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    Asian revenge films

    Apologies if I’ve overlooked a similarly-themed thread (if I have, feel free to merge, mods).

    Nobody serves up cold, bloody revenge flicks as well as those demented Asian filmmakers. And we love them all the more for it. God love ‘em. I know Quentin does. I’d like to see a sampling of favorites..top ten, maybe, or just a small capsule review of one of your favorites. Chan-wook Park had reset the bar pretty high a few years ago with his Vengeance trilogy and they are some of the headiest, artfully fucked-up offerings around. I thought Jee-woon Kim’s I Saw the Devil was overlong and a bit redundant in making its point. On the plus side, I appreciated the decidedly non-Hollywood approach it took in addressing certain narrative threads (ie, not focusing on the fate of peripheral characters) and the inclusion of a brilliant set-piece (tho not that important to the main narrative) set in an isolated country house and one the most chillingly innovative scenes in recent memory, taking place entirely inside a taxi cab following the pickup of a questionable nighttime fare.

    My favorite of this genre is Tetsuya Nakashima’s 2010 film, Confessions (Japan’s official Oscar submission of that year). The basic story is of a junior high school teacher who seeks revenge on the underage students (ie, protected by the law) who killed her young daughter. Some of you may have seen this already, but if not, I urge you to track down a copy. My initial thoughts: WOW what a film. Nakashima's direction was amazing and downright intoxicating in the way the various confessions paint the picture and fill in gaps, until it builds to the insane final half-hour crescendo. No wonder this film was a huge smash in Japan. I'm still pretty blown away...never thought anyone could outdo Chan-wook Park on the revenge film front. The soundtrack is astounding, and the centerpiece is a terrific performance by Takako Matsu. Her opening 30 minute monologue was worth the price of admission. I’ve seen this one several times and I can't wait to watch it again. I’m praying this gets a Region 1 blu release (and soon).

    Here’s the trailer:


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    Confessions really took me by surprise. It's definitely a slowburn of a film but the pay off is completely worth it. I thought it was really well made.

    Chan-wook Park's stuff is, as you say, great and I thought I Saw The Devil was phenomenal.

    I'd say Lady Snowblood definitely counts as a revenge film, and Miike's Audition probably would too. I think you could also put Youth Of The Beast into this category, not to mention the amazing Vengeance Is Mine and loads of other samurai and yakuza movies.
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    I have a copy of CONFESSIONS but haven't watched it yet. I really should bump it to the top of my 'to watch' pile.

    As Ian said, many of the classic Yakuza pictures focused on the theme of revenge. FEMALE PRISONER 701: SCORPION is a classic of the woman-seeking-revenge group of films, I reckon. Miike's films often focus on revenge too, but I still haven't seen MY NEIGHBOR NO. 13. Any thoughts on that one?

    One of my favourite recent revenge films is the Korean picture A BITTERSWEET LIFE, which I fell in love with when I first watched it six or seven years ago.

    I also enjoyed last year's PUNISHED. However, one of my favourites has to be the gritty and dark Yuen Biao actioner ON THE RUN. That's a cracking film.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul L View Post
    One of my favourite recent revenge films is the Korean picture A BITTERSWEET LIFE, which I fell in love with when I first watched it six or seven years ago.
    Very good choice. Loved that movie the first time I saw it, loved it just as much upon rewatch. A bit long maybe but so well layered and what a fantastic finish. It really puts the nail in the coffin, so to speak. Just a perfect ending, really.
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    EYES OF A SPIDER and SERPENTS KISS by KIYOSHI KUROSAWA

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    I think some of Chiba's movies would fall into his category too. Killing Machine spends a lot of time letting Sonny run around and exact revenge on different people for different reasons. It's focus is less singular but it's still there.
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    EYES OF A SPIDER and SERPENTS KISS by KIYOSHI KUROSAWA

    http://twitchfilm.com/2009/02/sfiaaf...he-spider.html
    I concur with sukebanboy...these are two excellent psychological revenge films and perhaps, two of the finest in Kurosawa's catalog.

    Although I enjoyed CONFESSIONS, I wasn't as enamored with it as most everyone else and especially the critics who seem to fawn over it. I felt both COLD FISH and CATERPILLAR were superior films from 2010 but both had a snowballs chance in hell of getting nominated as Japan's Oscar submission.

    Btw, speaking of Tetsuya Nakashima -- have any of you seen LALO PIPO? Is it worth checking out? That movie sounds insane with a mother & daughter sex act & *gasp* a chronic masturbator with a "talking" penis!
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    Confessions sounds right up my alley, I'm going to have to track that one down.

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