August 17, 2009
Let's see... it's been a while since our last review, but we are still alive. The review this time is for Park Chan-wook's brand new horror/drama Thirst. I am a huge fan of Park, and the film was a joy to watch.
As I mention in the review, there has been some very intriguing news from Korea this past week. This year, two Korean films premiered at Cannes. Park Chan-wook's Thirst and Bong Joon-ho's Mother. As of this past week, it has been announced that Bong Joon-ho's film has been selected as the Korean entry for the academy awards.
"Six films were initially chosen as candidates. The others were "A Frozen Flower" by Yoo Ha, "Thirst" by Park Chan-wook, "Breathless" by Yang Ik-joon, "Old Partner" by Lee Chung-ryoul, and "Bronze Medalist" by Park Geon-yong.
The KFC said, "The final decision came down to choosing between "Mother - 2009" and "Breathless", and based on the artistry of the film, the influence of the distributor, the reputation of the director and the level of recognition of the film, we chose "Mother - 2009" in the end." Hancinema.net
Evolution gets a makeover
October 14, 2008
Here at Stealth Evolution, we are like hopeless drunks who can't seem
to make up their mind: on or off the wagon? Once again
we're back and this time the site is being reverted/updated to a
different look, with plans... once again on the horizon.
The update should be finished within a day or two with new reviews to
come. Of course I can't leave without adding in a little relevant
Asian film news, so here we go with a little news about a relatively
big star in South Korea (the dad from The
star Song Kang-ho is starring as a vampire in the new movie
"Bat". This movie has been filmed in Australia last month and
Korea for a total of 5 months. Song is the repected priest,
"Sang-hyeon" who volunteered a secret
non-profit vaccine research organization in Africa where he was given
an unidentifiable blood sample and became a vampire." -Hancinema.net
Hooker Became Killing Machine in Daehakroh Review!
March 8, 2008
God damn that's a long ass title! Anyway, we're back with our first
update of 2008, yahoo! I know we always say how we'll update more
whenever we actually post an update, and after all of these lies I'm
starting to feel a bit guilty. But today we have an update, a new brand
spanking review of Nam Ki-Woong's directorial debut!
This man is a somewhat underground filmmaker with a unique style yet an
indistinct perspective. If only he could figure out how to follow a
freaking narrative. The movie is entitled Teenage Hooker
Became Killing Machine in Daehokroh.
I just also wanted to give a shoutout to Ikkicon. I recently attended this
anime convention back in early February. I've been to a lot of
conventions, and this one is certainly holding promise for local
central Texans. I hope these guys can keep it up!
I'd go into more detail, but I'll let the review do that.
In other news, Film "Crossing", directed by Kim Tae-gyoon and starring
Cha In-pyo, will finally be released four years since it was filmed.
This is the first South Korean film to portray the lives of ordinary
citizens in North Korea. The film was shot at secret locations in South
Korea, China, and Mongolia.
"Crossing" is based on a true story of North Korean refugees who
attempted to break into the Spanish embassy in Beijing in 2002. Cha
will play the role of the father who had to leave North Korea in search
of medicine and food for his family. His eleven-year-old son will be
played by child actor Shin Myeong-cheol, who beat out 600 competitors
to win the part. The film follows their dangerous search for each
other. The makers of "Crossing" will hold a press conference on March
18th to unveil the film for the first time. -Hancinema.net
November 13, 2007
Within the next two weeks, we will be posting a list (similar to our Asian Halloween Movie Recommendations) of
Asian films that go along with the general spirit of Thanksgiving--we
also plan on making numerous other themed recommendations. Just this
past week the fourth annual Austin Asian
Film Festival went on, and I attended a couple days of it. The
organizers strive to represent both American and foreign Asian
filmmakers. I highly encourage local residents to take note of next
Moving on... what Animal House loving film fan
could resist the original Sex is Zero? Well, the sequel to Sex
is Zero is coming out in Korea on December 13, but Hancinema.net has a rather bizarre
bit of information surrounding the movie. "An actress, who will feature
in a Korean film scheduled to open next month, has drawn media
attention because she has changed her gender.
