Tag Archives: 1980s
Tajvanska kanasta / Taiwan Canasta (1985) Goran Markovic, Boris Komnenic, Neda Arneric, Radko Polic, Comedy, Drama
Forty year old, unemployed architect is trying to find his way in a society’s cruel environment. In his mind, he still lives in 1968, when he was one of the protesters. The pinnacle comes when he meets a shady group of people involved in construction business.
Yumechiyo nikki / Yumechiyo’s Diary (1985) Kirirô Urayama, Sayuri Yoshinaga, Kin’ya Kitaôji, Kirin Kiki, Drama
Yumechiyo Nikki is the story of a woman who is suffering from leukemia, the result of exposure to the atomic blast when she was still unborn. In the last three years of her life, she returns home, a small hot spring resort in the San-in Region and runs a geisha house inherited from her mother.
Crónica dos Bons Malandros / Chronicle of Good Hoodlums (1984) Fernando Lopes, Nuno Duarte, João Perry, Lia Gama, Comedy
A gang decides to rob the Gulbenkian Museum, tired of their petty robberies. During the book talks about the life of each element of the gang and how they met. But the assault on the museum did not go as expected …
Mohajer / The Immigrant (1989) Ebrahim Hatamikia, Gholamreza Ali Akbari, Seyed Ebrahim Asgharzadeh, Ali Reza Heydari, War
A bad Polish actor is just trying to make a living when what should intrude but World War II in the form of an invasion. His wife has the habit of entertaining young Polish officers while he’s on stage which is also a source of depression to him. When one of her officers comes back on a Secret Mission, the actor takes charge and comes up with a plan for them to escape.
Oil billionaire Happer sends Mac to a remote Scotish villiage to secure the property rights for an oil refinery they want to build. Mac teams up with Danny and starts the negotiations, the locals are keen to get their hands on the ‘Silver Dollar’ and can’t believe their luck. However a local hermit and beach scavenger, Ben Knox, lives in a shack on the crucial beach which he also owns. Happer is more interested in the Northern Lights and Danny in a surreal girl with webbed feet, Marina. Mac is used to a Houston office with fax machines but is forced to negotiate on Bens terms.
Poker Alice (1987) Arthur Allan Seidelman, Elizabeth Taylor, Tom Skerritt, George Hamilton, Romance, Western
Alice Moffit, ‘Poker Alice’, has been disowned by her Boston family because of her incurable penchant for gambling. She is travelling the West with her cousin, John, when she wins a house in a poker game on a train. The ‘house’ turns out to be a bordello, which she decides to run until she can sell it. She falls for a bounty hunter, Jeremy Collins, who is about to settle down in California. Marrying him would mean ending the life-long relationship between the two cousins.
A father brings a young child to an emergency room to get treatment for a minor injury occurring in an innocent accident, but he gets accused of child abuse. Child welfare agencies commit grossly unfair over-reactions to remove the child forcibly from the Father (Arkin), who must brave the arcane system to reclaim his daughter.
Yuki Yukite shingun / The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (1987) Kazuo Hara, Kenzo Okuzaki, Riichi Aikawa, Masaichi Hamaguchi, Documentary, War
The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On is a brilliant exploration of memory and war guilt, a subject often ignored in modern Japan. In this controversial documentary, Kazuo Hara follows Kenzo Okuzaki in his real-life struggle against Emperor Hirohito. He proudly declares that he shot BBs at the Royal Palace, distributed pornographic images of the Emperor, and once killed a man for the sake of his strange crusade. As the film progresses, Okuzaki reveals a gruesome mystery: why were some Japanese officers killing their own soldiers during WWII? What happened to their bodies? Okuzaki begs, cajoles, and occasionally beats the story out of elderly veterans. When these old men do break down and talk, their testimonies are some of the most chilling, riveting descriptions of wartime desperation ever committed to film. In his desire to unearth these horrors, Okuzaki’s behavior grows increasingly extreme and bizarre. By the film’s end, Hara seems to ask whether the terrible nature of this buried incident is worth the violence of Okuzaki’s methods.