Asian film, media, and culture

Behind the Camera (South Korea, 2013)

After helming a lavish period adaptation of Les Liasons Dangereuses in 2003 under the title Untold Scandal, director Lee Je-yong has moved on to comedic and contemporary stories set in South Korea. First came Dasepo […]

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on Aug, 12 · in Reviews

Little Proletarian (China, 2012)

Shen Jie’s powerful documentary Little Proletarian begins with 14-year-old Hai’er being subjected to a vicious beating from his remorseless father, while his mother watches silently in the background. The events that follow do not negate […]

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on Aug, 06 · in Reviews

The Yellow Sea (South Korea, 2010)

The Yellow Sea begins in Yanji, the capital city of the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in Northeast China. This region is home to an estimated 800,000 Joseon-jok (Chinese citizens of Korean descent), who constitute one […]

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on Jul, 22

The Light Shines Only There (Japan, 2014) [Japan Cuts 2015]

Based on the novel by Yasushi Sato, The Light Shines Only There stars Go Ayano as Tatsuo, a young man who spends his nights getting drunk and his days in a pachinko parlor after suffering […]

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on Jul, 19

Belladonna of Sadness (Japan, 1973) [JAPAN CUTS 2015]

Directed by Eiichi Yamamoto (who also co-wrote the script with Yoshiyuki Fukuda), Belladonna of Sadness is an animated feature based on the 1862 novel The Sorceress by Jules Michelet, which was a novelization of a […]

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on Jul, 18

Confessions (Japan, 2010)

Tetsuya Nakashima is a director who has long been associated with a colourful and stylish mode of Japanese filmmaking, where slapstick comedy and bizarre visuals are fused with dramatic stories and themes. This has been […]

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on Jul, 17

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