Jon Pais

[Korean Film Review] She Came From (그녀에게)

A contemplative, enigmatic arthouse drama with a bit of road movie tossed in, Kim Seong-ho's ambitious sophomore feature film - about a young director confronting loss and abandonment - benefits from a great choice of locales, fine lensing, and... More »
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"Se min kjole" (Hush Little Baby) Available on DVD

Hella Joof's road movie is now available on DVD, and features not only optional English subtitles, but also Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and Danish for the hearing impaired. The DVD can be ordered from laserdisken.dk.   The site is in... More »
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Koji Wakamatsu's "Caterpillar" in Post-Production

This is exciting news (well, actually it's already old news, but it's new to me!) - no sooner was United Red Army (to be released on DVD next month by French distrib Blaq Out) finished, when Koji Wakamatsu set to work on Edogawa... More »
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Koji Wakamatsu 4-DVD (from HD masters) Box Set Available for Preorder

Better than a gift box of Spam for the Chuseok holidays is the news that fourteen films (many on DVD for the first time) by legendary pink film director Koji Wakamatsu will be released by French distributor Blaq Out. The first... More »
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DVD Review: Toshiki Satō's Empty Room (2001), Or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Japanese Sex Films

  Sachiko (Nakagawa Mao), a young woman frustrated with her life of dull routine, and seeking stimulation outside the deadening monotony of housework and catering to her needy husband, befriends Kobayashi (Yûji Tajiri), a neighbor whose wife has been carrying... More »
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DVD Review (Part 4): Jeonju Digital Project 2000-2008

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the Jeonju International Film Festival has released a handsomely packaged compilation of 27 shorts by filmmakers from Asia, Africa and Europe. For the past decade, JIFF has been commissioning films from three directors... More »
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DVD Review (Part Three): Jeonju Digital Project 2000-2008

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the Jeonju International Film Festival has released a handsomely packaged compilation of 27 shorts by filmmakers from Asia, Africa and Europe. For the past decade, JIFF has been commissioning films from three... More »
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[Korean DVD Review] Kim Ki-young’s The Housemaid (하녀) Remastered (1960)

When I reviewed the digitally restored print of The Housemaid at last year's Pusan International Film Festival, I asserted that, when Kim Ki-young's classic was released on video, it would be one of the most cherished DVDs of the year.... More »
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Korean Cinema Today Vol. 2

The Korean Film Council is at it again, with their second volume of Korean Cinema Today -- sixty pages chock full of Asian cinema goodness. This issue includes: an analysis of the Korean box office for the first half of... More »
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[Korean DVD News] Kim Ki-young's "The Housemaid" Available July 28th

The long-awaited DVD of Kim Ki-young's masterpiece The Housemaid is finally coming out on Tuesday, July 28th. The anamorphic disc comes with Korean, English, French and Japanese subtitles. A 40-page booklet and audio commentary by Bong Joon-ho are included. Thanks... More »
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DVD Review (Part Two): Jeonju Digital Project 2000-2008

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the Jeonju International Film Festival has released a handsomely packaged compilation of 27 shorts by filmmakers from Asia, Africa and Europe. For the past decade, JIFF has been commissioning films from three... More »
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DVD Review (Part One): Jeonju Digital Project 2000-2008

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the Jeonju International Film Festival has released a handsomely packaged compilation of 27 shorts by filmmakers from Asia, Africa and Europe. For the past decade, JIFF has been commissioning films from three directors... More »
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Korean Cinema Today May-June Vol.1: Special Cannes Edition

KOFIC sure publishes some pretty-looking stuff—just check out their first issue of Korean Cinema Today. It has articles on the Korean indie scene; a report on the restored print of Shin Sang-ok’s "Prince Yeonsan" (1962); an appreciation of director Lee... More »
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Jeonju Digital Project DVD Box Set Now Available

[I'm bouncing this back to the top of the page purely because my set just arrived and it is gorgeous.] A beautiful-looking boxset put out by the Jeonju International Film Festival showcases the work of filmmakers from Asia, Africa and... More »
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[Korean DVD Review] Noh Young-seok's 'Daytime Drinking'

Already screened at half a dozen film festivals worldwide (including Toronto and Rotterdam), with still a few more on the horizon, Daytime Drinking, the ultra low budget road movie by Noh Young-seok, signals the arrival of a fresh new voice... More »
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[Korean Film News] Fully-Restored Print of Kim Ki-young's 'The Housemaid' Now Available Online

Thanks to jsjirn over at the discussion forums at Darcy Paquet's Koreanfilm.org for pointing the way to the online video of the fully restored print of Kim Ki-young's masterpiece The Housemaid. Forum member kyunghk, who served as one of the... More »
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DVD Review: Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (UK, R2)

Bernd Eichinger, acclaimed producer of The Downfall, returns to tackle Germany's turbulent past in Der Baader Meinhof Komplex, documenting a decade of the activities of the Red Army Faction. Based on Stefan Aust's authoritative book, the film, one of the... More »
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[Korean DVD News] Noh Young-seok's 'Daytime Drinking' R3 DVD up for PreOrder

Noh Young-seok's road movie, Daytime Drinking, is now available for pre-order. Shot on HD for a piddly ten grand, this leisurely-paced black comedy, whose title refers to Korea's national pastime, follows the mishaps of a fellow (Hyeok-jin) who embarks on... More »
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Nicolas Winding Refn's Bronson Up for Preorder (UK R2)

To say I'm curious to see Nicolas Winding Refn's Bronson would not be exactly accurate -- I'm dying to see it! If you're asking why, then you must not have seen Refn's Pusher trilogy, which stars an obscure actor... More »
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Paolo Sorrentino’s Il Divo up for Pre-order

For those who have not already picked up the English-subtitled Italian DVD of Il Divo, Artificial Eye (UK R2) will be releasing Paolo Sorrentino’s magnificent bio-pic on July 27th. The film contains the following special features: The making of Il... More »
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