At Film Space on Saturdays at 7 pm
October is “The Month of Crawly, Creepy, and Bestial” at Film Space.
Film Space is to the right and in the back of the CMU Art Museum, in the Media Arts and Design building across from the ballet school. Showings are in a classroom on the second floor or on the roof, weather permitting. A contribution is requested in the donation box at the entrance – you should leave 20 baht. Well worth supporting.
At Film Space Saturday, October 17: Teeth (1972) by Mitchell Lichtenstein – 94 mins – US Comedy/ Horror – Directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein (son of Pop artist Roy), with Jess Weixler and John Hensley. High school student Dawn works hard at suppressing her budding sexuality by being the local chastity group's most active participant. A stranger to her own body, innocent Dawn discovers she has a toothed vagina when she becomes the object of violence. As she struggles to comprehend her anatomical uniqueness, Dawn experiences both the pitfalls and the power of being a living example of the vagina dentata myth. More enjoyable than I thought it would be, it is still pretty sick and unpleasant, and with an uncomfortable number of appendages eventually littering the ground. Mixed or average reviews: 57/64 out of 100.
Variety: "Teeth" bites off more than it can chew. A game, disarming lead performance from Jess Weixler, who won a jury acting prize at Sundance, goes some way toward making palatable this mish-mash. All the same, it will be few guys' notion of an ideal date movie.
At Film Space Saturday, October 24: “Multiple Personality Detective Psycho - Kazuhiko Amamiya Returns” / "Tajuu jinkaku tantei saiko - Amamiya Kazuhiko no kikan" / 多重人格探偵サイコ, (2000) by Takashi Miike – 6-part TV miniseries, each episode 54 mins; they will be showing episodes 3 and 4 – Japan, Horror/ Mystery/ Thriller. Extraordinarily bloody and sick, probably blur-censored in the Japanese manner.
Yes Asia: Based on Otsuka Eiji's best-selling manga, the 2002 suspense mini-series MPD Psycho, or Multiple Personality Detective Psycho, follows a detective with multiple personality disorder who is called out of retirement to investigate a serial murder case. Hosaka Naoki takes on the challenging protagonist role who fluctuates between his identities as normal everyday family man Kobayashi Yosuke and cool-as-ice criminologist Amamiya Kazuhiko. But he may have a third and darker personality connected to the very case he's investigating. Directed by world-renowned filmmaker Miike Takashi.
At Film Space Saturday, October 31: Rampo Noir / Rampo jigoku / 乱歩地獄 (2005) by Akio Jissoji, Atsushi Kaneko, Hisayasu Sato, Suguru Takeuchi – 134 mins – Japan, Fantasy/ Horror.
Yes Asia: Just when you thought J-Horror had nothing original left to offer, Rampo Noir (a.k.a. Rampo Jigoku) presents us with an intoxicating array of challenging and truly terrifying imagery. This horror anthology takes its cue from the short fiction of writer Taro Hirai, better known by his nomme du plume Edogawa Rampo - wordplay on the name of legendary writer Edgar Allan Poe. Acclaimed MV director Takeuchi Suguru begins proceedings with Mars Canal, which sees a naked man (Asano Tadanobu) collapse at the edge of a lake that descends, seemingly into the bowels of hell itself. This segment is used to effectively tie together the three main narrative segments of the film.
Mirror Hell, directed by Jissoji Akio, sees a detective (Asano again) following a trail of beautiful female corpses back to a mad mirror maker. The Caterpillar (by Sato Hisayasu) sees a limbless war veteran return home only to be systematically abused by his wife. And in Crawling Bugs, by manga artist Kaneko Atsushi, a chauffeur (Asano yet again) becomes obsessed with his actress employer.