Memories to Choke On, Drinks to Wash Them Down (Hong Kong, 2019) [Focus Hong Kong 2021]

Leung Ming-kai and Kate Reilly’s four-vignette film presents differing aspects of and perspectives on Hong Kong lives, from the very personal and insular to the public, political, and expansive, and in that order, too. In […]

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on Feb, 13 · in Reviews

In the Land of Lost Angels (USA, 2019)

An ill brother back home in Mongolia prompts a lie that is the point of departure for writer-director Bishrel Mashbat’s riveting and impressive debut feature. In an early scene, Ankhaa (Erdenemunkh Tumursukh) speaks to his […]

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on Feb, 08 · in Reviews

Along the Sea (Japan/Vietnam, 2020)

A Vietnam-Japan co-production, Along the Sea follows three young Vietnamese women, in the dark of the night, in Japan, who leave with their belongings to go by train, by ferry, and then by car to […]

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on Dec, 19 · in Reviews

Me and the Cult Leader (Japan, 2020) [SDAFF 2020]

The full Japanese title of Sakahara Atsushi’s first feature-length documentary is 贖い: 悪の陳腐さに関する新たな報告 (Aganai: aku no chinpusa ni kansuru aratana hokokui), which can be translated roughly as “Atonement: new report on the banality of evil.” […]

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on Nov, 09 · in Reviews

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