Hard-Core (Japan, 2018) [NYAFF 2019)

Adapting a manga into a film is an extremely difficult endeavor, one that many filmmakers often underestimate when they latch on to a popular title, expecting that the same success will transfer over to the […]

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on Jun, 26 · in Reviews

The Very Last Day (Taiwan, 2018)

Bestselling author Raymond (Lawrence Ong) has just released his latest novel. It should be a happy time, but there is discord between him and his wife, Viola (Chou Heng-Yin), as well as between Viola and […]

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on Jun, 25 · in Reviews

Nakorn-Sawan (Thailand/South Korea/Germany, 2018) [Aperture 2019]

The emotion and intention that drove the making of Puangsoi Aksornsawang’s debut feature film are clear and affecting: the passing and memory of her mother. Nakorn-Sawan (meaning “paradise city”) is a work that is at […]

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on Jun, 24 · in Reviews

Poetic Voices: A Trip Through the Taiwanese Avant-garde of the 1960s [Aperture 2019]

Presented as part the 2019 Aperture: Asia and Pacific Film Festival, “Poetic Voices: A Trip Through the Taiwanese Avant-garde of the 1960s” is a collection of four short films that were recently researched and restored […]

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on Jun, 23 · in Reviews

The Open Door (Bhutan, 2018) [Aperture 2019]

I suspect that many readers will be unfamiliar with the emerging Bhutanese cinema, yet they might know the director of the short film The Open Door, Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk, as the teenage actor portraying the […]

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on Jun, 23 · in Reviews

The East State Wind Farm (China, 2009)

The East State Wind Farm,​ a documentary using interviews as primary sources, interspersed with animated sequence, continues Hu Jie’s mission to expose the horrors and lasting legacy of Maoist China. In this entry, the testimony […]

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on Jun, 22 · in Reviews

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