Archive for the ‘stephen tan’ Category

STORIES OF PAIN AND LOSS

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Scud makes a lacklustre visit to the city of premature death in Voyage (2013), a place between heaven and hell where everyone trades in grief. Stephen Tan reviews. For the sake of a simple comparison, if Wong Kar-Wai is seen as Hong Kong's Kurosawa (though a more ...

NUNS BEHAVING BADLY

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

A jilted woman enters the convent but finds the big bad wolf in the rector. Instead of prayers and meditation, she plots revenge in Masaru Konuma's Cloistered Nun: Runa's Confession (1976). Stephen Tan reviews. Here's a rhetorical question: What is it about the Catholic Church that invites such scorn and ridicule ...

THE SHOW MUST GO ON

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

In Hajime Hashimoto's Flower And Snake: Zero (2014), a policewoman will do anything to get the people behind an internet porn site, even to take part in the S&M show herself. Stephen Tan reviews. For genre fans, and especially anyone who is familiar with the Flower And Snake series (which are ...

KEPT IN THE DARK

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

The eyes have it, especially when a young woman sets her sight on her father's lover in Yim Pil-Sung's Scarlet Innocence (2014), a sad and surreal tale of access, lust and greed. Stephen Tan reviews. An old Korean fairy tale that was passed down from a long, long time ago... There ...

CRYING IN THE DARK

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

The cries and groans of a girl raped by her stepfather are contrasted with the cries of the young prostitutes in Thailand but it is Charlene Choi who gets the limelight in Herman Yau's not-that-bleak Sara (2015). Stephen Tan reviews. For Hong Kong actress Charlene Choi, and one half of Canto-pop ...

GROPER TRAIN

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

A vigilante who slashes gropers on trains and a young girl who lures gropers for sex are part of what makes Nagisa Isogai's The Lust Of Angels (2014) intriguing. Stephen Tan reviews. Japan has a reputation for females being groped on trains and buses to the extent that the authorities ...

NIGHT WITH A PRINCESS

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Hajime Hashimoto's Princess Sakura: Forbidden Pleasures (2013) sounds really inviting on paper - a wayward princess, after a night of sex with a thief, runs off to join a brothel. Too bad, it's only on paper, says Stephen Tan. Hajime Hashimoto's Princess Sakura: Forbidden Pleasures (2013) is a mix of pinku ...

LITTLE SISTER WON’T YOU PLEASE PLEASE ME

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

A brand new step-sister with a chastity belt, and a horny ghost in tow - as if that's not an invite to some familial hijinks in Yuki Aoyama's What‘s Going On With My Sister (2014). Stephen Tan reviews. When parents remarry, how do the children from the respective marriages get along? ...

THE GREAT GEISHA

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

The central sex scene in Hideo Gosha's Tokyo Bordello (1987) is between two women but it is not about a lesbian affair, it's more like how to get a leg up in a skin trade driven by profiteering and human exploitation. Stephen Tan reviews. When your business goes bad, you don't ...

ALL GOD’S CHILDREN

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Rajkumar Hirani's PK (2014) may be a satire on God and religion but a terrorist bombing scene that is right out of today's headlines only shows the gulf and deep chasms that remain are still very difficult to bridge. Stephen Tan reviews. With the Oscars presentation on February 22, 2015, it ...