Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mambo Girl (1957)

Mambo Girl (1957)

May 21st, 6:30PM in Garland 104(2441 E. Hartford)

This western style musical was an early hit for superstar Grace Chang who would headline many of the best film of the MP&GI studio during the late 1950's to mid 60's. She plays a teenager with a loving family. One day she discovers that she is adopted. Now she begins searching for her biological mother while trying to understand the true meaning of family.

Hong Kong, Director Li Han Hsiang, Cast Linda Lin Dai, Li Jen Ho, Bo Hong and King Hu, 95 minutes, in Mandarin with English subtitles.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Killer Tattoo (2001)

Killer Tattoo (2001)

May 14th, 6:30PM in Garland 104 (2441 E. Hartford)

In Bangkok of the not too distant future, a group of the Thailand's professional assassins enjoy socializing between jobs. They are forced to band together when through a coincidence, one of them becomes the number one target of the Thai underworld.

Suthep-ngam stars as Pae Buffgub, the leader of the assassins. He is better known for the character of Master Thep in the zombie comedy SARS Wars.

This is a action comedy that is firmly tongue-in-cheek and features such characters as a aged Hippy assassin as well as a former assassin that through a head injury firmly believes himself to be Elvis.

Thailand, Director Yuthlert Sippapak, Cast Somchai Khemglad, Thao Rae, Suthep Phongam and Petchtai Wongkamlaow, 114 minutes, in Thai with English subtitles.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

High and Low (1963)

High and Low (1963)

May 7th, 6:30PM in Garland 104 (2441 E. Hartford)

Akira Kurosawa directed this story of a rags to riches Industrialist who's son is kidnapped on the verge of his greatest triumph. In an attempt to save the boy he is assisted by undercover police detectives as they try and discover who has taken the child.

The second to last film before the end of Kurosawa's most prodigious period as a Director, it shows his genius at its full strength. The story also subtly references discrimination of the burakumin, a minority group within Japanese society that are historically held in contempt, not unlike the untouchables of India.

Japan, Akira Kurosawa, Cast
Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Kyoko Kagawa and Tatsuya Mihashi, 142 minutes