Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
The 20 Worst Films Of 2015 So Far The 20 Worst Films Of 2015 So Far New Images Of Bruce Wayne, Lex Luthor, More In 'Batman v. Superman,' Ben Affleck Compares Batman To Hamlet New Images Of Bruce Wayne, Lex Luthor, More In 'Batman v. Superman,' Ben Affleck Compares Batman To Hamlet Paul Thomas Anderson To Write And Possibly Direct Warner Bros' ‘Pinocchio’ For Robert Downey Jr. Paul Thomas Anderson To Write And Possibly Direct Warner Bros' ‘Pinocchio’ For Robert Downey Jr. Watch: First Trailer For Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley & Nicolas Cage Watch: First Trailer For Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley & Nicolas Cage Review: ‘Terminator: Genisys’ Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney & Jason Clarke Review: ‘Terminator: Genisys’ Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney & Jason Clarke 'Thor: The Dark World' Director Alan Taylor Says His Marvel Experience Was "Particularly Wrenching" 'Thor: The Dark World' Director Alan Taylor Says His Marvel Experience Was "Particularly Wrenching" Watch: Anna Paquin Is Rescued In Clip From 'X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut' Watch: Anna Paquin Is Rescued In Clip From 'X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut' Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man 2' Is "One Of The Best Superhero Movies Ever," Talks John Hughes Influence On New Spidey Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man 2' Is "One Of The Best Superhero Movies Ever," Talks John Hughes Influence On New Spidey Watch: Live Your Ultimate Fantasy With The First NSFW Trailer For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' Watch: Live Your Ultimate Fantasy With The First NSFW Trailer For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' Review & Recap: ‘True Detective’ Season 2, Episode 2, ‘Night Finds You’ Review & Recap: ‘True Detective’ Season 2, Episode 2, ‘Night Finds You’ Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight Of Cups’ Won’t Arrive Until 2016, Austin Music Scene Drama Not Titled ‘Weightless’ Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight Of Cups’ Won’t Arrive Until 2016, Austin Music Scene Drama Not Titled ‘Weightless’ The Punisher Will Reportedly Appear As The Villain In ‘Daredevil’ Season 2 The Punisher Will Reportedly Appear As The Villain In ‘Daredevil’ Season 2 'Lucy 2' And 'Colombiana 2' Are In Development 'Lucy 2' And 'Colombiana 2' Are In Development Mixed Reactions For Marvel's 'Ant-Man' After First Press Screening Plus New Promos And Pics Mixed Reactions For Marvel's 'Ant-Man' After First Press Screening Plus New Promos And Pics The Essentials: The 5 Best Rachel McAdams Performances The Essentials: The 5 Best Rachel McAdams Performances The 25 Best TV Shows Of The 2014/2015 Season The 25 Best TV Shows Of The 2014/2015 Season The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season

NYAFF '11 Reviews: 'Vengeance Can Wait,' 'Love And Treachery' & 'Raw Force'

The Playlist By Gabe Toro | The Playlist July 15, 2011 at 11:05AM

"Vengeance Can Wait"You may be fooled into thinking “Vengeance Can Wait” is another hardcore Korean revenge drama where the end features someone sobbing over another man’s corpse, both of them overcome with the loss of their souls. But no, thankfully, it’s a Japanese farce, where two roommates pretend to be brother and sister only to find themselves romantically entangled with an old school classmate, with the male roommate still nursing a crush.
0


"Vengeance Can Wait"
You may be fooled into thinking “Vengeance Can Wait” is another hardcore Korean revenge drama where the end features someone sobbing over another man’s corpse, both of them overcome with the loss of their souls. But no, thankfully, it’s a Japanese farce, where two roommates pretend to be brother and sister only to find themselves romantically entangled with an old school classmate, with the male roommate still nursing a crush.

The mixture of oil and vinegar types on all sides of this love triangle proves fruitful, allowing for a group of loose comic performances. A highlight is the normally taciturn Tadanobu Asano ("Thor”), who essentially does a thirtysomething variation on “Napoleon Dynamite,” contrasted with the manic comic energy of the adorable Koike Eiko. “Vengeance” leans on too many comic contrivances for its third act, but it pleasantly coasts on the charm of the leads during a runtime that moves quickly. [B]


"Love And Treachery"
Some people live through their art. Some people vicariously live through the creations of others. And then there’s the protagonist of “Love And Treachery,” a publishing agent who not only samples his latest client’s work, but also his muse. Despite a happy marriage, he is strongly tempted to stray, sharing small moments with the girl that brings his client inspiration and, indirectly, pays his bills.

“Love And Treachery” works as a script that follows the path of how our relationships and transactions cross-pollinate. As a film, however, it doesn’t approach anything beyond a half-thesis, as the simplistic story overcomplicates with developments regarding the agent’s wife. And yet, within its quiet moments, “Love And Treachery” does gaze searchingly into the universal abyss we all stand over when we are in the midst of a series of questionable decisions. Despite story weaknesses, what 'Treachery' does understand is the feeling of guilt both playful and stern. [B]

"Raw Force"
A cruise ship arrives at Warrior Island, so-named because of the spirits of dead ninja and samurai who reside there. Fortunately, our Filipino cast have heroes in the form of a group of hairy-chested thirtysomething white men in polo shirts. This is THE RAW FORCE. Also known as “Kung Fu Cannibals,” this 1982 Filipino hit has been revisited by the New York Asian Film Festival, showing appreciation for a long-forgotten crowd favorite.

“Raw Force” falls into the syndrome of low budget genre efforts that spill the gore when the story falters. But the martial arts are a wonder to behold. Not exactly fluid or professional, the fight sequences are meticulously choreographed to show the enthusiasm and athleticism of its cast (accidentally?) creating an intensity and immediacy that allows the film to actually rank high with similar genre efforts of that period. [B+]

This article is related to: Review, NYAFF


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates