I Sell Love (Hong Kong: 2014): it could be accused of glamorizing prostitution if it weren’t so dull

Rose Chan & Pakho Chau

Rose Chan & Pakho Chau

What could have been an insider view of the practice of compensated dating and prostitution devolves into a romantic drama involving two good looking people like we’ve seen before. I’d lost interest long before Mr. Perfect showed up.

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Fish Story (Japan: 2009): A cult hit song creates a cult

Atsushi Ito finds inspiration from an obscure text

Yoshihiro Nakamura’s Fish Story appears to be most noteworthy for its non-linear narrative.  But syuzhet chutzpah aside, the story about a punk rock band saving the world comes together in the end to relay a clever story about the origins of belief, myth-making and finding religion in unexpected places.

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Hwayi: A Monster Boy (Korea: 2013): Joon-Hwan Jang Returns with A Vengeance

Yun-seok Kim educates Jin-Goo Yeo

Yun-seok Kim educates Jin-Goo Yeo

Ten years after his flamboyant debut, director Joon-Hwan Jang steps out with a much tighter and straightforward crime saga. While it isn’t Save the Green Planet II, Hwayi stacks up well against other Korean vengeance thrillers. In a genre crowded with first rate films over the past decade, Hwayi shows that there can always be room for another.

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Because once you are informed of something, you notice it everywhere

Since I reviewed Crazy Beautiful You yesterday, I now find KathNiel references everywhere. Well, not everywhere, but at least in unexpected places. According to Vulture.com, they are the second most shipped couple in the fanfic world.  Interesting article and stats at the link. Who knows, maybe I’ll join the flow and write some. There’s got to be a little fanboi inside me somewhere. I just don’t know how much call there is for Jimmy Kimmel stories.

Source: Vulture.com

Source: Vulture.com

Crazy, Beautiful You (Philippines: 2015): Princess Selfish meets a Cinderfella

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A romantic comedy that probably was designed to cash in on the popularity of the “KathNiel” pairing, Crazy, Beautiful You doesn’t stray much from the Poor Boy/Rich Girl love story formula. However, the leads do produce a certain amount of warmth together that may make it worthwhile for fans of the RomCom genre and not just the couple.

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Cinderella (USA: 2015): In case you haven’t heard, the shoe fits and she marries well

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As a children’s film, Kenneth Branaugh’s live action Cinderella is probably worth a visit for the high production values, lush sets, gorgeous costumes, and magical CGI. For adults, however, the movie offers nothing more than Disney’s take on the story from 1950 with no noteworthy changes that might offer a new perspective on the same old story.

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