Asian film, media, and culture

Cart (South Korea, 2014) [NYAFF 2015]

Cart is the second feature-length film from female director Boo Ji-young following Sisters on the Road (2008). It’s a powerful drama about a labor struggle in South Korea that is based on actual events. The […]

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on Jul, 05 · in Reviews

Wolf Warriors (China, 2015)

A resolutely straight forward military movie wherein any humour is entirely unintentional, Wolf Warriors is a mainland China take on the jingoistic action schlock that Chuck Norris starred in for Cannon Films in the 1980s. With patriotic heroics that […]

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on Jul, 04 · in Reviews

New York Asian Film Festival 2015

It’s getting to be that time of year again when Asian film fans in and around New York City start drooling in anticipation of two annual festivals: the 14th New York Asian Film Festival (June […]

Posted by
on Jun, 14

Godzilla (Japan, 1954)

I recently attended a conference in Lincoln, UK, where a fellow researcher presented a paper on the transnational influence of Japan’s most iconic monster. This began with the English dubbing and insertion of new footage shot […]

Posted by
on Jun, 11

The Taking of Tiger Mountain (China/Hong Kong, 2014)

The Taking of Tiger Mountain, an action-adventure film from legendary Hong Kong director Tsui Hark, is now available on DVD and digital HD from Well Go USA Entertainment. This review is based on the Blu-ray […]

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on Jun, 05

Another (Japan, 2012)

In its first few minutes, Takeshi Furusawa’s horror film Another hits a great many tropes and touchstones of its genre and culture: the tenkosei (transfer student), the abandoned school building, the person only one character […]

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on Jun, 04

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