Asian film, media, and culture

Behind the Camera (South Korea, 2013)

After helming a lavish period adaptation of Les Liasons Dangereuses in 2003 under the title Untold Scandal, director Lee Je-yong has moved on to comedic and contemporary stories set in South Korea. First came Dasepo […]

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on Aug, 12 · in Reviews

Little Proletarian (China, 2012)

Shen Jie’s powerful documentary Little Proletarian begins with 14-year-old Hai’er being subjected to a vicious beating from his remorseless father, while his mother watches silently in the background. The events that follow do not negate […]

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on Aug, 06 · in Reviews

Chan Is Missing (USA, 1982)

In most accounts of the American independent cinema boom of the 1980s, Wayne Wang’s breakthrough feature Chan Is Missing receives cursory attention but is rarely discussed as a landmark film, perhaps because it arrived too early for the party. […]

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on Aug, 02

Only You (China/USA, 2015)

The cultivated charm of Italy’s cities and the rugged beauty of its countryside provide appealing backdrops for the romantic contrivances of Only You, a slight concoction which casts Tang Wei and Liao Fan as will […]

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on Jul, 30

Fatal Frame (Japan, 2014)

The live-action Japanese adaptation of Fatal Frame has been eagerly awaited by J-Horror fans and followers of this classic survival horror franchise alike. This is not Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil (2002), however. Even in […]

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on Jul, 28

Salute! Sun Yat-Sen (Taiwan, 2014)

A high school heist comedy with a sly political undercurrent, Salute! Sun Yet-Sen is a playful piece of entertainment from writer-director Yee Chih-yen, who made an impression on the arthouse circuit with his tender youth romance […]

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on Jul, 25

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