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theetruscan
09-20-2008, 02:14 PM
Where does this belong? I'm sitting here doing some bookkeeping and letterwriting watching "Survive Style 5+" (I dunno, it's a japanese movie, the title is gibberish) and the costumes on the main female character (the dead wife) are just fantastic. Is that personal style? Anyway, in this movie, the aesthetic is not at all SZ, but it's just fantastic. The movie is a surrealistic tour de force as well, but I'm curious where discussion of attire in movies belongs.

mass
09-20-2008, 03:05 PM
asano's trenchcoat is pretty dope as well.

theetruscan
09-20-2008, 03:49 PM
asano's trenchcoat is pretty dope as well.

The faded one that looks like it must have been buried somewhere for at least 15 years, with the paisley prints on the lapels? I LOVE it.

Faust
09-20-2008, 04:42 PM
In the Mood for Love. Her dresses are amazing.

J_J
09-20-2008, 05:32 PM
polanski's The Tenant comes to mind. I loved Stella's 70's parisian girl vibe.

airboyair
09-21-2008, 01:24 AM
The Matrix and Gattaca are two movies that left an impression on me after leaving the cinema. [thumbup]

Fade to Black
09-21-2008, 06:20 AM
Takeshi Kitano's Takeshi's is a stylish movie...while Yohji gets the credits for costume design, i am not sure if it was just the outfits of the "real" Takeshi or the other one as well - needless to say Beat-san wears the black jacket/white hawaiian collar shirt/black pants look to perfection.

I also think Frank Booth's style in Blue Velvet is very slick...epitome of a depraved rogue look; if i was a psychopathic criminal i'd want to dress like that.

While I think many of Wong Kar Wai's films tend to be a bit on the contrived side in terms of styling, i just watched Fallen Angels the other day and I think Leon Lai's hitman look was carried with an effortless ease. In Hong Kong, a lot of times the characters actors occupy appear much more stylish than the performer's real life look (Tony Leung in Infernal Affairs?)...and what I dig the most about it is, I think a lot of stuff the characters wear is very ordinary clothing that by itself most people wouldn't give a second look at, like stuff shopped for in Kowloon street markets or the like...since it is unlikely that kind of character would be shopping at Joyce much. What a disappointment when the celebrities end up stepping out in designer gear and come across as so much more bland.

droogist
09-21-2008, 10:41 AM
^ Definitely a look, although I would hesitate to call it stylish. But he's one of these guys who makes everything look good.

I would volunteer The Quick and the Dead. Yes, the Sharon Stone gunslinger flick.

Faust
09-21-2008, 11:21 AM
^ Definitely a look, although I would hesitate to call it stylish. But he's one of these guys who makes everything look good.

I would volunteer The Quick and the Dead. Yes, the Sharon Stone gunslinger flick.

Mmmm, Leonardo...

The Matrix and Gattaca for sure.

Jorge Hache
09-21-2008, 11:36 AM
Takeshi Kitano's Dolls, is one really beautiful movie, the costumes are by Yohji (a frecuent Kitano's collaborator).

In a more playful way the costumes in The Fifth Element are amusing (all costumes design by Jean Paul Gaultier)

Yan
09-21-2008, 12:25 PM
Angel Heart was a seriously stylish film.

AKA*NYC
09-21-2008, 12:57 PM
Jude Law does Afghanistan

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2008/09/21/intv.intl.peace.day.cnn

Faust
09-21-2008, 05:12 PM
Jude Law does Afghanistan

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2008/09/21/intv.intl.peace.day.cnn

Jude's just chillin'

guruguru
09-22-2008, 11:15 AM
While I think many of Wong Kar Wai's films tend to be a bit on the contrived side in terms of styling, i just watched Fallen Angels the other day and I think Leon Lai's hitman look was carried with an effortless ease.

Definitely agree with you about Leon. Michelle was stunning as the Agent too- those dresses!

guruguru
09-22-2008, 11:21 AM
speaking of WKW, how about Leslie Cheung in Days of Being Wild? talk about all-around style. and of course, the closing scene where Tony Leung is getting dressed is nothing less than epic.

Fade to Black
09-22-2008, 11:55 AM
speaking of WKW, how about Leslie Cheung in Days of Being Wild? talk about all-around style. and of course, the closing scene where Tony Leung is getting dressed is nothing less than epic.

ahh, a kindred cinephile. DOBW is my favorite film of all time, Leslie Cheung's performance in that one is immortal...two scenes - the "one minute friendship" speech to Maggie Cheung, and of course his final words "things that i want to remember, i will always remember"

the Tony Leung finale is the best scene in all of HK cinema and his best moment as an actor as well, I believe. I'm not his biggest fan, but I think that 2 or so minutes right there sums up the image he's been building up over his career.

sinbad
03-05-2011, 06:03 AM
I like the style of Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil.
Then I looked at it very cool.

darkbydesign
03-05-2011, 01:57 PM
ICHI the killer and Dolls both take the cake for edge.

Then the lead character of Tetsuo the Bullet Man has some great glasses/frames and I guess the concept inspired a Julius line, although the fashion in the film didn't leave an impression.

