Asian film, media, and culture

Immortal Love (Japan, 1972)

Chusei Sone’s Immortal Love is one of many versions of the Kaidan Botan Duru (the ghost story of peony lanterns). Originally imported from China and now one of Japan’s most popular traditional ghost stories, the tale […]

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on Jul, 02 · in Reviews

Hollywood Adventures (China/USA, 2015)

Produced by Justin Lin with the aim of creating a crowd-pleaser specifically for the Chinese audience that has flocked to his Fast and Furious entries, Hollywood Adventures is a hectic action-comedy that tries to put a […]

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on Jun, 30 · in Reviews

Battle Royale (Japan, 2000)

A black comedy; a horror film; an action-thriller; inspiration for The Hunger Games novels and films (2012–onwards); yet Battle Royale is perhaps most known in relation to the latter, as well as being a major […]

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on Dec, 10

Tales from the Dark 1 (Hong Kong, 2013)

At once a throwback to the heyday of 1980s Hong Kong horror and a concentrated effort to sell today’s audience on a floundering local genre, Tales from the Dark 1 is a suitably unsettling, if […]

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on Dec, 06

Breakup Buddies (China, 2014)

2014 has proved to be the year that the cinema of mainland China finally hit the road with The Continent and Breakup Buddies offering populist travel narratives in which frustrated protagonists try to escape the […]

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on Dec, 03

The Admiral: Roaring Currents (South Korea, 2014)

It seems like New Korean Cinema came full circle this summer. Just as Shiri (1999) sank James Cameron’s Titanic (1997), so has The Admiral: Roaring Currents sent Cameron’s Avatar (2009) down a whirlpool, cresting over as the […]

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on Nov, 20

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