Asian film, media, and culture

The Admiral: Roaring Currents (South Korea, 2014)

It seems like New Korean Cinema came full circle this summer. Just as Shiri (1999) sank James Cameron’s Titanic (1997), so has The Admiral: Roaring Currents sent Cameron’s Avatar (2009) down a whirlpool, cresting over as the ...

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on Nov, 20 · in Reviews

Chinese Zodiac (China/Hong Kong, 2012)

Chinese Zodiac, or CZ12 as it is known internationally is, in Jackie Chan’s own words, his “last big action movie” as he takes steps to  alter his public persona while peppering his filmography with more ...

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on Nov, 17 · in Reviews

Over Your Dead Body (Japan, 2014)

As a new stage production of Tsuruya Nanboku’s classic kabuki play Yotsuya Kaidan (Ghost Story of Yotsuya) is working through its rehearsal process, its two stars partaking in an off stage romance. But soon the ...

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on Oct, 01

Chaw (South Korea, 2009)

Chaw is a black comedy which depicts how a monstrous boar terrorizes a rural mountain village in South Korea. This immediately brings to mind Bong Joon-ho’s similarly satirical The Host (2006), although Chaw actually has ...

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on Sep, 20

Geisha Assassin (Japan, 2008)

… Or, the Hong Kong action film that is dressed up as a female-led chanbara revenge thriller. Geisha Assassin is unfairly tarred with the same brush as recent low budget J-horrors, mainly because of its ...

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on Sep, 08

A Letter to Momo (Japan, 2012)

There’s a new game in town, that is, if your town is Japantown. It’s called “Youkai Watch”. And it has replaced Pokémon as the biggest craze for the youngest set in Japan. Like Pokémon before it, the ...

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on Aug, 28

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