There’s a new issue of UK Asian film journal Firecracker up: highlights include a piece on the reoccuring tropes of Asian horror, an interview with Tony Jaa, and a review of "Crying Fist," the new film starring "Oldboy"’s Choi Min-sik.
The London Times has two amusing pieces that are essentially about the hazards of journalistic arrogance. First, Garth Pearce writes about how, in 1977, he was all a-flutter about being sent to interview his much-admired Alec Guinness, but, arriving at the studio, he finds the interview cancelled, and is forced instead to talk to the dull unknowns also cast in the film, a sci-fi picture he was sure "was going to disappear into a big black hole." Then Richard Curtis talks about his love for Lukas Moodysson, admitting that he’s not much of a film critic, having once been fired for calling a re-release of "Rear Window" "90 minutes of black-and-white perfection," having missed the screening and forgotten that "Rear Window" is actually in color.
In the Korea Times, Kim Ki-duk talks about his new strategy for the theatrical release of his new film, "The Bow": having never had a great success in his homeland, he’s going to try a US-style platform release, opening in one theater and expanding from there.
Via Rediff, this Friday, "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" (aka DDLJ) will reach its 500th consecutive week playing at a first-run theater in Mumbai. One of the most popular Bollywood films ever make, the 1995 film is still, unbelievably, filling the theater on the weekends and holidays (Charles Taylor wrote about the film for Salon last year – the article is here).
And Al-Jazeera gathers responses on "Kingdom of Heaven" from various critics and writer around the Middle East.
+ Issue06 (Firecracker)
+ Their future in the stars (Times)
+ Alternative Lukas arts (Times)
+ Art Film Director Tries New Strategy (Korea Times)
+ Is Wilde or James the true master? (Telegraph)
+ DDLJ Still Going Strong (Rediff)
+ Muslim groups praise Crusades film (Al-Jazeera)