Asian film, media, and culture

A Girl at My Door (South Korea, 2014)

A fiercely internalized performance by Bae Doona is just one of the reasons to see A Girl Next Door, a provocative drama that requires her to covey a range of complex emotions while inhabiting a ...

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on Mar, 30 · in Reviews

Shrill Cries of Summer (Japan, 2008)

Like Yukihiko Tsutsumi’s Forbidden Siren (2006) and Kenta Fukusaku’s X-Cross (2007), Shrill Cries of Summer takes the viewer into rural Japan, but whereas the earlier films thrust you into the weirdness and madness of its ...

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on Mar, 16 · in Reviews

House (Japan, 1977)

House is a film that needs to be put into context: 1. It was made in a post-Tsuburaya Toho that wasn’t spending money to produce films with great special effects. Director Nobuhiko Obayashi didn’t use ...

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on Aug, 06

The Shaft (China, 2008)

Zhang Chi’s debut feature The Shaft is set in an impoverished small town in western China where the mining industry looms over the lives of its inhabitants, who either earn a wage from working in ...

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on Aug, 06

See You Tomorrow, Everyone (Japan, 2013)

Yoshihiro Nakamura is known mainly for The Foreign Duck, The Native Duck and God in a Coin Locker (2007) and Fish Story (2009). His most recent internationally released film, See You Tomorrow, Everyone, offers more of his ...

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on Aug, 01

That Demon Within (Hong Kong, 2014)

Dave Wong (Daniel Wu) is not the most popular officer on the Hong Kong police force: although dedicated to his job, he has an aloof manner that does not endear him to his colleagues and ...

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on Jul, 29

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