Asian film, media, and culture

Behind the Camera (South Korea, 2013)

After helming a lavish period adaptation of Les Liasons Dangereuses in 2003 under the title Untold Scandal, director Lee Je-yong has moved on to comedic and contemporary stories set in South Korea. First came Dasepo […]

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on Aug, 12 · in Reviews

Little Proletarian (China, 2012)

Shen Jie’s powerful documentary Little Proletarian begins with 14-year-old Hai’er being subjected to a vicious beating from his remorseless father, while his mother watches silently in the background. The events that follow do not negate […]

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on Aug, 06 · in Reviews

A Girl at My Door (South Korea, 2014)

A fiercely internalized performance by Bae Doona is just one of the reasons to see A Girl Next Door, a provocative drama that requires her to covey a range of complex emotions while inhabiting a […]

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on Mar, 30

Shrill Cries of Summer (Japan, 2008)

Like Yukihiko Tsutsumi’s Forbidden Siren (2006) and Kenta Fukusaku’s X-Cross (2007), Shrill Cries of Summer takes the viewer into rural Japan, but whereas the earlier films thrust you into the weirdness and madness of its […]

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on Mar, 16

R100 (Japan, 2013)

The joke of R100 is clear from the very first scene. Katayama (Noa Omuri) is a salaryman who meets a sultry woman for an illicit liaison in a café. He fails at making small talk, but is […]

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on Mar, 12

Rough Play (South Korea, 2013)

South Korea’s thriving film industry gets skewered in Rough Play, a dark satire that chronicles a young actor’s rise and fall. Serving as writer and co-producer, prolific provocateur Kim Ki-duk has tasked director Shin Yeon-shick […]

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on Mar, 08

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