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East Asian Cinema

atoichi

Based on characters created by Shimozawa Kan. Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (Zatoichi to Yojinbo)(1965)Directed by Okamoto Kihachi. Cast: Katsu Shintaro, Wakao Ayako, Takisawa Osamu, Mifune Toshiro. Two of Japan's legendary actors star in this classic tale of greed and misfortune. Zatoichi the Blind Masseur revisits a village he has fond memories of, only to find it has fallen prey to Boss Masagoro, the son of a merchant rumored to have stolen gold from the shogunate. 116 min.

Atomic Rulers of the World (Japan, 1964)

Directors: Koreyoshi Akasaka, Teruo Ishii, and others. Cast: Nakayama, Kan Hayashi, Minoru Takada, Utako Mitsuya. A hero from the deepest reaches of space arrives on planet Earth to save mankind from atomic destruction in this feature film comprised of episodes of the popular Japanese sci-fi series Super Giant. As the citizens of the distant planet Emerald watch over Earth, they are shocked to discover that the rouge nation of Mirapolia has distributed atomic weapons all over the planet.

Attack the Gas Station (Chuyuso supkyok sakon) (1999)

Director Sang-Jin Kim. A quartet of disaffected Korean youths have robbed a Seoul gas station. Suddenly, while hanging out in a Chinese noodle shop, they decide to take the gas station over. Wacky antics ensue as they kidnap customers that complain about the service and stage fist-fights between street gang members and gas station employees, all of which reflect their own gripes against society. 110 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Autumn Afternoon (Sanma no aji) (1962)

Directed by Yasujiro Ozu. Cast: Ryu Chishu, Iwashita Shima, Sada Keiji, Okada Mariko, Yoshida Teruo. After living alone with his daughter for years, a widower must learn how to let her go, letting her be free to move on with her life, by arranging a marriage for her. Special features: Audio commentary featuring David Bordwell; excerpts from 1978 French television program, "Yasujiro Ozu and the taste of sake"; theatrical trailer ; new, restored high-definition digital transfer. 113 min.

Autumn Moon (Qiu yue) (Hong Kong, 1992)

Directed by Clara Law. Cast: Li Pui-Wai, Masatoshi Nagase, Choi Siu, Maki Kinchi. Set in contemporary Hong Kong, a young Japanese tourist is bargain-shopping and looking for food, sex, or preferably both. He meets a fifteen-year-old waif and the friendship that develops allows the young man's passion for food to be assuaged by the girl's grandmother, the wielder of a magic wok. But sex is a different matter than friendship - which is what this film is really about. 102 min.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: A Tailor Made Romance (Xiao cai feng) (France / China, 2002)

Directed by Sijie Dai. Cast: Xun Zhou, Kun Chen, Ye Liu, Shuangbao Wang, Zhijun Cong. At the height of Mao's Cultural Revolution, two teenage boys are among thousands exiled to the countryside for "re-education." The narrator and his best friend find themselves in a remote village where their only distractions are a violin and the beautiful daughter of the local tailor. But it is when they discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation that their re-education takes its most surprising turn. 111 min.

Barking Dogs Never Bite (Puhran dah suh uigeh) (2000)

Directed by Joon-ho Bong. A college professor is being led to the end of his tether by the constant barking of a dog somewhere in his apartment complex. In a fit of rage, he kills the dog in a nearby flat only to discover another dog is still barking. Soon, one dog after another is disappearing and the manager of the apartment building keeps getting more and more complaints about pets who've gone missing, and becomes increasingly determined to find the culprit. 106 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Battle Royale (Batoru rowaiaru) (2000)

Directed by Kinji Fukasaku. Cast: Takeshi Kitano, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Taro Yamamoto, Masanobu Ando. Sometime in the near future, near anarchy has broken out in Japan. The government responds by passing the Battle Royale Act, a piece of legislation mandating that a group of young people - and only young people - are forcibly marooned together on an island, and forced to kill each other until one survivor is left. If more than one is still alive after three days, every survivor will be killed.

Beginning of the Great Revival (The Founding of a Party) (China, 2011)

Directors, Sanping Han, Jianxin Huang. Cast: Liu Ye, Feng Yuanzheng, Chow Yun-Fat, Li Chen, Andy Lau, Chen Chang, Li Qin, Chen Kun, Chen Daoming, Zhao Benshan, Daniel Wu, Lee-Hom Wong, Zhou Xun, Angela Baby. A dramatic renactment chronicling the historical events between 1911 and 1921 that led to the founding of the Chinese Communist Party. 124 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Beijing Bicycle (Shi qi sui de dan che) (China/Taiwan, 2001)

Directed by Xiaoshuai Wang. Just as Guai, a bicycle messenger, makes his final payment for the silver mountain bike loaned by his company, he finds it stolen. After endless searching, Guai discovers his bicycle is now in the hands of Jian who bought the bicycle with stolen money. Though Guai and Jian finally work out a deal, they find themselves on an unexpected journey of self-discovery. 113 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie DatabaseReviews and articles: Buscombe, E. "Beijing bicycle." Sight & Sound v.

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