Tartan Asia Extreme Tour 2005 Roundup.
This years tour was pretty consistent with previous years, last year we had outstanding films like "The Isle" and the better than average "A Tale of Two Sisters" but also a few very weak ones like "Into the Mirror" and Hideo Nakata's "Chaos". I was really pleased to see that even though there was only one Japanese film, it was from a director who has a unique style and vision, Shinya Tsukamoto.
Korea may be the "latest thing" but Japan are still the leaders for innovation in Asian cinema.
As for this years films, these were my opinions:
Most entertaining One Night in Mongkok Hong Kong
Most satisfying Vital Japan
Most extreme and most wasteful Ab-normal Beauty Hong Kong
Most baffling (and not in a positive way!) Tell Me Something Korea
Most disappointing R-Point Korea
My personal favourite Vital.
Since I didnt see Another Public Enemy Ill have to reserve judgement.