Hello readers! It's been a long time since I'm working on TMP. I've been busy and just not in the mood for writing but I know you do not come here to listen to my life story. Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering through the Shelves. For further details you can check here.
Without further a do, here are the movies I picked for this week's theme, Gangster.
Bonnie and Clyde (dir. Arthur Penn, 1967)
Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) caught Clyde Barrow (Warren Beaty) trying to steal his mother's car. But charmed by him, she followed Clyde's world of robbing from small shops to bank.
This is actually a romantic film that masqueraded itself as a gangster film. The focus of this story is how Bonnie and Clyde handled being chased by the police and the turbulence in their relationship. Bonnie and Clyde is a lovely film that is elevated by its two leads and their chemistry.
A Brighter Summer Day (dir. Edward Yang, 1991)
Xiao Si'r (Chang Chen) was forced to go to a school full of delinquents as his grades weren't enough to go to a better school. Later, he was caught between the feud of two gangs, Little Park Boys, children of civil servants, and 217s, children of military officers. His life was more complicated when Ming (Lisa Yang), the girlfriend of one of the leaders, came to his life.
A Brighter Summer Day is an exquisite realist film. Edward Yang built his protagonist's world carefully to lead us into a tragic climax.
A Bittersweet Life (dir. Kim Jee Woon, 2005)
Kim Sun-woo (Lee Byung-hun) was assigned to keep an eye for his boss' girlfriend, Hee-soo (Shin Min-ah). He developed feelings for her, and decided to disobey his boss by sparing Hee-soo's life and a man she secretly dated behind Sun-woo's boss. His choice triggered a series of violence events for him.
A bittersweet life is filled with bittersweet music and stunning cinematography. Lee Byung-hun also gave an emotional performance and captured his character perfectly. There is this fluidity I can't explain that didn't make this film rigid.
Bonus: Sunny (dir. Kang Hyung Chul, 2011)
Nami accidentally met an old high school friend, Chunhwa, in a hospital. They re-connected quickly. As Chunhwa's days numbered, she asked Nami to gather their old gang, Sunny. As she reminisced her past, she was taken back to her high school days in the middle of a political era in South Korea.
I was initially going to pick this over Bonnie and Clyde, but I fear that it will not fit the Gangster genre, lol. Although technically, if the definition of gangster is a group of people who do illegal things, this is a gangster movie. Sunny is (mostly) a feel good film that can make you cry, laugh, and looking back at your own teenage years.