Only Cloud Knows (China, 2019)

An old screenwriting adage goes something like this: “Whatever you do, don’t kill the dog!” Among other things, the phrase refers to the fact that the death of a pet makes for a relatively cheap […]

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on Jan, 11 · in Reviews

Erica 38 (Japan, 2019)

Inspired by true events, Erica 38 tells the story of a con-woman named Satoko Watabe who defrauds 50 billion yen from unsuspecting dupes in a pyramid scheme before finally being caught. The lead character, played […]

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on Jan, 09 · in Reviews

Ip Man 4: The Finale (China/Hong Kong, 2019)

Ip Man 4: The Finale will give not just martial arts fans, but moviegoers in general, a treat. Director Wilson Yip has ended the series with a great sense of balance. While it delivers the […]

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on Jan, 05 · in Reviews

Asian Cinema Highlights of 2019

Wow, that was fast! With a turbulent 2019 almost in the rearview mirror, it’s time for VCinema contributors to discuss their Asian cinema highlights from the past twelve months. John Atom In my estimation, 2019 […]

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on Dec, 31 · in Features

Enslaving Ourselves to Digital Technology: On Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit’s 36 and Freelance

Over the last decade, one of the most singular cinematic voices in Asian Cinema has emerged from Thailand – thirty-five-year-old filmmaker Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit. Since his screenwriting and directorial debut in 2009, his films, a mixture […]

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on Dec, 22 · in Features

Call for Papers – Cultural Studies in the Asian Context Fall 2020 Issue on North Korean Culture and Cinema

Submissions are invited for full-length essays on the important but largely understudied topic of “North Korean Culture and Cinema” for the September 2020 issue. The existing studies on North Korean cinema have mainly focused on […]

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on Dec, 21 · in News

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