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1. Ong Bak 2 (Tony Jaa, Panna Rittikrai, 2008) [Thailand] 5

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Camb: 1 / Indo: 1 / Laos: 1 / Myan: 1 / Thai: 1 / Viet: 1
1. Chanthaly (2012) Laos 99mins
2. Shutter (2004) Thailand 97mins
3. Three Seasons (1999) Vietnam 105mins
4. Mudras Calling (2018) Myanmar 106mins
5. My Stupid Boss (2016) Indonesia 106min

6. Jailbreak (2017) Cambodia 92mins

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Imagine The Raid crossed with Celda 211 and that is largely what this action film is like, set during a riot at a prison where the inmates have broken out and overpowered most of the guards. The characters though are far less interesting here and the bizarre circumstances that prevent anyone on the outside from being aware of the riot are not exactly credible. Some of the performances are really decent though. Cool female chief antagonist too.
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Hot Curries and Slow Cinema
Day 1 - two heavy meals of heavy Filipino slow cinema, and a rather stale Thai horror dessert

1. Imburnal / Sewer (Sherad Anthony Sanchez, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 196 minutes)
2. Now Showing (Raya Martin, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 279 minutes)
3. See prang / 4bia / Phobia (Banjong Pisanthanakun/Paween Purikitpanya/Yongyoot Thongkongtoon/Parkpoom Wongpoom, 2008, THAILAND, 112 minutes)

Day 2 - Lav Diaz' heavy sadness; Filipino vampires and Thai ghosts

4. Melancholia (Lav Diaz, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 446 minutes)
5. Kulay dugo ang gabi / Blood is the Color of Night / The Blood Drinkers (Gerardo de Leon, 1964, PHILIPPINES, 87 minutes)
6. Suay Laak Sai / Sick Nurses (Piraphan Laoyant/Thodsopol Siriwiwat, 2007, THAILAND, 82 minutes)
Day 3 - Blood Island, and Kung-Fu fighting Snake Woman

7. Brides of Blood (Gerardo de Leon/Eddie Romero, 1968, PHILIPPINES , 97 minutes)
8. Mad Doctor of Blood Island (Gerardo de Leon/Eddie Romero, 1968, PHILIPPINES , 89 minutes)
9. Beast of Blood (Eddie Romero, 1970, PHILIPPINES , 90 minutes)

Severin Films released these three, along with the earlier Terror is a Man, a couple of years ago as the "Blood Island Collection" and as with most interesting genre releases these days, it was limited and went OP right away and at the moment is selling for almost $250 on Amazon. Even though I didn't end up loving any of these (I liked Terror is a Man, which I saw a few years ago, slightly more) I wish I'd bought that set when new and reasonably priced, as I suspect the stories behind the making of these films, all the interviews and commentaries, would have added much context and entertainment value.

At any rate, it's a fun little group of low-budget exploitation films. Not really a "trilogy" or series in the conventional sense, but there is some continuity - all three are directed (or co-directed) by Eddie Romero, and all three star American actor John Ashley, who seems to have started out his career a decade earlier as a would-be teen heartthrob in the Troy Donahue / Tab Hunter vein. And the third film is in fact a direct sequel to the second, though it goes off in a pretty different direction, genre-wise.

Brides of Blood involves a doctor (Kent Taylor) and his oversexed wife (Beverly Powers), who, with Ashely as a Peace Corps worker trying to help locals with irrigation, stumble on the terrible secret of the villagers on this remote island - yep, it's called Blood Island - involving human sacrifice and a terrible monster. The cause unsurprisingly of the monster - a mutation, AKA a man in a pretty cheesy rubber mosnter-suit - and various plant-life on the island that attacks people, is the dreaded Atom Bomb, specifically the Bikini Atoll tests. Lurid colors (much of the film is extremely overlit, which works ok in this kind of film but can be distracting), a bit of nudity, not a whole lot of blood in this one, and some day/night/day issues that would make Ed Wood proud. Fun stuff for the b-movie specialist.

Monster of Blood Island gives us essentially the same plot with different characters though Ashley is back, this time as a pathologist investigating what is apparently "chlorophyll poisoning" which turns the skin green and kills people. He's accompanied by Angelique Pettyjohn, best know for an appearance in Star Trek with the green hair and silver outfit

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and here, unfortunately, like all the women in the first two of these films, playing a role not really different - just decoration. This time we've got a mad scientist (Ronald Remy, who played the vampire Marco in Blood is the Color of Night) who is actually behind the horrible monster-men, and we've also got a somewhat better visual quality - colors only slightly less popping but also a bit more varied, and light levels that are closer to realistic. The quick in-out zooms when the monster is on the screen or stalking a victim are irritating and distracting to me, but some might enjoy the effect I suppose - it does add in some ways to the sheer weirdness and trashiness of the thing. A bit more nudity and significantly more blood here than in the first film, though it's still fairly tame by late 60s - 70s standards.

Beast of Blood has Ashley returning as the same character, a couple of years later, and I think it might be the best of the three (though I gave them all the same rating, they're pretty much of a piece overall), though it's the one with the least horror content, instead switching genres pretty much to action-adventure, apart from the opening few minutes and the last few, which belong more to the typical monster-movie character of the first two films. Most of this involves Ashley and his native guide (Liza Belmonte) tracking the mad scientist from the second film (played by a different actor here) who somehow made it out of the fiery series of explosions that ended that film, and there's lots of action and jungle adventures here. This is more up my personal alley overall, and it's also to the credit of the film that they give both Belmonte and Celeste Yarnall - a journalist who gets captured by the mad scientist at one point for... really stupid reasons - quite a bit more to do than just show their tits, though Ashley's choice of the white woman over the native girl certainly smacks (lightly) of a racist appeal to white American audiences - can't have no Asian girl doin' it with an all-American Aryan type, no sirree. Unfortunately this had the worst print-quality by far of the three films, rather faded and lacking in color and with lots of speckles and pops.

Overall a fun series for sure.

