Asian film, media, and culture

Three Sisters (China, 2012)

The documentary films of Wang Bing present a veritable mosaic of peripheral, alienated perspectives across the various regions of China, from the northeast and northwest — where he shot his debut work West of the […]

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on Sep, 29 · in Reviews

Female Directors (China, 2012)

Yang Mingming’s multi-faceted mockumentary Female Directors starts with some playful taboo breaking as twenty-something art school graduates Ah-ming (Mingming) and Yueyue (Guo Yue) fake orgasms for their DV camera while laughing about the traditional male/female power […]

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on Sep, 28 · in Reviews

Japanese Film Festival (JFF), October 14 – December 4

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) returns in 2016 for its 20th anniversary with a huge national tour of Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, shining a spotlight on the best of Japanese culture from […]

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on Aug, 27

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

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

The Mahjong Box (China, 2016)

The Mahjong Box is the second feature from Shanghai-based French filmmaker Fabien Gaillard whose laidback, observational debut Lao Wai (2010) impressed with its naturalistic take on contemporary cross-cultural romance in the Paris of the East. […]

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on Aug, 13

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