Asian film, media, and culture

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

Black Coal, Thin Ice (China, 2014)

The surprise winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin film festival, Black Coal, Thin Ice marks a belated breakthrough for writer-director Diao Yinan following Uniform (2003) and Night Train (2007), a pair of well-received ...

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on Apr, 05 · in Reviews

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

Snowpiercer (South Korea, 2013)

After many years of widely-publicized development and audience anticipation, Bong Joon-ho’s fifth feature Snowpiercer arrives amidst a media storm that has devoted as many column inches to the director’s battles with his American distributor, Radius-TWC, ...

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on Mar, 20

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