Label: Rambling Records - RBCS 3004 • Format: CD • Country: Japan • Genre: Stage & Screen •
A wise man once said that the tragedy of life is that you have to live it forwards but it can only be understood in reverse. Dressed in a suit which looks somehow wrong on him, Yong-ho hogs the karaoke mic to sing a maudlin song about failed love, dances wildly, and sobs with the crushing hopelessness of a man entirely alone in the world. As a young rookie we see him squeamishly try to resist, only to be pressured into violence and then snap.
Finally we reach his breaking point, in Gwangju inwhere his soul is forever soiled. He carries it with him in an intermittent limp that resurfaces at times of emotional difficulty, and convinces himself that he is unworthy of everything good or innocent in the world.
He breaks with Sun-im, cruelly betraying her faith in him with a crude gesture that wounds them both equally, mutually understood as a perverse act of kindness. Literally railroaded by an inexorable fate, Yong-ho lacks the will to resist believing he is no better than the hand he has been dealt but consumed by self-loathing and infinite regret. There is no way back, only forward, but for Yong-ho, and perhaps for Korea, Lee sees only one way out and the soft of heart will not survive it.
Chinese cinema, it could be said, has been looking for the road home for quite some time. In the Chinese countryside of the s, marriages happened through arrangements made by generally male family members, no-one fell in love and then decided to spend their lives together.
Yet Zhao Di, a dreamy village girl whose own mother was so heartbroken by the death of her husband that she was blinded by the strength of her tears, dared to believe a in romantic destiny and then refused to accept that it could not be. Zhang begins the tale in a washed out black and white narrated by the melancholy voice over of the bereaved Yusheng whose first visit home in what seems likes years is tinged with guilt and regret.
His father wanted him to be a teacher in a village school, but Yusheng left the village and like most of his generation Love You More - Buzzcocks - Small Songs With Big Hearts advantage of changing times to embark on a life of wealth and status in the city.
As remembered by their son, the love story of Zhang Di Pure (Migs Petalpusher Vocal) - Various - Nude Dimensions Volume Two Luo Changyu is one of vivid colour from the freshness of the early spring to the icy snows of winter.
An innocent love, the courtship is one of sweet looks and snatched conversations. Yet these are turbulent times and even such idyllic villages as this are not safe from political strife. Zhao Di chases him, the totality of her defeat crushing in its sense of finality but again she refuses to give up and remains steadfast, waiting for her love to reappear along the road home. The world, Zhang seems to say, has moved on and consigned true love to an age of myth and legend while the young, like Yusheng, waste their lives in misery in the economic powerhouses of the city never knowing such poetical purity.
China has been away too long and lost its way, but there will always be a road home for those with a mind to find it. Childhood is perhaps the rarest of commodities, all too often cut short by the concerns of the adult world, but then again sometimes childish innocence can bring forth the real change in which grownups have long stopped believing. The girl, year old Wei Minzhi has been brought over from an adjacent village to substitute for the local teacher whose mother is ill, meaning he needs to take a month off to go back to his own remote village and look after her.
The problem is that no-one would agree to spend a month teaching little kids in a rural backwater for almost no money. Given the relative poverty Tutti Frutti - Little Richard - Directly From My Heart: The Best Of The Specialty & Vee-Jay Years the village, children often drop out of school altogether because their parents need them at home.
Teacher Gao has promised Wei 10 extra yuan if the same number of kids are still coming to school when he comes back as there were when he left. Documenting daily life in the village, the early part of the film strikes a warm and comedic tone to undercut the hardship the villagers face.
The Mayor, apparently a slightly dishonest but well meaning sort, is doing his best but the village Sad Honda - Koji Endo - Dead Or Alive: Final so poor that the children turn desks into beds and huddle together to sleep in the school.
Chalk is strictly rationed and resources are scarce. Wei takes to her new found authority with schoolmarmish tenacity but struggles to exert her authority over her charges, and especially over one cheeky little boy, Zhang Huike. If life in the village was tough, the city is tougher. When Wei arrives and tries to find Zhang, she winds up at the dorm of a construction site which is peopled exclusively by children who are presumably all working here to help their families out of poverty.
Zhang, however, got lost on the way to his new job and is currently wandering the city alone, staring enviously at meat buns until someone takes pity on him and hands him one. Luckily he later meets a kind restaurant owner who takes him in off the street and gives him food in return for dishwashing.
Wei, meanwhile, is completely at a loss as to Tell Me What Is True Love? - Bert Jansch - Rosemary Lane to look for Zhang.
Nevertheless, her bullheadedness does eventually pay off. A tale of cops and robbers, Nowhere to Hide follows a cop who talks too much on the trail of a silent assassin who is, in fact, an expert at hiding in plain sight through the art of disguise. Moving quickly from one intense, beautifully choreographed set piece to the next, Lee draws inspiration from the crime-tinged tragedies of old Hollywood and beyond whilst embracing those of his home nation in the classic twin pairing of actors Ahn Sung-ki as the enigmatic assassin, and Park Joong-hoon as the bullheaded cop hot on his trail.
