Asian film, media, and culture

Behind the Camera (South Korea, 2013)

After helming a lavish period adaptation of Les Liasons Dangereuses in 2003 under the title Untold Scandal, director Lee Je-yong has moved on to comedic and contemporary stories set in South Korea. First came Dasepo […]

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on Aug, 12 · in Reviews

Little Proletarian (China, 2012)

Shen Jie’s powerful documentary Little Proletarian begins with 14-year-old Hai’er being subjected to a vicious beating from his remorseless father, while his mother watches silently in the background. The events that follow do not negate […]

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on Aug, 06 · in Reviews

Asleep (Japan, 2015) [JAPAN CUTS 2015]

Asleep, as befits its title, is a quiet, gentle and slow-paced film about Terako (Sakura Ando), a young woma who is having an affair with a somewhat older married man named Mr. Iwanaga (Arata Iura). […]

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on Jul, 15

The Isle (South Korea, 2000) [NYAFF 2015]

The Isle is a surrealist arthouse film by the controversial writer-director Kim Ki-duk that has been dubbed ‘very difficult to watch’ by some critics. Hyun-shik (Kim Yu-seok) arrives at a fishing resort while on the […]

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on Jul, 14

The Whistleblower (South Korea, 2014) [NYAFF 2015]

Directed by Yim Soon-rye, one of the few female filmmakers in South Korean cinema, The Whistleblower is a fictional drama derived from the true story of scientist Hwang Woo-suk who was at the center of one of […]

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on Jul, 13

Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats (Japan, 2014)

If proof were needed that good things come to those who wait, then devotees of Japanese cinema will find it in Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats, the much anticipated second feature from Yosuke Fujita following his delightful debut […]

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on Jul, 12

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