10. She yao jing / Devil Woman / Bruka, Queen of Evil (Felix Villar/Chi-Lien Yu, 1973, PHILIPPINES /Hong Kong, 95 minutes)

I thought I was getting the 1970 film - just listed as Devil Woman - when I started this out, but instead I got this sequel - the first film seems harder to find as it turns out, and I suspect this is as far as I'll go in this little series this month. But it's a fun one, a mash-up of Hong Kong martial arts with Filipino horror, a woman with snakes for hair who can command them, who is taking vengeance on the village that killed her parents (while trying to kill her) when she was a child. The martial arts come in the form of Master Shuwen (Alex Tzi-Fei Lung), a Chinese visitor to the islands, who spends much of the film singlehandedly fighting off gangs of 8-12 thugs before the final showdown with the snake-charmer arrives. Definitely more an action film than horror, and one of several partially HK-produced films from this period that interact with genres from elsewhere - the following year's Shaw-Hammer film The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires is a typical example, though on a significantly bigger budget and a more lavish production than this modest affair. But frankly I thought this was more fun, and I think it's the earliest Filipino, or part-Filipino film I've seen in Cinemascope, a nice change after several 1.37:1 films in a row.

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Thank you for hosting, Melvelet!!

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1. Shier lou (12 Storeys, Eric Khoo, 1997) 8/10 (Singapore) (104 min)
2. Daun di Atas Bantal (Leaf on a Pillow, Garin Nugroho, 1998) 8.5/10 (Indonesia) (79 min)
3. In the Room ( Eric Khoo, 2015) 6.5/10 (Singapore) (104 min)
4. Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku (Memories of My Body, Garin Nugroho, 2018) 8.5/10 (Indonesia) (107 min)

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21. Feng Shui (2004) [Philippines]
22. Ba mùa (1999) [Vietnam]
23. Nang Nak (1999) [Thailand]
24. Brides of Blood (1968) [Philippines]
25. Macabre (2009) [Indonesia]
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4. Chung một dòng sông - On the Same River (1959, Hong Nghi Nguyen, Ky Nam Pham) - (North) Vietnam - 94 min
Seen so far:
1. Kisapmata - Blink of an Eye (1981, Mike De Leon) - Philippines - 98 min

2. Tôi thay hoa vàng trên co xanh - Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass (2015, Victor Vu) - Vietnam - 98 min

3. Nunal sa tubig - Speck in the Water (1976, Ishmael Bernal) - Philippines - 119 min

4. Chung một dòng sông - On the Same River (1959, Hong Nghi Nguyen, Ky Nam Pham) - (North) Vietnam - 94 min
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blueboybob wrote: October 3rd, 2020, 10:47 pm 20. The Day of the Trumpet (1958) [Philippines] <--- Would like a 2nd opinion if this one counts.
It's fine I think. And thanks for adding a bit of opinion on some of the movies
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Hot Curries and Slow Cinema
Day 1 - two heavy meals of heavy Filipino slow cinema, and a rather stale Thai horror dessert

1. Imburnal / Sewer (Sherad Anthony Sanchez, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 196 minutes)
2. Now Showing (Raya Martin, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 279 minutes)
3. See prang / 4bia / Phobia (Banjong Pisanthanakun/Paween Purikitpanya/Yongyoot Thongkongtoon/Parkpoom Wongpoom, 2008, THAILAND, 112 minutes)

Day 2 - Lav Diaz' heavy sadness; Filipino vampires and Thai ghosts

4. Melancholia (Lav Diaz, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 446 minutes)
5. Kulay dugo ang gabi / Blood is the Color of Night / The Blood Drinkers (Gerardo de Leon, 1964, PHILIPPINES, 87 minutes)
6. Suay Laak Sai / Sick Nurses (Piraphan Laoyant/Thodsopol Siriwiwat, 2007, THAILAND, 82 minutes)

Day 3 - Blood Island, and Kung-Fu fighting Snake Woman

7. Brides of Blood (Gerardo de Leon/Eddie Romero, 1968, PHILIPPINES , 97 minutes)
8. Mad Doctor of Blood Island (Gerardo de Leon/Eddie Romero, 1968, PHILIPPINES , 89 minutes)
9. Beast of Blood (Eddie Romero, 1970, PHILIPPINES , 90 minutes)

10. She yao jing / Devil Woman / Bruka, Queen of Evil (Felix Villar/Chi-Lien Yu, 1973, PHILIPPINES /Hong Kong, 95 minutes)
Day 4 - more from Eddie Romero & John Ashley; and worse

11. Beast of the Yellow Night (Eddie Romero, 1971, PHILIPPINES , 84 minutes))
12. The Twilight People (Eddie Romero, 1972, PHILIPPINES , 81 minutes))

My tour through the work of director (and sometimes writer/producer) Romero and lead actor (and sometimes producer, as in these films) Ashley continues with two of their better examples (though you wouldn't know it from IMDb ratings, especially on the first. Nobody appreciates low-rent schlock if it's from a "third world" country I guess). Beast of the Yellow Night is the best yet from this pair, an actually somewhat touching story of a man-monster (clearly Romero's specialty), somewhere between the wolfman and Mr. Hyde, I guess more like the latter. In this case Ashley is an American businessman in the Philippines who has suffered a terrible injury but somehow makes an amazing recovery - albeit with a new face. Turns out though that the new face is hiding a new, or rather old, personality courtesy of THE DEVIL!!! who was introduced in the first scene, as another man with what will be Ashley's face was about to die, years earlier, but given new life... for a price. The mixture of Faust and Jekyll/Hyde isn't always elegantly done and frankly I think the whole devil thing was unnecessary, but this is a pretty well done story overall about a man trapped by the monster within him, who can't even die (he's invulnerable). This actually develops some real pathos, particularly in the scenes with the old blind man who befriends our hero when he's on the run from the law.

The Twilight People isn't on the same level, largely due to an over-familiar story - it's an uncredited re-working of H.G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau, which had already been filmed by Romero's sometime collaborator Gerardo De Leon in 1959 as Terror is a Man, and of course has been done in "official" and not-so-official renditions several times in the USA. In this case it's sort of combined with the "Most Dangerous Game" theme, as a top diver and all-round physically and mentally superb "specimen" (John Ashley) is brought by this story's version of Moreau (Charles Macauley) to his island to be an unwilling part of the mad doctor's human-animal experiments. The MDG element comes in the form of the doctor's assistant who likes nothing better than tracking and capturing or killing escapees from the jungle compound - and the last third or more of the film is mostly tracking and escaping and fighting. There's also a beautiful daughter of the doctor who has second thoughts about the experiments (Pat Woodell), and of course there are some beast people, notably the vicious and uncontrollable Panther Woman played by none other than Pam Grier. This is overall fun, but as I said, over-familiar - if you've seen several other versions of the story or similar ones, this adds nothing new, and for the horror aficionados, there isn't much of that here - it's more an action film, like some of Romero's previous films in this vein. No nudity, surprisingly enough - I think that's a first in the Romero/Ashley corpus.

