Asian film, media, and culture

Sir (India/France, 2018) [AFI FEST 2018]

For her second film but debut fiction feature, which premiered at this year’s Cannes Critics’ Week, writer-director Rohena Gera takes the formula of the servant-master relationship-turned-love-story between a young widow from a village and a […]

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on Nov, 15 · in Reviews

Ash is Purest White (China/Japan/France, 2018) [AFI FEST 2018]

Ash is Purest White is no exception within Jia Zhangke’s cinema in terms of its sweeping scope. Platform (2000) charted the late 1970s to the late 1980s and Mountains May Depart (2015) spans from 1999 […]

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on Nov, 14 · in Reviews

Killing (Japan, 2018) [SDAFF 2018]

If one is to assess Killing as the work of Shinya Tsukamoto, you may find it kind of lacking as it is less spectacular than the director’s 1980s and 90s works. But that does not […]

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on Nov, 13

How Long Will I love U (China, 2018) [SDAFF 2018]

How Long Will I love U concerns Lu Ming (Lei Jiayin) and Gu Xiaojiao (Tong Liya) who live in the same apartment nineteen years apart. Lu is from 1999 and Gu is from 2018. One […]

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on Nov, 12

The Legend of the Stardust Brothers (Japan, 1985) [SDAFF 2018]

The Legend of the Stardust Brothers is about Shingo (Shingo Kubota) and Kan (Kazuhiro Takagi), lead singers of two rival bands playing the Japanese club circuit in the mid-1980s. Shingo is typical for the time, […]

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on Nov, 12

Fiction and Other Realities (South Korea/USA, 2018) [SDAFF 2018]

With just a cursory look at the premise, some viewers might be quick to write off Fiction and Other Realities as a sappy romance movie using music as a gimmick to detract from poor storytelling. […]

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on Nov, 11

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