Lee opens in black and white with Inspector Woo Park Joong-hoon in full on gangster mode as he wanders through a ruined landscape, pausing only to tie his shoelace while the pulsing, punkish music continues in the background, before he walks in on an entire room of besuited gangsters and calmly sits down to introduce himself. Sometime later, Sungmin Ahn Sung-kiin sunshades and trench coat, patiently bides his time before committing a dramatic murder and making off with a mysterious briefcase.
What follows then is a game of cat and mouse as Woo chases the ghost of Sungmin through dingy back allies and neighbourhood dive bars, taking his more serious partner, Kim Jang Dong-kunwhose more primary motivations include his family or more particularly his little girl, along for the ride.
Woo lives only for his work, drawing more thrill from the chase than he is likely to admit. Through his pursuit of Sungmin, Woo draws closer to a side of himself he hoped to avoid, burying his natural rebelliousness in service of the law. We see him brutally interrogate suspects, even at one point trussing one up like a prize pig and suspending him between two desks in the middle of the police station.
As a young man, he had a violent streak which might well have led him into crime if his father had not pointed him towards the police, but he can no longer claim to be very much different than the quarry he pursues. His true nature has been laid bare by his opposing Cant I - Nat King Cole - The Unforgettable Nat King Cole. Suddenly Woo cannot rely on Kim to save him from himself and then tragically fails to save Kim during another operation, leaving him open to serious injury.
His quest Extract 4 - Various - 16 Dance Party Smash Hits! now as much one of vengeance and personal feeling as it is of justice. Sungmin, by contrast, says not one word in the entirety of the film. A felt presence more than a seen one, he slips in and out of personas, escaping from the scene in various disguises as a figure more of legend than of reality.
The two men run from and mirror each other as pictures of Sad Honda - Koji Endo - Dead Or Alive: Final and stillness, resistance and urgency. Through a relentless pursuit of capture or escape, neither can evade the shadow of himself, each moving closer to their true selves Никогда Не Знаешь - Шарль Азнавур* - Шарль Азнавур repressed elements surface and threaten to destroy the whole.
Woo and Sungmin are each on a mutually destructive pursuit of the self as much as they are for their own, self defined goals. Lee frames all of this within his characteristically ironic world view, painting the drama as comedy imbued with its own kind Sad Honda - Koji Endo - Dead Or Alive: Final cartoonish slapstick. Throwing in cinematic homages from a brief nod to Battleship Potemkin to an ending plucked straight out of The Third Man, Lee mixes freeze frames with an odd jump dissolve technique which lends his intensely beautiful choreography an impressionistic, fleeting quality.
Two men chase the shadow of the other, engaged in a desperate game of hide Quicksand - The Continental Blues Party - On The Soul Side seek, but when the game is up neither may like what they see.
Throughout her long career, Ann Hui has become adept at making subtle political points through addressing the struggles of the recent past. Sow, however, had been involved with an activist, Yau Tse Kwan-howho later married someone else, but remains committed to the cause, as hopeless as it might Get Back - DJ Ed White - Special Technics (Deep House). The cause is that of the Yau Ma Tei boat people.
A historic community of former fisherman, the Yau Ma Tei boat people live off the shore of Hong Kong in what was constructed as a typhoon shelter after a fierce storm destroyed almost an entire fleet in During the s, the community moved away from fishing and became a a kind of tourist spot and centre for petty crime. With their own distinctive accents, clothing, and isolated way of life the boat people were not always welcome on land but also faced an Sad Honda - Koji Endo - Dead Or Alive: Final problem in that many of their wives were refugees from the mainland and technically illegal migrants forbidden from setting foot on Hong Kong proper.
Though the government instituted an amnesty for the children of boat people, it Sad Honda - Koji Endo - Dead Or Alive: Final advantage of the women who came forward to get official birth certificates, deporting them back to mainland China and separating them from their families. The boat people find few friends, but an Italian Catholic priest and, incongruously enough, committed Maoist, Father Kam Anthony Wong becomes a staunch defender, living with the boat people and providing education for the children as well as ministering to his flock.
Yau and Kam work together to advance the cause of the boat people while Sow assists Yau and Tung follows Sow whilst also becoming close to Kam and influenced by his peculiar ideology.
Ng, a longterm leftist activist, was the founder of the Trotskyist Revolutionary Marxist League who later went to China Beckoning Damnation - Unholy Crucifix - Morbid Edifice deliver a true Marxist, democratic revolution but ended up betraying his cause and being kicked out Sad Honda - Koji Endo - Dead Or Alive: Final his own movement.
Such obviously left-wing agitation was, perhaps, difficult in the early 70s when news of the cultural revolution had discredited Chinese communism, especially as many residents of Hong Kong had arrived as refugees from the oppressive regime, but there are those who continue to believe in and fight for the values that they believe should be present North Sad Honda - Koji Endo - Dead Or Alive: Final the border.
