Aug 11

Temptation of an Angel (1999) aka Chan mat ching yan ji mou haan yau waak

TV commercial director Fei (Michael Chow Man-kin) is mourning the death of girlfriend Angel Chen (Yuk), and through flashbacks induced by his reading of her diary, we see how their relationship developed and, eventually, faltered when she met handsome gym instructor Roy (Ngai). Against her better judgement, Angel begins to cheat on Fei and subsequently experiences the most arousing sex of her life. Plagued by guilt, Angel avoids Roy for two months but he continues to seek her out and will not stop when asked to. Angel loves both men and her inability to break off with one or both of them leads to tragedy.

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Aug 09

Torso (2009) aka Toruso

Kore-eda’s longtime cinematographer, Yutaka Yamazaki, made his directoral debut this year with Torso. Following in the footsteps of Air Doll, Yamazaki takes on a story of a human loving a sex toy with a much different outcome than Kore-eda’s opus. Makiko Watanabe aces the role of a alienated woman “in love” with a blow-up male torso. Rising star Sakura Ando, playing her sister adds to the tension when discovers her secret desire. All in all, a taught and forgiving drama that makes loving an armless, headless, legless torso make sense.

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Aug 06

Confessions : The Secrets of Machiko Matsuoka (2010) aka ~ Matsuoka Machiko no himitsu ~

Machiko Matsuoka is a high school music teacher who lives with Keiko, her older sister with a bad leg. They were close once, but Keiko became disabled in an incident. Believing that Machiko was the cause, Keiko has treated her like a slave ever since. Machiko has done everything she says, but her frustration has accumulated. One day, Machiko begins a secret relationship with her student.

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Aug 06

The Kind Wife (2016) aka 착한아내 (chak-han-a-nae)

Tae-joon (Lee Sang-hoon-IV) and Seo-yeon (Park Min-kyeong) wrap up their city life and start over in a quiet countryside. Tae-joon is still learning how to farm and he hasn’t had a decent harvest of fruits for several years. He gets stressed and blames the soil. Seo-hyeon suggests they start a ‘sharing house’ to relieve his pressure. They invite a new family into their house to ‘share’ and that it Hwai (Lee Ja-eun). She is a novelist who writes about her experience with another man. She had an affair with Tae-joon in the past. She resented him but still loved him and couldn’t get over him which is why she went all the way down there. She takes over the house which once used to be Tae-joon and Seo-hyeon’s space. Hwai puts pressure on Tae-joon and provokes him by seducing Seo-hyeon’s carpentry teacher Jae-rim (Kim Seon-hyeok). Hwai shakes up Seo-hyeon and tries to make Tae-joon hers while Seo-hyeon struggles to protect her family home.

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Aug 04

Sakiko no sushi (2005)

With a special natural instinct of “absolute taste”, the genius girl Sakiko was trained by her father in their family sushi bar. But one day Sakiko was fed up with her father’s harsh training. She left with her boyfriend. Years later she came back home only to find her father’s sushi bar to be taken over by the rich girl Harumi and her Black Gang as a revenge of Harumi’s lost love. Now Sakiko had to fight not only for her family but her dignity to win the sushi contest.

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