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The Week in Asian Film – Feb 13th, 2007

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than crashing on the sofa with your significant other to watch Confession of Pain, the latest from the directorial super-team of Alan Mak and Andrew Lau! If the latest Mak/Lau collaboration isn’t reason enough for you to hunt down a copy, the film features Hong Kong legends Tony […]

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  • What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than crashing on the sofa with your significant other to watch Confession of Pain, the latest from the directorial super-team of Alan Mak and Andrew Lau! If the latest Mak/Lau collaboration isn’t reason enough for you to hunt down a copy, the film features Hong Kong legends Tony Leung and Takeshi Kaneshiro, together again for the first time since their breakthrough roles in Wong Kar-Wai‘s classic Chungking Express. Not sure if a gritty murder mystery will be appropriate fare for a romantic V-Day? I assure you it will*! (*probably a lie) YesAsia has a copy with your name on it.
  • Takeshi Kitano has already completed work on his 13th feature, tentatively titled Kantoku – Banzai! (roughly, “Director’s Battlecry“), reports Jason Gray. Kitano is one of my favorite directors, and to hear that he is returning to his comedic roots for a Fellini-esque farce is cause for celebration!
  • Midnight Eye’s Eija Niskanen has written an excellent new feature, a welcome introduction to the works of the vastly underrated Mikio Naruse. With the recent UK release of three of his postwar features through Eureka Films, and next Tuesday’s Criterion treatment of When a Woman Ascends the Stairs, I can only hope for a collective re-evaluation of this seminal figure of early Japanese cinema.
  • Kim Ji-woon, director of recent cult favorites A Bittersweet Life and A Tale of Two Sisters, is prepping a period western (!) for release in 2008, reports Variety. Entitled The Good, the Bad and the Weird, the real payoff is Kim’s casting coup, with arguably the three hottest actors in South Korea taking on the titular roles: Lee Byung-hun is Good, Jung Woo-sung is Bad, and the masterful Song Kang-ho is Weird! The wartime setting is an interesting concept, but the treat will be seeing these three magnetic actors chew up the scenery.
  • The Japanese Hitman Picture is a genre fallen by the wayside in recent years, the very premise conjuring up memories of the endless hard-boiled actioners that littered the ’90s film landscape. Cold-blooded J-killers may be down, but they’re not out just yet, as this week sees the release of Freesia in Japanese theaters. Surprisingly, lean man of Japanese letters Mark Schilling has penned a glowing review, turning more than a few eyes in the direction of a once-unanticipated feature!
  • Last but not least, an update of sorts to the previously reported news that Alain Delon will be joining Johnnie To for an as-yet-unnamed film. This Variety article reports that To will be directing a remake of Melville‘s classic Le Cercle Rouge, a film that features one of Delon’s most famous roles. Perhaps a coincidence, but what could be more enticing than to imagine To, hitting his cinematic stride, directing Delon as a more wizened incarnation of the suave thief Corey? A sweet dream, indeed…

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