Asian film, media, and culture

Behemoth (China, 2015)

With intermittent voiceover narration loosely based on Dante’s The Divine Comedy, Zhao Liang’s otherwise wordless, observational documentary Behemoth straddles the poetic, the purgatorial, and the political in its representation of the coal mining industry and […]

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on Aug, 28 · in Reviews

Japanese Film Festival (JFF), October 14 – December 4

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) returns in 2016 for its 20th anniversary with a huge national tour of Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, shining a spotlight on the best of Japanese culture from […]

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on Aug, 27 · in Announcements

Still Walking (Japan, 2008)

With its studied focus on strained familial ties and generational differences, Hirozaku Kore-eda’s home drama Still Walking has been compared to the films of Yasujiro Ozu. Its simple premise even serves as a contemporary reworking […]

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on Aug, 09

Interview with Fan Popo

Fan Popo is an independent filmmaker, gay rights activist and writer based in Beijing. Originally from Jiangsu Province, he graduated from the Beijing Film Academy and has been a committee member of the Beijing Queer […]

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on Aug, 04

After Life (Japan, 1998)

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s reflective fantasy After Life imagines a space between Earth and Heaven, where the recently deceased are taken once natural causes or physical misfortune have brought an end to their mortal existence. On arrival, […]

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on Aug, 02

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

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