Asian film, media, and culture

Preview – East Asian Cinema at the Vancouver International Film Festival 2019, September 26 – October 11

The 38th Vancouver International Film Festival’s (VIFF) Gateway stream will once again present the largest showcase of East Asian cinema outside of that region. The programming stream, which includes the long-running Dragons & Tigers film […]

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on Aug, 16 · in News

Fall Guy (Japan, 1982)

Those familiar with director Kinji Fukasaku’s most popular titles (the yakuza sagas in the ‘70s, the samurai films in the ‘80s, and, of course, the infamous Battle Royale in 2000), may find Fall Guy to […]

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on Aug, 13 · in Reviews

Being Natural (Japan, 2019) [JAPAN CUTS 2019]

Tadashi Nagayama showed that he is not afraid to experiment with style and shifting genres in his debut feature Journey of the Tortoise (2017), which seamlessly blended drama and comedy with a touch of surrealism. […]

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on Jul, 25

The Island of Cats (Japan, 2019) [JAPAN CUTS 2019]

Cats are the prism through which to view an island town and its community life in Iwago Mitsuaki’s film, based on a manga by Nekomaki. Though unnamed in the film, the island is in direct […]

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on Jul, 25

Jesus (Japan, 2018) [JAPAN CUTS 2019]

Made during his senior year at Aoyama Gakuin University, Hiroshi Okuyama’s Jesus clocks in at just under seventy-five minutes. But his debut is an emotionally and visually piercing work in the way that it seamlessly […]

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on Jul, 24

Bullet Ballet (Japan, 1998) [JAPAN CUTS 2019]

Shinya Tsukamoto’s Bullet Ballet is a film about an obsession with a gun. It’s an obsession that starts when Goda (Tsukamoto) learns that his girlfriend Kiriko (Kyoka Suzuki) has committed suicide by shooting herself in […]

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on Jul, 24

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