Days (Taiwan, 2020) [SDAFF 2020]

Tsai Ming-liang remains one of global cinema’s great oddities. With each subsequent release his works seem more esoteric, more difficult to categorise, and increasingly closer to being impossible to explain without sounding like a posing […]

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on Oct, 22 · in Reviews

Better Days (China, 2019)

Better Days truly is one hell of a thing. From what seem to be social realist beginnings, Derek Tsang’s fourth film shifts effortlessly into a genuinely touching melodrama and then again into a violent thriller. […]

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on Aug, 24 · in Reviews

My Identity (Japan, 2019) (JAPAN CUTS 2020)

The complicated links between Japan and Taiwan – a Japanese territory from 1895 to 1945 – seem a popular subject matter for contemporary Japanese cinema. In recent times the issues of anti-Taiwanese racism, the migrant […]

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on Jul, 27 · in Reviews

Tora-San, Wish You Were Here (Japan, 2019) [JAPAN CUTS 2020]

In 1969, director Yoji Yamada helmed It’s Tough Being a Man, a domestic comedy that became an unexpected hit in Japanese cinemas – so much so that by the end of the year Yamada had already […]

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on Jul, 16 · in Reviews

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