An exciting fortnight ahead on UTV World Movies

UTV World Movies celebrates the works of feted Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano in ‘In-focus’ for the next two weeks. It begins with ‘Takeshis” at 8.30 p.m. on August 19, which tells the story of Takeshi, who lives the harried life of a celebrity. One day he meets his blond look-alike Kitano, a convenience store cashier — what follows are a series of intriguing experiences as their paths cross.

Kitano directs and plays the lead role in ‘Sonatine’, which airs on August 26at 8.30 p.m., which is his take on the last days of a Tokyo gangster. Murakawa and his gang retreat to a seaside hideaway hoping to survive, but their enemies start picking them off one by one. Murakawa decides to go on the offensive for a final showdown.

Also on the cards for this month are two films that made it into producer Roman Paul’s list of ‘50 Movies to see before you die.’ The first is ‘Buenos Aires 1977’, based on a true story, is about the goalkeeper of a football team Claudio Tamburrini, who is kidnapped by government forces, and sent to a clandestine detention centre. Several months of torture and humiliation later, Claudio and his friends decide to escape. UTV screens this on August 20, at 8.30 p.m.

‘Hana-Bi’, on August 27 at 8.30 p.m., is a tragic film about Nishi, a policeman whose whose wife is dying of Leukemia. Meanwhile, one of his partners gets shot, and is confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.Though Nishi would like to stay and help, he is forced to quit, to spend time with his dying wife.

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Sen and simplicity August 12, 2009