Asian film, media, and culture

Jia Zhangke: A Guy From Fenyang (Brazil, 2014)

Like criss-crossing rail lines denoting movement both forwards and backwards, so the documentary Jia Zhangke: A Guy From Fenyang, directed by Walter Salles, focuses on Jia and his memories both personal and filmic. The constant […]

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on May, 26 · in Reviews

To Dreams of Kurosawa; or, Space of Authorship and Homage in Johnnie To’s Throwdown (2004)

Between the last shot of Throwdown and its ending credits, Johnnie To reveals a dedication: ‘A Salute to Akira Kurosawa, the Greatest Filmmaker.’ This video essay is my attempt at not only drawing out a […]

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on May, 25 · in Video Essay

Petal Dance (Japan, 2013)

Hiroshi Ishikawa has made three films in eleven years. From his debut feature Tokyo.sora (2002) through Su-ki-da (2006) to his most recent film Petal Dance, he has favoured exploring the concept of loneliness and all of the […]

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on May, 22

Juon: The Beginning of the End (Japan, 2014)

Over the past sixteen years the lucrative Juon franchise has produced eight Japanese movies and three English-language remakes, becoming one of the cornerstones of the Japanese horror industry. Original creator Takashi Shimizu stepped down in […]

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on May, 17

Li Wen at East Lake (China, 2015) [Chinese Visual Festival 2016]

Li Luo has quietly become a name to watch on the festival circuit for the increasing confidence with which his films have collapsed fact and fiction to ruminate on how individuals negotiate time, place, ideology, […]

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on May, 13

A Young Patriot (China, 2015) [Chinese Visual Festival 2016]

What is patriotism and what does contemporary patriotism look like? How does the idealism of youth hold up against the complexities of reality and the violence of history? In A Young Patriot, a documentary that […]

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on May, 11

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