Asian film, media, and culture

The Ninja War of Torakage (Japan, 2014) [JFF2015AU]

It has been a while since I have seen a new film by Yoshihiro Nishimura. Ever since the entertainingly excessive Helldriver (2010), he’s been off my radar despite new ventures like Zombie TV (2013) and […]

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on Nov, 24 · in Reviews

Tag (Japan, 2015) [JFF2015AU]

Tag, you’re it! We have another Sion Sono film to review and this one sees him venturing into the teen survival genre for the first time since Suicide Club (2002) and Noriko’s Dinner Table (2007). […]

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on Nov, 21 · in Reviews

A Fool (China, 2014) [NYAFF 2015]

In his directorial debut, actor Chen Jianbin plays Latiaozi, an honest goat farmer. One day, in a simple act of kindness and compassion, he gives a young homeless man some food. The youth, who is […]

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on Jun, 24

Cross (Hong Kong, 2012)

Cross is a psychological crime thriller about an ultra-religious serial killer. It’s now available on DVD and Digital HD in North America from Well Go USA Entertainment. Veteran Hong Kong actor Simon Yam stars as […]

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on Jun, 23

Advantageous (USA, 2015)

I want my dystopias to bring me discomfort. I do not want my dystopias to reassure me. I want them to confront me. I want them to wig me out. Jennifer Phang’s debut feature¬†Advantageous¬†wigs me […]

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on Jun, 22

Chinese Film Industry Talks: In Conversation with Producer Isabelle Glachant

In the fast growing Chinese film market, very talented local filmmakers have experienced difficulties in reaching their national audience, although their works have received awards at international festivals and been distributed abroad. These filmmakers insist […]

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on Jun, 19



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