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    Am I alone in thinking that Snow White and the Huntsman looks pretty cool?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rii View Post
    Am I alone in thinking that Snow White and the Huntsman looks pretty cool?
    No, you're not.

    It'll be interesting to see how Kristen Stewarts acting holds up, as by all accounts up untill now it's been pretty shit.

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    The thing is what I heard its all looks and no story which is an increasing problem with Summer Blockbusters now a days.

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    Saw The Intouchables and had a jolly good time, although the english subs felt too tame and sanitized, ever for someone who can't speak french.
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    An international production by producers from Korea, Japan and China, and directed by a Korean director Mr. Kang Je-gyu. Starred by Jang Dong-gun (Korean), Joe Odagiri (Japanese) and Fan Bingbing (Chinese, hey, she's a very beautiful girl, dont miss her works).

    A World War 2 themed firm, about a Korean Kim Jun-shik, a marathoner with dream to win in an Olympic game, and his Japanese rival, Hasegawa Tatsuro, who had a long war journey together from Manchuria to Normandy. Japanese occupied Korean was forbidden to send Korean racers to join Olympic game so that Japanese would not be challenged by its own subordinated subjects. After some political works by a legendary marathoner who won a gold medal in an earlier Olympic game, Jun-shik and Tatsuro finally had opportunity to match, and Jun-shik won. Japanese, however, refused to accept the outcome and disqualified Jun-shik, triggered a Korean riot. Koreans participating in the riot were all sentenced to enlist in the Imperial Japanese military, and were assigned to the Kwangtung Army, the Japanese force defending Manchuria.

    In 1939, Japan and the USSR were in conflict over Nomonhan region. In a battle defending a fuel station, the commander of the regiment to which the Koreans were assigned, Colonel Takakura at the frontline (typical Imperial Japanese Army's commanding style, an officer as rank as a colonel would stand on the frontline, waving his long samurai sword to command his troops to charge) ordered a retreat after suffering heavy loss under Soviet armored and unarmored cavalry. Soviet Far East military employed a battlefield tactic to have tanks escorted by horse cavalry (mainly Mongolians, that's why Soviet didn't have much horsemen in the Eastern front against German. Cossack didn't seem to be that loyal to the Soviet. In fact they often sided with the Germans), who themselves were supported by infantries; while Japanese army had mainly infantries only to charge for obvious reason: Japan at the time simply didn't have sufficient industrial power to form a mechanized force strong enough to match that of a modern industrial power. The Japanese command was outraged by the retreat, ordered Tatsuro, who joined the army and raised to the rank of colonel, to take over the command of the regiment and ordered Takakura to commit seppuku (famous part of Bushido, a samurai commits suicide by cutting his own stomach with a knife or sword, to preserve one's honor over defeat). Takakura was a very kind officer who concerned the well-being of his subordinates. Tatsuro, in stead, was a cruel and selfish commander who placed his personal honor so much high above life of his own men. He planned a surprise attack against Soviet armored force by a suicide bomber force of 50 comprised of some Koreans, including Jun-shik because of his personal hatred against Jun-shik. Jun-shik protested and disobeyed the assignment in front of the whole regiment. Tatsuro beaten Jun-shik up and ordered the execution of Jun-shik along with other Soviet POW before the dawn, the H-hour for the suicide attack. Some of the Koreans drafted to the suicide special force managed to desert their posts and escaped with Jun-shik. However, they witnessed the massive Soviet forces marching forward the Japanese staging area. Realizing that Soviet was launching a preemptive strike before Tatsuro's attack, Jun-shik ran back to warn the Japanese force in the hope of saving the most Koreans who could not escape, and the attempt was proven too late. The Japanese, even managed to stop the first wave of Soviet tanks after exhausting the whole suicide special force in vanguard of the main force, was hope less to stand a chance against the second wave. Obviously the Soviet had predicted the suicide attack. Japanese were slaughtered, and Tatsuro tried to took Jun-shik with him for a suicide attack, only to be blow sky high, unconscious and taken prisoner.

    All the Japanese and Korean POWs were transport to a labor camp somewhere in Siberia. Unsurprisingly, they had to endure harsh treatment by the Soviet. One of Jun-shik's closed friend, Jong-dae who was a deserter during the battle, turned out to have defected to the Soviet and was promoted to be a manager of the camp. Of course, Jong-dae abused Japanese POWs while was in favor of Korean POWs. But soon Jun-shik was at odd with Jong-dae for his inhuman actions, and their friendship was almost over when Jong-deo was forced to turn over another closed friend who stole food.

