Asian film, media, and culture

Su-ki-da (Japan, 2006)

Human emotions are complicated and it is hard to translate them into concrete cognitive actions that another person may understand and accept. Emotions can easily go awry or go unsaid, piling up to create the […]

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on May, 03 · in Reviews

The Bodyguard (China, 2016)

The schizophrenic tone of The Bodyguard is apparent from the film’s set-up: after a patriotic credits sequence that shows recruits of China’s Central Security Bureau in training, we find retired operative Ding (Sammo Hung) living in […]

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on May, 01 · in Reviews

La La La at Rock Bottom (Japan, 2015) [JFF2015AU]

Nobuhiro Yamashita is a filmmaker who always gets fantastic performances from his female stars. Think of Bae Doona in Linda Linda Linda (2005), Kaho in A Gentle Breeze in the Village (2007), or Atsuko Maeda […]

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on Oct, 18

The Room (Japan, 1992)

Navigating the rental property market in a major city can be a patience testing experience, but Sion Sono turns the search for the right apartment into a sustained piece of existential dread with his minimalist black-and-white early […]

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on Oct, 15

The Case of Hana and Alice (Japan, 2015)

When I first got into film and was immersed by the beauty of it all, I began to realise that I was only into English-language films (and some Hong Kong/Chinese films). But when I discovered […]

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on Oct, 13

Princess Jellyfish (Japan, 2014) [JFF2015AU]

I’m not usually a fan of romantic comedies, especially the increasingly formulaic ones coming out of Hollywood. So when I hear of romantic comedies revolving around worlds of fantasy and/or whimsy, I’m even more sceptical. There […]

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on Oct, 09

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