Lee Sea-yoon, 28, who previously went under the name of Lee Dae-hak,
will appear in the sequel to "Sex Is Zero" to be released nationwide on
Dec. 13. Reportedly, Lee underwent a sex change operation earlier this
year. The actress is still legally registered as a male.
She has not made any contact with anyone since her sex change became
known to the public Friday, "I am still afraid of showing up before the
audience, who may see me with a biased view", a movie official
delivered Lee's message on her behalf.
The movie production, a sequel to "Sex Is Zero", also faced barriers in
promoting the film because many media outlets here have given more
weight to the transsexual entertainer rather than the new comic movie."
Halloween Movie Recommendations!
October 30, 2007
Ahh, Halloween is tomorrow, and that means... horror themed
recommendations! On the right-hand portion of the page we are offering
you our suggestions for Asian horror films. So far we have four
recommendations up, and more will be coming over the next few days.
Have a great halloween! Refer to this link for our Asian Halloween Movie Recommendations. And
also read this news from Hancinema.net.
"Hero", a Japanese blockbuster set to hit Korean theaters
on Nov. 1, may not strike many Korean viewers as a masterpiece. But if
you are a fan of the original 2001 Fuji TV series, and are familiar
with its trademark humor, its subtlety in the use of seemingly small
details, and its evocative settings, it would take some kind of almost
heroic self-restraint not to go see this film.
In the movie, Kohei Kuryu (Takuya Kimura), a young prosecutor who is
addicted to buying sundry stuff that he sees advertised on TV, returns
to the Josai Branch of the Tokyo public prosecutor's office, and
reunites with his former colleagues, including his former loyal
assistant, Maiko Amamiya (Takako Matsu).
His comeback after a six-year hiatus gets off to a seemingly smooth
start, as he is assigned to a simple manslaughter case. What happened
is that a blond security guard unintentionally beat an innocent man to
death. The guard then escaped in a van, but was later arrested, and
confessed to assaulting..." -Hancinema
October 18, 2007
A lot has happened over the past six months since we stopped updating
the site, and a lot is going to change on the site within the upcoming
We have plans to change and broaden the content of the website.
Essentially, the site will still serve as our outlet of interests in
Anime and Asian Films. The change will occur in a shift of focus on
films we consider to be weird, bizarre, grotesque, unique, and
ultimately interesting. The plans are still being laid out and within a
few weeks everything should be changed to the new format.
Also, I recently attended Fantastic Fest at the Alamo Drafthouse in
Austin, Texas. I have to commend those guys there for selecting a great
bunch of Asian films (I made it my mission to see every Asian film that
played). They had a great range, and I highly reommend the festival to
anyone in the Austin area.
Keep checking back, very soon our weird interests will consume the
in Love II Review
April 21, 2007
Hello there! There's still some reviews that need posting, so in
keeping with that trend, we have another one from our yesteryears to
post. Tonight it's the 1999 anime film, Tenchi
Muyo in Love II. This is my personal favorite of any and all Tenchi
In other cool Asian film news, Hancinema is reporting that
there will be two--count em' two--Korean films competing at Cannes this
year. Here's the report straight from Hancinema.net: "Two homegrown
films about love have been invited to compete in this year's Cannes
International Film Festival, the films' distributors said Thursday.
The two are "Secret Sunshine", the fourth feature film directed by Lee
Chang-dong, and "Breath" the fourteenth film of director Kim Ki-duk." -
Cantabile First Impression
March 26, 2007
So a few days and some procrastination later, We're finally posting my
first impression of the show Nodame Cantabile.
