Asian film, media, and culture

Jia Zhangke: A Guy From Fenyang (Brazil, 2014)

Like criss-crossing rail lines denoting movement both forwards and backwards, so the documentary Jia Zhangke: A Guy From Fenyang, directed by Walter Salles, focuses on Jia and his memories both personal and filmic. The constant […]

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on May, 26 · in Reviews

To Dreams of Kurosawa; or, Space of Authorship and Homage in Johnnie To’s Throwdown (2004)

Between the last shot of Throwdown and its ending credits, Johnnie To reveals a dedication: ‘A Salute to Akira Kurosawa, the Greatest Filmmaker.’ This video essay is my attempt at not only drawing out a […]

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on May, 25 · in Video Essay

The Bodyguard (China, 2016)

The schizophrenic tone of The Bodyguard is apparent from the film’s set-up: after a patriotic credits sequence that shows recruits of China’s Central Security Bureau in training, we find retired operative Ding (Sammo Hung) living in […]

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on May, 01

Seventeen Years (China, 1999)

One of the toughest balancing acts that thoughtful Chinese filmmakers must maintain is how to avoid offending the powerful censorship bureau without compromising their artistic integrity. Failure to work with the censors can lead to […]

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on Apr, 21

Tokyo.Sora (Japan, 2002)

Hiroshi Ishikawa has a long career in filmmaking but only has a few features credits to his name. His work as a director of TV commercials and music videos stands in stark contrast to the […]

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on Apr, 19

Uzumasa Limelight (Japan, 2014)

Ken Ochiai’s nostalgic character study Uzumasa Limelight is a welcome Japanese entry in a minor but surprisingly varied category of movies about stunt performers, which includes the Burt Reynolds vehicle Hooper (1978), Richard Rush’s cult […]

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on Apr, 18

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