Asian film, media, and culture

Call for Papers – Eyes Unclouded: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, May 8, 2019, Lewes Depot Cinema, Lewes, UK

University of Sussex and the Lewes Depot Cinema present the 2019 Contemporary Directors Symposium. Hayao Miyazaki is an unusual figure. Only Walt Disney rivals him in for closeness of his association with the studio he […]

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on Feb, 15 · in News

Red Flowers and Green Leaves (China, 2018)

Liu Miaomiao and Hu Weijie’s Red Flowers and Green Leaves treats a complicated matter in a simplified way. While being a story about marriage, the film only explicitly follows one side of the story: it […]

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on Feb, 14 · in Reviews

Her Love Boils Bathwater (Japan, 2016) [Japan Foundation Film Tour 2019]

Being nominated for a string of awards as a director’s sophomore feature is no easy feat, let alone winning most of them – all whilst going up against the juggernaut that was Shin Godzilla (2016) […]

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on Jan, 30

My Friend ‘A’ (Japan, 2018) [Japan Foundation Film Tour 2019]

After sensitively refuting prejudice towards the porn industry with The Lowlife (2017), prolific veteran filmmaker Takahisa Zeze now turns his attention to the scorn that continues to be aimed to criminals even after their debt […]

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on Jan, 29

Blindly in Love (Japan, 2013) [Japan Foundation Film Tour 2019]

Blindly in Love is a sensitive, understated commentary on not only the relationship between a young couple, but also the relationship between parents and children—and the tensions, obligations, joys, and sorrows that come with such […]

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on Jan, 28

Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura (Japan, 2017) [Japan Foundation Film Tour 2019]

Kamakura is one of the old capitals of Japan and the most magical place in the country according to Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura. In this CG-heavy adventure, a young woman discovers her new husband’s […]

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on Jan, 27

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