Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Hou Hsiao-Hsien/ Hiroshi Teshigahara + Art overload


Some good films and musics things. The most recent Hou Hsiao-Hsien "Cafe Lumiere" is pretty nice - its actually a homage to Yasujiro Ozu and is loosely modeled after his "Tokyo Story" and stars Tadanobu Asano. I saw it last night and was surprised how 'pop' is was compared to his other films - but still quite good. Speaking of Hou, I have a copy of the soundtrack to his film "Flowers of Shanghai" which to my surprise is done by crazy-prolific japanese electronic mastermind Yoshihiro Hanno as well as the new Progressive Form comp "Mixform" which is supergreat minimal japanese electronics in a fluidly constructed mix by Haruomi Hosono . More films : I'm really looking forward to the new Michael Haneke film (Piano Teacher/Hour of the Wolf) - titled "Cache" - it got amazing reviews at Cannes as well as the new Tsai Ming-Liang (Goodbye, Dragon Inn/What Time is it There) who's new film "Wayward Cloud" also looks supegreat - the review in Sight & Sound Magazine called it a 'porno-musical about drought and watermelons' (!!) and the new film by Apichatpong Weerasethakul titled "Tropical Malady" - it was nominated for the Jurry Prize at Cannes and is playing here at the Northwest Film Forum next month. -And- the Hiroshi Teshigahara film adaptations of Kobo Abe's novels "Woman in the Dunes", "Face of Another", "Pitfall", "Man Without a Map" / "Ruined Map" have all been released with superior transfers by Eureka! films UK on DVD. Oy, I'm kinda almost overloaded. I need an external secondary brain please.