Asian film, media, and culture

Another World (Japan, 2018) [Japan Foundation Film Tour 2020]

Somewhere in rural Japan, underneath a humorously shaped tree-root, two middle-aged friends unearth a time capsule from their youth. They’ve just reunited, a mere three months earlier. The opening scenes of Junji Sakamoto’s Another World, […]

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on Jan, 21 · in Reviews

Her Sketchbook (Japan, 2017) [Japan Foundation Film Tour 2020]

Japan is a densely populated country so, in order to live there, it is important to make connections with others as well as to find your own niche. Achieving both can be exhausting, especially for […]

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on Jan, 20 · in Reviews

Only Cloud Knows (China, 2019)

An old screenwriting adage goes something like this: “Whatever you do, don’t kill the dog!” Among other things, the phrase refers to the fact that the death of a pet makes for a relatively cheap […]

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on Jan, 11

Erica 38 (Japan, 2019)

Inspired by true events, Erica 38 tells the story of a con-woman named Satoko Watabe who defrauds 50 billion yen from unsuspecting dupes in a pyramid scheme before finally being caught. The lead character, played […]

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on Jan, 09

Ip Man 4: The Finale (China/Hong Kong, 2019)

Ip Man 4: The Finale will give not just martial arts fans, but moviegoers in general, a treat. Director Wilson Yip has ended the series with a great sense of balance. While it delivers the […]

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on Jan, 05

Asian Cinema Highlights of 2019

Wow, that was fast! With a turbulent 2019 almost in the rearview mirror, it’s time for VCinema contributors to discuss their Asian cinema highlights from the past twelve months. John Atom In my estimation, 2019 […]

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on Dec, 31

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