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Saturday, March 18th, 2006

Subject:Summer Program in Chinese Film History & Criticism at Beijing Film Academy
Posted by:niubi.
Time:10:49 pm.
I recently just discovered this unique, interesting and very cool, program: 1 month, 7 professors, 8 mini-courses, and 12 credits from the University of Washington to intensively study Chinese cinema at the Beijing Film Academy (http://faculty.washington.edu/yomi/bfa-uw.html):

"The program acquaints upper-level undergraduate and M.A. students with the history of Chinese cinema, with critical terms for discussing formal, institutional and ideological concerns, and with the Asian and global contexts of Chinese filmmaking. The intensive program includes eight mini-courses by leading Western and Chinese scholars as well as meetings with Chinese filmmakers. Other activities include weekly excursions in Beijing and vicinity. All classes are taught in English, to a student body from around the world. No knowledge of Chinese language is required."

Why is this such a great deal?

1) you study with 7 important international scholars/professors in the field of cinema
2) as the program is open to students worldwide, you have an equally nice chance to commune with a diverse group of fellow students
3) you have the opportunity to meet with Chinese directors and other producers of film in China and visit production sites
4) you receive 12 credits from the University of Washington at a cost that is less than half of what you would pay as an out of state student: the fee includes tuition, room, and all activities in and around Beijing.

There are no doubt other benefits as well depending on your own perspective. If you have any serious interest at all in this program, immediately email the program director because the deadline for applying has passed, but they will consider any late applicants who are serious about this wonderful opportunity (I have confirmed this with the director).

(In the interest of full disclosure, I should note that I will be doing this program.)

here is some additional information about the program:

Students will take all eight mini-courses:
1. Early Chinese cinema (Li Ershi, Beijing Film Academy)
2. Concepts in Chinese Film Criticism (Zhong Dafeng, Beijing Film Academy)
3. Studying Film Production in the PRC (Li Wei, Beijing Film Academy)
4. Chinese Cinema and the Nation (Chris Berry, University of London)
5. Cinematic Realisms (Mette Hjort, Lingnan University)
6. Globalism and Contemporary Cinema (James Tweedie, University of Washington)
7. Beijing in Film (Yomi Braester, University of Washington)
8. Film and Visual Culture in Contemporary China (Yomi Braester and James Tweedie, University of Washington)

Regular lectures will take place four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday), from 10 am to noon and 1 pm to 3 pm, followed by a film screening in the evening (a total of 8 mini-courses of 12 hours each).
At least once a week, an additional 2-hour class will be scheduled for meetings with film directors.
Guided excursions to locations around Beijing, ranging from tourist sites (including the Great Wall) to film locations (including the Beijing Film Studio lot). These excursions will typically take place once a week, for 5 to 8 hours, and occur on Wednesday or during the weekend.
Additional activities will include screenings at film theaters and drama performances (1-2 times a week).
To fully satisfy the course requirements, students must participate in all scheduled lectures and activities and write five 5-page papers, due on September 4.

To apply, simply send
1. A statement of purpose, explaining your interest in the program and detailing your academic background
2. A sealed letter of recommendation, by a teacher with whom you have studied, describing your academic aptitude and assessing your suitability for a study abroad program.
to the program director.
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Monday, February 20th, 2006

Subject:New website
Posted by:muffdaddysmooth.
Time:2:59 am.
I recently started a website where I review all of the Asian movies that I own. There is a little bit of everything on the site so feel free to check it out.

The url is www.asianfilmreviews.com

Let me know what you think.

Also, it this against any group rules, let me know and I'll delete this entry.
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Sunday, January 29th, 2006

Subject:The Promise
Posted by:assclown69.
Time:3:53 pm.
I saw The Promise <無極> just a few days ago in a South Korean cinema. The media here have been anti-hyping it as too fantastic, and lots of people are angry because local hero Jang Dong-geon (장동건) is cast as a slave, despite being the hero of the movie. Inter-Oriental baggage aside I went in with an open-mind and came out feeling good.