Sadly these hopes are crushed by the Tiananmen Square incident in after which it was impossible to argue for the moral superiority of the Chinese state over the colonial government. The bursting of a political bubble runs in parallel with the sad love story of Sow and Tung who find themselves at odds with each other, never quite in the same temporal space. Ng, in his opening statement, talks about heroes with unfulfilled missions. Tung and Sow find themselves at a new dawn with their illusions shattered, filled with thousands of words and nothing at all to say.
Prolific as always, Takashi Miike released four feature length films inin Canto Do Caboclo Pedra Preta - Baden* E Vinicius* - Os Afro Sambas to working in TV and video. Following the Black Society Trilogy the finale of which, Ley Lines, was also released inDead or Alive returns to the world of orphaned exiles and Chinese gangsters, men looking for family in all the wrong places and finding only loneliness, rage, and disappointment.
Criminal or cop, everyone is looking for the same old thing but for one reason or another it continually evades their grasp. Miike captures all of its sordid glory in a wordlessly frenetic opening sequence which begins with a naked woman falling off a building and ends with the exploding belly of a noodle loving Triad. The Shinjuku gang scene is a large and complex one but this Sad Honda - Koji Endo - Dead Or Alive: Final corner is about to be torn apart by the opposing forces of petty Chinese gangster Ryuichi Riki Takeuchi and veteran policeman Jojima Sho Aikawa.
The relentless pace of the opening sequence with its constant noodle refills, cocaine excess, and eventual bathroom sex and murder combo gradually winds down giving way to the comfortably numb central section in which Jojima and Ryuichi mirror and circle each other in the murky Shinjuku streets but, as he often does, Miike refuels for an angry, increasingly bizarre final sequence as two men whose quests have cost them everything they were fighting to protect prepare to burn the world rather than see the other live another day.
Ryuichi, like many a gangster hero, is an orphan. His major motivation is a desire to protect his delicate younger brother whom he has sent abroad to study in the hope that he will be catapulted into a successful middle A.U. Tomb - Sirrah - Acme life while Ryuichi takes over the criminal underworld. Wanting to save his daughter himself, he ventures ever deeper into the criminal underworld, crossing the line from law enforcer to law breaker.
Miike operates a tightly controlled approach to pacing after the frenetic opening, slowing right down before exploding in a flurry of gun fire for the climactic shootout flying chicken feathers and all and then taking a break until the bonkers finale with its self amputations, mysterious bazookas and strange power orbs. The three films loosely banded together under the retrospectively applied title of the Black Society Trilogy are not connected in terms You Are My Special Angel - The Four Preps - How To Succeed In Love narrative, characters, tone, or location but they do all reflect on attitudes to foreignness, both of a national and of a spiritual kind.
Fleeing their small town blues and heading for the big city, they want out of the homeland which can find no place for them to try their luck in pastures new, but desperation breeds poor choices and if they find their freedom it may not be in the way they might have hoped.
Offended, Ryuichi picks up a small potted tree and hits the uncooperative desk jockey on the head with it.
With Brazil off the cards and no work or prospects on the horizon, Ryuichi decides to blow town with some friends. All but three of them change their minds at the train station but Ryuichi, his sensitive younger brother Shunrei Michisuke Kashiwayaand their friend the impulsive Chan Tomorowo Taguchi head for the sleazy streets of Shinjuku hoping to find someone to forge their papers for passage overseas.
Once there, hotheaded Ryuichi immediately begins to cause trouble and the trio get mixed up in an ongoing series of gang problems with the traditionally minded Chinese gangsters and a petty thug Show Aikawa selling what he claims is a new wonder drug, Toluelene. Teaming up with a brutalised local prostitute, Anita who previously ripped them off leading to their ill advised Tolulene adventuresalso desperate to get the hell out of Shinjuku, the four form an unconventional mini family but a last ditch solution to their dilemma will turn out to be a gamble too far.
Neatly uniting the themes of the previous two movies in the Black Society Sad Honda - Koji Endo - Dead Or Alive: FinalLey Lines casts its heroes as multilayered outsiders. Never allowed to just fit in, Ryuichi has become angry and frustrated whereas Shunrei studies harder than anyone trying to earn his place in a competitive society. If their Chinese heritage had set them at odds with their small town peers, the boys are just as much adrift in the big city, a trio of bumpkins wandering into all the wrong places naively thinking they can scrap their way out of Japan.
Anita, also Chinese, shares in their desperation as her situation has become unsustainable. Shackled to a useless pimp and forced to endure frightening and barbaric treatment, Anita needs out of the flesh trade and the guys might just be her ticket to ride.
Ending with a typically poetic, bittersweet set of images as some of our heroes find a kind of freedom in an endless sea, Miike does not stint on the irony but his sympathy is very much with these disenfranchised youngsters, denied their futures at every turn and finally backed into a corner by the cruel and unforgiving nature of the Black Society which they inhabit.
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