The film centers around a young French widow and her two adolescent children attempt to carve out a meager life for themselves by farming rice fields alongside the ocean in French Indo-China in the 1930's. Their efforts are hampered each year by the presence of the sea, which invariably floods the fields with saltwater and wipes out the crops. In desperation, the mother realizes that their only hope lies in the construction of a sea wall to prevent continued flooding, but the mother must cut a swath through the local bureaucracy in an almost Sisyphean attempt to make this happen. Meanwhile, her obstinate daughter, Suzanne, draws the romantic obsessions of a well-to-do Chinese gentleman, Monsieur Jo; though he could easily provide a way out, the possibility of a romantic relationship between Jo and Suzanne could just as easily fall prey to local racial prejudices that would damage or ruin the lives of both.
Michael M (br) wrote: Aims for good Kubrick. Finds a bad cross between David Lynch and John Waters.
Mark C (gb) wrote: Something about the Hallmark movie and commercial combination totally gets to me and the tears just flow. I'm always in wow about it. Not sure if I would have the same reaction just watching the film by itself on DVD.
Dave J (mx) wrote: Monday, January 30, 2012 (2007) Black Ops HORROR Don't let the title fool you because the title looks like an action film but it's really a straight-to-rental horror flick centering on a small Black-Ops group lead by Lance Hendrickson to search battleship still on sea and investigate killings happening throughout the navy ship who originally didn't want to go there if it wasn't for his son still on board and may still be alive. To save you the time, and as it turns out scientists captured some old Nazi during WWII conducting experiments on him to make him the ultimate fighting machine by torturing and abusing him asan experimental guinea pig. That although they're still human, they would still be able to take alot more abuse and bullets(in the body) than any human being alive- kind of a low budget horror version of "The Terminator" on battleship since they're more gory decapitations done by this so-called 'experiment' than action. They also can create this serum which if injected into some other human dead or alive, s/he can also become somewhat invincible come with it change their sane persona to an evil one. It's stupid, dumb and convoluted which makes one to wonder why can't they shoot those things in the head- the movie never answers! I like Lance Hendrickson as an actor but this film is pure dog crap. Bomb
Giorgos V (ru) wrote: Exairetiko ergo. Apithani skinothesia kai montaz.
Paul D (it) wrote: The downbeat slow direction simply portrays Helsinki as a methodical place full of wooden individuals, but as a style it works well. There's little for the audience to take from the this film and is a dystopian story throughout and ultimately unsatisfying.
AN N (it) wrote: As a woman, I could not relate to this movie at all. I was stunned by the outdated chauvinistic and colonialist themes embedded in this terrible movie. Sadly, story has been done before - see Pocahontas, madam butterfly. Final scene where she introduces herself as the maid was the real kicker - could not help but be grossly offended. Pass on this one ...
Chosen 7 (us) wrote: Decent flick, could have been a lot better. Good performances by Whitaker and Irons.
Mark S (ru) wrote: Don't know how much is fact or fiction. Emily Watson is absolutely fantastic. Bravo.
Mattias E (nl) wrote: Once again, Chow teams up with old partner Lee Lik-chi and other regulars for this slick looking production, really the first of Chow's comedies based on fully developed characters rather than just a series of hysterical gags, even though God Of Cookery has it's fair share of those as well. And the food, captured by Jingle Ma's camera, looks great.
Shonagh W (ag) wrote: I liked Macross plus despite a lot of people hating it. Weird but somehow gripping.
David B (ag) wrote: A must for all Hammer and vampire enthusiasts.
Brian D (mx) wrote: Absolutely riveting. Breathtakingly refreshing version of Hamlet. The best I've ever seen. David Tennant is perfect as the tortured Hamlet. One thing that amazed me about this version is that the scenes seem to be actual characters as well in the play. The backgrounds were real and surreal at the same time. The reflective black floors and the imagery of mirrors all over the sets gave rich depth and meaning to the scenes and the overall play. Definitely a masterpiece.
Daijobu D (ca) wrote: Of all the films directed by the great Stanley Donen, who helmed classics such as SINGIN' IN THE RAIN and IT'S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER, this is regrettably going down as the worst credit to his otherwise legendary career. Skip this and watch his earlier films instead.
Dane W (us) wrote: It's hard to dislike a film that's about dinosaurs especially if it's "Jurassic Park". With top notch special effects, loving characters, and a story to keep you on the edge of your seat, Steven Spielberg makes yet another masterpiece that will keep audiences eyes glued to the screen.
AW C (jp) wrote: It can waste potential for being great, but that doesn't change the fact that it's a wickedly entertaining film with a devilishly entrancing Hoult.
Phil H (mx) wrote: Oh back in the day, the glorious day of the top shelf, unreachable 18 cert films. This was the home of many horror nasties and dubious looking action movies that were deemed to be much too violent for the lower shelves.So back in the early 90's at the height of JCVD's high kicking power he had one classic brawl flick come out after another. In the midst of this Belgian tidalwave of awesomeness came the smaller high kicking French power of Oliver Gruner.This one film was pretty much his biggest vehicle ever (until the possibility of 'Expendables 3') and it took huge advantage of JCVD's recent fight fests. The plot is quite simply about one French student who comes to the US to study. He lives with a mother and daughter within a rough gangland neighbourhood (LA I presume, why its called 'Angel Town') and inadvertently becomes the saviour of the block. Yep you guessed it, he's gonna kickbox some thug ass.The quality of this film is really gritty, but not gritty in a realistic way, more in a cheap low budget way. Here's me expecting something slick like the muscles from Brussels but instead we get a very dodgy audio track with tonnes of background dubbing and old fashioned fight effects, Gruner almost seems to be miming or badly dubbed himself and some very weak fight coordination/choreography.The whole film feels so damn cheesy its unreal, yes I realise this is an old film but its nowhere near the standard of the old JCVD stuff. All the fights were very disappointing as everything looked really fake, you could see the kicks and punches deliberately missing the intended targets. On top of that the hit effects were like something out of an old western for pete's sake!.The only decent sequence in the whole film was the short training montage in the middle where Gruner gets all sweaty and serious. This montage shows us some great moves that look real damaging plus Gruner looks good too, unlike the rest of the film where he looks like a bit of a nerd.It was produced by the folks who gave us the awesome 'A.W.O.L.' ('Lionheart') with some Belgian fella, you can see the similarities here. Unfortunately its nowhere near as good in any aspect and shows Gruner for what he has always been...the poor mans JCVD, sorry Oliver.Always loved how some of the bad guys have guns (look like uzi's), yet when they are watching their fellow gang members getting beaten up they don't actually use them! eh?.