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This week ICAF, Chennai (Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation)  is hosting a Taiwanese film festival. Today’s second film screened was Hang in There, Kids! (2016) by Laha Mebow. This is a feel-good movie about three young boys growing up in the mountains. The story happens in a farming village of Tayal people, who are indigenous to Taiwan Island. Three boys studying in a community school, spend their evenings in an afterschool run by the local church and go about doing small hunting in the forest near-by to sell their catch to the visiting tourist by taking advantage of their aboriginal looks for…

The Tenants Downstairs

This week ICAF, Chennai (Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation)  is hosting a Taiwanese film festival. As part of that, today’s first film screened was The Tenants Downstairs (2016). It was a well-made film, a black thriller, with a few scenes that…

பெட்ரோமாக்ஸ் (2019)

Petromax (2019) is a cookie-cutter comedy-horror film. The film starts with an interesting twist, but immediately loses steam to just keep chugging along for a long time with mostly unimaginative characters and lazy situations. It is the last thirty minutes when…

Asuran (2019) is a familiar village caste conflict and revenge story, that dazzles you because of the exceptional acting by Dhanush and intense storytelling by Vetrimaaran. Dhanush has been ably supported by Manju Warrier. The second hero in the film was G.V.Prakash Kumar’s spirited background music, it has added a different dimension to every action sequence in the film. Actor Karuna’s son Ken Karunas comes as Dhanush’s second son and the boy shows a lot of promise. Caste and Feudalism are real and painful problems in Indian villages. I wish the Director had presented a ‘different’ perspective to this complex…

Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy

Had Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy (2019) been released a few years it would’ve made major ripples everywhere. The Telugu megastar Chiranjeevi’s film has everything going for it – an emotionally charged independence story, dazzling star cast starting with the one-and-only…