Roar (Japan, 2020) [JAPAN CUTS 2020]

Ryo Katayama’s debut feature Roar is the kind of examination of social frustration which has become a staple of Japan’s indie cinema right down having a pair of outsiders subsisting on convenience store pastries. By […]

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on Jul, 23 · in Reviews

Voices in the Wind (Japan, 2020) [JAPAN CUTS 2020]

Following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011, filmmakers have sought to record the extent of the destruction or bring about some measure of catharsis through both narrative features and documentaries. Commendable narrative […]

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on Jul, 16 · in Reviews

Mirror Image (Taiwan, 2001)

Often a cinematic space for depicting low-level criminality or financial desperation, the pawn shop becomes a place to ruminate on fate in Hsiao Ya-chuan’s amiable debut feature. Produced under the auspices of Taiwanese master Hou […]

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on Jul, 08 · in Reviews

Hill of Freedom (South Korea, 2014)

Long-term admirers of minimalist auteur Hong Sang-soo won’t be particularly surprised to learn that the title of Hill of Freedom refers not to a solemn historical landmark but a back alley Seoul coffee shop which becomes an […]

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on Jun, 07 · in Reviews

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