3 items from 2014
Fires on the Plain (Nobi) by Shin'ya Tsukamoto (Tetsuo) has adapted Shohei Ooka renowned anti-war novel, as Kon Ichikawa did in 1959. The new film screened in competition in Venice but arrives empty-handed in Toronto. It's fared better with the critics than with the juries, so we're gathering reviews—Jason Anderson, writing for Cinema Scope, finds that "the horrifying blunt force and almost relentless repugnancy of Tsukamoto’s effort prove to be the film’s greatest (if goriest) virtues"—and we have two clips. » - David Hudson »
★★★★☆A tubercular nightmare vision of war in all its bloody ferocity, Tetsuo (1989) director Shin'ya Tsukamoto's Fires on the Plain (2014) stormed into competition at Venice with a loud and frankly mad rush to seize its objective, regardless of the cost. Shot through with the same élan that saw steam punk body horror Tetsuo grind itself a cult niche, Tsukamoto adapts Shohei Ooka's novel Nobi - already filmed in 1959 by Kon Ichikawa - into a fever dream of defeat, cannibalism and madness. The war is going badly for Japan and Private Tamura (Tsukamoto himself) is with his ragged unit in the jungles of the Philippines, sick with TB and unable to be of much use to anyone as the Imperial Japanese Army prepare to retreat.
- CineVue UK
What is it about foreign horror films that makes them more interesting than so many English language horror films? You would have to think that the language barrier makes it more terrifying; people screaming is already difficult, but speaking a language you don’t understand can only make it worse. So, why are the remakes typically so bad? On this portion of the list, we are treated to a few of the more upsetting films in the canon – one movie I wouldn’t wish for anyone to see, a few that blazed the trail for many more, and one that I would elevate above the horror genre into its own little super-genre.
30. Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)
English Title: A Tale of Two Sisters
Directed by: Kim Ji-woon
Another excellent Korean horror film America had to remake to lesser results. 2003′s A Tale of Two Sisters is just one of many film adaptations of the folktale, »
- Joshua Gaul
3 items from 2014
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