Asian film, media, and culture

Crowdfund This: The Proceedings by John Williams

The Proceedings is the latest project for writer-director John Williams, who has established a successful filmmaking career in Japan since relocating from the UK in 1988. From his lyrical coming-of-age drama Firefly Dreams (2001) to the […]

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on Jul, 28 · in Announcements

Kako: My Sullen Past (Japan, 2016) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

I honestly had no expectations for this film. I didn’t browse through reviews or watch the trailer. All I knew about it was that Fumi Nikaido and Kyoko Koizumi were the two leads. I have […]

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on Jul, 24 · in Reviews

Thanatos, Drunk (Taiwan, 2015) [Chinese Visual Festival 2016]

Thanatos, Drunk is the sort of film that divides the audience. Helmed by Chang Tso-chi, one of Taiwan’s most promising (and controversial) auteurs, Thanatos, Drunk, with its lyrical title, hints at signs of poetic profundity […]

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on May, 09

Middle Kingdom (China, 2015) [Chinese Visual Festival 2016]

Guo Lin and Huang Ruixin’s Middle Kingdom is an intriguing independent documentary that sheds light on why an endless string of seemingly crazy people would congregate at the Dragon Pavilion in Central China’s Kaifeng every […]

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on May, 08

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

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

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