Asian film, media, and culture

Next Goal Wins (American Samoa/UK, 2014)

The sports film or documentary of the losing athlete, the losing team, is a genre within itself. We can’t all be winners and we often reveal more about ourselves in how we lose. How we ...

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on Apr, 19 · in Reviews

The Raid 2: Berandal (Indonesia, 2014)

There are films you anticipate so much that by the time you watch them, there is no way on earth it can match the expectations you’ve placed on it. And then there are films that ...

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on Apr, 16 · in Reviews

Snowpiercer (South Korea, 2013)

After many years of widely-publicized development and audience anticipation, Bong Joon-ho’s fifth feature Snowpiercer arrives amidst a media storm that has devoted as many column inches to the director’s battles with his American distributor, Radius-TWC, ...

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on Mar, 20

Flash Point (Hong Kong, 2007)

In 2005, director Wilson Yip and star Donnie Yen blew the doors off the action genre with SPL, a gritty, nihilistic cop drama that featured some bone breaking martial arts action partnered with some solid ...

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on Mar, 19

Shady (Japan, 2012)

Japanese films that chronicle the trails and tribulations of youth are such an industry fixture that most directors can deliver a pleasing coming-of-age tale that covers all the necessary beats, although it takes a real ...

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on Mar, 15

Beijing Love Story (China, 2014)

Beijing Love Story is the kind of crowd-pleaser which is too obviously calculated in conception, execution, and marketing strategy to be completely winning: derived from a popular 2012 television series of the same name, it ...

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on Mar, 06

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