The Chaser

Directed by Na Hong-jin

South Korea; 2008

125 min.

Starring Kin Yun-seok, Ha Jung-woo, and Seo Yeong-hye

In Short: Na Hong-jin’s debut film is yet another film continuing South Korea’s recent dominance of the crime thriller genre. With a ticking-clock narrative and very clearly defined characters, it is almost impossible to not be emotionally affected by this film in some way, shape or form. Not surprisingly, an American remake starring Leonardo DiCaprio is in the works.

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Miracles: Mr. Canton and Lady Rose

Buy a rose, save your life.

Directed by Jackie Chan

Hong Kong; 1989

Starring Jackie Chan and Anita Mui

122 Min.

 

In Short: Not as much action as you’d expect from a 1980’s Jackie Chan film, but Miracles makes up for it with its entertaining and well told plot. If it feels a bit Capra-esque, that’s because it’s meant to be. While it probably won’t be anyone’s favorite Jackie Chan movie, it might be the one to earn him respect from non-Martial Arts fans.

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Running Out of Time

Hey Andy, do you think we could stop at McDonalds?

Andy Lau takes Lau Ching Wan on a wild ride.

Directed by Johnnie To Kei-Fung

Hong Kong SAR; 1999

Starring Andy Lau and Lau Ching Wan

93 Min.

In Short: Excellent performances from Lau Ching Wan and Andy Lau highlight this commercial crime thriller from Johnnie To and Milky Way Films. Despite some occasionally pretentious execution, Running Out of Time is a solid film, and a very entertaining experience.

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