13. Vampire Hookers (Cirio H. Santiago, 1978, PHILIPPINES , 80 minutes)

One important tidbit that I have learned over the years is that watching John Carradine intone bits of poetry at the beginning, or really anywhere in a horror film, is not comparable to Vincent Price doing the same job. Or at least the films don't tend to compare. Here we have the aged Carradine as a 200-year-old vampire luring unsuspecting young American sailors and others to his lair under a cemetery in Manila with the help of three beautiful, buxom...vampire hookers, of course. Hey at least the title is accurate, so if you want to watch a trio of cute women writhe around semi-naked, or if you like really half-baked attempts at humor, umm, maybe this is the film for you? I don't know who else it's for though - easily the worst film of the month so far for me, not funny, poorly acted, and with a (very softcore) sex scene that feels like it goes on forever - I made dinner, had a few beers, did my taxes for the next 2 years and won several thousand dollars in half a dozen poker hands while it was on and I still fell asleep before the end. Camp value, maybe? I don't know. Carradine probably deserved a better career than he had in his later days - guessing drink did him in.

14. Primitif / Savage Terror (Sisworo Gautama Putra, 1980, INDONESIA, 85 minutes)

Another pretty weak film though this benefits greatly from the extraordinary presence and masculine beauty of Indonesian superstar Barry Prima, one of a handful of men who could make me a switch hitter -

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Prima here plays a world-famous ethnologist or something, who is on a trip with four others up the river and into the jungle to learn about an obscure, lost tribe who of course turn out to be... CANNIBALS! Yes this is a cannibal film, though it's pretty light on the human-eating scenes or gore in general. Of course Prima and his crew (one of whom is a woman who I'm sure is disappointed to be only the second most beautiful person in the group) have to escape and of course at the end only two of them are left alive on a raft floating downstream (guess which two). This is mostly just boring, but Prima's presence and a certain mood and vibe to the jungle atmosphere make it almost worth watching. Still I'll be glad to leave the jungles behind for a while...



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1. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 1
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4. Rak ti Khon Kaen 2015 — a.k.a. Cemetery of Splendor 6/10 - Thailand 120min
5. How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) 2015 7/10 - Thailand 79 min
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1. Kraben rahu 2018 — a.k.a. Manta Ray 6/10 - Thailand 102 min
2. Insiang 1976 8-/10 - Philippines 94 min
3. Ruined Heart: Another Lovestory Between a Criminal & a Whore 2014 6/10 - Philippines 73 min
4. Rak ti Khon Kaen 2015 — a.k.a. Cemetery of Splendor 6/10 - Thailand 120min
5. How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) 2015 7/10 - Thailand 79 min
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3. Brides of Blood (1968 / Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero / Philippines) FTV 7+/10 {97 m.}
4. Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968 / Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero / Philippines) 7/10 {95 m.}
5. Beast of Blood (1970 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) 7+/10 {90 m.}
6. The Beast of the Yellow Night (1971 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) 6+/10 {90 m.}
7. Raw Force (1982 / Edward Murphy / Philippines) 8/10 {86 m.}
8. Pembalasan Ratu Pantai Selatan; aka: Lady Terminator (1989 / H. Tjut Djalil / Indonesia) 8/10 {82 m.}
9. Seed of Darkness (2006 / Michael Chuah / Malaysia) FTV 5/10 {102 m.}


I was away from the internet for the last couple of days so I couldn't post. I quite agree with Old Ale's analysis of the Blood Island trilogy, even down to having the same favorite of a mostly consistent bunch (Beast of Blood). I am less enamored of The Beast of Yellow Night than Old Ale is, although it is fun to see John Ashley take on a darker role. Raw Force and Lady Terminator are both crazy fun! Seed of Darkness is a typical slow burn ghost tale with no memorable moments.
Mad Monster Party?! Goes Southeast Asian!
1. Gancore Gud; aka: Dead Bite (2011 / Apisit Opasaimlikit / Thailand) FTV 6+/10 {94 m.}
2. Vampariah (2016 / Matthew Abaya / Philippines) FTV 6/10 {90 m.}

3. Brides of Blood (1968 / Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero / Philippines) FTV 7+/10 {97 m.}
4. Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968 / Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero / Philippines) 7/10 {95 m.}
5. Beast of Blood (1970 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) 7+/10 {90 m.}
6. The Beast of the Yellow Night (1971 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) 6+/10 {90 m.}
7. Raw Force (1982 / Edward Murphy / Philippines) 8/10 {86 m.}
8. Pembalasan Ratu Pantai Selatan; aka: Lady Terminator (1989 / H. Tjut Djalil / Indonesia) 8/10 {82 m.}
9. Seed of Darkness (2006 / Michael Chuah / Malaysia) FTV 5/10 {102 m.}

Views: 9 / FTV’s: 4 / Doubles w/ Horror Challenge: 9 / {826 m.}
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1. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 1
2. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 2
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Bru: 1 / Cam: 1 / Ind: 1 / Lao: 1 / Mya: 1 / Tha: 1 / Vie: 1
1. Chanthaly (2012) Laos 99mins
2. Shutter (2004) Thailand 97mins
3. Three Seasons (1999) Vietnam 105mins
4. Mudras Calling (2018) Myanmar 106mins
5. My Stupid Boss (2016) Indonesia 106min
6. Jailbreak (2017) Cambodia 92mins

