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FNC 2013: ‘Stray Dogs’ is one of the most unique films of the year

Tsai Ming-Liang has built a reputation for himself as one of the foremost artists of contemporary cinema. His work is often lauded for its challenging ideas, careful pacing, and incredible compositional sense. His newest film Stray Dogs (rumoured to be his last) is about an alcoholic father and his two children struggling to survive in Taipei. Blending stark realism with elements of fantasy and absurdity, there is little doubt that this is one of the most unique films of the year, offering a singular vision of the world.

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Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2013, Day One: ‘R100′ is safe and disappointing

Hitoshi Matsumoto, the director and star of Big Man Japan, which was shown at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival in the Directors’ Fortnight section, returns with his latest cinematic oddity. In R100, Nao Ohmori (star of Takashi Miike’s Ichi the Killer) plays Takafumi Katayama, an average husband and father who escapes the troubles of daily life by joining a mysterious S&M club, where the dominatrices called Queens make surprise visits to their clients in the most unusual places. While at first, the rough treatment and humiliation he receives from the women dressed in shiny leather one-piece catsuits, thigh-high stilettos, garter stockings, and suspender belts is enjoyable, the situation escalates out of control when the ladies begin to appear and punish him in cafes, public washrooms, and even by the side of his hospital-bed-ridden, comatose wife. Unable to end his relationship with the club, he finds himself stalked by the gang of ruthless women, each with a very specific discipline.

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