Asian film, media, and culture

Violent Cop (Japan, 1989)

Director Takeshi Kitano – famous in Japan as the comedian ‘Beat’ Takeshi – has most recently been associated with his two ultra-violent Outrage films (2010/2012) with a third installment in the yakuza series rumored to ...

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on Aug, 10 · in Reviews

House (Japan, 1977)

House is a film that needs to be put into context: 1. It was made in a post-Tsuburaya Toho that wasn’t spending money to produce films with great special effects. Director Nobuhiko Obayashi didn’t use ...

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on Aug, 06 · in Reviews

The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji (Japan, 2014) [Japan Cuts/NYAFF 2014]

The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji is the latest offering from Japan’s enfant terrible director Takashi Miike . Co-presented by the New York Asian Film Festival, it will be the opening film of this year’s ...

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on Jul, 09

Silent Witness (China, 2013) [NYAFF 2014]

The courtroom drama may be a rather hackneyed genre in the West due to the volume of fictional cases that have been tried on the big screen, not to mention in the countless legal series ...

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on Jul, 05

Soul (Taiwan, 2013) [NYAFF 2014]

Written and directed by Chung Mong-hong, Soul is a film which, at its core, is about family bonds cloaked in a psychological thriller/horror movie. The film stars legendary kung fu actor Jimmy Wong, known for ...

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on Jul, 04

Rigor Mortis (Hong Kong, 2013) [NYAFF 2014]

Directed by Juno Mak and produced by Takashi Shimizu, Rigor Mortis is a horror film that pays tribute to the horror comedy series Mr. Vampire (1985-1992) and stars some of the original cast. The film ...

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on Jul, 03

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