Matango (Japan, 1963)

Matango has acquired cult status among fans of tokusatsu films. Directed by Ishiro Honda, it’s based on the 1907 short story “The Voice in the Night” by William Hope Hodgson and the special effects were ...

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on Jan, 23 · in Reviews

Mother (South Korea, 2009)

Bong Joon-ho’s sombre follow-up to the frenetic and adrenaline-filled The Host (2006) deals with some stark subject matter. However, there are some admirable streaks of black humor in the story. Bizarre sequences of Kim Hye-ja ...

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on Jan, 19 · in Reviews

The Swimmers (Thailand, 2014)

A slick blend of supernatural chiller and teen thriller, The Swimmers is an effective suspense piece from writer-director Sophon Sakdaphisit, who scripted the breakout Thai horror Shutter (2004) before stepping behind the camera with Coming ...

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on Jan, 11 · in Reviews

Red Sorghum (China, 1987)

Zhang Yimou’s debut feature is a haunting and visually hypnotic tale of lust, love, and how the ravages of war affect rural community. In terms of Zhang’s later work, the narrative of Red Sorghum is ...

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on Jan, 10 · in Reviews

Women Who Flirt (China, 2014)

Hong Kong maverick Pang Ho-cheung’s relationship with mainland China edges closer to a long-term commitment with Women Who Flirt, a slight romantic-comedy which largely squanders the considerable talents of leading lady Zhou Xun on material ...

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on Dec, 30 · in Reviews

Best of Asian Cinema in 2014

As the year draws to a close, the time has come for VCinema contributors to take a look back at 2014 and select their Asian cinema highlights from the past twelve months. Not all the ...

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on Dec, 27 · in Features

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