Tag Archives: 2000s

Hae anseon / The Coast Guard (2002) Ki-duk Kim, Dong-gun Jang, Jeong-hak Kim, Ji-a Park, Action, Drama, War

Hae anseon (2002)
At South Korea’s border with the North, troops guard the coast. Each bullies those ranking beneath him; tensions are high. PFC Kang and his friend Private Kim are on patrol when drinking youths jeer them. Two nights later, Kang follows orders, opening fire at a person who has infiltrated the border zone. It proves to be a young man, one from the earlier encounter, on a drunken tryst with his girlfriend, Mi-yeong. Kang is commended, yet horrified. Mi-yeong is unhinged. Kim tries to hold onto friendship, duty, and his humanity. While Kang retreats into bizarre behavior and violence, Mi-yeong becomes easy prey to soldiers. Sickness is all.

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Kapgang / Speed Walking (2014) Niels Arden Oplev, Villads Bøye, Anders W. Berthelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Drama

Kapgang AKA Speed Walking (2014)
In a quirky, small town, situated in the outskirts of everything, 14-year-old Martin is getting ready for one of the most formal transitions from boy to man; the communion. It’s 1976, music’s in the air and hormones are blossoming. But in the midst of it all Martin’s mother suddenly passes away and her tragic death trickers a series of events that not only changes Martin’s life forever, but also affects everyone else in the local community. An intense, humorous and evocative story about how life and death demands a transition in us all.

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Durval Discos / Durval Records (2002) Anna Muylaert, Ary França, Etty Fraser, Isabela Guasco, Comedy, Drama, Music

Durval Discos (2002)
Durval and his mother Carmita live at the back of “Durval Discos”, a record store they own in São Paulo, specializing in vinyl records. They lead a boring and unattractive life, until the day Durval hires a maid, Celia, to help his mother with the housekeeping. However, on her second day, Celia goes away leaving a 5-year-old child behind, Kiki, and a note promising to be back in a couple of days. Durval and Celia are charmed by the child at first, but soon they see some sad news about Celia and Kiki on TV that will change the whole situation.

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Bashing (2005) Masahiro Kobayashi, Fusako Urabe, Nene Ohtsuka, Takayuki Katô, Drama

Bashing (2005)
Yuko volunteered to be an aid worker in Iraq and was taken hostage there. When freed she returned to Japan, but after being home six months she is still the ongoing object of harassment from her own countrymen. A co-worker finds many angry postings on the Internet denouncing her and spreads them very vocally, causing her boss let her go. He tells her that the atmosphere at the hotel where she works as a chambermaid has changed negatively as a result. Several anonymous phones are made daily to her at home where she lives with her father and stepmother, saying that she is an embarrassment and disgrace to Japan. She is even harassed by strangers on the street after buying soup at a local convenience store, ruining her dinner. Her boyfriend dumps her, calling her actions as a volunteer in a foreign country selfish, that she should have stayed in Japan and only helped her own community. Yuko’s father supported her decision to go to the Middle East, and he defends her actions after her …

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La virgen de la lujuria / The Virgin of Lust (2002) Arturo Ripstein, Luis Felipe Tovar, Ariadna Gil, Patricia Reyes Spíndola, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

La virgen de la lujuria AKA The Virgin of Lust (2002)
In Vera Cruz in the 1940s, Nacho, an Indian, waits tables at Don Lázaro’s café at Hotel Ofélia. He falls for Lola, an opium-addicted, alcoholic whore who’s hopelessly in love with Gardenia Wilson, a masked wrestler who slept with her once but knows she’s unbalanced. Don Lázaro warns Nacho about Lola, and Nacho knows his love will be unrequited, but he’ll do anything, regardless of how degrading, to be near her. Lola, for her part, can be sadistic. Republican exiles who are regulars at the café encourage Lola’s desire to assassinate Franco. Nacho in turn mixes this political mirage with his fascination with the plot of “The Mikado.” Where do fantasies and obsessions lead?

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Disco Pigs (2001) Kirsten Sheridan, Elaine Cassidy, Cillian Murphy, Sarah Gallagher

Disco Pigs (2001)
Pig and Runt – born on the same day, in the same hospital, moments apart. Twins, all but by blood. Inseparable from birth, they are almost telepathic. They are also partners in crime, with an appetite for recklessness, exploration and destruction. But days before their 17th birthday the perfect balance of their world begins to shift. Pig’s sexual awakening and increasing jealousy begins to threaten the private universe they have spent their lives constructing. Unable to contemplate the loss of Runt, Pig’s unpredictable nature spirals out of control in a trail of violence. The invisible thread between them is stretched to breaking point, the inseparable are about to separate, and which one will survive depends on which one can break free.

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Edmond (2005) Stuart Gordon, William H. Macy, Julia Stiles, Joe Mantegna, Drama, Thriller

Edmond (2005)
A man in a suit at a Manhattan firm leaves work on Friday; he looks unhappy. He stops at a fortune teller’s for a Tarot reading: “You are not where you belong,” she tells him. That evening he quits his marriage and walks the streets of New York, passing from a classy bar to a gentleman’s club, then to a high-class bordello, a mugging, a pawnshop, and a diner where someone does listen. He shares his insights with her and later with others. Violence, disappointment, and musings entwine as Edmond loses his moorings while believing he’s found them. Where does he belong?

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