Yeah it's ridiculous fantasy and some of the lines towards the end come off as ludicrous, but the whole movie is entertaining and contains beautiful costumes and sets. Chen Kaige has outdone his rival Zhang Yimou in sheer volume of colour, costume, extras, etc.

The downfall is the woeful computer graphics. I read it was the most expensive Chinese movie made to date (30 million dollars in production bills) and you would have thought they could have managed a little better. Chen said in an interview that he's "still a scholar of CGI" but that's like calling a kindergarten kid counting apples and oranges a scholar of maths. One scene with Jan Dong-geon's character Kun Lun racing bulls was particularly farcical.

It's been billed as the pan-Asian "Lord of the Rings" and I know the Chinese have pinned a lot of hopes on it for a long elusive mainland Oscar. It's very fun, exciting, dramatic and funny but I don't think that last part was the intention of the director.

7/10 held back by the CGI and dialogue.
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Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

Subject:One Missed Call
Posted by:box_5_angel.
Time:3:49 pm.
Well, I finished watching it today. Although it was a little confusing in spots I really liked it. I could watch it again. And it was a little slow, not slow "Oh my goodness, when will this movie end", slow but "oh it's taking it's time to tell the story", slow. There were some jump out at you moments but nothing downright scary. A tiny bit of gore and really great atmosphere. I highly recommend it.

And the second disc has tons of great extras.

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Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

Posted by:midnightbliss.
Time:11:56 pm.

Could anyone recommend any Asian drama and romance movies, preferably Japanese? I really like Asian horror, but I would also like to experience other genres. If this has been asked already, could you direct me to a post about it or a site with a listing of different movies? Thanks!

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Tuesday, December 27th, 2005

Posted by:buttmunky.
Time:9:11 pm.
- I watched the latest HK movies- ( kinda latest?)- " All About Love" featuring Andy Lau & Charlene ( Sa from Twins) - LOVED the movie. It's seriously one of the saddest movies ever..O_o i was crying my eyes out watching it. Simply- awesome.

- then saw Miriam Yeung's " Drink Drank Drunk" the last part was very touching- and the entire process of the movie was pretty amusing.

- I also went through alot of Stephen Chow's old movies- O_o I fell in love with " All's Well Ends Well" 1992 version. This was one of the first movies that really helped Stephen Chow on his acting career- and it's a really good movie.

- Now...for English movies- I've seen King Kong & Memoirs of a Geisha-

- King Kong= pretty damn good- it's funny, can get exciting- and it's very sad in the end- It's a really good movie- I wouldn't miss it.

- However, Memoirs of a Geisha- was kind of a disappointment. Not only is it only a cheap copy of what the book offers- but as a general movie it's not the greatest film in the world. O_o it's ok I guess- whatev. I wouldn't highly reccomend it.
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Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

Subject:*cough* ATTENTION PEOPLE!!!!!!!
Posted by:soopermuffin.
Time:10:53 pm.
Mood: happy.
Attention all Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and Jet Li fan
I've seen a movie thats betetr than three of them actors combined mwahaha! just kidding they're great but really if you think Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and Jet Li are great check out Tony Jaa at Oong Bak :D WOW! he's great at jumping over cars! and whats great about that movie is it don't use wires and CGI's and Tony do his own stunts!!!
Bad thing about this film is it's not kung fu he uses muay thai :D but its good
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Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

