If Meatball Machine doesn't suit, you could always check out Beneath the Cogon, which segues from a sensual romp in a stagnant swimming pool (I know, that seems like a contradiction in terms, but work with me here) to large fetal things in jars. Not really my thing; I'm much more interested in Taiwanese director Lin Tay-Jou's experimental short Bardo -- subtitled "Lamentation of the Dying Creatures." "Bardo" is a Buddhist term for the interval between one's death and rebirth, so the film is most assuredly not a nice, light-hearted romp. Chang describes the film thusly: "An apocalyptic, visual tone-poem, it borrows equally from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the Biblical Judgment Day, and Dante-among other things." Oh, yeah! Give me that, a cheese course and a nice bottle of wine, and I'd be one happy cinegeek.
With all the movies I get to see, there are so many more that I miss. When I was a kid, I remember standing in a library and looking at the vast number of books, then going home and calculating how many books a day I'd have to read to read everything I wanted to before I died. I still feel distraught about all the unread books out there, and I feel the same about every intriguing movie that I don't get to see. But hey, the Seattle International Film Festival will be here in a scant seven months, and they show a lot of Asian film. Perhaps someone in the SIFF programming department has Bardo on their watch list; a film like that would play very well here, I think. I'll keep my fingers crossed. What fascinating films have you not seen yet that you're dying to add to your next film fest schedule or Green Cine queue?