Asian film, media, and culture

Ghost Theater (Japan, 2015)

Director Hideo Nakata has long been anointed the title “Master of Horror” due to the wildly successful Ring (1998), which, along with its sequels/prequels started a massive wave of Asian horror films and their Hollywood […]

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on Feb, 04 · in Reviews

Video Essay – Dance in Wong Kar-wai’s Films

Moments of a film that linger with a spectator long after initial viewing are also the reasons why one returns to that film: to rediscover those moments, recalibrate one’s perspective and understanding of them, and reposition their […]

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on Feb, 01 · in Video Essay

The Purple Onion (USA, 2015)

Those who go into Matt Szymanowski’s debut feature The Purple Onion simply knowing that it stars Chinese American comedian Edwin Li as a stand-up pursuing his dreams in the idyllic city of San Francisco may […]

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on Jan, 24

Preview – CRIME: Hong Kong Style, HOME, Manchester, UK

The crime cinema of Hong Kong has always had a distinctive flavor with its iconic star personas, vibrant filmmaking technique, and unique urban milieu defined by cultural intersections. Even during particularly fallow periods for the local industry, the […]

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on Jan, 22

Freelance (Thailand, 2015)

In a global economy defined by competition and connectivity, most professionals have anecdotes about “pulling an all-nighter” to deal with “crunch time”, which often revolve reverting back to student habits such as consuming large quantities of […]

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on Jan, 19

The World of Kanako (Japan, 2014)

Despite achieving considerable international success at a time when most Japanese filmmakers exclusively cater to the home market, Tetsuya Nakashima has amassed a fair share of detractors for his perceived emphasis on visual stimulation over […]

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on Jan, 16

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