Asian film, media, and culture

Woman in the Dunes (Japan, 1964)

For a moment, the film is about bodies. Across its spatio-temporal design, Hiroshi Teshigahara explores the otherworldly life of bodies in close-up, in their textural surfaces, that lends one to rethink of a new possibility […]

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on Jul, 15 · in Reviews

One Cut of the Dead (Japan, 2017) [NYAFF 2018]

Zombie movies have long enjoyed cult status amongst moviegoers and cinephiles alike but also with filmmakers themselves, often serving as a launching board for successful careers. Think George A. Romero and Edgar Wright for example. […]

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on Jul, 13 · in Reviews

Respeto (Philippines, 2017) [NYAFF 2018]

Treb Montreras II’s debut feature-length film Respeto looks into the Fliptop Rap Battle, which comprises a large part of contemporary Filipino hiphop subculture in the urban streets of the Philippines. Deploying an immersive and participatory […]

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on Jul, 12

Sad Beauty (Thailand, 2018) [NYAFF 2018]

Among the handful of women whose debut/second films are showcased at this year’s New York Asian Film Festival is Bongkod Bencharongkul, aka Bongkod Kongmalai or Tak Bongkod for those who know her best as an […]

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on Jul, 12

Dukun (Malaysia, 2018) [NYAFF 2018]

Dain Iskandar Said’s Dukun might be confusing at first, due to its choice of narrative style. The film presents itself in a non-linear way as it strives to bridge genres. At first, the narrative seems […]

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on Jul, 11

Premika (Thailand, 2017) [NYAFF 2018]

Siwakorn Charupongsa’s directorial debut Premika is a jaunty slapstick slasher, with its combination of gory moments of killing, thanks to a teenage ghost in a school uniform, and over-the-top absurdist humour that would be corny […]

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on Jul, 10

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