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Young Gun in Time appears to have fallen from the pages of a disappeared Coen Brothers science fiction script.” — James Marsh, Twitch

Year: 2011
Country: Japan, Korea
Running time: 149 mins
Censor Rating: R16 - violence, horror scenes, offensive language

Henge
Japan 2011
Director/Screenplay/Editor: Ohata Hajime
Producers: Fujioka Shin’suke, Nagura Ai
Photography: Shinomiya Hidetoshi
Music: Nagashima Hiroyuki
In Japanese with English subtitles
HDCAM

With: Morita Aki, Aizawa Kazunari, Nobukuni Teruhiko

54 minutes
Censors rating tbc

Young Gun in the Time
Korea/Japan 2012
Director/Screenplay: Oh Young-doo
Producers: Jang Yoon-jung, Yamaguchi Yukihiko, Iwasaki Nonoka, Hayashi Kaizo
Photography: Kim Yoon-chang
Music: Kim Baek-chan
In Korean with English subtitles
HDCAM

Double feature action. Two for the price of one.

Henge. Rated R13 violence, horror scenes. Old school fans of Shinya Tsukamoto’s Tetsuo: The Iron Man (see it sometime if you haven’t already) can celebrate the arrival of this great new lo-fi body horror from Japan. Yoshiaki and his wife Keiko are a couple in domestic bliss until Yoshiaki starts experiencing spasm attacks and producing otherworldly sounds. Director Ohata piles on the shocks as he fuses Kafka (Metamorphosis) and Kaiju (giant monster movies) into a unique and tragic love story.

Followed by Young Gun in the Time. Rated R16 violence, offensive language. A Korean time-travel thriller about a one‑handed detective whose fiscal troubles (matched by his dress sense: Hawaiian shirt, trilby, tie) force him to take any assignment on offer. A beautiful scientist requests he find a unique wristwatch and dispose of its owner. Entertaining, funny and highly imaginative, this slice of science fiction noir is all the more remarkable for being created for under $30,000. — AT