Asian film, media, and culture

Farewell: Comedy of Life Begins with a Lie (Japan, 2020) [JFTFP 2021]

Post-war Japanese urban life was filled with chaos, confusion, and forays into a new kind of life unfamiliar to a war-torn nation. Izuru Narashima’s latest film Farewell: Comedy of Life Begins with a Lie is […]

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on Feb, 23 · in Reviews

His (Japan, 2020) [JFTFP 2021]

More than being a film about being gay fatherhood, His (2020) poses a question about the idea of queer domicile, or specifically, the instability of constituting a gendered home in modern Japan. A film by […]

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on Feb, 22 · in Reviews

Miyamoto (Japan, 2019) [JFTFP 2021]

Other than good filmmaking, what makes a film especially satisfying? A good ending. Tetsuya Mariko’s Miyamoto starts with a good ending: a couple getting married. But more than this good ending, Miyamoto actually presents a […]

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on Feb, 17

Not Quite Dead Yet (Japan, 2020) [JFTFP 2021]

They say, be careful what you wish for, especially when what you wish is someone else’s death. You might just get it, and that’s not good for anyone. That is the subject of Shinji Hamazaki’s […]

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on Feb, 16

Haruka’s Pottery (Japan, 2019) [JFTFP 2021]

In the current time, with lockdowns, restriction and endless screen meetings, the impulse to make some radical choices and escape our day-to-day lives has increased. Suetsugu Naruhito’s manga adaptation Haruka’s Pottery is a vision of […]

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on Feb, 15

Memories to Choke On, Drinks to Wash Them Down (Hong Kong, 2019) [Focus Hong Kong 2021]

Leung Ming-kai and Kate Reilly’s four-vignette film presents differing aspects of and perspectives on Hong Kong lives, from the very personal and insular to the public, political, and expansive, and in that order, too. In […]

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on Feb, 13

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