Asian film, media, and culture

Next Goal Wins (American Samoa/UK, 2014)

The sports film or documentary of the losing athlete, the losing team, is a genre within itself. We can’t all be winners and we often reveal more about ourselves in how we lose. How we ...

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on Apr, 19 · in Reviews

The Raid 2: Berandal (Indonesia, 2014)

There are films you anticipate so much that by the time you watch them, there is no way on earth it can match the expectations you’ve placed on it. And then there are films that ...

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on Apr, 16 · in Reviews

Segurista (Philippines, 1996)

The films that Tikoy Aguiluz has directed over his 37 year feature filmmaking career have not just courted controversy but also straddled the oftentimes contradictory worlds of populist moviemaking and independent art cinema. From his ...

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on Mar, 31

The Uninvited (South Korea, 2003)

The Fusion Pizza-Dog. It’s perhaps the most perplexing, and yet seductive example of the fusion food that permeates the South Korean landscape. Like this bizarre mix of food, the borders in which we define film ...

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on Mar, 29

Shadow Days (China, 2014)

Zhao Dayong leapt to the forefront of China’s independent documentary movement with Street Life (2006), an unflinching portrait of the lives of migrant workers in Shanghai, then cemented his reputation with Ghost Town (2009) which ...

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on Mar, 24

Police Story 2013 (China/Hong Kong, 2013)

When is a Police Story movie not a Police Story movie? When it’s Police Story 2013, an in-name-only series entry that uses brand recognition to cement Jackie Chan as a box office force in mainland ...

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on Mar, 21

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