The Protectors [Series 1]

With the success of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo it was inevitable that there would be interest in any new (and a revival of old) Scandinavian crime related sensations. First it was the murder mystery series The Killing with its Twin Peaks-esque whodunit tease-fest and now the Danish series The Protectors. The Protectors also known as “Livvagterne”, is a series […]

Suicide Club

A subway station loaded with people await the arrival of the express train to Tokyo. As the announcement of its approach is made over the loudspeaker, 54 schoolgirls move to the edge of the platform in one long line. They hold hands, count to three, then all leap in front of the oncoming train, showering […]

Mother

ORDER DVD Do-joon (Bin Won) has a widowed mother (Hye-ja Kim) who is utterly devoted to him. He may be simple, but he’s all she has and she works hard to support them both. Doting and protective, she only wants the best for him. Then, one night, a local schoolgirl is found brutally murdered and […]

Himizu

Based on the Manga by Minoru Furuya but altered slightly to include recent events, Himizu tells the tale of two disturbed 14-year-olds trying to find hope in a devastated post-quake Japan. Opening with documentary-style handycam footage of the disaster sites, we are immediately given a taste of the bitter flavour that will permeate the rest […]

Princess

ORDER DVD When famous porn star Christina Christensen dies, her brother August arrives on the scene to take custody of her five-year-old daughter, Mia. August, a priest, quickly find that the little girl has been deeply and cruelly affected by her association with the seedy world of pornography and so he begins a violent crusade […]

[REC]

ORDER DVD Some horror movies have a cerebral bent, using the supernatural or extreme as metaphors for daily horrors and social issues. Others aim for a psychological effect, to tap into collective fears and deeper psychoses. Then there are movies like Spanish festival hit [REC], that simply aim to create the cinematic equivalent of a rollercoaster […]

Yatterman

To say Japanese director Takashi Miike has had a varied career is a gross understatement. Incredibly prolific, Miike has dozens of features to his credit and they run a wide gamut in subject matter and style. His international reputation has been founded on the bizarre, the extreme and the unpredictable. As such, his adaptation of […]

25 Carat

Life has not been easy for Kay (Aida Folch). Her only family is her deadbeat Dad, who swings between making dodgy deals and losing any gains through gambling. Amidst it all, she meets a kindred spirit in Abel (Francesc Garrido), a taciturn former boxer and father of a young boy, now making a living as […]

A Cat in Paris

Dino is a black cat leading a double life. During the day, he is the placid domestic pet of a little girl named Zoe, but at night he scales the rooftops with acrobatic burglar Nico as he conducts various daring robberies. Meanwhile, Zoe’s mother – the chief of police – is closing in on notorious […]

Survive Style 5+

A man with a seemingly unkillable wife. An advertising executive with ideas as bad as they are frequent. Unrequited homosexual love. A husband and father hypnotised into thinking he is a bird. All of these and much more are packed into the madcap Japanese cult hit Survive Style 5+. The structure is of five interlocking stories, […]

Outrage

ORDER DVD Actor/director Takeshi “Beat” Kitano is probably most well known for his string of ultra-violent Yakuza films in the ’90s. Masterpieces like Violent Cop and Sonatine cemented Kitano’s stone-cold demeanor, deadpan humor, and often Zen-like atmospheres into the cannon of must-see Japanese cinema. After those films Takeshi went on to make more lighthearted comedy/drama fare (with the slight […]

Elles

This French/Polish erotic drama centers around an investigative journalist writing an article on student prostitution for Elle magazine. Juliette Binoche coldly portrays Anne: mother, housewife and work-obsessed journalist. In this “day-in-the-life-of” she is nearing the completion of her piece focusing on two university students working as part-time prostitutes to help pay their way through school. […]