Tag Archives: 1990s

Zolgot Hadma’ot Me’atzman / As Tears Go By (1996) Eitan Green, Avi Grainik, Yael Almog, Shir Ben Yunes, Drama

Zolgot Hadma'ot Me'atzman AKA As Tears Go By (1996)
Yaakov Tcherniak and his son Yitzhak have a small company that organizes parties and events. They travel to weddings, bar mitzvas and birthdays, and supply the sound equipment and a female vocalist who sings Israeli songs. Their dream is to expand the business and supply catering services as well. To this end, they need another vehicle in addition to their pick-up truck. Yitzhak is supposed to be the driver of the second vehicle. Sadly, he just can’t manage to pass his driving test. During the course of the film, the Tcherniak family must deal with this and other problems that arise.
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Rajio no jikan / Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald (1997) Kôki Mitani, Toshiaki Karasawa, Kyôka Suzuki, Masahiko Nishimura, Comedy

Rajio no jikan aka Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald (1997)
A radio play is going to go on air at a Tokyo radio station. It is a weepy melodrama written by housewife Miyako, who is the winner of the competition run by the station. Suddenly, the hot-tempered lead actress Nokko decides she wants the name of her character to be Mary Jane and not Ritsuko. That leads to the chain of events which changes the play completely.
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Seopyeonje / Sopyonje (1993) Kwon-taek Im, Myung-gon Kim, Jung-hae Oh, Kyu-chul Kim, Musical, Drama

Seopyeonje (1993)
The specifically Korean tradition that is reclaimed in Sopyonje is the type of folk-song known as pansori, described as a musical sublimation of South-West Korea’s collective grief and suffering – in other words, a kind of blues. The film’s three central characters are itinerant pansori singers in the 1950s, a time when many aspects of Korean culture came under siege from Japanese and western influences. The story unfolds through flashbacks. A man named Dong-ho is roaming the rural hinterlands, ostensibly to find rare herbal medicines for his employer back in Seoul, but actually in search of Song-hwa, the woman he grew up with. Orphans, they were both apprenticed to the pansori master Yu-bong who pressured them to sacrifice everything for the art. Dong-ho rebelled and ran away, to become the man he is now. Song-hwa stayed, lost her sight, and outlived Yu-bong. Rumor has it that she is still traveling and still singing pansori… The tale has one truly shocking twist, but the overall …
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The Crucifer of Blood (1991) Fraser Clarke Heston, Charlton Heston, Richard Johnson, Susannah Harker, Crime, Drama, Mystery

The Crucifer of Blood (1991)
Beautiful, young Irne St. Claire enlists Holmes’ and Watson’s help for her father, a former veteran of the Great Indian Mutiny, who has become a hopeless opium addict. His drug dependence is a direct result of guilt and fear arising from a blood pact of secrecy made during the siege of Agra in 1857 in which he was party to the theft of a maharajah’s treasure, murder, and betrayal. When an avaricious co-conspirator dies under mysterious circumstances, St. Clair is certain that the curse will strike him next.
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La Controverse de Valladolid / The Controversy of Valladolid (1992) Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jean Carmet, Drama

La Controverse de Valladolid AKA The Controversy of Valladolid (1992)
Spain conquered the seas, found a new world and different realities than the one known in Europe. But a question needed to be answered with what they found in those new territories: do the Indians have souls? The Church, bound to protect and convert the natives and the conquerors who treated them like slaves and thought they were only merchandising, expose their arguments and reasonings at what would be known as the Vallidolid controversy. Between them, there’s a cardinal hearing both parts and trying to get reasonable answers from this critical question.
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Cabeza de Vaca (1991) Nicolás Echevarría, Juan Diego, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Roberto Sosa, Adventure, Drama, History

Cabeza de Vaca (1991)
An international award winning saga of old Mexico. In 1528, a Spanish expedition founders off the coast of Florida with 600 lives lost. One survivor, Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, roams across the American continent searching for his Spanish comrades. Instead, he discovers the Iguase, an ancient Indian tribe. Over the next eight years, Cabeza de Vaca learns their mystical and mysterious culture, becoming a healer and a leader. But soon this New World collides with the Old World as Spanish conquistadors seek to enslave the Indians, and Cabeza de Vaca must confront his own people and his past.
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Two Deaths (1995) Nicolas Roeg, Sonia Braga, Patrick Malahide, Ion Caramitru, Drama, War

Two Deaths (1995)
Set during a recent European revolution, when the students have just begun to rise, the film focuses on the unusual relationship between Dr. Pavenic and his housekeeper, Ana. In the midst of a night alive with the rattle of gunfire and burning buildings, the doctor tells the story of his obsession for his enigmatic housekeeper, to a dinner table of his guests. His shocking honesty eventually prompts each guest in turn, to disclose some inner corner of his own life.
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I Kina spiser de hunde / In China They Eat Dogs (1999) Lasse Spang Olsen, Kim Bodnia, Dejan Cukic, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Action, Comedy, Crime

I Kina spiser de hunde (1999)
Arvid is a regular bank clerk, whose life changes radically when he knocks out the bank robber Franz with his squash racket. A few days later Franz’s wife visits him lamenting that she needed the swag for an IVF. To obtain the money Arvid and his criminal brother Harald plan a thievery, which ends bloodily and drags them into real trouble.
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Hidden Agenda (1990) Ken Loach, Frances McDormand, Brian Cox, Brad Dourif, Drama, Thriller

Hidden Agenda (1990)
When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man’s girlfriend, as well as a tough, no nonsense, police detective to find the truth… which they soon discover to be contained in an audio tape which the man had with him, exposing political manipulations at the highest levels of government. But such underlying agendas require careful considerations to avoid worse things than murder.
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