Asian film, media, and culture

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

Prophecy (Japan, 2015) [JFF2015AU]

Yoshihiro Nakamura is a filmmaker that always surprises me. The stories he tells are never what they seem to be on the surface and his attention to character always amazes me. I remember watching my […]

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on Oct, 25

K.O. (China, 2015)

The city of Ordos was catapulted to international attention in November 2009 when an Al Jazeera report depicted this subdivision of Inner Mongolia as a barely populated sprawl of looming buildings and ostentatious monuments that […]

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on Oct, 23

La La La at Rock Bottom (Japan, 2015) [JFF2015AU]

Nobuhiro Yamashita is a filmmaker who always gets fantastic performances from his female stars. Think of Bae Doona in Linda Linda Linda (2005), Kaho in A Gentle Breeze in the Village (2007), or Atsuko Maeda […]

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on Oct, 18

The Room (Japan, 1992)

Navigating the rental property market in a major city can be a patience testing¬†experience, but Sion Sono turns the search for the right apartment into a sustained piece of¬†existential dread with his minimalist black-and-white early […]

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on Oct, 15

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