Asian film, media, and culture

Crosscurrent (China, 2016)

Yang Chao’s second feature-length work Crosscurrent presents a largely missed — albeit strikingly shot — opportunity. Yes, the film is richly textured in terms of visuals, established in the atmospheric opening long shot. During the magical blue […]

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on Oct, 23 · in Reviews

While the Women Are Sleeping (Japan, 2016)

Wayne Wang, one of American cinema’s most culturally incisive yet often underrated talents, heads to Japan for his latest feature While the Women Are Sleeping. A fully-fledged Japanese production with backing from Toei and a […]

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on Oct, 22 · in Reviews

The Boys Who Cried Wolf (South Korea, 2015) [NYAFF 2016]

The increasing necessity and ensuing moral consequences of role-playing in everyday life are examined in Kim Jin-hwang’s first feature The Boys Who Cried Wolf, an intriguing but rather vague mystery in which an actor takes […]

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on Jul, 06

Alone (South Korea, 2015) [NYAFF 2016]

A disturbing first-person perspective of cleaning the floor opens Park Hong-min’s second feature film. One notices red spots on the floor as the reason for cleaning, but the spots give way to large blotches of […]

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on Jul, 05

Inside Men (South Korea, 2015) [NYAFF 2016]

Gritty and intense, Inside Men mixes the formulas of the buddy cop film and the revenge drama successfully with incisive dissection of the collusions between politicians, conglomerates, and the media in South Korea. While sometimes […]

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on Jul, 04

Keeper of Darkness (Hong Kong, 2015) [NYAFF 2016]

Hong Kong films have been gradually losing their identity in recent years. Once filled with crime, horror and social commentary, they have become diluted to the point of no significance. One of the main reasons […]

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on Jul, 04



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