Asian film, media, and culture

Achilles and the Tortoise (Japan, 2008)

Achilles and the Tortoise is the final part of Takeshi Kitano’s self-reflexive trilogy about the nature of the artist following Takeshi’s (2005) and Glory to the Filmmaker (2007). However, it’s more accessible than its predecessors ...

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on Feb, 21 · in Reviews

CAAMFest 2015, March 12-22 (San Francisco, Berkeley, & Oakland, California)

The ABC Network’s new series “Fresh Off the Boat” has done the impossible. It has me actually wishing I had a TV so I could watch the program. It has been over 20 years since ...

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on Feb, 19 · in Announcements

Battle Royale (Japan, 2000)

A black comedy; a horror film; an action-thriller; inspiration for The Hunger Games novels and films (2012–onwards); yet Battle Royale is perhaps most known in relation to the latter, as well as being a major ...

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on Dec, 10

Tales from the Dark 1 (Hong Kong, 2013)

At once a throwback to the heyday of 1980s Hong Kong horror and a concentrated effort to sell today’s audience on a floundering local genre, Tales from the Dark 1 is a suitably unsettling, if ...

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on Dec, 06

Breakup Buddies (China, 2014)

2014 has proved to be the year that the cinema of mainland China finally hit the road with The Continent and Breakup Buddies offering populist travel narratives in which frustrated protagonists try to escape the ...

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on Dec, 03

The Admiral: Roaring Currents (South Korea, 2014)

It seems like New Korean Cinema came full circle this summer. Just as Shiri (1999) sank James Cameron’s Titanic (1997), so has The Admiral: Roaring Currents sent Cameron’s Avatar (2009) down a whirlpool, cresting over as the ...

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on Nov, 20

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