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Lady Vengeance [DVD]
Lady Vengeance [DVD]
Dvd ~ Min-Sik Choi
Offered by FUNTIME MEDIA
Price: £4.45

5.0 out of 5 stars a must see, 19 Jan 2011
This review is from: Lady Vengeance [DVD] (DVD)
park chan wook on his usual top form. a must see item for anyone who likes well thought out and meaningful easterns with great photography. go buy.


Pork Chops: the Best of Pork Recordings
Pork Chops: the Best of Pork Recordings
Price: £7.07

4.0 out of 5 stars generally great listening, 19 Jan 2011
super pork dinner - loadsa good stuff. 4 stars purely because there were a cuppla tracks that weren't quite mine, but i'd expected that possibility anyway.


Stick Out Your Tongue
Stick Out Your Tongue
by Ma Jian
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another side to Tibet ..., 1 Jun 2010
This review is from: Stick Out Your Tongue (Paperback)
... and no wonder the Beijing wants it kept under wraps. Gory and heart rending, moving, insightful. Beautifully written, great stories set against some of the world's most majestic though unforgiving landscapes. An illusion buster.


Inspector Imanishi Investigates (Soho crime)
Inspector Imanishi Investigates (Soho crime)
by Seichō Matsumoto
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb and quietly moving Japanese whodunnit set in the 60s., 1 Jun 2010
Imanishi is a likeable and believable character. Japan through his eyes is an unforgettable experience. Rich in tradition and history, a complex and political whodunnit. A must for anyone who likes Japanese literature - this is much more than a simple detective novel. Very sad I can't find more of Imanishi in English.


The Burma Chronicles
The Burma Chronicles
by Guy Delisle
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 1 Jun 2010
This review is from: The Burma Chronicles (Hardcover)
Another excellently drawn and narrated look at another Asian country. Touching, thought provoking, humorous. Further testimony to this guy's deep humanity and eagle eye. Don't miss it.


Crossfire
Crossfire
by Miyuki Miyabe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.40

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pure twaddle!, 1 Jun 2010
This review is from: Crossfire (Paperback)
The idea seemed OK, but it's not sustainable and quickly descends into utter twaddle. Gave up on this irritating tripe early on.


Private Dancer
Private Dancer
by Stephen Leather
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.62

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another type of users manual for the Land Of Smiles., 1 Jun 2010
This review is from: Private Dancer (Paperback)
I can only agree with the comment that every male newbie to Thailand should be given a copy of this book as they get off the aircraft. Cleverly written, totally authentic, I was drawn into the characters and the plot from the word go and couldn't put it down till it was over. On my travels there I've met characters like this at close quarters (albeit not as a mark fortunately). Splendid book, read it read it read it if you're heading for the Land Of Smiles, where a smile can also be a weapon of mass destruction.


A Nail Through the Heart: A Novel of Bangkok
A Nail Through the Heart: A Novel of Bangkok
by Timothy Hallinan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.77

4.0 out of 5 stars mental bubble gum for a train journey, 1 Jun 2010
No doubt a decent plot with lots of twists and turns. The story also offers a squint into Bangkok living with a touch of regional history and local custom etc. Blood and gore for those who like it too. And of course a happy end. It took me a while to realise what was bothering me though - the central character is simply gravely flawed in my eyes. Not because of his efforts to build a family or his motivations or lifestyle. Far more for the fact that here's a simple travel writer who's bummed around SEA writing reasonably successful books who suddenly morphs into a PI who talks and acts like Phillip Marlowe and James Bond rolled into one. Who at the drop of a hat with no previous experience other than a bit of whoring in Patpong takes on some of the most evil characters imaginable, giving lip to a Poll Pot murderess who has the rest of Bangkok frozen with fear. He also just happens to keep a gun hidden in a hole at home etc etc. It just doesn't wash I'm afraid, regardless of how well the story is put together. The guy's simply not believable for me. An entertaining read if you're into Bangkok and travelling around the country like i was. However it's remains Wrigley's for the brain, and I won't be following up on the guy (a tad sadly actually, cos he's quite likeable despite his incredibility).


Turtles Are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers [DVD] (2005)
Turtles Are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers [DVD] (2005)
Dvd ~ Juri Ueno
Offered by The World Cinema Store
Price: £5.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute + funny, 17 Jan 2010
A cute sort of sitcom film with plenty of smiles, some giggles and a few good laughs. Loads of interesting ideas, characters, situations and philosophies, not all of which were meant to be taken seriously, as well as a clever psychological sub-text.

I enjoyed it but I couldn't help asking myself if it would also have worked set in Bournemouth or Berlin. Well, possibly Berlin.


Memories Of Matsuko [DVD]
Memories Of Matsuko [DVD]
Dvd ~ Miki Nakatani
Offered by The World Cinema Store
Price: £6.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Japanese cinema at another best!, 31 Dec 2009
This review is from: Memories Of Matsuko [DVD] (DVD)
Brilliant! A tragi-musical that ends on a positive philosophical note - a must see for all fans of Japanese and Korean / S.E.Asian cinema.


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