Tag Archives: 2000s

Insutanto numa / Instant Swamp (2009) Satoshi Miki, Kumiko Asô, Morio Kazama, Ryô Kase, Comedy

Insutanto numa (2009)
After being forced to resign from her publishing company job when her magazine goes out of circulation, office worker Haname Jinchoge (Kumiko Aso) is given the name of her real father-Noburo Jinchoge when her mother (Keiko Matsuzaka) falls into a coma after nearly drowning in a pond while searching for kappa. Unsure if Noburo (Morio Kazama) is her father, Haname decides to visit him but tells him that she is a distant relative, he happens to be the shopkeeper at an odd antiquities shop called Light Bulb Co., working for her father is a punk rocker named Gas (Ryo Kase).
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Chan Mat / Claustrophobia (2008) Ivy Ho, Ekin Cheng, Kar Yan Lam, Ying Kwan Lok, Drama, Romance

Chan Mat (2008)
Clandestine romance provides sad but pleasurable viewing in the high-quality Hong Kong meller “Claustrophobia.” Helming bow of Hong Kong scripting vet Ivy Ho (“Comrades, Almost a Love Story,” “Divergence”) has a mastery that recalls Eric Rohmer and Woody Allen at their most sublime. Offering fine drama about and for adults, pic will make a prestige inclusion for fests. Commercial possibilities exist for industrious distribs willing to guide sophisticated auds away from the usual arthouse milieus.
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Gori Vatra / Fuse (2003) Pjer Zalica, Enis Beslagic, Bogdan Diklic, Sasa Petrovic, Comedy, Drama

Gori Vatra (2003)
In the Bosnian town of Tesanj, not long after the Balkan war, land mines claim victims, corruption is rampant, women are trafficked into Serbia, but there’s a sort of peace. Zaim, the retired police chief, has alcoholic visions of his dead son Adnan, whose body’s missing. Adnan’s siblings, Faruk and Azra, watch their father’s decline. It’s announced that President Clinton will pay Tesanj a visit to see the new harmony. Whores are hidden from sight, Serbs are trucked in to integrate the neighborhood; the children’s choir learns “House of the Rising Sun.” Meanwhile, Faruk wants to sort out his brother’s death to bring some peace to his house. Can it work out? Irony is everywhere.
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Gulaal (2009) Anurag Kashyap, Kay Kay Menon, Raj Singh Chaudhary, Jesse Randhawa, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Gulaal (2009)
Bikaner-based 28-year-old Dilip Kumar Singh is enrolled in a Rajpur-based Law college, and rents a room with an unstable male, Rananjay Singh. His attempts to re-locate to a hostel, pits him against a group of men, led by Jadhwal, who not only assault, but also molest him, and then lock him in a dark room with a naked and abused female, Anuja. He recuperates in a hospital and joins hands with Rananjay and Dukey Bana to avenge this humiliation, as well as befriends Anuja, who is a Lecturer in the college. He also decides to support Rananjay, who is legitimate son of a former Raja, to run for college elections – and it is this decision that will shatter and change his life forever.
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Jernanger / The Storm in My Heart (2009) Pål Jackman, Ailo Gaup, Pål Sverre Hagen, Hans Petter Hansen, Drama

Jernanger (2009)
Jernanger is a tale about the tempered Eivind who isn’t scared of anything- except love. Eivind, lives aboard a boat in the South of Norway. The boat lies low and lopsided in the water. Thirty years ago Eivind left his homestead and his teenage sweetheart behind, and he has not been back since. He was meant to go back when everything was honky-dory- only that never happened. Then young Kris appears. He wants to travel the world but didn’t get any longer than to the lifeboat of Jernanger. The to men finds one another and together they hatch a great plan.
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Beed-e majnoon / The Willow Tree (2005) Majid Majidi, Parviz Parastui, Roya Taymourian, Afarin Obeisi, Drama

Beed-e majnoon (2005)
Blind since childhood, Youssef has a devoted wife, loving daughter, and successful university career, but his affliction fills him with secret torment. As if in answer to his prayers, a clinic restores his sight- a miracle that is double-edged. Although this new world of sight and color floods him with ecstacy- the breathtaking images seen through his reawakened eyes include a dazzling vista of snow-blanketed hills, a shower of molten gold sparks in a jewlery foundry, an array of lollipop lights behind a rain-speckled car window- it also plunges him into a labyrinth of confusion and temptations. A pretty student begins to enclipse his previously invisible wife; he silently watches a subway pickpoket, who fixes him with a look of withering complicity. Eager to claim the lost life he feels he is owed but unable to take the next step, Youssef is inflamed with possibility and paralyzed with egoism.
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