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

Suburban Birds (China, 2018)

Qiu Sheng’s debut feature Suburban Birds is a low-key but fascinating work. At first it appears to fall in line as yet another naturalistic urban character drama; the kind that tends to be liberally scattered […]

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on Jul, 01 · in Reviews

Still Life of Memories (Japan, 2018)

Japan has a complex relationship with depictions of sex and sexuality. As early as the Heian period sexual acts were being depicted on scrolls and other art works, while the invention of woodblock printing during […]

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on May, 05 · in Reviews


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