7. Yasmine (2014) Brunei 109mins

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This chronicles the experiences of headstrong college student who insists on learning a Southeast Asian form of martial arts and practicing it. All of the clichés and tropes of the genre are present, from the friends who she takes for granted, to the father who she opposes, to the reluctant mentor and so on, and lead actress Liyana Yus never really creates a sympathetic enough protagonist for any of her trials and tribulations to be enticing. Dull stuff.
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Br: 1 / Ca: 1 / In: 1 / La: 1 / Ma: 1 / My: 1 / Th: 1 / Vi: 1
1. Chanthaly (2012) Laos 99mins
2. Shutter (2004) Thailand 97mins
3. Three Seasons (1999) Vietnam 105mins
4. Mudras Calling (2018) Myanmar 106mins
5. My Stupid Boss (2016) Indonesia 106min
6. Jailbreak (2017) Cambodia 92mins
7. Yasmine (2014) Brunei 109mins

8. Munafik (2016) Malaysia 99mins

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The plot is sometimes hard to make sense of here, largely rooted in Islamic ideas and religious teachings; there are also some pretty heavy-handed messages about forgiveness and trust in god. The film is a fairly atmospheric ride though, with oodles of jump scares and lots of eerily lit buildings at night. Some of the images are pretty hard to shake too and the opening scene is absolutely startling. The whole story feels like such a mess though...
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I changed the top directors list to only show directors with at least 2 watched entries. Eddie Romero has a lead with an impressive 12 watched entries already.

I also linked another list I've found: Pinoy Rebyu's The 50 Most Well-Loved Pinoy Films of the 2010s
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The country breakdown by user is now up in the OP :)
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26. Things We Do When We Fall in Love (2007) [Malaysia]
27. Sewer (2008) [Philippines] --> Long but really good.
28. Turumba (1981) [Philippines]
29. Intramuros (1964) [Philippines]
30. Som and Bank: Bangkok for Sale (2001) [Thailand] ---> I wanted so much more for this, but it fell flat
31. Wake: Subic (2015) [Philippines] ---> This movie is worth all 4.5 hours. I never heard of this documentary before, but I feel it should be a must watch for many.
32. Siti (2014) [Indonesia]
33. For Y'ur Height Only (1981) [Philippines] ---> What the F.
34. The Deserted Valley (2001) [Vietnam]
35. Tropical Manila (2008) [Philippines]
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1. Ghost of Mae Nak (Thailand, 2005)
2. Taxi Tonight (Thailand, 2005)
3. The Commitment (Thailand, 2004)
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blueboybob wrote: October 6th, 2020, 3:41 pm 33. For Y'ur Height Only (1981) [Philippines] ---> What the F.
It truly is a fantastic film.
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10. The Attic (2017 / Kaprice Kea / Thailand) FTV 5/10 {72 m.}

Mad Monster Party?! Goes Southeast Asian!
1. Gancore Gud; aka: Dead Bite (2011 / Apisit Opasaimlikit / Thailand) FTV 6+/10 {94 m.}
2. Vampariah (2016 / Matthew Abaya / Philippines) FTV 6/10 {90 m.}
3. Brides of Blood (1968 / Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero / Philippines) FTV 7+/10 {97 m.}
4. Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968 / Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero / Philippines) 7/10 {95 m.}
5. Beast of Blood (1970 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) 7+/10 {90 m.}
6. The Beast of the Yellow Night (1971 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) 6+/10 {90 m.}
7. Raw Force (1982 / Edward Murphy / Philippines) 8/10 {86 m.}
8. Pembalasan Ratu Pantai Selatan; aka: Lady Terminator (1989 / H. Tjut Djalil / Indonesia) 8/10 {82 m.}
9. Seed of Darkness (2006 / Michael Chuah / Malaysia) FTV 5/10 {102 m.}

10. The Attic (2017 / Kaprice Kea / Thailand) FTV 5/10 {72 m.}


Views: 10 / FTV’s: 5 / Doubles w/ Horror Challenge: 10 / {898 m.}
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Hot Curries and Slow Cinema
Day 1 - two heavy meals of heavy Filipino slow cinema, and a rather stale Thai horror dessert

1. Imburnal / Sewer (Sherad Anthony Sanchez, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 196 minutes)
2. Now Showing (Raya Martin, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 279 minutes)
3. See prang / 4bia / Phobia (Banjong Pisanthanakun/Paween Purikitpanya/Yongyoot Thongkongtoon/Parkpoom Wongpoom, 2008, THAILAND, 112 minutes)

Day 2 - Lav Diaz' heavy sadness; Filipino vampires and Thai ghosts

4. Melancholia (Lav Diaz, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 446 minutes)
5. Kulay dugo ang gabi / Blood is the Color of Night / The Blood Drinkers (Gerardo de Leon, 1964, PHILIPPINES, 87 minutes)
6. Suay Laak Sai / Sick Nurses (Piraphan Laoyant/Thodsopol Siriwiwat, 2007, THAILAND, 82 minutes)

Day 3 - Blood Island, and Kung-Fu fighting Snake Woman

7. Brides of Blood (Gerardo de Leon/Eddie Romero, 1968, PHILIPPINES , 97 minutes)
8. Mad Doctor of Blood Island (Gerardo de Leon/Eddie Romero, 1968, PHILIPPINES , 89 minutes)
9. Beast of Blood (Eddie Romero, 1970, PHILIPPINES , 90 minutes)

10. She yao jing / Devil Woman / Bruka, Queen of Evil (Felix Villar/Chi-Lien Yu, 1973, PHILIPPINES /Hong Kong, 95 minutes)

Day 4 - more from Eddie Romero & John Ashley; and worse

11. Beast of the Yellow Night (Eddie Romero, 1971, PHILIPPINES , 84 minutes))
12. The Twilight People (Eddie Romero, 1972, PHILIPPINES , 81 minutes))
13. Vampire Hookers (Cirio H. Santiago, 1978, PHILIPPINES , 80 minutes)
14. Primitif / Savage Terror (Sisworo Gautama Putra, 1980, INDONESIA, 85 minutes)
Day 5 - Four domestic horrors, four female protagonists, four countries

15. The Maid (Kelvin Tong, 2005, SINGAPORE, 89 minutes)
16. Chanthaly (Mattie Do, 2012, LAOS, 99 minutes)
17. Cô Hâu Gái / The Housemaid (Derek Nguyen, 2016, VIETNAM/South Korea, 104 minutes)
18. Chermin / Mirror (Zarina Abdullah, 2007, MALAYSIA, 94 minutes)

I didn't really plan it this way, but this ended up an interesting day of films all centered on women (with #16 and 18 also directed by women), and all but the last centered to some extent on domestic work and the life of the home. All of them also deal to one extent or another with spiritual/religious issues - anxieties, the battle between old superstitions and modern rational views of the world, Christianity or Islam vs "primitive" beliefs, etc, and all deal in some part with the powerlessness of women in male-dominated, class-and-money dominated societies.

