Ah, the early days of spring…

Shaolin Soccer

Alas, the past few weeks have been a nightmarish mixture of pain, heartache, and sorrow. Mixed in, of course, with moments of happiness and contentment.

Someday perhaps I’ll drag all these personal things out into the light. Until then, I will highlight that Kim Ki-Duk’s SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER, AND SPRING AGAIN opens this Friday in limited release in the U.S. I’ve been looking forward to this for many months, and it looks like Sony Picture Classics is giving the film a nice promotional push and treating it with class.

On the other hand, on the same day Miramax will (apparently) finally allow Stephen Chow’s SHAOLIN SOCCER to see the light of day (in the dark of a limited number of cinemas). Reportedly it is in Cantonese, but it’s the edited version — down to 87 or 89 minutes, a slash of 25% or so of the movie. I’ve seen this version, albeit dubbed into English and more than 15 months ago, but I’m not inclined to support. On the other hand, if you have friends who’ve never seen the original, this might be worth a visit.

Speaking of cuts, VAMPIRE EFFECT is out on R1 DVD Tuesday, but it’s the dubbed and (I believe) cut version of TWINS EFFECT. Honestly, I have yet to see the original — though it sits near my DVD player, as though by osmosis it might leak into my subconscious — yet, once again, I cannot recommend a cut and dubbed version.

United Pictures continues to press the case for CRYING LADIES, which is very encouraging to see. Likewise, U.S. screenings continue for Greg Pak’s ROBOT STORIES and Robin Shou’s RED TROUSERS. Links to more information can be found at their respective web sites (as linked at the top of the home page).

And I hope to post again. Thank you very much visiting.

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