Su-ki-da (Japan, 2006)

Human emotions are complicated and it is hard to translate them into concrete cognitive actions that another person may understand and accept. Emotions can easily go awry or go unsaid, piling up to create the […]

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on May, 03 · in Reviews

The Bodyguard (China, 2016)

The schizophrenic tone of The Bodyguard is apparent from the film’s set-up: after a patriotic credits sequence that shows recruits of China’s Central Security Bureau in training, we find retired operative Ding (Sammo Hung) living in […]

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on May, 01 · in Reviews

Seventeen Years (China, 1999)

One of the toughest balancing acts that thoughtful Chinese filmmakers must maintain is how to avoid offending the powerful censorship bureau without compromising their artistic integrity. Failure to work with the censors can lead to […]

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on Apr, 21 · in Reviews

Tokyo.Sora (Japan, 2002)

Hiroshi Ishikawa has a long career in filmmaking but only has a few features credits to his name. His work as a director of TV commercials and music videos stands in stark contrast to the […]

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on Apr, 19 · in Reviews

Uzumasa Limelight (Japan, 2014)

Ken Ochiai’s nostalgic character study Uzumasa Limelight is a welcome Japanese entry in a minor but surprisingly varied category of movies about stunt performers, which includes the Burt Reynolds vehicle Hooper (1978), Richard Rush’s cult […]

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on Apr, 18 · in Reviews

The Bookworm Literary Festival 2016: Catching Up with Beijing’s LGBT Community

2015 was so tumultuous for Beijing’s LGBT community that this year’s Bookworm Literary Festival devoted a panel to the recent trials and triumphs of the movement, which have ranged from short prison terms for feminist […]

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on Apr, 15 · in Features

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