The Maid is probably the least-interesting and most cliched or ordinary film in the bunch, though it seems well shot (hard to tell in a fairly low-res YT video). It's about Rosa, a young Filipino woman who has come to Singapore to work for an upper-middle class couple in their house as... yeah, a maid. They have a son about her age who is severely developmentally disabled, and various weird things start to happen which the couple (and other characters) all ascribe to the "Curse of the Seventh Month" when the ghosts come out. Problems are exacerbated for Rosa of course because she doesn't speak the local language - most of the dialogue is in English which most characters speak relatively fluently. The direction this goes in isn't going to surprise anyone and the multitude of small jump scares got tiresome - and the way in which the ghosts-in-general theme is integrated with the story of the family isn't particularly well done. Meh.

I liked Chanthaly a bit more than sol I think; this is the least genre-oriented film of the bunch, really more a drama about the difficult relationship between a sickly young woman (Chanthaly) and her overprotective and somewhat overbearing father, and her desire to know more about her dead mother - who killed herself when the daughter was young (this happens in the opening so no spoiler) but who the father insists died in childbirth. So the issue of childhood amnesia is present, which I find interesting, though it isn't necessarily dealt with as such. When Chanthaly starts to rebel just a bit against being cooped up in the family house and daily working in the family laundry business, tensions inevitably rise. What I really liked about this was how the questions as to how a person should deal with a parent who is loving yet somewhat deceitful and controlling - and how a person's fantasies of a long-dead relative may have little to do with reality. Not a great film, and not much in terms of "horror" (though there is one effective moment late in the film) but an interesting one.

b]Cô Hâu Gái[/b] certainly appears to be the most expensively produced film of this group, and has a lush visual palette to go along with the 2.35 Cinemascope framing, and takes place not in the city like the other films but in a large country mansion, in 1953 early in Vietnam's war/rebellion with France. So it's a period film with a very "classy" feel to it - like, say, Yimou Zhang, and it's also a horror film set in the midst of real-life horrors, trying to sort of mix the two to come up with...not sure what exactly; in this sense it's a bit reminscent of Del Toro's Spanish Civil War film - though nowhere close to that level. If you're thinking "pretentious" at this point, yeah, maybe it is. Once again we have a young girl coming from a long ways off to be a maid, only this time it's the maid of a French officer, who early in the film is wounded, and taken care of by our protagonist, and of course feelings blossom... only to go in an ugly if unsurprising direction later. I didn't quite buy the "twist" ending here - not sure it's set up that well or believable in the context of the main character, but it's a very nice looking film with good performances and kept me at least moderately entertained.

Chermin involves a mirror, an old mirror reputed to have magical or evil powers, brought by a mother to her daughter after the daughter has survived a horrible car crash and has a mutilated face. Turns out the mirror belonged to an ancestor a century earlier, an evil woman who took revenge on her husband for marrying a second wife to have a kid, and now the spirit of the mirror...well, again, if you've seen just a few horror films in your life, no real surprises here. This is as predictable as the first film in this group and unlike the rest of these four it's pretty ugly, clearly shot on fairly primitive digital equipment and looking it - though to be fair there are several morphs or other digital effects that probably couldn't have been done on the budget they probably had with film, and they are significant in the film. Interesting for being about wealthier characters who aren't really struggling or anything - our female lead seems to not have much to do but look pretty. Not terrible or anything, just another so-so film that felt like it could've been better with a slightly less cliched script.



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1. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 1
2. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 2
3. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 3

I like it so far. It's about high school kids with superpowers. It's a little bit like Sky High, but less comedy and more thriller.

It's on Youtube in case anyone else is interested in watching it.

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Melvelet wrote: October 6th, 2020, 2:16 pm The country breakdown by user is now up in the OP :)
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OldAle1 wrote: October 6th, 2020, 8:07 pm I liked Chanthaly a bit more than sol I think; this is the least genre-oriented film of the bunch, really more a drama about the difficult relationship between a sickly young woman (Chanthaly) and her overprotective and somewhat overbearing father, and her desire to know more about her dead mother - who killed herself when the daughter was young (this happens in the opening so no spoiler) but who the father insists died in childbirth. So the issue of childhood amnesia is present, which I find interesting, though it isn't necessarily dealt with as such.
Yeah, I don't know; I really didn't get this aspect of the film. If she was an infant when her mother hanged herself then sure, maybe she wouldn't remember her, but she was at an age when she was walking and talking so I have no idea how the father managed to convince her that she never met her mother. Was amnesia mentioned? I don't remember it. Just a weird set-up.
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Southeast Asia / 9 Countries Visited
1. Chanthaly (2012) Laos 99mins
2. Shutter (2004) Thailand 97mins
3. Three Seasons (1999) Vietnam 105mins
4. Mudras Calling (2018) Myanmar 106mins
5. My Stupid Boss (2016) Indonesia 106min
6. Jailbreak (2017) Cambodia 92mins
7. Yasmine (2014) Brunei 109mins
8. Munafik (2016) Malaysia 99mins

9. Insiang (1976) Philippines 83mins

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This downbeat drama gets off to a solid start with a dialogue-free first five minutes in which we watch pigs slaughtered in graphic detail, before cutting away to see children playing outside in an unsubtle but powerful metaphor. After this strong opening, the film quickly becomes a dialogue-heavy affair, and the title character never really comes in focus until over a third of the way through. Solid performances and great melancholic music though.
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Southeast Asia / 10 Countries Visited
1. Chanthaly (2012) Laos 99mins
2. Shutter (2004) Thailand 97mins
3. Three Seasons (1999) Vietnam 105mins
4. Mudras Calling (2018) Myanmar 106mins
5. My Stupid Boss (2016) Indonesia 106min
6. Jailbreak (2017) Cambodia 92mins
7. Yasmine (2014) Brunei 109mins
8. Munafik (2016) Malaysia 99mins
9. Insiang (1976) Philippines 83mins

