Forbidden Dream (South Korea, 2019) [NYAFF 2020]

Continuing his recent historical costume drama run, rather than the contemporary-set tearjerkers featuring terminally ill patients and lovers for which he is primarily known in South Korea, Hur Jin-ho’s most recent feature, Forbidden Dream, retells […]

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on Sep, 04 · in Reviews

Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (China/Hong Kong, 2018) [SDAFF 2018]

A giant demon with eye-ball-filled pores fighting a colossal. King Kong-like ape ridden by a Buddhist monk. Spectacular battles with wuxia heroes using qinggong to float weightlessly around their opponents. Talking fish imparting wisdom during […]

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on Nov, 06 · in Reviews

Beast Stalker (Hong Kong, 2008) [NYAFF 2018]

Although not as robust as in its heyday from the 1970s-1990s, Hong Kong action cinema still churns out pulse-pounding police thrillers, crime dramas, and neo-noirs as exemplified by recent hits such as Three (2016) and […]

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on Jun, 30 · in Reviews

Railway Sleepers (Thailand, 2017)

Shot in trains traveling on every operating railway route in Thailand, Sompot Chidgasornpongse’s documentary, Railway Sleepers, turns an inquisitive eye to the nation’s population, often proffering revealing observations on the country, its diversity, and its […]

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on Oct, 25 · in Reviews

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