Asian film, media, and culture

Chan Is Missing (USA, 1982)

In most accounts of the American independent cinema boom of the 1980s, Wayne Wang’s breakthrough feature Chan Is Missing receives cursory attention but is rarely discussed as a landmark film, perhaps because it arrived too early for the party. […]

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on Aug, 02 · in Reviews

Only You (China/USA, 2015)

The cultivated charm of Italy’s cities and the rugged beauty of its countryside provide appealing backdrops for the romantic contrivances of Only You, a slight concoction which casts Tang Wei and Liao Fan as will […]

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on Jul, 30 · in Reviews

The Whistleblower (South Korea, 2014) [NYAFF 2015]

Directed by Yim Soon-rye, one of the few female filmmakers in South Korean cinema, The Whistleblower is a fictional drama derived from the true story of scientist Hwang Woo-suk who was at the center of one of […]

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on Jul, 13

Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats (Japan, 2014)

If proof were needed that good things come to those who wait, then devotees of Japanese cinema will find it in Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats, the much anticipated second feature from Yosuke Fujita following his delightful debut […]

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on Jul, 12

And the Mud Ship Sails Away (Japan, 2013) [JAPAN CUTS 2015]

This comedy centers on the “life” of Takashi Hirayama (Kiyohiko Shibukawa), who lives in the small town of Otawara with his elderly grandmother (played to hilarious effect by director Hirobumi Watanabe’s actual 96-year-old grandmother). Nearing middle age, […]

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on Jul, 09

Monk Comes Down the Mountain (China, 2015)

Returning to his comfort zone of Chinese history following a rare contemporary outing with the media satire Caught in the Web (2012), venerable Fifth Generation director Chen Kaige is nonetheless keen to show that he has […]

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on Jul, 08

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