Japanese Classics XI

My last Kenji Mizoguchi’s films… The Life of Oharu (1952) follows a woman’s fight and survival amid the vicissitudes of life and the cruelty of the society. It is about a fifty-year-old prostitute, no longer able to attract men, who looks back on her sad life. Once a lady-in-waiting at the imperial court at Kyoto, Oharu […]

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Japanese Classics VIII

I decided to have myself a Kenji Mizoguchi film festival… Mizoguchi’s Ugetsu Monogatari (1953) [Tales of the Rain and Moon, aka Ugetsu] is a highly acclaimed masterwork of Japanese cinema. Based on a pair of 18th century ghost stories by Ueda Akinari, the film’s release continued Mizoguchi’s introduction to the West, where it was nominated […]

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Mad World (一念无明) (2016)

It was between the latest Transformers and Mad World for Thursday Movie Night, and the latter won in a heartbeat. Not even the unavailability of our regular evening time slot could deter us (no doubt every golden time slot was allocated to the money churning vehicular-robot smackdown) and we had to catch an ungodly 10pm screening. […]

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Mohenjo Daro (2016)

Set in 2016 BC at the height of Indus Valley Civilization, the story of Mohenjo Daro follows a farmer Sarman (Hrithik Roshan) who travels to the city of Mohenjo Daro and falls in love with a high-status woman Chaani (Pooja Hegde), and who must then challenge the city’s elite, and fight against overwhelming odds to […]

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English Vinglish (2012)

One of the worst feelings in the world is being made to feel small by your very own family members. English Vinglish has one such protagonist that has been taken for granted and she endures callous remark after remark day in day out by her daughter. She also has to endure laughter behind her back […]

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Bad Genius (2017)

This being a Thai movie, I was pleasantly surprised to notice there are no ghosts or cheesy romantic couplings. Bad Genius is essentially a caper thriller and it is as suspenseful as they come. While being engrossed with Bad Genius, my mind was flooded with memories. Confession time. I have cheated in a Chemistry test […]

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