Asian film, media, and culture

Egg and Stone (China, 2012)

A young teenage girl sits on her bed, her hand reaching into her underpants. There’s a shiny key looped around her neck, a telltale sign that she’s a ledge-door kid. Her room is already dim, […]

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on Sep, 27 · in Reviews

‘Til Madness Do Us Part (China, 2013)

One can’t talk about Wang Bing’s documentary ‘Til Madness Do Us Part first without mentioning its length. Being nearly four hours long, Wang’s documentary on a mental institution in southwestern China can be an uncomfortable […]

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on Sep, 26 · in Reviews

Interview with Fan Popo

Fan Popo is an independent filmmaker, gay rights activist and writer based in Beijing. Originally from Jiangsu Province, he graduated from the Beijing Film Academy and has been a committee member of the Beijing Queer […]

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on Aug, 04

After Life (Japan, 1998)

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s reflective fantasy After Life imagines a space between Earth and Heaven, where the recently deceased are taken once natural causes or physical misfortune have brought an end to their mortal existence. On arrival, […]

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on Aug, 02

Crowdfund This: The Proceedings by John Williams

The Proceedings is the latest project for writer-director John Williams, who has established a successful filmmaking career in Japan since relocating from the UK in 1988. From his lyrical coming-of-age drama Firefly Dreams (2001) to the […]

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on Jul, 28

Kako: My Sullen Past (Japan, 2016) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

I honestly had no expectations for this film. I didn’t browse through reviews or watch the trailer. All I knew about it was that Fumi Nikaido and Kyoko Koizumi were the two leads. I have […]

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on Jul, 24

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