10. Ilo Ilo (2013) Singapore 99mins

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While the friendship between maid and troublemaker preteen develops a little too quickly for credibility here, it brings with it a wealth of thought-provoking issues as the maid has to reassess her position in the household; the boy calls her "auntie" and she pretty much acts as his mother, but is considered a servant and forced to sit outside when they visit friends. Financial difficulties provide curious backdrop too with much marital tension.
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sol wrote: October 7th, 2020, 5:55 am
Melvelet wrote: October 6th, 2020, 2:16 pm The country breakdown by user is now up in the OP :)
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OldAle1 wrote: October 6th, 2020, 8:07 pm I liked Chanthaly a bit more than sol I think; this is the least genre-oriented film of the bunch, really more a drama about the difficult relationship between a sickly young woman (Chanthaly) and her overprotective and somewhat overbearing father, and her desire to know more about her dead mother - who killed herself when the daughter was young (this happens in the opening so no spoiler) but who the father insists died in childbirth. So the issue of childhood amnesia is present, which I find interesting, though it isn't necessarily dealt with as such.
Yeah, I don't know; I really didn't get this aspect of the film. If she was an infant when her mother hanged herself then sure, maybe she wouldn't remember her, but she was at an age when she was walking and talking so I have no idea how the father managed to convince her that she never met her mother. Was amnesia mentioned? I don't remember it. Just a weird set-up.
How much do you remember of your very early childhood - say, age 4 or less? I remember virtually nothing at all - just vague impressions. That's fairly common - my brother is in the same category and my mom's two younger siblings I remember saying similar things in a conversation once with my mother, who had an astonishing memory of her own past compared to most people. She could go into great detail about events that happened when she was 4-6 and had many distinct memories involving WWII, which began (for the US) when she was 8. My experience and what I've read indicates that she was an outlier and that a great many people have no real concrete memories at all of their early childhoods, just wisps of a scene, a moment. I think the film was trying to communicate some of that, though admittedly it never spelled it out and could have been clearer. Anyway that's one of the things I found interesting about it though on the whole it certainly wasn't any kind of major success.
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OldAle1 wrote: October 7th, 2020, 10:40 am How much do you remember of your very early childhood - say, age 4 or less? I remember virtually nothing at all - just vague impressions. That's fairly common
But... she wasn't less than 4. After the initial stretch we get a "fifteen years later" title card and then one of the characters talk about her being around 21 years old. I think she's meant to be six in the opening scene.

Quite aside from that though, the issue is not long term memory but rather short term memory. Let's just say that she was 3 years old:

One day after the suicide:
Girl - "where's mommy?"
Dad - "your mommy died years ago"
Girl - "but I talked to her yesterday!"
Dad - "no, you didn't"
Girl - "but I remember!"

And for that to truly work, the dad would need to speak to all of his friends, all of her friends and all of her teachers etc and convince them all to maintain the lie, telling her that she was dreaming things and she never met her mother.

That's a lot of hard work to go to. But that would have made a more interesting film. In fact, I'd love to see a horror film about a father trying to convince his primary aged daughter that she never met her mother. Now that would be intriguing! :shifty:
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sol wrote: October 7th, 2020, 11:02 am
OldAle1 wrote: October 7th, 2020, 10:40 am How much do you remember of your very early childhood - say, age 4 or less? I remember virtually nothing at all - just vague impressions. That's fairly common
But... she wasn't less than 4. After the initial stretch we get a "fifteen years later" title card and then one of the characters talk about her being around 21 years old. I think she's meant to be six in the opening scene.

Quite aside from that though, the issue is not long term memory but rather short term memory. Let's just say that she was 3 years old:

One day after the suicide:
Girl - "where's mommy?"
Dad - "your mommy died years ago"
Girl - "but I talked to her yesterday!"
Dad - "no, you didn't"
Girl - "but I remember!"

And for that to truly work, the dad would need to speak to all of his friends, all of her friends and all of her teachers etc and convince them all to maintain the lie, telling her that she was dreaming things and she never met her mother.

That's a lot of hard work to go to. But that would have made a more interesting film. In fact, I'd love to see a horror film about a father trying to convince his primary aged daughter that she never met her mother. Now that would be intriguing! :shifty:
Mmm, I don't think it's quite that simple, and I'm not sure the age - 4 or 6 or even a little older - matters that much. I'll admit the film isn't that consistent on this point, and it could be explained better with little effort, and leave it at that.
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Hot Curries and Slow Cinema
Day 1 - two heavy meals of heavy Filipino slow cinema, and a rather stale Thai horror dessert

1. Imburnal / Sewer (Sherad Anthony Sanchez, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 196 minutes)
2. Now Showing (Raya Martin, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 279 minutes)
3. See prang / 4bia / Phobia (Banjong Pisanthanakun/Paween Purikitpanya/Yongyoot Thongkongtoon/Parkpoom Wongpoom, 2008, THAILAND, 112 minutes)

Day 2 - Lav Diaz' heavy sadness; Filipino vampires and Thai ghosts

4. Melancholia (Lav Diaz, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 446 minutes)
5. Kulay dugo ang gabi / Blood is the Color of Night / The Blood Drinkers (Gerardo de Leon, 1964, PHILIPPINES, 87 minutes)
6. Suay Laak Sai / Sick Nurses (Piraphan Laoyant/Thodsopol Siriwiwat, 2007, THAILAND, 82 minutes)

Day 3 - Blood Island, and Kung-Fu fighting Snake Woman

7. Brides of Blood (Gerardo de Leon/Eddie Romero, 1968, PHILIPPINES , 97 minutes)
8. Mad Doctor of Blood Island (Gerardo de Leon/Eddie Romero, 1968, PHILIPPINES , 89 minutes)
9. Beast of Blood (Eddie Romero, 1970, PHILIPPINES , 90 minutes)

10. She yao jing / Devil Woman / Bruka, Queen of Evil (Felix Villar/Chi-Lien Yu, 1973, PHILIPPINES /Hong Kong, 95 minutes)

Day 4 - more from Eddie Romero & John Ashley; and worse

11. Beast of the Yellow Night (Eddie Romero, 1971, PHILIPPINES , 84 minutes))
12. The Twilight People (Eddie Romero, 1972, PHILIPPINES , 81 minutes))
13. Vampire Hookers (Cirio H. Santiago, 1978, PHILIPPINES , 80 minutes)
14. Primitif / Savage Terror (Sisworo Gautama Putra, 1980, INDONESIA, 85 minutes)

