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Asian Film Report from Sundance - 3-Iron, Kung-Fu Hustle, Kekexilli

Old 01-30-05, 11:05 AM
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Asian Film Report from Sundance - 3-Iron, Kung-Fu Hustle, Kekexilli

Just wrapping up my Sundance trip and thought I'd pass along some of my thoughts on the Asian films I saw at the fest:

Kekexilli: Mountain Patrol - My favorite Asian film at Sundance, it's brilliantly shot, reminded me a lot of the pre 'Hero' work of Zhang Yimou (ie The Road Home). The film has some truly fantastic shots that should be seen on the big screen. Many scenes look so real it's hard to believe that they're not and it's as gripping and engaging a film as I've seen in a long time. I heard the director speak and he's amazing.

3-Iron - An extremely subtle and wonderful film. Two main characters almost never speak, and while the pace is slower than you might be used to, it really works. There are so many great subtleties in this film, it's the kind of film that probably would stand up well to seeing at least twice. Great movie.

3 Extremes - The first of the 3 films 'dumplings' by Chan Fruit was probably the best (and certainly the most extreme). Didn't love Park Chan-wook's segment 'Cut', it wasn't even close to the level he achieves in Oldboy, and
Miike Takashi's 'Box' was pretty good. Liked but did not love 3 Extremes.

Kung-fu Hustle - probably the biggest disappointments of the Asian films. It could have been a fantastic film, but is more Loony Tunes than Hong Kong Action film and there's much more CGI work than wire work. The story is very thin and aimless and the action is inconstant. Not nearly as good as Shaolin Soccer. Only recommended if you're looking for a big dumb action film.... which is to say it'll probably do well at the box off despite the fact it isn't a great film.

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Did you check out 212? The director, Anthony Ng, is from HK.

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