Asian film, media, and culture

Kontora (Japan, 2019) [JAPAN CUTS 2020]

An isolated teenage girl enduring adolescent turmoil amidst a fractured family’s feud finds that the arrival of a mysterious mute man in her small town allows her to communicate with others. This is the set-up […]

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on Jul, 12 · in Reviews

Interview with Kontora Director Anshul Chauhan [OAFF 2020]

My final interview at this year’s Osaka Asian Film Festival (OAFF) was with director Anshul Chauhan. We had first met at OAFF 2018 when he participated an interview following the Japanese premiere of his debut […]

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on Jul, 11 · in Interviews

Interview with the Director, Cinematographer, and Producer of Bleached Bones Avenue [OAFF 2020]

Bleached Bones Avenue is director Akio Fujimoto’s follow-up to his drama Passage of Life (2017). It is another film that looks at the shared links between Japan and Myanmar but this time, instead of a […]

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on Jul, 10

Honeygiver Among the Dogs (Bhutan, 2016)

Dechen Roder’s debut feature Honeygiver Among the Dogs is quite a unique film whose particular charm depends on its blend of seemingly incompatible approaches. Present in the film are enduring elements of neo noir (femme […]

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on Jul, 09

Mirror Image (Taiwan, 2001)

Often a cinematic space for depicting low-level criminality or financial desperation, the pawn shop becomes a place to ruminate on fate in Hsiao Ya-chuan’s amiable debut feature. Produced under the auspices of Taiwanese master Hou […]

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on Jul, 08

Bleached Bones Avenue (Japan, 2020) [OAFF 2020]

Bleached Bones Avenue is the latest title from director Akio Fujimoto. On the face of it, this short is a curious follow-up to his previous work, the family drama Passage of Life (2017), but it continues to examine […]

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on Jul, 07



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