Asian film, media, and culture

Killers (Indonesia/Japan, 2014)

Killers may have been saddled with a somewhat generic title, but this is a far from routine thriller which sees a dangerous game develop between a methodical serial killer and a disgraced reporter based, respectively, ...

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on Oct, 20 · in Reviews

Throne of Blood (Japan, 1957)

Horror is not usually one of the generic attributes associated with the output of the great Japanese film master, Akira Kurosawa. The horrors of human nature and corporate greed are perhaps evident in both Rashomon ...

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on Oct, 17 · in Reviews

Aberdeen (Hong Kong, 2014)

Continuing to explore Hong Kong life while avoiding being pigeonholed by genre, Pang Ho-cheung follows the foul-mouthed film industry satire Vulgaria (2012) with the comparatively sedate drama Aberdeen. Although it still has a fair share ...

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on Aug, 24

Violent Cop (Japan, 1989)

Director Takeshi Kitano – famous in Japan as the comedian ‘Beat’ Takeshi – has most recently been associated with his two ultra-violent Outrage films (2010/2012) with a third installment in the yakuza series rumored to ...

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on Aug, 10

House (Japan, 1977)

House is a film that needs to be put into context: 1. It was made in a post-Tsuburaya Toho that wasn’t spending money to produce films with great special effects. Director Nobuhiko Obayashi didn’t use ...

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on Aug, 06

The Shaft (China, 2008)

Zhang Chi’s debut feature The Shaft is set in an impoverished small town in western China where the mining industry looms over the lives of its inhabitants, who either earn a wage from working in ...

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on Aug, 06

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