Asian film, media, and culture

Matango (Japan, 1963)

Matango has acquired cult status among fans of tokusatsu films. Directed by Ishiro Honda, it’s based on the 1907 short story “The Voice in the Night” by William Hope Hodgson and the special effects were ...

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on Jan, 23 · in Reviews

Mother (South Korea, 2009)

Bong Joon-ho’s sombre follow-up to the frenetic and adrenaline-filled The Host (2006) deals with some stark subject matter. However, there are some admirable streaks of black humor in the story. Bizarre sequences of Kim Hye-ja ...

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on Jan, 19 · in Reviews

The Snow White Murder Case (Japan, 2014) [Japan Cuts/NYAFF 2014)

Directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura and written by Tamio Hayashi, The Snow White Murder Case is a crime thriller based on a novel by Kanae Minato. The film opens with the murder of Noriko Miki (Nanao), ...

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on Jul, 10

Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (Japan, 2013) [Japan Cuts/NYAFF 2014]

Why Don’t You Play in Hell? is based on a fifteen year old screenplay written by director Sion Sono that he reportedly didn’t make many changes to before shooting. He has described the film as ...

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on Jul, 09

The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji (Japan, 2014) [Japan Cuts/NYAFF 2014]

The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji is the latest offering from Japan’s enfant terrible director Takashi Miike . Co-presented by the New York Asian Film Festival, it will be the opening film of this year’s ...

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on Jul, 09

Silent Witness (China, 2013) [NYAFF 2014]

The courtroom drama may be a rather hackneyed genre in the West due to the volume of fictional cases that have been tried on the big screen, not to mention in the countless legal series ...

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on Jul, 05

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