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Roman Madyanov Review by Colin Dibben Critically acclaimed all over the place, including winning Best Film award at the recent 2014 London Film Festival, this is the expertly made, epic tale of a simple man who […]


  • I Clowns (U) Home Entertainment Review

    Dir. Federico Fellini, Italy, 1970, 97 mins, in Italian and French with subtitles Cast: Federico Fellini, Billi, Reder, Scotti, Valentini, Fanfulla, Merli, Rizzo Review by Colin Dibben Clowns and circuses have always loomed large in the cinema of Federico Fellini, but in 1970 he made this deliriously good film all about them. I Clowns was […]


  • Le Jour Se Lève – 75th Anniversary Uncut Version (PG)

    Dir. Marcel Carne, France, 1939, 88 mins, in French with English subtitles Cast: Jean Gabin, Jacqueline Laurent, Jules Berry, Arletty Review by Colin Dibben The satirical and absurdist aspects of a classic of French cinema are fore-grounded in this new restoration – which includes scenes cut by the Vichy Government. Francois (Gabin) barricades himself in […]


  • The Hour of the Lynx (15)

    Dir. Soren Kragh-Jacobsen, Denmark, 2013, 89 mins in Danish with English subtitles Cast: Sofie Grabol, Signe Egholm Olsen, Frederik Johansen, Soren Malling Review by Dennis Sisterson A Danish priest, Helen, is asked to visit a secure institution for the mentally disturbed in the hope that she will be able to help a teenage inmate. It […]


  • Crimes of Passion (15)

    Dir. Various, Sweden, 2013, 538 mins, in Swedish with English subtitles Cast: Tuva Novotny, Ola Rapace, Linus Wahlgren Review by Colin Dibben Not so much Nordic Noir as Nordic Cosy Crime, this series – recently shown on BBC4 – is as old school as Miss Marple. The leads look like they have swanned in from Mad Men […]


  • A Jester’s Tale (Bláznova kronika) (U) Home Entertainment Review

    Dir. Karel Zeman, Czechoslovakia, 1964, 81 mins, in Czech with English subtitles Cast: Petr Kostka, Emília Vásáryová, Miroslav Holub, Valentina Thielová Review by Colin Dibben If you were a child in the 1970s, you may remember the oddball eastern European films and TV series that sometimes made it onto children’s TV over here. Now, imagine […]


  • Moebius (18) Film Review

    Dir. Kim Ki-duk, South Korea, 2013, 89 mins Cast: Cho Jae-hyun, Seo Young-ju, Lee Eun-woo Review by Colin Dibben   Anyone for a 90-minute ‘lack of penis’ joke? Korea’s answer to Lars von Trier serves up a very weird domestic melodrama, in full-on Freudian nightmare mode. It’s actually a lot of fun if you don’t […]


  • Lilting (15) Film Review

    Dir. Hong Khaou, UK, 2013, 86 mins, in English and Mandarin with English subtitles Cast: Ben Whishaw, Cheng Pei Pei, Andrew Leung, Naomi Christie, Peter Bowles Review by Adam Hollingworth Hong Khaou’s film Lilting is a subtle and gentle film which weaves into a delicate tapestry poignant meditations upon grief, age, guilt, communication and our […]


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