Thursday, February 26, 2015

Another Dawn

Colonel John Wister is in charge of a post in the British desert colony of Dickit. While on leave in England he meets and falls in love with the beautiful American Julia Ashton, whose aviator fiance died in a plane accident. Although Julia does not love John, she likes him and agrees to his marriage proposal. Wikipedia

Directed by William Dieterie
Produced by Harry Joe Brown
Written by Laird Doyle
Based on Caesar's Wife by Somerset Maugham
Starring Errol Flynn, Kay Francis, Ian Hunter
Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Edited by Ralph Dawson

Released in 1937
Run time 73 minutes

Out of the Past

Joe Stefanos (Paul Valentine) arrives at small, out-of-the-way Bridgeport, California, in search of Jeff Bailey (Mitchum). Stefanos informs Jeff that Whit Sterling (Kirk Douglas) wants to see him. Jeff has a past with Whit which Ann Miller (Virginia Huston), the local girl Jeff is dating, is unaware of. Ann trusts Jeff, but her parents are wary, as is Jim (Richard Webb), a local police officer who is a long-time admirer of Ann.
Jeff reluctantly agrees to go to see Whit. That night, Jeff picks Ann up, and the two drive together to Whit's home on Lake Tahoe. On the way, Jeff tells Ann of how he came to know Whit. A flashback ensues. Jeff's real name is Jeff Markham. He and partner Jack Fisher (Steve Brodie) were private investigators in New York. Jeff had been hired by Whit to find his girlfriend, Kathie Moffat (Jane Greer). Whit claimed she shot him and stole $40,000. He assured Jeff he just wants her back, and will not harm her. Wikipedia

Directed by Jacques Tourneur
Produced by Warren Duff
Screenplay by Daniel Mainwaring
Based on Build My Gallows High by Daniel Mainwaring
Starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas Rhonda Fleming
Music by Roy Webb
Cinematography Nicholas Musuraca
Edited by Samuel E. Beetley

Released in 1947
Run time 97 minutes

Monday, February 23, 2015


Standing at a subway station a young man, Kurono (Kazunari Ninomiya), watches as his old primary school friend, Kato (Ken'ichi Matsuyama), attempt to rescue a man who has fallen onto the tracks. Kurono ends up on the tracks with Kato after the man has been rescued, just as a train is speeding through the station. The pair are surprised to find themselves not dead, but rather relocated to a room with a few other people. When they turn around, they see a strange black sphere, about two meters in diameter.
Before they can discover what has happened, the sphere begins to display messages on its surface, including one which lists the name of someone whom they must kill. After the messages the sphere projects two large drawers filled with metal briefcases and strange handguns. They find that they are part of a strange game where they must not only work out how to play, but also how to survive.

Directed by Shinsuke Sato
Produced by Takahiro Sato
Screenplay by Yusuke Watanabe
Based on Gantz by Hiroya Oku
Starring Kazunari Ninomiya, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Yuriko Yoshitaka

Released in 2011

The Blue Dahlia (1946)

Navy pilot Lieutenant Commander Johnny Morrison (Alan Ladd) is put on the inactive list. He returns home to Hollywood from the fighting in the south Pacific, bringing along his buddies and medically discharged crewmates Buzz Wanchek (William Bendix) and George Copeland (Hugh Beaumont). Buzz is prone to memory lapses and headaches, and is often short tempered, all likely due to his head wound.
Johnny finds his wife Helen (Doris Dowling) living (and partying) in a hotel bungalow. When he spots her kissing her boyfriend Eddie Harwood (Howard Da Silva), the owner of the Blue Dahlia nightclub, he punches Eddie. Though Johnny is willing to try to salvage their troubled marriage, Helen is not. She tells him that their son did not die of diphtheria as she had written him but because she got drunk at a party and crashed her car. Johnny pulls a gun on her but decides she is not worth it. He drops the pistol and walks out taking a framed photograph of their son. Wikipedia

Directed by George Marshall
Produced by John Houseman
Screenplay by Raymond Chandler
Starring Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix, Hugh Beaumont
Music by Robert Emmett Dolan, Harry Simeone, Bernie Wayne Victor Young
Cinematography Lionel Lindon
Edited by Arthur P. Schmidt

