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Dumb Child, a Mainland Chinese movie 2016

Posted : 5 hours, 10 minutes ago on 22 August 2017 01:51 (A review of Dumb Child)

This movie is a sad story about never give up. Directed by Yang Yizhi who started with his career as an assistant for the Hong Kong movie "Deadly Target" and was involved with creating great films like "A single child's Story ", "The Resistance ", and "Dream of Love". But in the later years he has been involved with crazy and almost the room feeling horror movies like "The Zombie Village saga", "In Wild", and "The Sly Shadow Records" and also he made a lot of crazy thrillers like "Prostitute Killer" "An Evil Soul", and the two village girl movies. Dumb Child is actually same drama story as his first film. About a young girl who later must learn to be on her own too soon.

A young mute girl named Ya Ya is not allowed to enter school due to she cannot talk and other kids bully her and worry she might be a plague. A young teacher comes to her small town to help teaching despite her boyfriend is against it. She becomes friends with poor Yaya and help her into school. Sadly after a while the teacher start to get sick, and losing her voice. Later she finds out she is dying. Everyone blame Yaya for the teachers sickness but the teacher refuse to give up on Yaya even if it cost her life.

China has a lot of beautiful landscape and rich cities but it also has a lot of poor societies, Dumb Child reflects the poor society very well and also bring good morals to the message. Even though we don't see many mainland movies and it's difficult to find a DVD copy it's still a great movie, I wachted through youku.com and I am glad I saw this film. As a drama 3/5.

However I don't think it was necessary to make the teacher dying, maybe temporarily sick is one thing, but make her dying was a little too harsch, because the importance of the movie was to never give not what background or handicap one has, mixing it with death is untasteful and unnecessary, and also I don't know what's her boyfriend problem is, he seems to love her but leave her as soon he finds out she wants to stay in the small town and then come back again, it was difficult to get the idea from his side and I give it 2/5.

Dumb child is a good movie with a good message and strong story, but not strong executed with some characters and mixing with moral story with dying is a little untasteful, but however it is a good movie all in all 5/10.

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Americanized Ghost in the shell

Posted : 4 days, 16 hours ago on 17 August 2017 02:57 (A review of Ghost in the Shell)

Karate kid, beauty and the beast, ghost in the shell, what do they have in common? They were made in the 80s or 90s and in 2010s it get poorly remakes. And what I mean by that is not a remake but exactly same story but not give a damn of respect the first version. This movie is no exception.

A young girl called Major is waking up from a horrible dream only to realize her knightmare has begun. She is now dead, a ghost inside a doll or a robot. One year later she is recruited with Batou with section 9 to eliminate the biggest enemy hacker Kuze. But is her really the enemy?

Is this white washing movie?

Not really, I prefer to call it an Americanized movie based on Japanese manga and anime. But it still doesn't make it a good movie. Specially with comparison to the classic 1994 movie with thyou same title.

What makes it so bad?

It's not bad, just not carefully done. Even though I love Scarlet Johanson as an actress, she is not convincing as a doll, but she not the only one. The whole cast is unbelievable, for a high budget movie like this one can expect at least half good, but no one is doing a good job except Takeshi Kitano but he is alone on the field the rest is mix of bad, not convincing enough or amateurish. My question is what's going in Hollywood? The biggest industry in the world and this I see the best? I hope not.

But still I give it 5/10 because the special effects are stunning and I guess those are the money went too. And it has a lot of action that action lovers will adore but as a ghost in the shell fan, it's not worth it, watch the 1994 version instead and it's sequels.

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The Great Wall vs aliens!

Posted : 4 days, 16 hours ago on 17 August 2017 02:33 (A review of The Great Wall)

[Link removed - login to see] Well the goods news is this movie is not white washing as people claimed it was, after all it was only 3 white guys (two Caucasians and one Latin to exact) but it seem to suffer of monster washing instead, or as my friends would call it dynasty warriors vs ailens.

William is a thief looking for gun powder in the east with his amigo Tovar. While searching in the middle of nowhere they get attacked by mysterious creatures some sort of monsters. But luckily they got rescued by the powerful army of the Great Wall. There they meet another foreigner Ballard who is also searching for the powder, will they betray the army who rescued them?

Is it bad as people claim it to be?

Yes it's bad but not bad as people claimed it to be white washing. It's more bad that is a guilty pleasure , but I don't understand the idea with the monsters and the effect was poorly done, if they were dragons I could accept it better, but alien creatures with eyes on the shoulders that is a kindergartner level of script idea.

I give it though 3 out of 10 though because it has it moments but too ridiculously bad story.

