Fri, Oct 29, 2010 - Page 16 News List

OTHER RELEASES

Compiled by Ian Bartholomew and Ho Yi  /  Staff Reporters

Dancing Without You (背著你跳舞)

Taiwanese director Lee Yun-chan’s (李芸嬋) third feature, following 2007’s My DNA Says I Love You (基因決定我愛你). One of a small group of rising female Taiwanese directors, Lee is not afraid to deal in the absurd, and with Dancing Without You she takes her cue from fairy tales. Singer Vivian Hsu (徐若瑄) stars as a suicidal ballerina who is mistaken for an alien by an astronomer played by Tony Yang (楊祐寧). A romance ensues, but the dancer’s longing to perform Swan Lake could ruin hopes for a beautiful friendship.

Love in a Puff (志明與春嬌)

A romance from Hong Kong built around the restrictions on smoking that came into effect in early 2007. Directed by Pang Ho-cheung (彭浩翔), the film has garnered strong reviews despite its flimsy premise. Starring emerging talents Miriam Yeung (楊千嬅) and Shawn Yeh (余文樂), the film follows two avid smokers who meet at a gathering place for office-bound smokers. A friendship transforms into a tentative romance that has the possibility of something more. Driven by dialogue and character, this exploration of accidental urban relationships is a minor masterpiece of filmmaking that has drawn comparisons with the work of Eric Rohmer.

HorrorFever 2: Halloween 2010 Horror Film Festival(萬聖熱:2010 恐怖驚選影展II)

Local film distributors CatchPlay found they were onto such a good thing with their first HorrorFever festival in August that they put together a second round in time for Halloween. This new feast of horror includes mostly US, Japanese and South Korean films, with a couple of European features thrown into the mix. Detailed information about the 14 films and their screening times can be found at www.catchplay.com. Screenings run through Nov. 11 at the Shin Kong Cineplex (台北新光影城) on 36 Xining S Rd, Taipei City (台北市西寧南路36號). Individual tickets cost NT$175 when purchased through ibon kiosks at 7-Elevens or NT$190 directly from the venue. Discounted books of five tickets are also available.

Stone

With Robert De Niro, Edward Norton and Milla Jovovich headlining, Stone is the standout crowd-pleaser in a crowded week. Norton plays a con dangling his wife (Jovovich) in front of his button-down parole officer (De Niro) in an effort to get out of prison. Stone plays with the conventions of film noir in a sophisticated manner that is likely to delight film buffs, while also providing plenty of engaging drama and a spattering of blood to keep things exciting for those who just want to be entertained.

Parade

An ensemble drama by director Isao Yukisada, Parade looks into the abyss of urban life through the relationship of four young people sharing a flat in Tokyo. From very different backgrounds, they get to know each other gradually, but the extent of their mutual knowledge is called into question when an interloper insinuates himself into their group and strange events begin to take place — a series of murders and strange people hanging around the apartment next door. Parade was nominated in the Best Film category of the Asian Film Awards and picked up the Fipresci Prize at Berlin earlier this year.

Dolan’s Cadillac

Christian Slater slums it in an adaptation from a Stephen King novel that has “straight to DVD” written all over it. Director Jeff Beesley, who has built his reputation in TV, seems to have done a workmanlike job with this atmospheric thriller. Slater’s character takes revenge for his wife’s death after she is murdered by a mobster who she inadvertently witnesses presiding over a mob execution.

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