The Ninja War of Torakage (Japan, 2014) [JFF2015AU]

It has been a while since I have seen a new film by Yoshihiro Nishimura. Ever since the entertainingly excessive Helldriver (2010), he’s been off my radar despite new ventures like Zombie TV (2013) and […]

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on Nov, 24 · in Reviews

Tag (Japan, 2015) [JFF2015AU]

Tag, you’re it! We have another Sion Sono film to review and this one sees him venturing into the teen survival genre for the first time since Suicide Club (2002) and Noriko’s Dinner Table (2007). […]

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on Nov, 21 · in Reviews

Interview with Liu Xiaoran

The diverse cross-section of filmmakers that constitutes China’s documentary sector encompasses a range of backgrounds and motivations – some have received training through academic or industry channels while others are self-taught as a result of affordable […]

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on Nov, 17 · in Features,Interviews

The Assassin (Taiwan, 2015)

The Assassin has been a long time coming. It was in gestation for 25 years, and in various stages of production for a further five, but has now finally arrived. A movie that is similar […]

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on Nov, 16 · in Reviews

Call for Papers: East Asian Journal of Popular Culture (Special Issue on Taiwaneseness in Contemporary Popular Culture)

The end of the martial law ushered in an intensified process of “Taiwanization” in many social and cultural fields, and Taiwanese identity has arguably become the favourite concern of English-language scholarship on Taiwan. However, while […]

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on Nov, 09 · in Announcements

Mountains May Depart (China, 2015)

It’s unlikely that Jia Zhangke will ever make a totally straight genre movie, but he has nonetheless been drawn to populist, even pulpy, narratives of late as a means of sketching his social commentaries. Jia’s […]

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on Nov, 05 · in Reviews


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