Subject:Golden Globe Nominations; Kung Fu, Ang Lee, ZhangZiYi, etc.
Posted by:uclamedstudent.
Time:8:15 pm.
Golden Globe Nominations were just released and it's interesting to see who's on the list! Of note, I did watch "Brokeback Mountain" yesterday @ The Grove (after it won both the L.A. and N.Y. film critics award for best picture of the year), and currently it leads the nominations in The Golden Globe. I thought the movie was good and it was moving, but not really the best movie of the year, but hats off to chinese director Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) for being nominated for Best Director. My gut feeling is that Brokeback will win best picture of the year and Ang Lee will win Best Director, but we shall see. My predictions are however, different from my opinions and personally my favorite movie of the year is "Shopgirl"; the melancholy movie about Mirabelle Buttersfield and finding love. I also loved "Crash"; the controversial movie about racial discrimination that opened earlier in the year followed by HK's "Kung Fu Hustle". It was actually quite a surprise to learn that the critically acclaimed movie "Perhaps Love" now playing in HK was not nominated for "Best Foreign Film", but it nice to know that Stephen Chow has finally earned himself a nod for "Best Foreign Movie". Other things to note is that I have been waiting forever to watch "The Squid and The Whale", but have failed for some strange reason to find company. Everyone keeps on thinking that it really is about a squid and a whale and I keep on having to explain that it's not and I would still like to catch "Memoirs of a Geisha", the upcoming "Match Point" and "The Family Stone".
Here's my Top 10 Movies of The year 2005... and then after that.. The Golden Globe Nominations...
My TOP 10 Movies Of The Year.
1) Shopgirl.
2) Crash.
3) Kung Fu Hustle.
4) Beyond Our Ken.
5) Brokeback Mountain.
6) Seven Swords.
7) Sin City.
8) Jarhead.
9) Land Of The Dead.

My TOP 10 Movies Last Year in 2004.

Complete List of Golden Globe Nominations;
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Monday, December 5th, 2005

Subject:Kou Shibasaki.
Posted by:uclamedstudent.
Time:1:38 am.
Considering I'm completely enthralled with the Japanese Drama "Orange Days" during my continuously shortening vacation time, I thought it would be a good idea to talk a little about the female lead "Kou Shibasaki". Another amazingly talented actress that not too many seem to talk about internationally. For those who do not remember her; Kou Shibasaki was to most the most memorable character on the critically acclaimed and now classic "Battle Royale"(She killed a total of 6 characters; the 2nd most in the movie). She defined the Japanese psychotic girl role that later led to a trend in "Kill Bill Volume 1" and then "Sin City". Unknown to most people, Quentin Tarantino's first pick for the role of "Go-go's psychotic younger sister" in "Kill Bill Volume 1" was Kou Shibasaki. It was only after she turned down that role that Chiaki Kuriyama was given a much bigger part (Chiaki Kuriyama was made famous by her much smaller role in "Battle Royale"). In "Orange Days", Kou Shibasaki still has quite an edge. She really is quite an amazing actress in that she can portray herself as being a tough, but really very fragile deaf girl. I'm choosing her as an early pick for one day being an international star. She has what it takes.
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Kou Shibasaki in her role as Girl #11 in Battle Royale.
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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Posted by:kelly_in_taiwan.
Time:11:52 pm.
Hey everyone! Thought I'd say Hi...

I mostly like Chinese movies, particularly the works of Zhang Yimou and the other 'Fifth Generation' directors. I've also been meaning to expand into Korean cinema at some point as I've heard there's quite a bit to look out for. If anyone can make any recommendations, that'd be great. :)

I'm not sure if advertising is allowed here but I do have a Chinese movie community (chinesemovies) so if anyone wants to drop by, they're welcome to.
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Thursday, October 13th, 2005

Subject:Not a movie, but applicable.
Posted by:uniquecrash5.
Time:8:12 pm.
Just had this pointed out to me, and I think the folks on this list would appreciate it: Wuxiapedia.

Basically it's translations of Asian martial-arts novels for English readers. Haven't delved into it much yet myself.
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Friday, June 10th, 2005

Posted by:ddr_freak.
Time:9:30 pm.
This type of music might not be strictly in your tastes (hell, most people who like dance/trance HATE gabber), but anyway. I found a Japanese record company called Sharpnel (I didn't typo "shrapnel". The company really is called Sharpnel), who are a gabber/hardrave lable for artists who use Anime samples in their music (And hentai, which is a little bit weird). They have a radio station on the website, and while I was listening to it I thought I recognized a bit of the dialogue. After a few seconds listening, I heard the ever familiar cry of "BATTLE ROOYALE!". I waited and waited for the song to be on again, so that I could rip it from the stream, and here it is for your listening pleasure. The record companies website is here.
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Thursday, June 9th, 2005

Posted by:junetoo.
Time:7:05 pm.