Both somewhat reminscent of Honey and Clover and absolutely
hilarious, Nodame is a must to check out for those looking for
a good comedy.
news was announced on the 19th as Studio Ghibli
announced its newest film to be directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Animenewsservice.com
reports: "This marks [Miyazaki's] first return to the director's chair
in 4 years. At that time he made Howl's Moving Castle which grossed
19.6 billion Yen at the box office, drawing in excess of 15 million
people. The plot will based on an entirely original screenplay and tell
the story of "goldfish princess" and a 5 year boy who lives in a
seaside town and vows to become a man."
Planning for a release in July of 2008 (sadly before Gedo Senki/
Tales from Earthsea has its US debut), Ghibli will be starting work
on the movie as soon as possible. "The theme will be "Little Mermaid"
with a thick Japanese twist." (ANS) We're excited to see how things
Panic! The Second Raid Review
March 8, 2007
Tonight, We finally get back to posting new reviews with the 2005 anime
Panic! The Second Raid. Though it could have been better, the
sequel proves to out-perform the original. A decent series worthy of
checking out if you have some free time.
Trailer for Paprika
went up on Apple's site last week. For those that don't know, Paprika
is the newest film by Satoshi Kon (Perfect
Blue, Millennium Actress,
Godfathers). If you look towards the bottom of the page you can
see Apple reports the movie to hit theatres on May 25th. Judging from
the reports from the various film festivals around the world and the
quality of Kon's other movies, I'm expecting a great hit. It's a shame
we still need to wait two months, but I'm excited nonetheless.
After I finish up editing it, expect to see my impression of Nodame
Cantabile within the next couple of days. More reviews to come in
the next couple of weeks.
February 24, 2007
I know we said we would be posting a newer review this week, however we
have one more older review to post. This week it's my review of Armitage: Dual-Matrix from late 2004.
While we're not too sure how this underwhelming movie made it past
production, one thing is for sure: this movie is absolutely horrible.
Be sure to avoid it if you have the chance.
5 Centimeters (5 Cetimeters per second) a chain of short
stories about their distance premiers in Tokyo on March 3rd. For
those that were lucky enough to catch it, the first portion of the
three-part movie premiered online for Yahoo! Premium members on
February 16th. Gauging from the first part, this movie will be one you
do not want to miss. Those interested can view a trailer on the
As some of you may know, here at Stealth Evolution, we currently have
two dedicated staff writers bringing reviews to you. If you, or anyone
you know is interested in joining our team, feel free to head over to
the Contact Us page and send either Face
or myself an email for more details.
More reviews and possibly an impression or two (depending on my
motivation) to come this week.
February 15, 2007
Tonight another review originally posted three years ago is being
refeatured on the website. This time it's the Japanese 2002 horror
film, Suicide Club. Over the past
5 years, this film has generated a lot of interest as well as a fair
amount of controversy. Expect some brand new reviews to also be posted
this following week.
Here's something interesting I saw over at Hancinema.net
the other day: "ImaginAsian Entertainment, founded by four
Korean-Americans in 2003, is betting Asian pop culture will attract
American audiences of all ethnic backgrounds and find its way into
Korean dramas such as "Full House", "Winter Sonata" and "Princess
Hours" are already hits with American audiences who watch ImaginAsian
Television (IATV), the first 24-hour, national, Asian American network.
"We know from the feedback we receive from the network that Korean
dramas are very popular with our audience and not only among
native-speaking Koreans, but for Koreans and Asians that don't speak
the language at all and even non-Asians as well", ImaginAsian CEO
Michael Hong said in an e-mail interview with The Korea Times." -
February 12, 2007
I was reading about the Berlin Film Festival today and it seems a new
Korean film is attracting quite a bit of attention. It's called I'm
a Cyborg, But That's Ok. Here's what Hancinema.net posted earlier
today on their website:
Park Chan-wook's "I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK"
has drawn much interest from the press at the Berlin International Film
Festival, which opened on Feb. 7. A throng of reporters came to the
preview of the film, which was submitted to the festival's competition
section, on Feb. 9. Many reporters also attended the press conference
held after the preview to cover it.
