EFC II #227 – Project A Part II (1987)

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#227 – Project A Part II (1987)
Dir. Jackie Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Bill Tung, Rosamund Kwan, David Lam, Carina Lau, Ray Lui

The two hundred and twenty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Jackie Chan’s jaw dropping action classic, Project A Part II.

Recorded in December 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s great.

Luke: Yeah, it’s an incredible action film, so enjoyable.

 

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EFC II #226 – Ran (1985)

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#226 – Ran (1985)
Dir. Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Mieko Harada, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryu, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Mansai Nomura, Hisashi Igawa, Peter

The two hundred and twenty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Akira Kurosawa’s final epic, the monumental in scope and tragic in tone, Ran.

Recorded in November 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Costume Design (Emi Wada)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, absolutely, one of the best war films ever made.

EFC II #225 – Dersu Uzala (1975)

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#225 – Dersu Uzala (1975)
Dir. Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Maksim Munzuk, Yuriy Solomin, Mikhail Bychkov, Vladimir Khrulev, V. Lastochkin, Svetlana Danilchenko

The two hundred and twenty-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Akira Kurosawa’s Russian epic, set in the Siberian wilderness, Dersu Uzala.

Recorded in November 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Foreign Language Film (Akira Kurosawa)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: For my money, yes, I loved this film so much. A wonderful friendship forged through epic journeys through the harsh wilderness of Siberia.

EFC II #220 – The Ballad of Narayama (1983)

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#220 – The Ballad of Narayama (1983)
Dir. Shōhei Imamura
Starring: Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto, Tonpei Hidari, Aki Takejo, Shoichi Ozawa, Fujio Tokita, Sanshō Shinsui, Seiji Kurasaki

The two hundred and twentieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Shōhei Imamura’s gripping and impressive version of The Ballad of Narayama.

Recorded in November 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a haunting film, though I definitely feel like the 1958 film is the superior one and should probably be in the book over the 1983 version.

EFC II #218 – In the Mood for Love (2000)

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#218 – In the Mood for Love (2000)
Dir. Wong Kar-wai
Starring: Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung, Siu Ping Lam, Rebecca Pan, Lai Chen, Joe Cheung, Chan Man-Lei

The two hundred and eighteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Wong Kar-wai’s gorgeous and restrained romance, In the Mood for Love.

Recorded in November 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: No, not for me.

Luke: Yeah, it’s a really different romance film that’s visually stunning in a really unique way.

EFC II #216 – Onibaba (1964)

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#216 – Onibaba (1964)
Dir. Kaneto Shindo
Starring: Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Satō, Taiji Tonoyama, Jūkichi Uno

The two hundred and sixteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, an atmospheric horror drama from Kaneto Shindo, Onibaba.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a very eerie and effective drama with a dash of horror that works extremely well.

EFC II #215 – The Music Room (1958)

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#215 – The Music Room (1958)
Dir. Satyajit Ray
Starring: Chhabi Biswas, Padma Devi, Pinaki Sen Gupta, Gangapada Bose, Tulsi Lahari, Kali Sarkar, Ustad Waheed Khan, Roshan Kumari, Begum Akhtar

The two hundred and fifteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Satyajit Ray’s exceptional portrait of a man who is destroyed by his own ego, The Music Room.

Recorded in November 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, definitely. This film is a masterpiece.

EFC II #214 – Apur Sansar (1959)

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#214 – Apur Sansar (1959)
Dir. Satyajit Ray
Starring: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Swapan Mukherjee, Alok Chakravarty, Sefalika Devi, Dhiresh Majumdar, Dhiren Ghosh

The two hundred and fourteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the final installment in Satyajit Ray’s “Apu Trilogy,” Apur Sansar.

Recorded in November 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, and not just as part of the Apu Trilogy, it works on its own as a great drama. Another top notch film from Satyajit Ray.

EFC II #213 – Aparajito (1956)

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#213 – Aparajito (1956)
Dir. Satyajit Ray
Starring: Karuna Banerjee, Kanu Banerjee, Pinaki Sen Gupta, Smaran Ghosal Ramani Sen Gupta, Charaprakash Ghosh, Subodh Ganguly

The two hundred and thirteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the second installment in Satyajit Ray’s “Apu Trilogy,” Aparajito.

Recorded in November 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: As a film, in its own right, no. The first section of the film doesn’t work as well as I wanted it to, but if judged as part of the Apu Trilogy as a whole, then yes, it’s a vital part of that story.

EFC II #212 – Pather Panchali (1955)

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#212 – Pather Panchali (1955)
Dir. Satyajit Ray
Starring: Karuna Banerjee , Kanu Banerjee, Subir Banerjee, Runki Banerjee, Uma Dasgupta, Chunibala Devi

The two hundred and twelfth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the debut film from Indian director Satyajit Ray, and the first in his “Apu Trilogy,” Pather Panchali.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Without a doubt. This is a big YES to that question. Incredible film.