Asian film, media, and culture

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 · in Reviews

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 · in Reviews

Seventh Code (Japan, 2014)

One of the most prolific visionaries to emerge from the V-Cinema sector of the 1980s, Kiyoshi Kurosawa has been keeping a surprisingly low-key profile since winning multiple honors for his family drama Tokyo Sonata (2008). ...

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on Jul, 20

Unforgiven (Japan, 2013) [Japan Cuts 2014]

Unforgiven is Lee Sang-il’s remake of Clint Eastwood’s classic 1992 Western of the same name. It stars Ken Watanabe, who has been seen in such Hollywood blockbusters as Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), The Last ...

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on Jul, 15

Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits (South Korea, 2013) [NYAFF 2014]

The Korean word “manshin” is a respectful term for shaman, and Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirit concerns Manshin Kim Keum-hwa, who in 1985 became the first shaman of her type to be named an “Intangible Cultural ...

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on Jul, 13

Apolitical Romance (Taiwan, 2013) [NYAFF 2014]

A pleasing romantic-comedy peppered with cultural tension, Apolitical Romance wastes little time in getting to the ‘meet cute’ that is necessary for its central dynamic. Yu-Cheng (Bryan Chang Shu-hao) is a mid-level Taipei tourist board ...

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on Jul, 12

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