Keyword : Action Film
An ideological reading of the latest Bond film, Skyfall. Author Calvert wonders, is this Bond politically progressive, or a throwback to the Ian Fleming era values?
Both a primer on the Japanese action film of the 1960s, 1970s, and a detailed analysis of key elements.
A study of how Yôji Yamada's Hidden Blade, from 2004, negotiates, through its narrative and visual style, change in Japanese society.
In this essay Saunders argues that the two Christopher Nolan Batman films are a cut above the usual Hollywood action/spectacle film because of their in-depth character development and their relevance to social and ideological context (the 'war on terror', crime, capitalism, vigilantism).
An analysis of the politics behind Greengrass' thriller, Green Zone.
A review of the Bourne films.
Author Hwanhee Lee tackles the knotty moral issues raised in Park Chan-wook's film ??Oldboy??.
An genre analysis of Park Chan-Wook's particular brand of film thriller.
Author Guan-Soon wrestles through the virutes and ambiguities of Zhang Yimou’s Hero, a film which, according to Guan-Soon, negotiates between a Hollywood style blockbuster and a culturally savvy Chinese martial arts epic.
An exploration of the art of fight choreography as defined by wuxia pan master King Hu.
A report on the 29th International Hong Kong Film festival.
Festival report which covers events from 2002 to 2004.
Part-two of Fantasia Festival report.
Fantasia is back after a one year hiatus, stonger than ever.
An interview with Hong Kong director Johnnie To.
Randolph Jordan stretches his writer's arms in his two-part Fantasia 2003 report, using part one to reflect on cult cinema spectatorship.
Jordan uses part two of his report as an extended mediation on Fantasia (and Jordan) favorite Takashi Miike.
Low budget excels at FanTasia 2003.
In September 2002, at the Toronto International Film Festival, I was very pleased to meet Cheng-Sim Lim, the Head of Programming at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, who told me she was curating a series of films celebrating the history of Chinese Martial Arts on film!
A round-up of some of the best from one of the more interesting National cinemas of the past few years.