The Secret World of Arrietty (Kari-gurashi no Arietti, 2010)

The latest Studio Ghibli film to hit the American shore is this adaptation of Mary Norton’s children’s fantasy, The Borrowers, about a family of doll-sized people living under the floorboards of a human house. Arrietty is the spunky adolescent daughter … Continue reading

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010)

My expectations for this movie were raised just a little too high by all the comments I’d seen saying that it was — finally, after a decade of flailing — a return to form for director Tsui Hark. It’s true … Continue reading

Shaolin Drunkard (Tian shi zhuang xie, 1983)

Shaolin Drunkard (a.k.a. Wu Tang Master) is another supernatural martial arts comedy directed by Yuen Woo Ping, following the previous year’s The Miracle Fighters. It features some of the same cast from the earlier movie, including Eddy Ko and two … Continue reading