Asian film, media, and culture

The Great Hypnotist (China, 2014)

Confidently touted as China’s first mind-bending suspense thriller, The Great Hypnotist is a stylish piece of escapism which often plays like a mix of Spellbound (1945), The Sixth Sense (1999) and Inception (2010) with its ...

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on Jul, 27 · in Reviews

Seventh Code (Japan, 2014)

One of the most prolific visionaries to emerge from the V-Cinema sector of the 1980s, Kiyoshi Kurosawa has been keeping a surprisingly low-key profile since winning multiple honors for his family drama Tokyo Sonata (2008). ...

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on Jul, 20 · in Reviews

No Man’s Land (China, 2013) [NYAFF 2014]

The vicious events of No Man’s Land – which concerns a lawyer who finds his life in jeopardy after a run of altercations with poachers in a remote region – are only marginally more dramatic ...

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on Jul, 01

Blind Massage (China, 2014) [NYAFF 2014]

Easily the most powerful and innovative Asian film of this year, Blind Massage consolidates the rebirth of Mainland director Lou Ye as a world-class talent. Lou creates a true ensemble movie: the blind and partially ...

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on Jun, 29

Golden Chickensss (Hong Kong, 2014) [NYAFF 2014]

In the Hong Kong comedy Golden Chickenss, Sandra Ng Kwan Yue reprises her role as Kam, first seen as a charming prostitute (i.e., a “Golden Chicken”) in Golden Chicken (2002) and then in Golden Chicken ...

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on Jun, 26

Dancing in the Room (China, 2013)

Loneliness in the big city is the theme of Peng Lei’s latest indie comedy Dancing in the Room, which follows the misadventures of a college graduate who relocates to Beijing in search of a successful ...

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on Jun, 09

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