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FLASHBACK TO THE ORIENT
AVAILABLE AT SHOWCASE CINEMA DE LUXES:
BRISTOL, COVENTRY, LEICESTER, NOTTINGHAM, PAISLEY, PETERBOROUGH, READING AND SOUTHAMPTON.
Asian cinema has a rich, daring and vibrant history. Think Asian cinema and immediately you think of distinctive genres such as Hong Kong action, martial arts and gangster.
Think Asian classic cinema and you’ll be hard pressed not to think of these four absolute fire crackers, four stone-wall classics to kick-off our Flashback to the Orient season.
Just for some fun film trivia, we give you the facts and figures behind: Battle Royale (2000); Oldboy (2003); Enter the Dragon (1973) and Audition (1999).
Battle Royale (2000)
Forty-two students, three days, one deserted Island: welcome to Battle Royale.
- Director Kinji Fukasaku celebrated his 70th birthday during the filming of the film
- Battle Royale is one of Quentin Tarantino’s favourite films, leading him to cast Chiaki Kuriyama as assassin Gogo Yubari in Kill Bill: Vol 1 (2003)
- 6,000 actors put themselves forward for the brutal audition process, with 800 going forward for 6 months of military training. Fukasaku whittled it down to the final 42
- There were no stunt doubles in the film
- Body count? 48 (including 15 during flashback scenes)
A demonic femme fatale tortures her male would-be oppressor.
- If you have yet to see Audition our top tip is to not read any spoilers – this is spoiler free! –it is such a unique film
- Audition is the first major Japanese horror film to become a worldwide hit
- Prolific director Takasshi Miike took three weeks to shoot Audition, a week longer than it usually took him to direct most of his hundred plus films
- The film is based on the novel by Ryu Murakami
- The film has influenced filmmakers such as Eli Roth, Rob Zombie and John Landis
Enter the Dragon (1973)
A secret agent comes to an opium lord's island fortress with other fighters for a martial-arts tournament.
- Enter the Dragon star Bruce Lee taught martial arts to Hollywood stars such as Steve McQueen, before his film breakthrough
- Originally called Blood and Steel, it was Bruce Lee’s wish that the film instead be called Enter the Dragon
- Made for a paltry $850,000, the film went on to gross an estimated $350 million
- Born in San Francisco, California, Lee’s Chinese name is Li Jun Fan
- Lee died, aged just 32, on July 20, 1973, a month before the film was widely released, and just over a week before its premiere in Hong Kong. He only ever saw a preview in the company of director, Robert Clouse
Released after fifteen years in captivity, Oh Dae-su only has five days to find his captor.
- Star, Choi Min-Sik trained for six weeks to get into shape to play Oh Dae-su
- Co-star Yoo Ji-tae learned yoga for his role
- There is a fourteen-year age difference between the two co-stars, despite supposedly being the same age. This was intentional to show how Dae-su had aged during his kidnapping
- Director Park Chan-Wook based the film on the Japanese Manga Oldboy
- The corridor fight scene was one continuous take, shot over three days