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Weekend Movies #3: Asian Films

I've been watching a lot of Asian films lately, and this bunch has been, so far, the cream of the crop:

1. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. I've already seen Old Boy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance so I already had some expectations with this film. As usual, it did not disappoint. It's ghastly but beautiful. (μ)

2. I Saw The Devil. Another revenge movie recommended by a friend. I'm not really a big fan of violence and gore but I think I may have to make an exception with this film. It was very graphic and brutal and would make you feel mostly uncomfortable but cinematography was excellent. The story's not that 100% original (movie would remind you of Se7en) but nevertheless a masterpiece. Definitely a must watch.(μ)

3. A Letter to Momo. An anime that will remind you of Spirited Away or My Neighbor Totoro but it's nothing of a remake or rehash of the Ghibli films. It is delightful, magical and real at the same time. I loved the Japanese scenic landscapes. (μ)

4. Time of Eve. There were points in the movie where I was really confused and I find highly improbable to happen, but it still raises some good controversial points around prejudice and beliefs. (μ)

5. Confessions. Pure brilliance. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, holding on for dear life. One of the best films I've seen this year. I'm just glad to have watched this, there's a certain satisfaction in watching a film as great as this. (μ)

6. Last Life in the Universe. I just had to quote this review from IMDB: "This is not a simple or straight-forward film, but nor is it complicated or pretentious. Last Life in the Universe is difficult to sum up without mentioning its imagery, of which you have to see for yourself to appreciate, or describing it with the words 'beautiful' and 'subtle' - I almost managed it." (μ)