As violent, amoral and misanthropic as a Jacobean play, "Outrage" is Takeshi Kitano's first yakuza flick since "Brother," and arguably his best film in a decade.
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HONG KONG -- A eulogy to lung pollution, "Love in a Puff" makes sharing a pack of cigarettes look sexier than sharing a bed as it chronicles how two chain smokers fall in love over a week in the wake of a government crackdown on tobacco in Hong Kong.
CANNES -- "I Wish I Knew," Jia Zhangke's documentary on Shanghai, commissioned to commemorate the World Expo taking place in the city this month, is a patchwork quilt with too many fabrics and patterns.
Sophie Fiennes' documentary "Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow" is a trying 105 minutes of Fiennes recording German artist Anselm Kiefer making his elemental painting-installations in slow pans, long tracking or still shots, with no narrative.
CANNES -- A cinematic visualization of how interactions take place in Internet chatrooms may sound like a brilliant concept at co-financing pitches.
CANNES -- Sandcastle is a sensitive and personal work that makes unforced associations between memory and repression, male rite de passage and historical consciousness, aging and national amnesia, idealism and death.
CANNES -- Kim Ki-young's "The Housemaid," about a domestic helper's revenge after her affair with the master goes sour, is a gem of Korean cinema. Im Sang-soo's version, far from being a masterpiece, is not even subtle.
UDINE, ITALY -- A strong follow-up to his successful directorial debut "Rough Cut," "Secret Reunion" illustrates Jang Hun's assured command of upscale commercial productions involving a large crew and elaborate action setups.
CANNES -- Even though upgraded to Competition from its original place in Un Certain Regard, "Chongqing Blues" represents no notable artistic leap in Sixth Generation filmmaker Wang Xiaoshuai's repertoire.
UDINE, Italy -- In Hong Kong, where real estate prices are among the most exorbitant in the world, how far would one go to own a condo with a sea view?