Aug 19

Strawberry Shortcakes (2006) aka Sutoroberii Shooto Keikusu

Based on the eponymous manga for girls by cartoonist Kiriko Nananan, the pic follows the ups and downs of four female friends in Tokyo looking for love and trying to cope with the responsibilities in their lives. The main characters, impeccably played by four powerful actresses, are modern, self-sufficient women and their stories are told with mild irony and a dash of melancholy. The result is a movie that is lighthearted at times, a little sad at others, crazy and sometimes serious, but always special, that investigates the psychology of its characters and offers an accurate depiction of urban Japan, thanks to its director’s know-how. While many overly ambitious directors struggle to tell even one fairly comprehensible story, Yazaki skillfully weaves a powerful depiction of not one, but four women, creating an indissoluble and moving whole that doesn’t succumb to sentimentalism.

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Aug 17

Rules Of Dating (2005) aka Yeonae-ui mokjeok (연애의 목적)

Choi (Kang Hye-Jung) begins work as a student-teacher at a high school. During her first day on the job, English teacher Lee Yoo-Rim (Park Hae-Il) hits on her in a very brash manner. Choi then using his position as a superior and any other method he can think of tries to get Choi to go out with him and eventually he succeeds. The problem is that they are both in long lasting relationships. Choi is actually engaged to a doctor, while Lee Yoo-Rim dated the same woman for the past six years. While Lee Yoo-Rim seems to be content with having their relationship continue as an affair, Choi worries about having sex without “love.” Eventually the administration at their place of work finds out about their relationship and they must now hide or reveal their relationship. The result is an an unexpected reversal of roles between them as co-workers, as well as a reversal of dynamics in their personal relationship.

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Jul 20

Freeze Me (2000) aka Furîzu mî

Chihiro is raped by three men and it is captured on video camera. She leaves her hometown and prepares to marry a colleague five years later, when one of the rapists arrives and says the others are on their way. He behaves like her long-lost lover and mistreats her again. Chihiro takes revenge, kills him and puts him in a freezer. The other rapists are awaiting a similar fate…

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Jul 18

Sex Is Zero (2002) aka Saekjeuk shigong

At Sunjong University, a few students are serious, including Eun-hyo, who works hard at aerobics in hopes of doing well in a national competition. Most students goof off: drinking, partying, and focusing on sex. Eun-shik, a law student who’s been in the military, is older but socially inept. He likes Eun-hyo; even though his earnest and simple side appeals to her, his juvenile excesses make him irrelevant when Sung-ok, a good-looking rich kid, charms Eun-hyo. They begin an affair, leaving Eun-shik on the sidelines. The national competition

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Jul 18

Sex Is Zero 2 (2007) aka Saek-jeuk-shi-gong-ssi-zeun-too

In his 10th year at college, Eun-sik is part of a nearly ideal campus couple with swimming champ Kyung-ah. While their three-year relationship is solid, Eun-sik struggles to get to the next level with Kyung-ah; despite the help and support of his friends, he can’t manage to get her into bed.

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Jul 05

Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai (2003) aka Hatsujô kateikyôshi: sensei no aijiru

Sachiko Hanai (Emi Kuroda) is a call girl. One day she is caught up in a gunfight and is shot in the forehead. Instead of killing her, the bullet in her head gives her psychic powers. She also accidentally comes into possession of a cylinder containing George W. Bush’s finger, whose fingerprint is designed to launch a nuclear missile, and international spies are soon chasing her.

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Jul 04

The T-Back Game (2006)

Yuki is hunger and dreams to become a great star. Although she joins a talent company to train herself, she gets no improvement as all her job is not directly related to any acting role. When she feels upset and disappointed about her future, her company requests her to join a T-Back Water Game from a TV station. At the same time, Yuki is broken up with her boyfriends… What will happen in the T-Back Water Game?

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Jun 26

Crazy Scum: Dicky’s Journal (2003)

In the Yee Advertising Company, there are different sexual stories with surprise. Yee and Mei are jealous about their new colleague Ming’s attraction. Because of Ming’s existence, Yee and Mei are ignored by the other guys sharply. A battle of sexual relationship has been taken place in office whenever…

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