Girls for Keeps
A Japanese movie about four modern women from different backgrounds trying to balance their social and intellectual commitments with their ambitions and fantasies. They become close friends who meet to talk about their lives. Sound familiar? It’s not quite Sex and the City, but this is yet another addition to the fecund genre of movies aimed squarely at young urban woman, mixing romantic interests, fashion and, of course, a variety of good looking men. The cast is well known to fans of Japanese pop culture, starring Karina, Kumiko Aso, Michiko Kichise and Yuka Itaya as the four central characters. None of them are hard on the eye, and there is plenty of peppy dialogue about relationships and lifestyles. Cute, chic and light as a feather.
Taipei Film Festival 2012
The 14th iteration of the film festival that was created to provide a stage for aspiring directors from around the world, with a special section to showcase local talent and a segment to provide an introduction to films focusing on a city. This year that city is Stockholm, and an extensive selection of Swedish films will be screened as part of the festival. The festival will run from today until July 21. Check out the extensive English and Chinese language information about the festival at www.taipeiff.org.tw.
Doraemon The Movie: Nobita and the Island of Miracle
Reportedly the biggest Doraemon feature to date, Nobita and the Island of Miracle celebrates the 100th anniversary of the much loved blue cat of Japanese manga. Time travel and the saving of endangered species are key plot points in this new production, but in the end, despite the bigger budget and higher concept, this is a movie primarily aimed at Doraemon’s established fan base.
A fictional story by director Reme Feret that purports to tell the story of Maria Anna Walburga Ignatia Mozart (called by her pet name Nanerl), the elder (and some would say equally talented) sister of the better known Wolfgang, who is forced by Mozart pere into a secondary role, serving simply to highlight her brother’s brilliance. Headstrong and defiant, Nannerl (played by Marie Feret, the director’s daughter) seeks to find her own way in a musical world as a composer and soloist, but comes up against the chauvinism of her time. Feret does not try to pigeonhole Nanerl as a feminist icon, but takes a more intimate look at a strong personality struggling against insuperable prejudice, rejoicing in the period costumes, but keeping a firm lock on the character driven drama.
Sleepless Fashion 時尚達人
Local film starring Vic Chou (周渝民) and Vivian Hsu (徐淑娟), Sleepless Fashion is billed as something of a combination between The Devil Wears Prada and Horrible Bosses. Chou plays a young and eager staffer at a top fashion magazine who finds himself stuck at assistant editor level, his boss unwilling to promote such a talented potential rival. After he loses his job, he teams up with Hsu and a bunch of unlikely friends to show his former bosses that he is someone to be reckoned with. Lots of pretty people, plenty of flashy fashion, a soap opera vibe and derivative philosophizing about the fashion industry.