Released in 1946
Run time 96 minutes

Ulrike Ottinger Die Nomaden Vom See (Nomad from the Lake)

This intimate personal portrait of Ulrike Ottinger, a unique, influential voice in women’s cinema for over four decades, begins at the lakeside city of Constance, where she was born and started her career. Describing key moments in her life, including the impact of student protests in Paris and her move from painting to filmmaking, Kramer traces Ottinger’s artistic development. Excerpts from her films, notably Madame X; Dorian Gray in the Mirror of the Yellow Press; Johana d’Arc of Mongolia; and documentaries shot in Asia (recently released by WMM), explore her luxuriant cinematic style combining fact and fiction in opulent, idiosyncratic images. Women Make Movies

A film by Brigette Kramer WMM

Mahanagar (The Big City)

Set in Calcutta during the 1950s Mahanagar explores the evolving independence of middle-class women of the city. Arati (Madhabi Mukherjee), a home maker, takes up a job as a door-to-door saleswoman to meet the increasing financial pressure on her family. Despite familial adversity and societal obstacles the initially hesitant and nervous Arati soon begins to prosper in her field and gradually starts to enjoy her new-found financial and psychological independence. Her initially supportive husband, Subrata (Anil Chatterjee), who now starts to feel insecure decides to ask Arati to quit but is finally forced to let her continue to work once he loses his job. Arati now becomes the sole breadwinner of the family and also befriends an English-speaking, Anglo-Indian (representative of the legacy of the British Raj) colleague Edith (Vicky Redwood), a move which raises suspicion and increases conflict within her family. Wikipedia

Directed by Satyajit Ray
Produced by R.D. Banshal
Screenplay by Satyajit Ray
Based on Abataranika by Narendranath Mitra
Starring Anil Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee,
Jaya Bhaduri, Vicky Redwood, Sefalike Devi,
Haren Cahtteriee

Released in 1963
Run time 131 minutes

Angela Mao Ying (Broken Oath, When Tae Kwon Do Strikes)

When Taekwondo Strikes (also known as Sting of the Dragon Masters and Taekwondo Heroes
The story is about the Korea under Japanese rule during World War II. A Korean nationalist played by Carter Wong gets into a fight with some non-Korean Japanese people and is chased into a church. The priest there is captured and tortured. Trying to secure his release, the leader of the resistance, Jhoon Rhee is himself captured and tortured by the Japanese. Carter Wong, Angela Mao and Anne Winton have to now try and rescue him. This leads to an explosive climax with the heroes having to fight the likes of Wong In Sik (Hwang In-Shik), Sammo Hung and Kenji Kazama.

Directed by Feng Huang, Ng Sek, Sammo Hung (action)
Produced by Raymond Chow
Written by Feng Huang
Starring Jhoon Rhee, Angela Mao, Anne Winton, Sammo Hung, Wong in Sik, Kenji Kazama, Carter Wong
Cinematography  Danny Lee
Edited by Peter Cheung

Released in 1973
95 minutes

A woman lies dying in a women's prison after giving birth and recounts to a pickpocket how she ended up there after her husband was murdered by thugs, one of whom also raped her. The pickpocket agrees to raise her daughter to seek revenge, but in hopes of breaking the cycle of violence she hands the infant girl over to a Shaolin monastery for women. 'Pure Lotus' Liu (Angela Mao) grows up to be a troubled young woman who skips out on Buddhist lessons, but excels at kung fu. She's kicked out after killing several thugs and rejoins the pickpocket, where she discovers the truth about her parents. Using her kung fu and deadly scorpions, Lotus begins a systematic hunt for each of the men who assaulted her family and ends up joining forces with government agents to uproot rebels, two of whom are her targets. Wikipedia

Directed by Jeong Chang-hwa
Produced by Raymond Chow
Written by Jeong Chang-haw
Starring Angela Mao, Chan Wai-Man, Dean Shek, Sammo Hung 
Music by Joseph Koo
Cinematography Wang Yng-lung

Released in 1977