Asian film, media, and culture

A Road (Japan, 2015) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

A Road is the debut feature of Daichi Sugimoto, who also produced and stars. Sugimoto is a young tyro still at university but already making a name for himself based on this film, which has […]

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on Aug, 23 · in Reviews

The Hedonists (China, 2016)

Despite its title, viewers may still be surprised at how light-hearted Jia Zhangke’s recent short The Hedonists actually is, especially when compared to the director’s more somber films. While this 26 minute short essentially deals with […]

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on Aug, 16 · in Reviews

Jia Zhangke: A Guy From Fenyang (Brazil, 2014)

Like criss-crossing rail lines denoting movement both forwards and backwards, so the documentary Jia Zhangke: A Guy From Fenyang, directed by Walter Salles, focuses on Jia and his memories both personal and filmic. The constant […]

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on May, 26

To Dreams of Kurosawa; or, Space of Authorship and Homage in Johnnie To’s Throwdown (2004)

Between the last shot of Throwdown and its ending credits, Johnnie To reveals a dedication: ‘A Salute to Akira Kurosawa, the Greatest Filmmaker.’ This video essay is my attempt at not only drawing out a […]

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on May, 25

Petal Dance (Japan, 2013)

Hiroshi Ishikawa has made three films in eleven years. From his debut feature Tokyo.sora (2002) through Su-ki-da (2006) to his most recent film Petal Dance, he has favoured exploring the concept of loneliness and all of the […]

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on May, 22

Juon: The Beginning of the End (Japan, 2014)

Over the past sixteen years the lucrative Juon franchise has produced eight Japanese movies and three English-language remakes, becoming one of the cornerstones of the Japanese horror industry. Original creator Takashi Shimizu stepped down in […]

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on May, 17

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