Well since I haven't seen any rules and regulations for this forum I'm going to go ahead and make this post.  Sorry if it's too out of place.  I'm assuming since we watch Asian films many of us must be interested in other facets of Asia.  This is a link to a new Korea-based program.  You can create a virtual pet and care for it on your computer.  You don't have to make a pet though and you still get an account.  There are a lot of people in Asia on here so you can practice your language skills, talk about life there, and talk about movies of course.



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Wednesday, June 8th, 2005

Posted by:fridahazel.
Time:12:37 am.
I was thinking about anime the other day and while I'm sure most of us have heard of Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, there are also some lesser known ones that are very good like Grave of the Fireflies and Tokyo Godfathers. Has anyone seen those? What are some other good ones?
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Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

Posted by:nandaio.
Time:6:03 pm.
i just finished watching bright future, and i wondered if anyone had the soundtrack? i really want the song played during the credits and the trailer, im sorry but i dont know what its called.
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Saturday, May 28th, 2005

Subject:Miss.Du Shi Niang
Posted by:buttmunky.
Time:10:36 pm.
Mood: aggravated.
I just saw Miss.Du Shi Niang ( 2003) and it is seriously one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Not only does it barely have a plot but the actress Miss.Reis over-acted most parts and the characters of the movie seemed a bit blurry. I'd give is a D in rating- it isn't funny or witty or anything- like the movie says " she gave her all for love" well...she basically did... and that was it. Maybe it was just me- i really don't know- has anyone else seen this film?
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Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

Subject:a few good ones
Posted by:fridahazel.
Time:12:18 am.

I just found this community and I thought it looked interesting. I all kinds of films, but I have special place in my heart for Asian film and I just thought I would share with you some really good ones:

"Wasabi" -Japanese/French
"Bangkok Dangerous" - Thai
"Shall We Dance" - Japanese
"So Close" - Chinese
"Eat, Drink, Man, Woman" -Chinese
"Raise the Red Lantern" -Chinese
"Shanghai Triad" -Chinese
"Heroic Duo" - Chinese
"Farewell My Concubine" -Chinese

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Sunday, May 15th, 2005

Subject:Thai movies
Posted by:junetoo.
Time:10:33 pm.
Anyone seen the Thai films Sexphone and Last Life in the Universe?  I think Sexphone is like many Thai films, but Last Life appeared different.  Then again I haven't viewed a huge number of Thai films.  I was wondering what other people thought of Last Life's style.
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Sunday, April 24th, 2005

Subject:Ring 2
Posted by:swimzguy.
Time:6:22 pm.

"Samara" or "Ring 2" is such a big flop and disappointment!! If you think the Hollywood re-make of its part 1 is bad, this sequel is even worse, even though this time it was directed by the same original Hideo Nakata. In fact, Nakata just conveniently (and shamelessly) re-cycled all his horror tactics from his own "Ringu 2" and "Dark Water" and yet, ironically, his "Dark Water" is so much better and scarier.

Not only me, but seems like the whole cinema was not too impressed, as everyone was almost quiet and unmoved throughout with hardly anyone screamed or scared, even though it was about 70% full. Worse, I nearly burst into laughter at the scene when i saw Samara's mother in the asylum. Its ending climax scene is a total anti-climax!!!!

Enough said. This is truly one of the worst horror movies I've seen lately. Forget it. Dump it to the well with Samara! Might as well re-watch the Thai "Shutter" or the director's very own "Dark Water".
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Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

Posted by:shared_boxers.
Time:3:29 pm.
Japan Movies Giving the World the Creeps

I've been sayin' that for years ...
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