April 19, 2010

Best of 2009 - Fantasia 2009: Antique (Kyu-dong Min, 2008)


His motivations nebulous, a young man opens a neighborhood Western-style bakery called Antique, employing a host of off-the-wall characters: a gay chef of international caliber whose pastries can make any man, gay or straight, fall in love with him; a childhood friend and would-be bodyguard; and an irreverent young apprentice-chef. The results are simply delicious.

Directed by Korean director Kyu-Dong Min, and following Rough Cut, Antique shows that the Korean film industry is one of the boldest, most innovative and energetic cinematographies in the world at present. Several of the films on this list are from Korea, beating perennial favorites like Hollywood, Japan and Hong Kong. Based on the popular manga Seiyō Kottō Yōgashiten (Western Antique Cake-Shop) from Japanese artist Fumi Yoshinaga, Antique does pretty much everything excellently. From its kinetic montage techniques used to synthesize the rich narrative to the vast but essential supporting cast, Antique offers adequate amounts of comedy and tragedy, making a point to develop all its characters and peeling away to the heart of their various motivations. The actors are phenomenal, especially Kim Jae Wook in the role of the gay chef and with each of their revelations, we progressively fall more and more in love with this gem of a movie. Antique is funny, touching, engrossing, eclectic in its storytelling, stylish, almost decadent, and will soon leave you scrambling to find, by the roll of the final credits, all of its enticingly sinful creations in any nearby pastry shop.

INFO: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1205551/

TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNKa56ooOQo&feature=related