Asian film, media, and culture

Salute! Sun Yat-Sen (Taiwan, 2014)

A high school heist comedy with a sly political undercurrent, Salute! Sun Yet-Sen is a playful piece of entertainment from writer-director Yee Chih-yen, who made an impression on the arthouse circuit with his tender youth romance […]

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on Jul, 25 · in Reviews

The Yellow Sea (South Korea, 2010)

The Yellow Sea begins in Yanji, the capital city of the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in Northeast China. This region is home to an estimated 800,000 Joseon-jok (Chinese citizens of Korean descent), who constitute one […]

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on Jul, 22 · in Reviews

Achilles and the Tortoise (Japan, 2008)

Achilles and the Tortoise is the final part of Takeshi Kitano’s self-reflexive trilogy about the nature of the artist following Takeshi’s (2005) and Glory to the Filmmaker (2007). However, it’s more accessible than its predecessors […]

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on Feb, 21

CAAMFest 2015, March 12-22 (San Francisco, Berkeley, & Oakland, California)

The ABC Network’s new series “Fresh Off the Boat” has done the impossible. It has me actually wishing I had a TV so I could watch the program. It has been over 20 years since […]

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on Feb, 19

Love’s Whirlpool (Japan, 2014)

Adapted for the screen by director Daisuke Miura from his award-winning 2005 stage play, Love’s Whirlpool presents a revealing take on Tokyo’s sex industry and the various social types that constitute its patrons. A surprise […]

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on Feb, 18

Say Yes (South Korea, 2001)

Kim Sung-Hong has recently directed such middling shock-horror fare as the serial killer thriller Missing (2009), and the surgery-centered horror Doctor (2012). However, in 2001, he brought the intriguing Say Yes to Korean screens. While some […]

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on Feb, 16

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