(Japanese with English subtitles) A disgraced warrior planning the murder of a Japanese diplomat, and a ninja in the employ of a navy official are about to land in San Francisco when a band... See full summary »
Over 16 hours, in February, 1987, a man confronts jealously and rage as a love affair falters. Photojournalist Mel Hurley returns home to San Francisco on the eve of his birthday, expecting... See full summary »
Four chapters based on the birth of a 'secret child', or a film, with chapter titles: "La séction Césarienne" (Caesarian section: a descriptive detail introducing the mother); "Le dernier ... See full summary »
Henri de Maublanc,
Shin Kishida stars as Juzo, a self-important pinku eiga director plainly modeled on Nagisa Oshima. Production is stopped on his new film whenever lead celebrity Meiko is too obviously ... See full summary »
Pool is life and a pool-hall the world in this rugged slice of life directed by S.F.'s Rob Nilsson
Kelvin Han Yee is the hero and Don Bajema the anti-hero in this complex story of a contentious pool game on which everything rides. Paul Newman's 1963 film The Hustler serves as an interesting contrast to this shadowy neon-lit series of vignettes exposing the lives of a group of Bay Area players living close to the street. The relentless high pressure of the big upcoming game alternates with the sadness felt by the people surrounding these two players.
Amateur actors from the Tenderloin Action Group make up the supporting cast and create the unscripted feel of this EthanSingh - Rand Crook production. The downbeat mood and long length means it won't be everyone's cup of tea, but for fans of cinema verité it has the strong spark of real life played out in real time. Some of the seedy locales are aptly raw and a short night-time visit to the beach is a strangely pleasing interlude that serves to break the dramatic tension.
Don Bajema is very effective as the obsessively anal-retentive champion with a title to lose.
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