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Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie review

Posted : 3 months ago on 23 May 2017 01:00 (A review of Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie)

If you were a kid in the 1990s then congratulations you were in the street fighter genre that made martial art look cool and mix with Star Wars Jedi force, we played the games with Ryu, Ken, Chun Li, Guile, Zangief, Blanka, Honda, Dahlsim and many more in 1992. Two years later came an epic movie based on the games and the genre of Street fighter began.

A 26 year old vagabond Ryu is searching for the good opponent around. One match he fights the muy Thai legend Sagat and accidentally car his chest for life. But what Ryu doesn't know is the battle was a test of his skills calculated by the robots owned by General Vega. Vega wants to find the greatest street fighters and brainwash them to become his loyal soldiers. An interpool agent Chun Li team up with the revengeful pilot Guile to put an end to Vegas plans.

How is the Japanese original?
Superb, the music and songs get the feeling of the 2nd street fighter game world warrior, at the same time it mixes what was known in the 90s background. The voice acting is well chosen for the characters and make them feel alive. A total 5/5.

How is the American dubbing?
Rubbish. No care about what their doing, just add in some stereotyped heavy metal music that's not a jackass about street fighter, voice acting is not well fitted for the characters and the dialogues are changed to kindergarten playground script, avoid this dubbing at all cost. 0/5.

How are the songs?
The Japanese are box office hits. T. Kimuna made the epic battle song between Vega and Ken and Ryu, plus the ending song Good luck is a great 90s ending music as we are use too. T.Kimuna was a big name at that time so it's cool to hear her voice for this movie. 2 extra points.

The infamous shower scene?
Oh yes , back then it was a lot of controversy about Chun Li and her shower scene. In the original version Chun LI's private parts were shown butbwhat people don't know is in Buddha culture including Japanese. And woman's body is shown as a sin but as a natural gift for mankind, that's why they show it a lot in their movies not for perversion but for honor the woman Hood. For example many westerners gets shocked by seeing a naked woman in anime and even more shocked with age difference. But that's because in Japan and some other Asian culture a woman's body isn't a sin but a gift a woman gave life to us and by showing them nude old or young is just an honor it a perversion, same with men's body but nobody cares about men right so no one complaining. Anyhow this scene is however make an epic exiting scene while she shower we feel there is somebody there staring at her or waiting for her to come out and we know something bad will happen then bang an epic fight between her and Balrog, it's an intense scene and get xtra three points.

How is the movie in general?
One of the best, classic 90s and never forgotten. Great Japanese movie that put Japan into the box office map and avoid the American dubbing as a plague, 10/10.

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Sacrifice review

Posted : 3 months, 2 weeks ago on 3 May 2017 02:41 (A review of Sacrifice)

You Ge is in my mind perhaps the most boring actor I have ever seen, but he makes a lot of interesting movies, Sacrifice is heart best story about a father who must do the unthinkable to protect his kingdom.

Chen Ying is a doctor for new born babies and medicine man. He helps princess Zhuang with the birth of their new born prince as his wife give birth to a baby boy. But the princess has a lot of enemies and traitors will reveal itself and his name is Admiral Tu. Tu Kills the princess and her family and In front of Chen he kills the new born prince and Chens wife while she tried to protect it. Years gone by and Chens son has grown 10 years old, Chen ask general Tu to train his son to become a warrior. Many years goes by again and by general Tu surprised Chens son has grown strong and become a warrior and confront Tu, as he is actually not Chens son but the prince who should have died at child birth and the child he killed was actually Chens real son, Tu relies he has been had by a medicine man who made the most heart full sacrifice for his princess and for his kingdom and for his dynasty.

How does this movie holds as a historical telling?
Very interesting, as we have played many dynasty games or watch fantasy movies taking place in dynasty time we see now a film that feels like an European medieval movie, no fantasy just history telling that shows the harsh time of the dynasty, although use of CGI can sometimes destroy the historical feeling for instance when the king try to escape it's obvious the wagon is CGI and the use of CGI explosion to make it epic is just ridiculous. 3/5.

How does it hold with characters?
Honestly I cannot understand why You Ge became a big name in China, his boring character are the same in every movie and this movie is no exception. His son dies same reaction as he is inlove, I guess Hollywood, Hong Kong, and Shanghai has went to same acting, just make money and business and no feel. Same with other characters seems like they don't care, the only one who care is General Tu actor Xueqi Wang, for him it gets 1/5.

How does it hold in general?
Could have been better specially with better actors since they have that a lot in China but the story is interesting enough , 4/10.

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A Single Child's Story review

Posted : 3 months, 3 weeks ago on 30 April 2017 11:27 (A review of A Single Child's Story)

A single Child's Story is a tragic but heart feeling Chinese movie from 1995. Directed by a Taiwanese director Yang Yizhi and managed by Guo Li. With a script written from a discovered diary from a young girl tells a story about how it's like to spend with your love one in their last moment.

