Asian film, media, and culture

Next Goal Wins (American Samoa/UK, 2014)

The sports film or documentary of the losing athlete, the losing team, is a genre within itself. We can’t all be winners and we often reveal more about ourselves in how we lose. How we ...

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on Apr, 19 · in Reviews

The Raid 2: Berandal (Indonesia, 2014)

There are films you anticipate so much that by the time you watch them, there is no way on earth it can match the expectations you’ve placed on it. And then there are films that ...

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on Apr, 16 · in Reviews

She: tHEiR Love Story (Thailand, 2012) [Frameline 37]

I must admit that just as I have amusicality for most country music. I also have an inability to appreciate most of what comes out of a few film/TV genres. Case in point, I have ...

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on Jun, 17

The Grandmaster (Hong Kong, 2013)

There is a lot of critical weight attached to a Wong Kar-Wai picture. Like all auteurs, Wong has, over the last three decades, crafted a public persona that has put the man front and center ...

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on Jun, 12

New York’s Asian Film Trifecta

Around this time of year, I start experiencing two things. One is excitement in anticipation of the annual New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) and the JAPAN CUTS Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema. The other ...

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on Jun, 10

When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep (Taiwan, 2012)

When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep is the latest feature from Taiwan’s government-sponsored commercial production sector to take an aspect of Taipei’s urban culture and utilise it as the basis for a ...

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on Jun, 05

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