Asian film, media, and culture

Jia Zhangke: A Guy From Fenyang (Brazil, 2014)

Like criss-crossing rail lines denoting movement both forwards and backwards, so the documentary Jia Zhangke: A Guy From Fenyang, directed by Walter Salles, focuses on Jia and his memories both personal and filmic. The constant […]

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on May, 26 · in Reviews

To Dreams of Kurosawa; or, Space of Authorship and Homage in Johnnie To’s Throwdown (2004)

Between the last shot of Throwdown and its ending credits, Johnnie To reveals a dedication: ‘A Salute to Akira Kurosawa, the Greatest Filmmaker.’ This video essay is my attempt at not only drawing out a […]

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on May, 25 · in Video Essay

Internet Killed Le Video Store

I started my cinematic 2015 in 1963. That is, the first movie I watched was Yu Hyun-mok’s The Daughters of Pharmacist Kim on DVD. I have had access to a considerable number of South Korean […]

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on Dec, 28

Cyborg She (Japan, 2008)

Following the popularity of his romantic comedy Windstruck (2004) with Japanese audiences, South Korean director Kwak Jae-young temporarily relocated to Japan to deliver Cyborg She, a sci-fi variation on his signature formula which takes the offbeat behaviour […]

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on Dec, 21

Gangnam Blues (South Korea, 2015)

For viewers whose knowledge of the Gangnam district of Seoul is limited to the flashy personalities and consumerist attitude on display in Psy’s broadly satirical video for his global pop phenomenon “Gangnam Style”, the shantytown […]

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on Dec, 19

When the Curtain Rises (Japan, 2015) [JFF2015AU]

When the Curtain Rises is a high school slice-of-life drama that stars the popular J-Pop idol group Momoiro Clover Z in the lead roles and is directed by the filmmaker that made Summer Time Machine […]

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on Dec, 03

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