Reporters showed particular interest in the film's peculiar subject
matter, plot and description of violence. They asked Jeong Ji-hoon
(singer Rain), who played the lead, how he as a top singer felt about
his first appearance in a movie."
In regard to the website, I know I said we'd be posting live action
reviews for the next few weeks, but then I had a sudden change of
heart. So, here is our review of Ping
Pong Club. My inner-toilet-humor-self fell in love with this
anime's unrelenting scatological humor. It's just my cup of tea.
February 05, 2007
While this review is not necessarily new, it has not been featured on
the website in nearly three years. So over the course of the next few
weeks, we will be featuring reviews that have not been available on the
website due to our previous downtime a few years prior.
Moving onto the review itself, Naked
Weapon is one of those movies you watch not because you want
to, but because it helps you understand the full spectrum of film
malfeasance. My goal here today in featuring this review is to warn
people about Ching Siu-Ting's 2002 atrocity.
is reporting that Toki wo Kakeru
Shoujo will be having its American premiere March 3, 2007. "The
North American theatrical debut of Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (The
Girl Who Leapt Through Time) will take place at the New York
International Children's Film Festival on March 3 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets
More reviews will be posted in the soon to be future. We will also be
featuring several more Live Action Asian reviews this month that have
not been available for over 2 years.
February 02, 2007
Okay, so we took a longer break than we intended over the holidays.
Don't take that to mean we're giving up though. Expect to see more
reviews from Face and myself within the next couple of weeks.
Today, I reviewed the 2005 hit Elfen Lied.
Despite its shortcomings, it proves to be a series worthy of checking
out. Be sure to read the review and give the show a shot! Just make
sure you can handle the liberal use of animated violence.
In other news, AnimeNewsNetwork is reporting that the Live Action
version of Mushishi is a huge hit at the Sundance Film
Entertainment, the company handling distribution of
the Mushishi (Bugmaster) live-action film, announced on Janurary 23rd
that they have received 10 offers from companies wanting to distribute
the film overseas. The film is directed by Katsuhiro Otomo (better
known for Anime films such as Akira) and stars Odagiri Joe."
With Toho Entertainment already recieving 10 offers to distribute the
film, Mushishi may prove to be a great adaptation of the manga
and anime. Hopefully the movie won't disappoint.
December 02, 2006
Well, I admit it... we've been lazy. It's been nearly a month since our
last update, and that will be changing shortly. The end of the semester
is quickly approaching; there are currently less than two weeks
remaining. Very exciting.
Anyway, we will be returning to our former review output of at least
one review per week very shortly. Today, however, Aisakku has written
his impressions of the new anime series, Kanon.
It appears that it will likely be more of the same general shoujo-fare,
but it could be worth a look.
In other anime news, AnimeNewsNetwork is reporting that this year 16
animated features will be eligible for nomination at the Golden Globe
awards. A maximum of three, however, can be nominated. Here's their
"The HFPA has decided to include a Best Animated Feature category at
the Golden Globes, starting with the 64th Annual Golden Globes, which
will be given out on January 15. The HFPA has now announced that 16
animated features are eligible for the award there is no indication as
to how many, if any, of those are anime. A maximum of 3 animated
features can be nominated. The nominees will be announced on December
14. Thanks Daniel." -AnimeNewsNetwork.com
Millionaire's First Love Review
November 07, 2006
I let off some steam today, reviewing the not surprisingly awful teen
love fantasy flick, A Millionaire's
First Love. Could this movie be any worse? This crapfest may
have in fact reached the pinnacle of suck. Read my review for more.
There's some interesting news from the Korean film industry today. The
horror flick, The Host is going to be remade in America. "From
the United States, film magazines reported that the record-setting film
would be remade in English. Universal Pictures bought the remake
rights." - Hancinema.net
I don't know if this is going to have a positive outcome or not.
