Pop! Goes Cinema: Kadokawa Film & 1980s Japan, Japan Society, November 8 – December 17

Established by the larger-than-life, controversial businessman, producer and visionary Haruki Kadokawa, the game-changing Kadokawa Film studio redefined Japanese popular culture and media from the late 1970s through the 1980s with a series of highly marketed […]

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on Oct, 26 · in Announcements

Headshot (Indonesia, 2016)

The plotline for the Mo Brothers’ (Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel) Headshot may sound familiar: a man (Iko Uwais) found on a shore, wounded and unconscious, wakes up in a rural hospital unable to remember […]

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on Oct, 25 · in Reviews

Crosscurrent (China, 2016)

Yang Chao’s second feature-length work Crosscurrent presents a largely missed — albeit strikingly shot — opportunity. Yes, the film is richly textured in terms of visuals, established in the atmospheric opening long shot. During the magical blue […]

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on Oct, 23 · in Reviews

While the Women Are Sleeping (Japan, 2016)

Wayne Wang, one of American cinema’s most culturally incisive yet often underrated talents, heads to Japan for his latest feature While the Women Are Sleeping. A fully-fledged Japanese production with backing from Toei and a […]

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on Oct, 22 · in Reviews

Destruction Babies (Japan, 2016) [JFF2016AU]

After the genuine surprises of Keisuke Yoshida’s genre-bending romantic thriller Hime-anole (2016), I did not think there could be another film that would similarly shock me with its sheer execution and portrayal of violence on […]

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on Oct, 21 · in Reviews

Kickstart This: GOOK by Justin Chon

Summarised by writer-director-star Justin Chon as, “a heartfelt film exploring families and relationships between Korean and African American communities set during the LA Riots”, the independent dramedy GOOK promises to offer vital representation of the […]

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on Oct, 11 · in Announcements


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