Asian film, media, and culture

The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom (China, 2014)

The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom is loosely based on the classic fantasy novel Baifa Monu Zhuan by Liang Yusheng. It was shown in 3D in its home territory last year and has recently […]

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on Apr, 13 · in Reviews

X-Cross (Japan, 2007)

X-Cross arrived a few years after the stream of creepy horrors that had poured out from Japan in the late 1990s and early 2000s had started to run dry. As such, it can initially be […]

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on Apr, 11 · in Reviews

Geisha Assassin (Japan, 2008)

… Or, the Hong Kong action film that is dressed up as a female-led chanbara revenge thriller. Geisha Assassin is unfairly tarred with the same brush as recent low budget J-horrors, mainly because of its […]

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on Sep, 08

A Letter to Momo (Japan, 2012)

There’s a new game in town, that is, if your town is Japantown. It’s called “Youkai Watch”. And it has replaced Pokémon as the biggest craze for the youngest set in Japan. Like Pokémon before it, the […]

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on Aug, 28

Aberdeen (Hong Kong, 2014)

Continuing to explore Hong Kong life while avoiding being pigeonholed by genre, Pang Ho-cheung follows the foul-mouthed film industry satire Vulgaria (2012) with the comparatively sedate drama Aberdeen. Although it still has a fair share […]

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on Aug, 24

Violent Cop (Japan, 1989)

Director Takeshi Kitano – famous in Japan as the comedian ‘Beat’ Takeshi – has most recently been associated with his two ultra-violent Outrage films (2010/2012) with a third installment in the yakuza series rumored to […]

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on Aug, 10

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