Day 5 - Four domestic horrors, four female protagonists, four countries

15. The Maid (Kelvin Tong, 2005, SINGAPORE, 89 minutes)
16. Chanthaly (Mattie Do, 2012, LAOS, 99 minutes)
17. Cô Hâu Gái / The Housemaid (Derek Nguyen, 2016, VIETNAM/South Korea, 104 minutes)
18. Chermin / Mirror (Zarina Abdullah, 2007, MALAYSIA, 94 minutes)
Day 6 - Indonesian crazy schlock duo

19. Pembalasan Ratu Pantai Selatan / Lady Terminator (H. Tjut Djalil, 1989, INDONESIA, 81 minutes)
20. Dangerous Seductress (H. Tjut Djalil, 1992, INDONESIA, 94 minutes)

Djalil also made Leák aka Mystics in Bali which I and several others watched for a previous challenge or two I believe. That one was based on an original novel that I believe was Indonesian, and had lots of local feel to it and seems to have been made more for the local market; lots of fun, and something different. While these two are fun also in their way, they are clearly made as exploitation fare to be marketed primarily to an English-speaking audience; the first is entirely post-dubbed (hilariously badly at times - mostly in the really off inflections of the voices, and occasionally really "what the..." dialogue moments as well) while the second seems to have been done with mostly synch-sound and with a larger percentage of American actors. Both involve women with supernatural powers killing mostly men... make of that what you will. And both are VERY much of their time - the first feels absolutely "80s" in a way even many American films don't - look at the hair:

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And there's a long mall scene. And the second film has frequent scenes with very early cell phones - you know, the kind that weighed half a kg and were about the size of a Foster's oilcan?

Lady Terminator is a very, very clear and in parts almost by-the-numbers ripoff of an obscure little American film starring some big muscly guy from Germany or Russia or somewhere, can't remember the name of it but I know I saw it back in the day. Only this time it's a LADY (very accurate title!) played by the extremely attractive and frequently naked Barbara Anne Constable, whose only film this turned out to be. She's not a time-travelling robot though, she's actually a re-incarnated spirit of some 100-year-old evil person seeking revenge, yadda yadda, who cares about the background or story in this? She starts out coming out of the ocean, and the first few guys she meet suffer rather unpleasantly for trying to do what guys in movies like this always do when they see naked ladies on a beach; this opening is most of the "horror" content of the films - the rest of it is like the original, mostly action (of the very low-rent variety). Babes and endless rounds of assault-rifle firing and explosions, and hilariously bad dialogue and dubbing, that's what you get here. The more firepower the cops throw at her, the more she continues on, inexorably, until eventually (you know it's coming) the other lead female character, who holds the thing the Terminator I'm sorry Lady Terminator is looking for, remember the special knife she has, and, well, you get it. Fun stuff in the so-bad-it's-good way.

I liked Dangerous Seductress just about as much, maybe just slightly less. The accent is a little more on horror and a little less on action here, and the horrible things done to men take up a bit more space here, in place of all the automatic weapon fire. Oh and there's also several minutes of modelling footage, because one of the two main female characters (sisters) is a model and because I presume they needed to get the running time up. One sis is a model in Indonesia living in a big mansion with a local boyfriend (husband? I forget), the other is running away from her abusive boyfriend in LA, and they both get mixed up in this curse with an ancient beautiful female spirit who needs a body to... I'm not entirely sure on that point. I guess just to live again, but then she wants to go back to "the other side" (there's a mirror that plays an important role here) so I'm not sure what the deal is. While as I said this has synch sound, the acting is just as terrible and often inflected such that you wonder if the actors just learned their lines before the scene and there was only one take - I think on the evidence of both films some of the fault probably lies with the director. In any case this has lots of really terrible effects and fake blood, and lots of women in lingerie (less nudity than the previous film), and it's just about as much fun for bad-movie fans I think.




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36. Bird-Man Tale [Indonesia] (2002)
37. Black Silk [Thailand] (1961)
38. Beautiful Boxer (2004) [Thailand] <---- I had never heard of this story, but I really enjoyed the movie and ended up reading more about her life.
39. 3rd World Hero (2000) [Philippines]
40. Bayan ko: Kapit sa patalim (1984) [Philippines]
41. Batch '81 (1982) [Philippines]
42. Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure (2001) [Philippines]
43. Bangkok Loco (2004) [Thailand] <---- I did not understand this one. Like I don't know what it was suppoed to be
44. Bangkok Dangerous (2000) [Thailand] <---- Decent action flick. Worth a watch.
45. Bamboo Gods and Iron Men (1974) [Philippines]
46. Cemetery of Splendor (2015) [Thailand]
47. A Land Imagined (2018) [Singapore]
48. 15: The Movie (2003) [Singapore] <--- An interesting (but not good) coming of age tale
49. The Last Communist (2006) [Malaysia]
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2. On the Job (Erik Matti, 2013) [Philippines] 6+

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11. The Twilight People (1972 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) FTV 5+/10 {81 m.}
12. Beyond Atlantis (1973 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) FTV 7-/10 {91 m.}

Mad Monster Party?! Goes Southeast Asian!
1. Gancore Gud; aka: Dead Bite (2011 / Apisit Opasaimlikit / Thailand) FTV 6+/10 {94 m.}
2. Vampariah (2016 / Matthew Abaya / Philippines) FTV 6/10 {90 m.}
3. Brides of Blood (1968 / Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero / Philippines) FTV 7+/10 {97 m.}
4. Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968 / Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero / Philippines) 7/10 {95 m.}
5. Beast of Blood (1970 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) 7+/10 {90 m.}
6. The Beast of the Yellow Night (1971 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) 6+/10 {90 m.}
7. Raw Force (1982 / Edward Murphy / Philippines) 8/10 {86 m.}
8. Pembalasan Ratu Pantai Selatan; aka: Lady Terminator (1989 / H. Tjut Djalil / Indonesia) 8/10 {82 m.}
9. Seed of Darkness (2006 / Michael Chuah / Malaysia) FTV 5/10 {102 m.}
10. The Attic (2017 / Kaprice Kea / Thailand) FTV 5/10 {72 m.}

