Asian film, media, and culture

The Raid 2: Berandal (Indonesia, 2014)

There are films you anticipate so much that by the time you watch them, there is no way on earth it can match the expectations you’ve placed on it. And then there are films that ...

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on Apr, 16 · in Reviews

Black Coal, Thin Ice (China, 2014)

The surprise winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin film festival, Black Coal, Thin Ice marks a belated breakthrough for writer-director Diao Yinan following Uniform (2003) and Night Train (2007), a pair of well-received ...

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on Apr, 05 · in Reviews

Focus on Korean Actor Ryoo Seung-Beom at NYAFF

Ryoo Seung-Beom in The Berlin Files The New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) is an annual highlight for Asian film fans in the metropolitan area. It’s certainly one of the best such festivals in the ...

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on Jun, 28

Blind Shaft (China, 2003)

Li Yang’s feature debut Blind Shaft was one of the breakthrough independent films from mainland China in the early-200s in terms of receiving art-house theatrical exposure beyond the festival circuit and prompting debate regarding economic ...

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on Jun, 27

She: tHEiR Love Story (Thailand, 2012) [Frameline 37]

I must admit that just as I have amusicality for most country music. I also have an inability to appreciate most of what comes out of a few film/TV genres. Case in point, I have ...

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on Jun, 17

The Grandmaster (Hong Kong, 2013)

There is a lot of critical weight attached to a Wong Kar-Wai picture. Like all auteurs, Wong has, over the last three decades, crafted a public persona that has put the man front and center ...

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on Jun, 12

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