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

And the Mud Ship Sails Away (Japan, 2013) [JAPAN CUTS 2015]

This comedy centers on the “life” of Takashi Hirayama (Kiyohiko Shibukawa), who lives in the small town of Otawara with his elderly grandmother (played to hilarious effect by director Hirobumi Watanabe’s actual 96-year-old grandmother). Nearing middle age, […]

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on Jul, 09

Monk Comes Down the Mountain (China, 2015)

Returning to his comfort zone of Chinese history following a rare contemporary outing with the media satire Caught in the Web (2012), venerable Fifth Generation director Chen Kaige is nonetheless keen to show that he has […]

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on Jul, 08

JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film 2015

While the 14th New York Asian Film Festival is still going strong (it runs until July 11th), it’s not too early to start planning for New York’s other terrific annual film festival, JAPAN CUTS: Festival […]

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on Jul, 07

Cart (South Korea, 2014) [NYAFF 2015]

Cart is the second feature-length film from female director Boo Ji-young following Sisters on the Road (2008). It’s a powerful drama about a labor struggle in South Korea that is based on actual events. The […]

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on Jul, 05

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