Asian film, media, and culture

The Great Hypnotist (China, 2014)

Confidently touted as China’s first mind-bending suspense thriller, The Great Hypnotist is a stylish piece of escapism which often plays like a mix of Spellbound (1945), The Sixth Sense (1999) and Inception (2010) with its ...

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on Jul, 27 · in Reviews

Seventh Code (Japan, 2014)

One of the most prolific visionaries to emerge from the V-Cinema sector of the 1980s, Kiyoshi Kurosawa has been keeping a surprisingly low-key profile since winning multiple honors for his family drama Tokyo Sonata (2008). ...

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on Jul, 20 · in Reviews

Police Story 2013 (China/Hong Kong, 2013)

When is a Police Story movie not a Police Story movie? When it’s Police Story 2013, an in-name-only series entry that uses brand recognition to cement Jackie Chan as a box office force in mainland ...

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on Mar, 21

Snowpiercer (South Korea, 2013)

After many years of widely-publicized development and audience anticipation, Bong Joon-ho’s fifth feature Snowpiercer arrives amidst a media storm that has devoted as many column inches to the director’s battles with his American distributor, Radius-TWC, ...

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on Mar, 20

Flash Point (Hong Kong, 2007)

In 2005, director Wilson Yip and star Donnie Yen blew the doors off the action genre with SPL, a gritty, nihilistic cop drama that featured some bone breaking martial arts action partnered with some solid ...

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on Mar, 19

Shady (Japan, 2012)

Japanese films that chronicle the trails and tribulations of youth are such an industry fixture that most directors can deliver a pleasing coming-of-age tale that covers all the necessary beats, although it takes a real ...

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on Mar, 15

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