Asian film, media, and culture

The Admiral: Roaring Currents (South Korea, 2014)

It seems like New Korean Cinema came full circle this summer. Just as Shiri (1999) sank James Cameron’s Titanic (1997), so has The Admiral: Roaring Currents sent Cameron’s Avatar (2009) down a whirlpool, cresting over as the ...

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on Nov, 20 · in Reviews

Chinese Zodiac (China/Hong Kong, 2012)

Chinese Zodiac, or CZ12 as it is known internationally is, in Jackie Chan’s own words, his “last big action movie” as he takes steps to  alter his public persona while peppering his filmography with more ...

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on Nov, 17 · in Reviews

Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands (Japan, 1967)

Japan Society’s monthly film series The Dark Side of the Sun: John Zorn on Japanese Cinema opened with a rare US screening of cult director Atsushi Yamatoya’s Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands (1967), a ...

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on Oct, 28

The Midnight After (Hong Kong, 2014)

Apart from directing a segment of the horror anthology Tales from the Dark 1 (2013), Hong Kong maverick Fruit Chan has been largely absent from feature filmmaking in recent years, preferring to dabble in short ...

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on Oct, 25

Killers (Indonesia/Japan, 2014)

Killers may have been saddled with a somewhat generic title, but this is a far from routine thriller which sees a dangerous game develop between a methodical serial killer and a disgraced reporter based, respectively, ...

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on Oct, 20

Throne of Blood (Japan, 1957)

Horror is not usually one of the generic attributes associated with the output of the great Japanese film master, Akira Kurosawa. The horrors of human nature and corporate greed are perhaps evident in both Rashomon ...

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on Oct, 17

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