Uniform (China, 2003)

My current research project as Lecturer in Film Studies at Nanjing University is a study of the cinema of Lou Ye, the Sixth Generation Chinese...

Sengoku Yaro (1963)

Kihachi Okamoto (1924-2005) was a Japanese filmmaker who spent an entire career demolishing the widely accepted viewpoint that there was any honor in violence. Although...

So Close to Paradise (China, 1998)

My current research project as Lecturer in Film Studies at Nanjing University is a study of the cinema of Lou Ye, the Sixth Generation Chinese...

Outrage (Japan, 2010)

Calling your comeback yakuza film Outrage, made after a widely panned trilogy of “difficult” (read: terrible) comedies, is pretty ballsy. It’s like handing a pre-written...

Episode 21: After Life

On the eve of our podcast’s first anniversary, a ripe time for reflection, we review Hirokazu Koreeda’s After Life (1999), a film that ruminates on...

Oppai Volleyball (Japan, 2009)

The lustful desires of adolescent boys are a comic trope that is susceptible to the law of diminishing returns. What may start out as clever...

Episode 20: Fulltime Killer

Our review of Johnnie To’s 2001 actioneer Fulltime Killer in this episode gets so meta that you’ll think you’re reading it off the legs of...

2010 Year-End Wrap-Up, Part Three

This is the third article out of a series of three (parts one and two can be found here and here, respectively) and includes the...