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East Asian Cinema

All Night Long Collection

Written and directed by Katsuya Matsumura. All Night Long (Ooru naito rongu) (1994)Cast: Eisuke Tsunoda, Yoji Ietomi, Ryosuke Suzuki, Hiromasa Taguchi. The first of three sequential psychological horror films from Japanese director Katsuya Matsumura. A dark and twisted film following three Japanese school mates. One day one of their girl friends is brutally tortured and raped by a gang. The three friends can't take it any more and embracing the shocking underworld of savagery, the three teenagers make a pact to find the perpetrators and exact revenge.

Along the Sungari River (Songhua jiang shang) (China, 1947)

Directed by Shan Jin. Cast: Zhang Ruifang, Pu Ke, Wang Renlu, Zhou Diao. In Manchuria, a village inn by a river is a regular stop for carters, so it's not surprising that the daughter of the innkeeper has a carter for a sweetheart. But all sweetness and tranquility is shattered by the invasion of the brutal Japanese in 1931. Quinnian and Sunnu end up as slaves in a coal mine, but are soon heading up a workers' rebellion to overthrow their Japanese masters. 120 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

An Inn in Tokyo (Tokyo no yado) (1935, silent)

Directed by Tadao Ikeda. Cast: Takeshi Sakamoto, Tokkan Kozo, Takayuki Suematsu. A poor man (Kihachi) struggles to care for his two sons as he roams industrialized Tokyo in search of work. The family encounters and befriends Otaka and her young daughter. When the daughter becomes seriously ill, Kihachi desperately attempts to help find money for the hospital bills. 77 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

An Orphan on the Street (Wan jia deng huo) (China, 1949)

Directed by Fu Shen. Cast: Longji Wang, Lin Zhen, Guan Hongda, Du Lei. The misadventures of a street urchin based on a popular comic character named Three Hairs, because of the three thin stalks of hair sticking straight up. After a night on the streets, Three Hairs looks for work wherever he can get it; he polishes shoes, picks garbage and sells newspapers, but finally decides to give up. He puts a "for sale" sign on his back and goes looking for a buyer. 110 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Angel Dust (Enjeru dasuto) (1994)

Director: Sogo Ishii. Cast: Minami Kaho, Toyokawa Etsushi, Takizawa Ryoko. A beautiful Japanese investigator is assigned to a series of brutal murders against young women in the Tokyo subway. Fate reunites her with a former lover, a controversial psychiatrist expelled from his post who is now suspected of the murders. 116 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Ansatsu (1964)

Director: Masahiro Shinoda. Cast: Tetsuro Tamba, Shima Iwashita, Eiji Okada, Isao Kimura, Tamotsu Hayakawa, Eitaro Ozawa, Fujio Suga, Hideo Kidokoro, Gen Shimizu, Yoshindo Yamaji, Hiroshi Aoyama, Keiji Sada. 1853: "Four black ships" - the foreign steamboats of Commander Matthew Perry - anchored at Edo Bay, sparking civil unrest and the major political manoeuvering that saw the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Apart From You (Kimi to wakarete) (1933)

Director: Mikio Naruse. Cast: Yoshikawa Mitsuko, Isono Akio, Mizukubo Sumiko. An aging geisha is resented by her humiliated teenage son. 66 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Art Museum by the Zoo (Misulgwan yop tongmurwon) (1998)

Directed by Jeong-hyang Lee. Chol-su decided to spend his vacation with his girlfriend at her home, but instead found Chun-hui living there. They fell in love as they spent time together despite their different attitudes about love. 109 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

As Tears Go By (Wangjiao kamen) (Hong Kong, 1988)

Directed by Wong Kar-Wai. Cast: Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung, Jacky Cheung. Stretched to breaking in a loyalty tug of war between Triad bosses and a loose cannon partner, a rising film star in the Hong Kong underworld finds himself saddled with his beautiful cousin. The fascination is his last chance to escape a violent past. 102 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
See also:Wong Kar-Wai bibliography

Ashes of Time (Dung che sai duk) (Hong Kong | China | Taiwan, 1988)

Directed by Wong Kar-Wai. Cast: Zhang Guorong, Lin Qingxia, Liang Chaowei, Liu Jialing, Liang Jiahui, Yang Caini, Zhang Xueyou, Zhang, Manyu. Ouyang Feng is a heartbroken and cynical man who spends his days alone in the desert. He connects expert swordsmen with those seeking revenge and willing to pay for it. As Ouyang narrates his tale, he interweaves the stories of his unusual clients, old friends and future foes. He begins to realize the mistakes of his own past, and how his fear of rejection may have led him to a life of exile. Based on the story by Jin Yong.