Asian film, media, and culture

Behemoth (China, 2015)

With intermittent voiceover narration loosely based on Dante’s The Divine Comedy, Zhao Liang’s otherwise wordless, observational documentary Behemoth straddles the poetic, the purgatorial, and the political in its representation of the coal mining industry and […]

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on Aug, 28 · in Reviews

Japanese Film Festival (JFF), October 14 – December 4

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) returns in 2016 for its 20th anniversary with a huge national tour of Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, shining a spotlight on the best of Japanese culture from […]

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on Aug, 27 · in Announcements

Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell (Japan, 1968)

Hajime Sato is not ranked among the great Japanese B-movie directors, but during the 1960s he directed a string of diverting pulp favourites, including the gothic horror Ghost of the Hunchback (1965), the ridiculous Terror […]

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on Jun, 18

Like a Moth to a Flame: A Profile on Cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing

This piece is also a preview of the upcoming, first North American retrospective of Lee-lensed films at the Museum of Modern Art, ‘Luminosity: The Art of Cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing,’ 16-30 June 2016 Famed Taiwanese […]

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on Jun, 15

Ghost of the Hunchback (Japan, 1965)

Although most of Hajime Sato’s other films are widely available, Ghost of the Hunchback has been little seen, being primarily viewable in a dubbed Italian print. Like Michio Yamamoto’s vampire films of the early 1970s, […]

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on Jun, 10

JAPAN CUTS 2016: Festival of New Japanese Film, July 14-24

JAPAN CUTS, North America’s largest festival of new Japanese film, returns for its 10th anniversary edition from July 14-24. Offering eleven days of impossible-to-see-anywhere-else screenings of the best new movies made in and around Japan, […]

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on Jun, 08

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