Fleeting Romance in the Throes of Development: Lou Ye’s Suzhou River (2000) [DCCFF 2017]

Lou Ye’s breakthrough feature Suzhou River intertwines the destinies of two couples. Mardar (Jia Hongsheng) is a motorcycle courier and small-time criminal who becomes romantically involved with Moudan (Zhou Xun), the bored daughter of a […]

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on Sep, 18 · in Features

Yamato (California) (Japan, 2016) [JAPAN CUTS, 2017]

The screener of Yamato (California) provided for reviewers comes with the request, “Please watch in the loudest volume possible!!” This leads one to expect that Daisuke Miyazaki’s tale of a wannabe rapper is going to be a full […]

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on Jul, 20 · in Reviews

Alley Cat (Japan, 2017) [JAPAN CUTS 2017]

Have you heard the one about the ex-boxer who lost his cat? After several days of searching, Hideaki (Yosuke Kubozuka) spots his pet feline Maru being cradled in the arms of Ikumi (Kenji Furuya), a […]

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on Jul, 12 · in Reviews

Extraordinary Mission (China, 2017) [NYAFF 2017]

When a film’s title boldly proclaims that the audience is going to see something astounding, the content usually either lives up to the superlative or flames out, with the moniker being jokingly used to underscore […]

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on Jun, 30 · in Reviews

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