Asian film, media, and culture

A Girl at My Door (South Korea, 2014)

A fiercely internalized performance by Bae Doona is just one of the reasons to see A Girl Next Door, a provocative drama that requires her to covey a range of complex emotions while inhabiting a ...

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on Mar, 30 · in Reviews

Shrill Cries of Summer (Japan, 2008)

Like Yukihiko Tsutsumi’s Forbidden Siren (2006) and Kenta Fukusaku’s X-Cross (2007), Shrill Cries of Summer takes the viewer into rural Japan, but whereas the earlier films thrust you into the weirdness and madness of its ...

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on Mar, 16 · in Reviews

CAAMFest 2015, March 12-22 (San Francisco, Berkeley, & Oakland, California)

The ABC Network’s new series “Fresh Off the Boat” has done the impossible. It has me actually wishing I had a TV so I could watch the program. It has been over 20 years since ...

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on Feb, 19

Love’s Whirlpool (Japan, 2014)

Adapted for the screen by director Daisuke Miura from his award-winning 2005 stage play, Love’s Whirlpool presents a revealing take on Tokyo’s sex industry and the various social types that constitute its patrons. A surprise ...

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on Feb, 18

Say Yes (South Korea, 2001)

Kim Sung-Hong has recently directed such middling shock-horror fare as the serial killer thriller Missing (2009), and the surgery-centered horror Doctor (2012). However, in 2001, he brought the intriguing Say Yes to Korean screens. While some ...

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on Feb, 16

Greatful Dead (Japan, 2013)

The anti-heroine of Eiji Uchida’s black comedy Greatful Dead is not your average cinematic outsider. A perpetually upbeat yet consciously isolated urbanite, Nami (Kumi Takiuchi) has never come to terms with a traumatic childhood that ...

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on Feb, 12

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