Ming Ming is a young girl at age 12, starting at her 2nd grade in school. But after she accept her new grade she returns home to find her in sweat with bad news of her cancer decease. Since she already lost her father in a traffic accident, she refuse to leave her mother behind and takes care of her while she study hard to get to 3rd grade. Despite her good will and good heart, she is still a child, is her heart strong enough to rescue her mother?

There is no need to ask if this movie holds for anything, it's a beautiful story telling about a young girl and her struggles for her sick mother and also struggling for her future, it's heart warming and related with anyone who knows how it feels to lose somone. Maybe sometimes the story is mostly concentrated on the sad part and it's very seldom a happy side in the movie except one and that is when Ming Ming get visited from her two friends but that's the only scene that released the audience from the sad story but the movie show a lot of potential to reach the heart of good will and and the child actress Yan Shuqin who play Ming Ming is brilliant for her age and bring her character to life. The movie is a 8/10 in score, and is very educational.

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Lump of Sugar a South Korean misleading drama

Posted : 4 months, 2 weeks ago on 4 April 2017 03:58 (A review of Lump of Sugar)

A heart broken story about a young girl and her love for her horse, and the most misleading DVD cover that I want to call this movie shameful.

Kim Si Eun grow up without a mother after an accident with her and her horse. Despite the accident, the horse feels a strong bond with the young girl and become friends and become a horse mother for Si Eun. But after the horse make a birth to an infant the horse dies, Si Eun feels responsible and breed and raise the infant. Their bonds become stronger as the infant grows and their love for each other is high connection. This worries her father who doesn't want Si Eun to follow her mothers footstep. He sell the horse against her will, in revenge she volunteered to a horse race so she be united with her horse again.

How is this movie for horse lovers?
Avoid this, on the DVD cover it look like a sweet family friendly and a movie for horse lovers, but it's a horse torture movie and too many unfriendly characters in this movie. All I was how much suffering the horse had to got to be with Si Eun, and finally they are together one think the worsted is over but no it had to have a virus as well too much horse torture 0/5 points.

How does it hold as full production movie?
Well the technology is great, they say South Korea has dethroned USA in acting and quality and yes they weren't joking, this movie is great technically point of view and the actors are great, Su Jong Lim is convincing as the girl who love her horse. In full production point a view it's fantastic 5/5.

How does the movie holds all in all?
As as you are not a horse lover and just enjoy a good story of a sad drama it works, but sadly I love horse so for me it was painful and hurtful to watch and I feel I've been ripped off because the DVD cover looked like a family movie but it's not, so I can only give this movie 5/10.

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Under The Sun, North Korean documentary.

Posted : 4 months, 3 weeks ago on 2 April 2017 10:18 (A review of Under the Sun)

This is a review that I seldom do, but this documentary is too strong to resist, it's a documentary that shows and not tell, the director Vitaly Manskiy took a lot of risk by changing a what was at first a propaganda North Korean movie to a reality spy camera that reveal the dark truth under the sun.

A 10 year old girl named Lee Zin Mi is taking her first step from childhood to adulthood by joining the children's union, a high level children class similar to army military funded by the great leader Kim Il Sung and now in control of his grandson who is now the president of DPRK. As the camera is rolling, we follow her training for the 15th April anniversary as well as we follow her parents work place and their beautiful apartment and eating healthy Kimchi. But there is only one thing, her life is not her life, it's fabricated but the regime and is fully directed by the North Korean escorts. But there is one thing they didn't count on, the camera is still rolling as they direct the family and the people of Korea to fake their happy life. More the camera is rolling then more we see the true feeling for Zin Mi that she desperately try to hide. This is a documentary about the Truman show comes to life.

Who is Vitaly Manskiy?
He is a Russian film director creating documentaries. As he was directed his film in North Korea, he was hoping to get flashbacks of his childhood in the Soviet Union time. But during the filming he got frustrated and shocked about the life in North Korea, as they just portrayed a happy life utopia but in reality everything is in control and the people has no authority nor do they have their own will, as Vitaly said in an interview: not even Soviet was this harsh, yes there hard times but the people were free, here there is no freedom! But when he notices the North Koreans had no knowledge about the new technology he took it in his advantage and turn off the red light and pretended the camera had stopped recording, but he actually only turned off the red light and kept filming and revealed the true side of the DPRK. Later Vitaly was told his movie was canceled and he was sent home. But he took his secret movie with him and revealed to World the real picture of communism. North Korea has tried to negotiate with Russia to prevent the movie to be shown but failed and even tried to make a deal with Vitaly which he ofcourse declined. Many people has wonder what is North Korea and many twisted community owned by a crazy Spanish fat man is trying to hide the truth, but now the truth has been shown in the face of the world and it's thanks to the Russian director Vitaly Manskiy.

