Shorts Showcase: New Directions in Japanese Cinema [JAPAN CUTS 2019]

New Directions in Japanese Cinema (ndjc) is a programme which has been in operation since 2007 with the express purpose of cultivating talented young filmmakers by putting them together with experienced actors and crews in […]

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on Jul, 19 · in Reviews

Red Snow (Japan, 2019) [JAPAN CUTS 2019]

Memory is an elusive truth in Sayaka Kai’s hauntingly tragic debut feature, Red Snow, a thriller centered on a 30-year-old unsolved crime. Red Snow is a film that attempts to depict the fleeting nature of […]

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on Jul, 18 · in Reviews

The Miracle of Crybaby Shottan (Japan, 2018) [JAPAN CUTS 2019]

Considering that Toshiaki Toyoda made his entry into Japanese films with low-budget punk titles about outsiders like Pornostar (1998), seeing him take on a film about shogi, or Japanese chess, is something of a surprise until […]

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on Jul, 17 · in Reviews

The Kamagasaki Cauldron War (Japan, 2019) [JAPAN CUTS 2019]

Kamagasaki is a slum-like part of Osaka’s Nishinari district, notorious for having a high concentration of day labourers, homeless and a history of civil unrest, not to mention its proximity to the Tobita Shinchi red-light […]

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on Jul, 16 · in Reviews

Illang: The Wolf Brigade (South Korea, 2018)

I’m a big fan of Kim Jee-woon. With the exception of his 2016 period piece, The Age of Shadows, I have seen and admired all of his work, and yes, that includes his rather dubious […]

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on Jul, 15 · in Reviews

Call for Papers – SEA The World! Southeast Asian Cinemas and Global Film Theory

The 11th Biennial Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference will take place at The University of the Philippines, Cebu, between 20th and 22nd July, 2020. The focus of the conference is ‘SEA the world! Southeast […]

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on Jul, 13 · in Reviews

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