Asian film, media, and culture

The Ninja War of Torakage (Japan, 2014) [JFF2015AU]

It has been a while since I have seen a new film by Yoshihiro Nishimura. Ever since the entertainingly excessive Helldriver (2010), he’s been off my radar despite new ventures like Zombie TV (2013) and […]

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on Nov, 24 · in Reviews

Tag (Japan, 2015) [JFF2015AU]

Tag, you’re it! We have another Sion Sono film to review and this one sees him venturing into the teen survival genre for the first time since Suicide Club (2002) and Noriko’s Dinner Table (2007). […]

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on Nov, 21 · in Reviews

The Case of Hana and Alice (Japan, 2015) [JFF2015AU]

When I first got into film and was immersed by the beauty of it all, I began to realise that I was only into English-language films (and some Hong Kong/Chinese films). But when I discovered […]

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on Oct, 13

Princess Jellyfish (Japan, 2014) [JFF2015AU]

I’m not usually a fan of romantic comedies, especially the increasingly formulaic ones coming out of Hollywood. So when I hear of romantic comedies revolving around worlds of fantasy and/or whimsy, I’m even more sceptical. There […]

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on Oct, 09

Assassination Classroom (Japan, 2015) [JFF2015AU]

To be perfectly honest, I’m surprised that this type of narrative even exists, but with all the true stories (especially from America), there are now films in which students or teachers go berserk in schools and kill […]

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on Oct, 07

SPL 2: A Time for Consequences (China/Hong Kong, 2015) [TIFF 2015]

10 years ago I was lucky enough to see SPL at the Toronto International Film Festival with Sammo Hung, Wilson Yip and Wong Jing in attendance. It was a special night for me not only […]

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on Oct, 04



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