How does the documentary hold as a documentary?
In my opinion it's the best documentary ever made, it shows and not tell. No narration is needed, one can feel the dictatorship around the area, with mix the camera around the environment and the situation of the scene take place we can feel how locked North Korea is. It's a feeling of isolation city and even the scene is indoors it can still be heard outside by microphone and most heart breaking is when Lee Zin Mi is gonna say her last lines she starts to cry and she is later told not to cry and then they ask her to think of something nice or funny, she replied: I don't know what! It's a 10/10 documentary and must be shown. It was a risk but the truth is finally told.

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Cyber City Oedo 808 review

Posted : 7 months ago on 17 January 2017 07:09 (A review of Cyber City Oedo 808)

Cyber City Oedo 808 is a futuristic sci fi crime thriller that feels like it was animated on a red light schedule. Despite beautiful animation the story is incomplete and not sure of of who or what to follow. But despite that it's beautiful animation makes it almost forgiving......almost.

In the city of Oedo 2808 A.D., three Cyber criminals are given two choices, to either rot in jail or to join a special force of the Cyber Police to get possibly one more chance at freedom ever again. For each criminal apprehended, and for each successful mission done, the state will agree to reduce their sentences. Lead by Hasegawa, the new recruits: Sengoku, Gogul, and Benten will bring some hard justice to Oedo and possibly taste freedom again.

How does it hold as animation?

It's beautiful animation and it's what save the series (all though it's only 3 episodes) the 90s animation is realistic unlike today standards, a friend of mine told me that before the animators in Japan was taught to Animate the characters naked first then the clothes and why the characters hair looks real is because they animated from human hair so they know how make it real, unlike Disney who learn to animate from horse hair which explains why the human hair has only three strings when it get scruffy, this anime is realistic and manage to make the Oedo city a blade runner land, it gets 5/5.

How does it hold as a story?
There is no story, that it is, is a 3 episodes of introduction of three different characters. We never learn the prisoners background or what their skills are, we just observe them take the job and chase different villain each. But when some of them meets their love interest they just get there and none introduction for the other characters, it's like the three already know them (obviously) and expect the audience to just know it too, and that doesn't go anywhere, so as a story it's nothing, maybe it would have introduced better if the full schedule were complete for more episodes thenybe the series would have made more sense. But it's just 3 introduction episodes and gets 0/5 and it's my first 0/5 by the way.

What about the music?
To be honest, I love the Japanese music, and I love the ending song in the Japanese version, it's great and mysterious, but not enough to save this series, in my opinion it's even better then the series Andy deserves better. No bonus.

How's the series in total?
If one don't care of the plot or story then it's a great, but for me the story must be told, if the director cannot tell a story then it's time to quit it's job. Nowadays it's seems difficult to make a story but more focus on the visual effect. Hong Kong for example is expert in that by making a lot of great martial art and visual effect but lack of stories and plot elements or acting talents. And sadly Hollywood seems to have follow that root and no longer has that world block buster as they had before. My favorite movie country is Japan, no matter what kind of movie they make, their stories are easy to follow and the acting is always 5/5 stars and deserve to be the new world block buster country, however this series shows even they can make mistake but the animation is great so it's a total 5/10.

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Kikujiro review

Posted : 7 months, 1 week ago on 14 January 2017 09:45 (A review of Kikujiro)

Takeshi Kitano makes a lot of gangster movies, some special and some over brutal, in the late 90s he made a movie about finding happiness "Kikujiro" and one of his best work as an actor and director he brings a lot of heart bakajaro.

A young boy Masao is living with his grandmother far away from his mother, all he wish is to see his mother again. During summer holiday his grandmother is out of town and Masao decide to take a journey to find his mother. On his way he meets a grumpy old man Kikujiro and his wife, his wife insists that Kikujiro follow with Masao so he can protect him during his trip. Against his will Kikujiro follow him to his journey. Their journey brings a lot crazy places, funny characters, and most of all they learn about life and enjoyment, no longer a grumpy old man, Kikujiro fidns the light of happiness thanks to Masao. But when they finds his mother, that has a new family and completely abandoned Masao, Kikujiro decided to repay Masao and bring him happiness.

Total conclusion:

Usually I'm not into Kitano Sans movies but this movie is heart warming, and a perfect story of life and even f sadness and craziness there is still ways to find happiness and also to teach our children of happiness I give it a total 10/10.

A big thank you to Takeshi Kitano for a great movie with great soundtrack, and epic that lives forever.

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