Asian film, media, and culture

Assassination Classroom (Japan, 2015) [JFF2015AU]

To be perfectly honest, I’m surprised that this type of narrative even exists, but with all the true stories (especially from America), there are now films in which students or teachers go berserk in schools and kill […]

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on Oct, 07 · in Reviews

SPL 2: A Time for Consequences (China/Hong Kong, 2015) [TIFF 2015]

10 years ago I was lucky enough to see SPL at the Toronto International Film Festival with Sammo Hung, Wilson Yip and Wong Jing in attendance. It was a special night for me not only […]

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on Oct, 04 · in Reviews

The Rocket (Australia/Laos/Thailand, 2013)

Laos is one of several countries in East Asia that are just starting to emerge as producers of cultural exports. Good Morning, Luand Prabang, one of the country’s first commercial films, was released relatively recently […]

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on May, 06

Killers (Indonesia/Japan, 2014)

Directed by Indonesian duo The Mo Brothers (Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel), Killers is a psychological thriller starring Kazuki Kitamura as Nomura, a slick, good-looking serial killer in Japan who posts videos of his deeds […]

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on May, 03

The Message (China, 2009)

Nanking, China, 1942. The nation is under Japanese occupation and the puppet government is running the country from its Nanking headquarters. However, a recent run of assassination attempts has led the political elite to become […]

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on Apr, 25

The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom (China, 2014)

The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom is loosely based on the classic fantasy novel Baifa Monu Zhuan by Liang Yusheng. It was shown in 3D in its home territory last year and has recently […]

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on Apr, 13



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