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  1. Family guy

    Posted Mar 29th 2009, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... with Disney' on a family-themed movie. 'We're both very proud dads and family men,' he says, referring to himself and director Andy Hickman. His part in Race is just one of many steps he has made in his lurch towards the universe of family entertainment: in his last film with Hickman, 2007's The Game Plan, he plays a star sportsman learning to take care of his ...

  2. Tokyo Sonata

    Posted Jul 26th 2009, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... of the nation's middle class. The centre of Tokyo Sonata's universe is a nondescript family of four, headed by Ryuhei Sasaki (Teruyuki Kagawa), a dour salaryman who is abruptly sacked one day (to be replaced, he is told, by cheaper Chinese workers). Humiliated, he becomes even more of a sulking tyrant at home, which only spurs his family to react in kind. His eldest son, Takashi (Yu Koyanagi), ...

  3. Kiyoshi Kurosawa

    Posted Mar 08th 2009, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... of an ordinary-looking Japanese middle-class family after the patriarch Ryuhei (played by Teruyuki Kagawa) loses his job, and his humiliation is made complete by the rebellion of his two sons and finally his wife (Kyoko Koizumi). Tokyo Sonata marks your return to family drama after several years in the horror genre. Do you think the possibilities for the latter are exhausted? It was never my ...

  4. Rachel Getting Married

    Posted Mar 05th 2009, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... swings from braggadocio to self-pity and back again throughout the film. This is necessary, given the complicated and sorry past that continues to drive a wedge between Kym and her family. Jenny Lumet's screenplay is brilliant in how it unravels the roots of the family's breakdown, whether it's the competition between Kym and Rachel (Rosemary DeWitt, above right with Hathaway) ...

  5. Two Lovers

    Posted Jun 28th 2009, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... romantic take on Night, as both centre on a young man unsure of how to reconcile his own desires and his family traditions. In We Own the Night, Phoenix plays a hoodlum from a family of policemen; ...

  6. Four Christmases

    Posted Dec 11th 2008, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... in sentimentality. The film begins promisingly with the introduction of Kate (Reese Witherspoon) and Brad (Vaughn), two San Francisco professionals who view traditional notions of family values- marriage, ... are spotted by the four families of their divorced parents and thus obliged to spend Christmas with them. Over the next 24 hours all kinds of hilarious gags ensue as the pair revisit their past. ...

  7. Festive gems

    Posted Mar 05th 2009, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... royal family sounded so good. Still Walking When Hirokazu Koreeda's film left last year's San Sebastian Film Festival empty-handed, critics were appalled. It's easy to understand why: this piece exploring the fragile relationships in a Japanese family is probably Koreeda's best film. Il Divo Paolo Sorrentino again weaves his magic with this unconventional portrayal ...

  8. Baby Love

    Posted Nov 12th 2009, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... streetscapes and the premise of a festive family dinner. Yet Baby Love could have offered so much more. Its banal English title only reveals how Garenq reduced the premise to the one-note struggle ... with many questions- from hard-edged ones about family values and gay rights, to Philippe's abrupt transformation from party-lover to devoted parent- left unaddressed. In presenting 90 minutes ...

  9. Film

    Posted Sep 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui, Paul Fonoroff

    ... a poor country woman married to a retired warlord who gets sucked into the power struggles within his extended family. Starring Fong Yim-fun. In Cantonese. Sept 25, 7.30pm, Film Archive. Mysterious Murder (Part II) The concluding chapter of Tong Tik-sang's two-part epic historical melodrama about a woman married to a retired warlord and her struggles with his family. Starring ...

  10. Summer Hours

    Posted Jan 04th 2009, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... the style-over-substance approach of his last film, Boarding Gate, and returns closer to home. This is a nuanced family drama involving three siblings whose aloofness towards each other is brought into sharp focus ... strength is in its understated charm. In fact, it's nearly a traditional three-act play, starting with the family gathering, then the matriarch's death and its fallout, and finally a coda ...




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