Generally speaking, American remakes of Asian films have been subpar at
best. With My Sassy Girl being
remade by Dreamworks for a 2007 release, I think this upcoming year
could have some interesting surprises.
from Hancinema.net: "The Host" has received
international acclaim recently both for freshly reviving the tradition
of sci-fi monster movies and for skillfully integrating social and
political allegory. In Korea, it broke the record for the most-attended
film in theaters 38 days after its release, beating the previous 12.3
million-viewer record held by "The King and the Clown". Visit their
site for all the newest Korean film news.
My Sassy Girl
November 06, 2006
Today, I reviewed the incredibly popular 2001 Korean film, My Sassy Girl. I found this film to
be amazingly hilarious, but at the same time a bit of a let down. Read
the review for more.
Also, at the bottom of this page (and by tomorrow on every page) there
will be links to all of our affiliates. Currently, our only affiliate
is AnimeUKNews.net. If you're
a webmaster and are interested in affiliating, check out the Contact Us page.
In anime/Japanese live-action news, it appears there is going to be a Blood:
The Last Vampire live-action version. According to
AnimeNewsNetwork.com, Ronny Yu will be directing it.
I.G has announced that 'Blood the Last
Vampire,' produced in 2000, will be made into a live action movie by
company French Pathe. Production I.G has given it's consent. Pathe will
spend approximately 20 million Euro (US$25 million) on the production.
With shooting scheduled
to start in January 2007, a worldwide theatrical release is expected in
spring 2008." - ANN
| Thirst is a
thrilling movie, and its appeal is obvious. It is a
refreshing, licentious concoction of ensanguined horror, hypnotic
drama and rhythmically placed burlesque moments.
| Time and
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master martial arts director, Tsui Hark. It's a cinematic libertine,
with a plot that doesn't make any sense, with characters whose
substance is unconventially deep...
Hooker Became Killing Machine in Daehakroh
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featuring Cherry Bikini living out their lusty lyrics with the Supreme
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Joon-Ho catapulted international audiences onto tenterhooks with his
mesmerizing Memories of Murder, writer Su-chang Kong helped
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Kurosawa is and
has always been an anomaly: almost all of his films follow the exact
same narrative structure with nearly all of the same actors, and yet
each and every one of his projects have been successful. It would...
Belongs to Me
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Machiavellian man by the name of Nam Ki-Woong seems to be trying his
very best to soft-pedal that image. His first two entries...
suicide in the delightfully gloomy Suicide Circle; then there was
warped, monstrous and downright kinky incestual child abuse in the
infinitely bizarre Strange Circus... and now... there is killer...
falls under the direct-to-video category, which in Japan is referred to
as V-cinema. This industry has come a long way since the emergence of
such directors as Takashi Miike and Takashi Shimizu...
Muyo in Love II
everlasting saga of
Tenchi Muyo, after multiple spin offs and three movies, finally comes
to an end with Tenchi Forever--but don't be fooled, it doesn't really
thoughts and antics to the debauched Franz von Stresemann's hardly
conductor-like behavior, Nodame is worth watching for the
simple fact that it absolutely overflows with hilarity...
Metal Panic! The Second Raid
the comedy refreshing, and the mecha action itself well animated
without giving off a "super-epic" feel, but the problems of the series
lies within several plot holes, weak characters and poor planning in
one-liners, annoying, overplayed cliches, and blatant copying of other
movies, Armitage: Dual-Matrix fails to even be mediocre...
been one of the most oft-discussed horror films of the 21st century,
not only as a vividly original macabre tale, but as a gruesome,
Izawa dressing up in panda suits. It's about missions to steal panties.
It's about getting revenge, even if that means dressing in drag...
moves along with
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ass it will kick--quite possibly yours. The story follows...
graphic scenes of violence in recent animation, Elfen Lied slaps the
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Millionaire's First Love
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moonstruck adventures begin, with Kyun-Woo's world slowly unraveling
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