11. The Twilight People (1972 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) FTV 5+/10 {81 m.}
12. Beyond Atlantis (1973 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) FTV 7-/10 {91 m.}

Views: 12 / FTV’s: 7 / Doubles w/ Horror Challenge: 12 / {1070 m.}
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1. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 1
2. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 2
3. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 3
4. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 4
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Southeast Asia / 11 Countries Visited
1. Chanthaly (2012) Laos 99mins
2. Shutter (2004) Thailand 97mins
3. Three Seasons (1999) Vietnam 105mins
4. Mudras Calling (2018) Myanmar 106mins
5. My Stupid Boss (2016) Indonesia 106min
6. Jailbreak (2017) Cambodia 92mins
7. Yasmine (2014) Brunei 109mins
8. Munafik (2016) Malaysia 99mins
9. Insiang (1976) Philippines 83mins
10. Ilo Ilo (2013) Singapore 99mins

11a. Chau u Polo (2012) Timor-Leste 15mins
11b. Wawata Topu (2013) Timor-Leste 33mins
11c. Boneca de Atauro (2016) Timor-Leste 20mins

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Chau u Polo was pretty terrible and deserves its low IMDb score. As a story of a teenage misfit mentored by talking crocodile, it is neither funny nor inspirational. The fastforwarded sunrise at the start of the film is the best thing about it.

For a documentary about women who dive (to fish) for a living in Timor-Leste, there is not that much diving in Wawata Topu. There is a big focus though on education vs. learning to dive/work, and one bit where we follow the rough terrain that the kids have to cross to get to school is a bit wow.

Boneca de Atauro is the real jewel of this bunch; a stop animation film about the adventures of a rag doll. The animation is incredibly well done, there are some nifty point-of-view shots and we get to see all around East Timor. Only the generic iMovie sound effects mar the experience.

And with that, I believe I am the first participant to gain 1 point for every country. :woot: What do I win? :ph43r:
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5. Serafin Geronimo: Ang kriminal ng Baryo Concepcion - The Criminal of Barrio Concepcion (1998, Lav Diaz) - Philippines - 122 min

6. Fan ba karaoke - Fun Bar Karaoke (1997, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang) - Thailand - 100 min
Seen so far:
1. Kisapmata - Blink of an Eye (1981, Mike De Leon) - Philippines - 98 min

2. Tôi thay hoa vàng trên co xanh - Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass (2015, Victor Vu) - Vietnam - 98 min

3. Nunal sa tubig - Speck in the Water (1976, Ishmael Bernal) - Philippines - 119 min

4. Chung một dòng sông - On the Same River (1959, Hong Nghi Nguyen, Ky Nam Pham) - (North) Vietnam - 94 min

5. Serafin Geronimo: Ang kriminal ng Baryo Concepcion - The Criminal of Barrio Concepcion (1998, Lav Diaz) - Philippines - 122 min

6. Fan ba karaoke - Fun Bar Karaoke (1997, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang) - Thailand - 100 min
Enjoyed both of these, specially the last one
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sol wrote: October 8th, 2020, 2:44 am And with that, I believe I am the first participant to gain 1 point for every country. :woot: What do I win? :ph43r:
A slightly wet handshake tehe Although the delivery has to be postponed due to Covid
Congrats, would you rather recommend these shorts for Timor-Leste or Beatriz' War?
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Melvelet wrote: October 8th, 2020, 8:30 am
sol wrote: October 8th, 2020, 2:44 am And with that, I believe I am the first participant to gain 1 point for every country. :woot: What do I win? :ph43r:
A slightly wet handshake tehe Although the delivery has to be postponed due to Covid
Congrats, would you rather recommend these shorts for Timor-Leste or Beatriz' War?
That's a tough one. Beatriz's War was okay, but it's nearly two hours long and was definitely not something I was keen on rewatching just yet (saw it for the 2017 Travel the World Challenge). On the other hand, Chau u Polo is terrible and boy did those fifteen minutes drag.

Still, I'd probably go for the collection of shorts. Wawata Topu is quite a decent doc - just not what I was expecting for a film about women divers. And Boneca de Atauro is really excellent, especially if you are into nutso comedies. It is the type of film that I could imagine making it into the <400 list were the right folks to watch it - or the sort film that I'd nominated for the World Cup were I that adventurous...
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(Screenshots from 'Alipato: The Very Brief Life of an Ember' & 'Malila: The Farewell Flower'),

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5. Pembalasan Ratu Pantai Selatan (Lady Terminator, H. Tjut Djalil, 1989) 7/10 (Indonesia) (82 min)
6. Bercinta dengan maut/Dangerous Seductress (H. Tjut Djalil, 1992) 7.5/10 (Indonesia/Philippines) (94 min)
7. Yao jie huang hou/Bugis Street (Yonfan, 1995) 8/10 (Singapore) (101 min)
8. Onthakan (The Blue Hour, Anucha Boonyawatana, 2015) 7.5/10 (Thailand) (97 min)
9. Ang Napakaigsing Buhay Ng Alipato/Alipato: The Very Brief Life of an Ember (Khavn (& Roxlee), 2016) 9/10 (Philippines) (88 min)
10. Malila: The Farewell Flower (Anucha Boonyawatana, 2017) 8.5/10 (Thailand) (95 min)

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1. Shier lou (12 Storeys, Eric Khoo, 1997) 8/10 (Singapore) (104 min)
2. Daun di Atas Bantal (Leaf on a Pillow, Garin Nugroho, 1998) 8.5/10 (Indonesia) (79 min)
3. In the Room ( Eric Khoo, 2015) 6.5/10 (Singapore) (104 min)
4. Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku (Memories of My Body, Garin Nugroho, 2018) 8.5/10 (Indonesia) (107 min)
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50. Kisapmata (1981) [Philippines]
51. The Elephant Keeper (1987) [Thailand]
52. Noli me tángere (1961) [Philippines]
53. Jan Dara (2001) [Thailand] <---- This was interesting but kind of messed up
54. Jaguar (1979) [Philippines]
55. Pedro Penduko, Episode II: The Return of the Comeback (2000) [Philippines]
56. Gie (2005) [Indonesia]
57. Gagamboy (2004) [Philippines]
58. Be with Me (2005) [Singaporte]
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