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Millenium Actress (2001, Japan)

I thought I lost my DVD copy of Millenium Actress (2001, Japan). But Volts found it among the pile of old VCDs, thanks to him. This is one of the few films I’m not tired of watching over and over. The story is about Genya Tachibana who is shooting a documentary about a former actress, Read more about Millenium Actress (2001, Japan)[…]

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Comrades: Almost A Love Story

COMRADES: ALMOST A LOVE STORY (1996, Hong Kong) I fell in love with this film when I first saw it back in 2001. And it’s good to see it again after fourteen years. This Peter Chan film stars Maggie Cheung and Leon Lai. Leon Lai plays Li Xiao Jun, a naive immigrant from mainland China Read more about Comrades: Almost A Love Story[…]

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Clannad

CLANNAD (Japan, 2007) is a Japanese fantasy-drama anime film directed by Osamu Dezaki and based on the graphic novel of the same title by Key. It follows the story of Tomoya Okazaki, a third year high school student of Hikarizara, a loner due to a distant father who works at night, a mother who died when Read more about Clannad[…]

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The Place Promised in Our Early Days

THE PLACE PROMISED IN OUR EARLY DAYS (Japan, 2004) a.k.a. Kumo no Muko Yakusoku no Basho [literally translated as “Beyond the Clouds, the Promised Place”] is a Japanese anime film created and directed by Makoto Shinkai. The genre is a romantic sci-fi drama with military tone. Set in the mid-90s, the film follows the story Read more about The Place Promised in Our Early Days[…]

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An Unbelievable Form of Revenge

THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE & HER LOVER  (1989, UK and France) While looking for film clips that would help me inspire to write some difficult scenes, I stumbled upon on YouTube this film noir by Peter Greenaway. Rotten Tomatoes said that this is probably Greenaway’s famous film. Also, according the said film review Read more about An Unbelievable Form of Revenge[…]

“Caduceus” the novel became “Sa Likod ng Puting Uniporme” the screenplay

From Caduceus to Silver Linings Playbook

When I was a kid, I dreamed that I would become a doctor someday — wearing a white uniform, a nameplate with a Caduceus insignia, and a stethoscope hanging on my shoulder. But something changed that, and shifted my attention to creative writing. Yes, I was bitten by the writing bug on my graduation year. Read more about From Caduceus to Silver Linings Playbook[…]

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Tale of Genji: A Thousand Year Enigma

TALE OF GENJI: A THOUSAND YEAR ENIGMA (Genji Monogatari: Sennen no Nazo) (Japan, 2011) Directed by: Yasuo Tsuruhashi Genre: Period / Romance Tale of Genji: A Thousand Year Enigma is based on Japan’s oldest known romantic literary work, The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu, a Japanese novelist, poet, and lady-in-waiting at the Imperial Court Read more about Tale of Genji: A Thousand Year Enigma[…]

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A Different Take on Extra-Marital Affairs

BEFORE SUNRISE (Yoake no Machi de), 2011, Japan I missed the start of this Japanese film on Screen Red (HBO Asia) earlier. And according to their website, there will be no other show time this month. I tried looking for it online but I only found trailers, not the full movie version. Before Sunrise, also Read more about A Different Take on Extra-Marital Affairs[…]

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A Good Prequel

SAMURAI X: TRUST AND BETRAYAL (Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen, 1999, Japan) This afternoon, Volts and I watched this prequel to the anime television series, written by Masashi Sogo and directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi. It chronicles the backstory of Himura Kenshin as the Hitokiri Battosai, a legendary assassin during the years of the Meiji Restoration. The story Read more about A Good Prequel[…]