Foreign Focus Archive

  • [Taste of Asia] Ip Man (2008)

    In an environment where movie goers are bored with excessive wire work and tired of seeing martial arts favourites Jackie Chan and Jet Li explode – albeit brilliantly – again onto the screen, Ip Man presents as a refreshing and exciting change of course in...

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  • [Taste of Asia] Ip Man 2 : Legend of a Grandmaster. (2010)

    Ip Man 2 continues the legendary story of one of the most venerated masters of Wing Chun. It  is the highly anticipated sequel to Wilson Yip’s 2008 Yip Man biopic. Although known in the West as Bruce Lees Master, Ip Man is one of Chinese...

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  • [Taste of Asia] The Malay Chronicles – Bloodlines (2011)

    The Malay Chronicles – Bloodlines is an epic fantasy romance, liberally sprinkled with marital arts action, things blowing up, gallons of blood gushing from sword wounds and plenty of slow motion screams of angst in the pouring rain. The blurb informs potential viewers that it...

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  • [Taste of Asia] Farewell My Concubine (1993)

    Directed by Chen Kaige, Farewell My Concubine is a visual and emotional masterpiece thoroughly deserving of its many international film awards and nominations, winning its section at the Cannes Film Festival. The films costumes, sets and props are as lavish and ornate as the operas...

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  • [Taste of Asia] The Lost Bladesman (2011)

    The film is set during China’s Three Kingdoms period where a great deal of warring and political upheaval occurred.   To unify the country after the collapse of the Han dynasty, the general Cao Cao -  the real power behind the Emperor, enlists Guan Yun...

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  • [Taste of Asia] Once a Thief (1991)

      John Woo took a breather from his normal bloody thrillers to make this questionable romantic action comedy in 1991. The story focuses on three orphans who grew up under the tutelage of wealthy crime boss and a kindly police officer and train as thieves....

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  • [Taste of Asia] Shinobi: Heart Under Blade ( 2005)

    Ninjas with super magical powers, a ghostly figure who can’t die, forbidden love, treachery and the fate of two villages interwoven brilliant combat scenes and gorgeous cinematography. Japanese film doesn’t get any better than this.  This is a beautifully tragic film directed by Ten Shimoyama...

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  • Foreign Focus: Arahan

    When you think of kung fu movies, you’ll probably think of something from Japan, or China. In doing so, you might overlook this little gem from Korea, released in 2004. Made by Ryoo Seung-wan, billed as Korea’s answer to Stephen Chow, Arahan is slick, accomplished,...

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  • [Taste of Asia] A Better Tomorrow (1986)

    Not only was John Woo responsible for launching a new genre within the action arena with A Better Tomorrow, but Chow Yun-Fat was catapulted into superstardom. Any Asian Film buff would be hard to find a film that betters that line up! Bullet riddled and...

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  • [Taste of Asia] Raise the Castle! (2005)

    Quirky and oddly compelling viewing in a way that Japanese films often are, this movie will  get under your skin, leaving you unsure if you enjoyed it or not. Although touted as a Japanese Monty Python, if you watch this on the promise of satire...

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