Journey to the West (France, 2015)

Taking its title from the legendary 16th century Chinese novel, which chronicled the travels of idealistic Buddhist monk Xuanzang around the regions of Central Asia and India, Jill Coulon’s documentary focuses on the modern pilgrimage […]

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on Feb, 13 · in Reviews

My Dad and Mr. Ito (Japan, 2016) [Reel Asian 2016]

Yuki Tanada’s latest comedy-drama My Dad and Mr. Ito is so conventional in its set-up and ensuing narrative complications that it could almost have been conceived as an exercise in sidestepping dramatic cliché. Indeed, its […]

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on Dec, 29 · in Reviews

The Lockpicker (Canada, 2016) [Reel Asian 2016]

It’s apparent from the opening frames of The Lockpicker that we’re deep in troubled teen territory as a youth sits up late at night writing in his notebook; the manner in which he is not only […]

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on Dec, 11 · in Reviews

Lowlife Love (Japan, 2015)

An early scene in Eiji Uchida’s determinedly scuzzy indie filmmaking satire Lowlife Love illustrates the rivalries, naked opportunism, and painfully transparent ploys to maintain status that are sadly characteristic of the industrial fringes. At a restaurant, floundering […]

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on Nov, 30 · in Reviews

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