Friday, June 26, 2009

New York Asian Film Festival 2009- Part II

This year I concentrated on Hong Kong films and watched only three Japanese movies. Who knows when this many Hong Kong movies will again be shown at one festival. The Japanese movies I picked because they were shown at convenient times either between or after the Hong Kong movies I wanted to watch. Also Takeshi Kaneshiro is a favorite actor of mine..... and lots of other women judging by the cheers he received when he first appeared on screen.



K-20: Legend of the Mask. 2008. Japan. Directed by Shimako Sato. Starring Takeshi Kaneshiro and Takako Matsu. A big blockbuster movie directed by a woman. Set in a Japan where World War II never occurred. K-20, the Fiend with 20 faces, is a nasty thief who frames a naive circus acrobat played by Takeshi Kaneshiro. He escapes from jail, becomes K-20 to catch K-20 and sets out ot clear his name. Kaneshiro is wonderful as he leaps over tall buildings, rescues a princess and helps the poor. A very good action adventure with a wonderful set done by the production company who did Always: Sunset on 3nd Street.




Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit. 2008. Japan. Directed by: Minnoru Kawasaki. Starring: Akita Matsushita, Hide Fukumoto. & the voice of Takeshi Kitano. I think the title and movie poster say enough about this movie which was funny, silly, satrical (some great gags which would be major spoilers to describe) and thoroughly enjoyable. Shown with Gehara: The Long-haried Giant Monster.





Gehara: The Long-haried Giant Monster. 2009. Japan. Directed by Kiyotaka Taguchi. Starring Ken Osawa. 17 minutes. Just the right length for a movie about a giant monster who pops out of the ocean and runs through cites and countryside squashing everything in sight. The monster is funny looking and its hair reminded me of the scummy long hair I would find in our shower drain when the kids were teenagers.


Another picture of the monster from the NYAFF movie guide.

4 comments:

YTSL said...

"This year I concentrated on Hong Kong films and watched only three Japanese movies. Who knows when this many Hong Kong movies will again be shown at one festival."

So sad when applied to the context of the US. But re festivals: *cough* HKIFF *cough* ;b

As for Takeshi: recently, two colleagues-friends (both local Hong Kongers, one heterosexual female, one homosexual male) and I were talking about actors, and Takeshi came up. At one point, one of them rhetorically asked: "who doesn't like him?" :)

Glenn, kenixfan said...

Re: Takeshi:

I am a straight male but even I realize how handsome he is. I have a Japanese coworker who tends to not prefer Asian men and I have shown her pictures of Takeshi from his films and said: "What is wrong with you that you don't think he's attractive?" LOL!

YTSL said...

Hi Glenn --

Teeheehee re your story. So what's your Japanese co-worker's reaction to your query???

And have to say that among the minority of folks who don't like Takeshi is my dad: I think he just decided there and then when watching "Chungking Express" that he was not Brigitte worthy and that was it. (Lin Ching-Hsia's my dad -- as well as my mom's and my -- favorite actress! ;b)

sbk said...

Hi ytsl,

"So sad when applied to the context of the US. But re festivals: *cough* HKIFF *cough*"

You are so right!! hehe re *cough* I have my fingers crossed that I'll be able to attend the HKIFF in 2010.

Hi Glenn,

I'm with ytsl in wanting to know your Japanese co-workers reaction to your question???

One of my straight co-worker male friends who loved him in "The Returner" asked me last month if "that handsome actor, I never remember his name, has any recent movies you can lend me?"

Hi again ytsl,

I think Takeshi is even better looking now than he was in "Chungking Express". I also think Leslie was better looking as he got older.

I knew your partents liked Brigitte but I didn't realize she's the favorite actress of both of them-very cool.