Asian film, media, and culture

A Road (Japan, 2015) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

A Road is the debut feature of Daichi Sugimoto, who also produced and stars. Sugimoto is a young tyro still at university but already making a name for himself based on this film, which has […]

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on Aug, 23 · in Reviews

The Hedonists (China, 2016)

Despite its title, viewers may still be surprised at how light-hearted Jia Zhangke’s recent short The Hedonists actually is, especially when compared to the director’s more somber films. While this 26 minute short essentially deals with […]

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on Aug, 16 · in Reviews

Ken and Kazu (Japan, 2015) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

Hiroshi Shoji’s first feature Ken and Kazu concerns a pair of luckless gangster wannabes who viewers familiar with the tropes of indie crime cinema will immediately mark out as never-will-bes. What this tale of young […]

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on Jul, 22

The Shell Collector (Japan, 2016) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

Adapted from the Anthony Doerr short story of the same name, The Shell Collector is a vividly realised fable that tantalises the senses with its phantasmagoric island imagery but an uncertain narrative footing means that […]

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on Jul, 20

Mohican Comes Home (Japan, 2016) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

The family drama genre is usually a mixed bag, especially when it has comedic elements that are meant to offset the drama and prevent the film from being a total drag. If the film leans […]

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on Jul, 17

The Magnificent Nine (Japan, 2016) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

The ensemble film trope has always been a favourite of mine. It’s been an enduring staple for films, ever since the first ensemble action film, Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece Seven Samurai (1954). Presenting an opportunity to […]

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on Jul, 13

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