    Some years later, 1941, Germany attacked Russia. The Soviet military, in short of manpower, drafted those POWs into their force to the Eastern Front. Only one battle and the force they were assigned was annihilated. It was protrayed in a way making me wonder if that's a battle of a man slaughter. A mass of Soviet "soldier", most of them even with only bare hands, were ordered to charge in a massive human wave against a German position. Those men were fired by both the Germans, and the Soviet machine gunners who acted as MPs, not firing at the enemies but at the "comrades" who retreated. Jong-dea died, and before his death, with his last breath, hide Jun-shik among the corpses to save him.

    As a result, Jun-shik and Tatsuro were freed and surrendered to German. Germany and Japan were allies during the Second World War, so the fact they were Japanese POWs meant they would be treated well by the Germans once their identifications were verified. They were drafted to the Germany army and assigned to the Northern France's forts. Of course, Tatsuro would no longer be officer. After 3 peaceful years, war once again was over them. Tatsuro, now was switched from nemsis to good friend of Jun-shik, decided to take Jun-shik with him to desert after learning that Americans were going to land on Normandy. They were too late. The Americans attacked on the day they scheduled to run. Jun-shik was shot and died. Before his death, he gave his tag to Tatsuro, urged him to take the identity of a Korean since Americans would very likely kill a Japanese POW. To realize Jun-shik's dream, after the war, Tatsuro ran and won in 1948 Olympic's marathon, in the identity of Kim Jun-shik, a Korean representative.

    A very touching war story. It was claimed to be based on a true story.

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    Soooooo.... Judge Dredd gets a remake
    Art blog here.

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    Looks pretty bad imo. But was never a massive 2000ad fan to begin with. The helmet still looks out of place and cartoonish compared to the gritty wolrd.
    If graphics are not important why spend so much on a GPU?

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    I think the problem with most iterations of Judge Dredd is that they don't realize that maybe, just maybe the source material was not entirely meant to be taken seriously.

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    In Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, a vampire throws a motherfucking horse at Lincoln, who catches it and then rides it. There's an Abraham Lincoln training montage too.
    I love Bekmambetov's movies. This one is the most visually impressive, the man summons visual thunder...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voon View Post
    Soooooo.... Judge Dredd gets a remake
    And again no Dark Judges. This is like having a Superman movie without a villain who can fight Superman.

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    Hang on did they just nick the entire thing from The Raid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xercies View Post
    Hang on did they just nick the entire thing from The Raid?
    Yeah, that was my thought as well upon seeing that trailer.

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    I just watched Killer Elite last night. It didn't do much for me even though Bobby D was great, as he always is.
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    Dredd - which is written by Alex Garland - started shooting 6 months before The Raid.

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    I saw a super serious man named Frank team up with an unstable young lady to violently assault anyone who broke the code of conduct at the cinema. It would be understandable if you were thinking of the movie Super, but I was actually talking about the trailer for God Bless America. On the surface it looks like the exact same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drake Sigar View Post
    And again no Dark Judges. This is like having a Superman movie without a villain who can fight Superman.
    Heh. 2/4 Superman movies with you on that one and that's only if you actually let 3 count as a movie, which I think is an arguable point.

    Dark Judges are actually not that big a part of the Dredd world anymore. P.J Maybe, that would be an interesting one! Personally I think Judge Dredd looks absolutely epic from that trailer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theblazeuk View Post
    Heh. 2/4 Superman movies with you on that one and that's only if you actually let 3 count as a movie, which I think is an arguable point.

    Dark Judges are actually not that big a part of the Dredd world anymore. P.J Maybe, that would be an interesting one! Personally I think Judge Dredd looks absolutely epic from that trailer.
    Yeah, I'm fairly happy with them keeping a tight focus for the first film. If it gets good feedback then a sequel can explore a bit more into the lore, but this makes for a good entry level story imo.

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    Speaking of "visual thunder" (and the literal kind, too) did anyone see Moonrise Kingdom? I liked it, but some of the undertones were a little unsettling.

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    Watched The Lion King and i haven't actually seen it really all the way through, really surprised at how mature it was and how adult it was talking about loss and guilt it can have. I thought the villain Scar was magnificent and the relationship between the father and son was done enough so you really do feel the loss when the bad thing happens. I guess I would have liked a bit more comment on loss and grief but what was there was good enough. Along with Hunchback of Notre Dame this is my favourite Disney 2D movie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabrage View Post
    Speaking of "visual thunder" (and the literal kind, too) did anyone see Moonrise Kingdom? I liked it, but some of the undertones were a little unsettling.
    I watched it, and loved it.

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