Asian film, media, and culture

Matango (Japan, 1963)

Matango has acquired cult status among fans of tokusatsu films. Directed by Ishiro Honda, it’s based on the 1907 short story “The Voice in the Night” by William Hope Hodgson and the special effects were ...

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on Jan, 23 · in Reviews

Mother (South Korea, 2009)

Bong Joon-ho’s sombre follow-up to the frenetic and adrenaline-filled The Host (2006) deals with some stark subject matter. However, there are some admirable streaks of black humor in the story. Bizarre sequences of Kim Hye-ja ...

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on Jan, 19 · in Reviews

Soul (Taiwan, 2013) [NYAFF 2014]

Written and directed by Chung Mong-hong, Soul is a film which, at its core, is about family bonds cloaked in a psychological thriller/horror movie. The film stars legendary kung fu actor Jimmy Wong, known for ...

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on Jul, 04

Rigor Mortis (Hong Kong, 2013) [NYAFF 2014]

Directed by Juno Mak and produced by Takashi Shimizu, Rigor Mortis is a horror film that pays tribute to the horror comedy series Mr. Vampire (1985-1992) and stars some of the original cast. The film ...

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on Jul, 03

R100 (Japan, 2013) [NYAFF 2014]

R100 is the latest offering from Japanese cult fave director Hitoshi Matsumoto, who also co-wrote the screenplay. His previous works include Big Man Japan (2007) and Scabbard Samurai (2011), both of which played as co-presentations of the ...

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on Jul, 01

No Man’s Land (China, 2013) [NYAFF 2014]

The vicious events of No Man’s Land – which concerns a lawyer who finds his life in jeopardy after a run of altercations with poachers in a remote region – are only marginally more dramatic ...

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on Jul, 01

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