Asian film, media, and culture

Shrill Cries of Summer (Japan, 2008)

Like Yukihiko Tsutsumi’s Forbidden Siren (2006) and Kenta Fukusaku’s X-Cross (2007), Shrill Cries of Summer takes the viewer into rural Japan, but whereas the earlier films thrust you into the weirdness and madness of its ...

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on Mar, 16 · in Reviews

R100 (Japan, 2013)

The joke of R100 is clear from the very first scene. Katayama (Noa Omuri) is a salaryman who meets a sultry woman for an illicit liaison in a café. He fails at making small talk, but is ...

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on Mar, 12 · in Reviews

Matango (Japan, 1963)

Matango has acquired cult status among fans of tokusatsu films. Directed by Ishiro Honda, it’s based on the 1907 short story “The Voice in the Night” by William Hope Hodgson and the special effects were ...

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on Jan, 23

Mother (South Korea, 2009)

Bong Joon-ho’s sombre follow-up to the frenetic and adrenaline-filled The Host (2006) deals with some stark subject matter. However, there are some admirable streaks of black humor in the story. Bizarre sequences of Kim Hye-ja ...

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on Jan, 19

The Swimmers (Thailand, 2014)

A slick blend of supernatural chiller and teen thriller, The Swimmers is an effective suspense piece from writer-director Sophon Sakdaphisit, who scripted the breakout Thai horror Shutter (2004) before stepping behind the camera with Coming ...

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on Jan, 11

Red Sorghum (China, 1987)

Zhang Yimou’s debut feature is a haunting and visually hypnotic tale of lust, love, and how the ravages of war affect rural community. In terms of Zhang’s later work, the narrative of Red Sorghum is ...

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on Jan, 10

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