New York, I Love You
Admirers of the anthology Paris, Je T’aime from three years ago will rush to see this loosely connected battery of 10 short films by different directors, including China’s Jiang Wen (姜文). Such productions usually struggle to live up to the promise of all the directing and acting talent on show, but even in a below average collection there are better segments to savor. Even so, critics thought this effort didn’t stack up against its Parisian predecessor.
Gokusen: The Movie
Manga-adaptation time again, though Gokusen offers the relative novelty of a female yakuza boss-in-waiting responding to her better angels and working as a schoolteacher with a classful of reprobates. Ergo, this is one teacher you do not want to cross or talk back to, even if she is into impossibly cutesy antics. Subtitle “The Movie” refers to the fact that the film is a crossover from the popular TV version of the comic. Trivia: Nakama Yukie, who plays the teacher with a crime pedigree, has largely been a TV actress, but one of her earlier film roles was the evil Sadako in the prequel Ring 0: Birthday.
Released in other overseas markets as Many Kisses Later, this Italian box office champ is a comedy with a cast of thousands and good spirit to spare. The action centers on a half-dozen couples between Christmas and Valentine’s Day and how their romantic histories affect their relationships. Massively popular, though its depth is perhaps reflected in the fact that it was nominated for nine Davids (the Italian Oscars) and won none. A remarkably similar American film called Valentine’s Day opens here in two months.
Like a Star Shining in the Night
A French entry in the deadly-disease-threatens-blissful-romance genre, this one has the male of the couple (Nicolas Giraud) come down with Hodgkin’s disease and waste away, but not without the love and carnal loyalty of his fiancee (Salome Stevenin). It’s the latter of these that gets this DVD preview a release from tomorrow at the Baixue theater in Ximending, but the upside is its positive message of love — and desire — come what may.
Give Me Your Hand
Held over at the last minute last week, this European co-production involving two brothers and a pretty road trip starts at the Baixue tomorrow. Original title: Donne-Moi la Main.
Missed this one last week. An Italian drama about randy youth, Albakiara was released last year. If disaffected youth, sex, drugs and rock music is your cup of espresso, get in quick to see it before it finishes tonight at the Baixue. Or wait for the imminent DVD release.
Chen Wang-shi (陳罔市) doesn’t know where to go if she is forced to move. The 78-year-old Chen is an active “sea woman” (海女) in Taiwan’s easternmost fishing village of Makang (馬崗) in New Taipei City’s Gongliao District (貢寮). When the waves are calm, she ventures out to forage for algae, oysters and other edible marine morsels. She lives alone in the village, as her children have moved to the cities for work, returning for weekends and festivals. “I cannot get used to living in Taipei, and I feel very uncomfortable if I don’t go out to the ocean to forage. I
Your body is floating in a warm, blue bath, neither sinking nor rising. Sunlight shimmers on the white sand below as a sea turtle drifts by. You feel your heart beating slowly and a profound sense of calm floods your mind. The figures floating at the surface seem distant, as if from a different world. Down here, there is just you, your mind, your body, and the water. In this calm, timeless moment, you have glimpsed infinity... you are freediving. The next time you find yourself on Siaoliouciou (小琉球), or on Green Island (綠島), or at any number of popular snorkeling
A widely criticized peer-reviewed study that measured the attractiveness of women with endometriosis has been retracted from the medical journal Fertility and Sterility. The study, “Attractiveness of women with rectovaginal endometriosis: a case-control study,” was first published in 2013 and has been defended by the authors and the journal in the intervening years despite heavy criticism from doctors, other researchers and people with endometriosis for its ethical concerns and dubious justifications, with one advocate calling the study “heartbreaking” and “disgusting.” The study’s conclusion was: “Women with rectovaginal endometriosis were judged to be more attractive than those in the two control groups.
Back in the 1950s, the lifeguards of Bondi Beach, Sydney, were not only charged with rescuing surfers and scanning for sharks. In their role as “beach inspectors” they were also responsible for ensuring that swimsuits conformed to New South Wales state regulations. At least 7.6cm of fabric was required over the thigh, no navels were to be exposed and shoulder straps had to be “sturdy.” One of the best-known beach inspectors was Aubrey Laidlaw, who had already laid down the law when the first bikini debuted on the beach in 1946. By the turn of the 1960s, the “Bikini Wars” were