A tongue in cheek title for this 103rd feature from famed Japanese director who has fashioned a super violent outrageous funny Yakuza epic to end all Yakuza epics. Misdiagnosed young boxer believes he has an inoperable brain tumor so he throws all caution to the winds to protect a beautiful
abused call girl from the wildly complicated super violent machinations of an underground drug war between the Yakuza and the Chinese gangs with some corrupt cops thrown in. Fantastically entertaining the film even incorporates a gorgeous animated car chase scene.
Critics should be ecstatic and so should followers of this genre with a considerable amount of "crossover" for this big art house hit.
Directed by Takashi Miike.
Running time 108 minutes.
Becoming Nobody is the quintessential portal to Ram Dass’ life and teachings.
His ability to entertain and his sense of humor are abundantly evident in a conversation that brings us around to address the vast question of ultimate freedom.
Becoming Nobody represents the core arc of Ram Dass’ teachings and life: whether as Dr. Richard Alpert, the eminent Harvard psychologist, or as Ram Dass who serves as a bridge between Eastern and Western philosophies, he has defined a generation of inner explorers and seekers of truth and wisdom. Through his turns as scion of an eminent Jewish family from Boston, rock-star Harvard psychologist, counter-culture rascally adventurer, Eastern holy man, stroke survivor and compassionate caregiver, Ram Dass has worn many hats on his journey, the narrative of which is revealed in this film.
Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. By turns darkly hilarious and heart-wrenching, PARASITE showcases a modern master at the top of his game.
Directed by Bong Joon Ho
Running time 132 minutes