On a more underground approach to fashion, albeit politically oriented, the kids in Johnny Mad Dog are some club kid, edgy little cats!

deius
03-10-2011, 05:50 AM
I couldn't imagine Alain Delon in Le Samourai without his hat and trenchcoat. In other words his costume is so integrated with his character - and the entire cool aesthetic of the film - that it seems like the greatest example of film style. I would argue that while many characters may have a cool style it rarely works for the character except to draw attention to the work of the art director... can't think of substantiating examples...
I also like the gangster in Vengeance by Johnnie To, and the leader of the mercenary gang that Costello works with.

Fade to Black
03-10-2011, 05:55 AM
Angel Heart was a seriously stylish film.

I've owned this movie for 2 years and still haven't gotten around to seeing it though I keep meaning to, can't believe I'm such a Mickey Rourke fan and haven't. Tonight's the night.

this one may be a bit obvious but Pacino in Godfather Part II is close to topping my best dressed film characters list. As far as Hong Kong films go I liked Tony Leung (Kar Fai)'s swag in Election 1; 2 was the better film conceptually and thematically speaking but Leung made the first a better piece of high drama, or as my cousin said about it, "it smells more like a movie."

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03-21-2011, 03:26 AM
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endersgame
04-22-2011, 06:30 PM
i saw the man from nowhere last night. won bin has this awesome suit on.

where can i get a suit where it still looks fantastic after i kick everyone ass?

http://www.koreanmovie.com/upfile/photo_photo/The_Man_From_Nowhere_24.jpg

stupid k-pop mophead..

http://www.koreanmovie.com/upfile/photo_photo/The_Man_From_Nowhere_6.jpg

HreP
04-24-2011, 03:46 PM
I'd have posted a clip from Le lit de la vierge by Garrel (a simple Damir Doma?), but Acephale already did - your taste seems, at some points, to be quite similar to mine.

Acéphale
04-25-2011, 05:16 AM
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Fade to Black
04-26-2011, 08:27 PM
endersgame i think Dior Homme's more straight-cut offerings would be good for that purpose.

still haven't watched Angel Heart...

Bubu
04-27-2011, 09:46 AM
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Happy End
05-06-2011, 07:14 PM
Sander and Fendi in I Am Love:

http://www.chinawholesalelots.com/blog/wp-content/plugins/wp-o-matic/cache/6e20e_tilda-swinton-i-am-love-jacket-sunglasses-tan-purse-590sc062010.jpg

http://doesyourmamaknowaboutme.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/tildaswinton3.jpg

t-bone
05-10-2011, 05:02 PM
Not a movie but the costume design in Game of Thrones is really blowing my mind... where 2 kop medieval CCP?

http://www.makinggameofthrones.com/storage/0418-jaime.jpg

mingrui
08-08-2011, 05:27 PM
Asano's wardrobe in ICHI the killer is insane

That movie is the shit. [suicide]

darkbydesign
08-08-2011, 10:42 PM
ICHI is one of the best. I have the DVD in a squishy packet of blood from some Promo edition. Pretty great film.

galia
08-11-2011, 04:59 AM
Pasolini's Medea
the work on the fabrics is unbelievabl intricate, meaningful and beautiful
all of Medea's dresses are things I wish I could wear (except for the 14569855632214 heavy necklaces she wears in her ritual outfit in the beginning. shit would give me an instant migraine)

http://www.pierpaolopasolini.eu/moscati_medea.jpg

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDReviews12/a%20medea%20pasolini%20dvd%20review/65-20.jpg

http://digilander.libero.it/AD1700/amorefolleperweb/Medea/pasolini/medea.6.jpg

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I've also just re-watched Dr Mabuse der Spieler, and the costumes are seriously great. The snake dress is a thing of beauty, and the dress of the countess when she gets abducted... and basically every outfit, even the mens. of cours, I have to admit I am a sucker for the 1920's aesthetic in general

http://www.stumfilm.no/lang_dr_mabuse_der_spieler_33_stor.jpg

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_krgmgm3aQG1qa02qlo1_500.jpg

can't find pictures of the snake dress, but you should all watch this if you haven't, it's seriously entertaining as well

thomcat
11-14-2011, 07:46 AM
I hope I'm not reviving anything that everyone has lost interest in-but I saw this movie about Anselm Kiefer last month and then I thought that I must share it with the SZ guys cos the colour and the texture and the music, i think its all aesthetically similiar to what alot of ppl here like.

the name of the movie is "over your cities grass will grow".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zf63U1Rk0w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHIRtd-W9pE&feature=relmfu

sorry am too stupid to figure out how it works

Creep
12-04-2011, 05:36 AM
anybody watched priest? paul bettany clothes were pretty ninja.

asdf123
12-07-2011, 04:17 AM
I couldn't imagine Alain Delon in Le Samourai without his hat and trenchcoat. In other words his costume is so integrated with his character - and the entire cool aesthetic of the film - that it seems like the greatest example of film style. I would argue that while many characters may have a cool style it rarely works for the character except to draw attention to the work of the art director... can't think of substantiating examples...
I also like the gangster in Vengeance by Johnnie To, and the leader of the mercenary gang that Costello works with.

Yes, +1 on that. Delon is just perfect there.