Asian film, media, and culture

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 · in Reviews

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 · in Video Essay

Ruined Heart: Another Love Story Between a Criminal and a Whore (Philippines/Germany, 2014)

Existing somewhere between gonzo exploitation and the type of visual art project that plays on loop as a video installation, Ruined Heart: Another Love Story Between a Criminal and a Whore uses the archetypal narrative suggested […]

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on Nov, 30

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

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

Interview with Liu Xiaoran

The diverse cross-section of filmmakers that constitutes China’s documentary sector encompasses a range of backgrounds and motivations – some have received training through academic or industry channels while others are self-taught as a result of affordable […]

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on Nov, 17

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