Asian film, media, and culture

Shrill Cries of Summer (Japan, 2008)

Like Yukihiko Tsutsumi’s Forbidden Siren (2006) and Kenta Fukusaku’s X-Cross (2007), Shrill Cries of Summer takes the viewer into rural Japan, but whereas the earlier films thrust you into the weirdness and madness of its ...

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on Mar, 16 · in Reviews

R100 (Japan, 2013)

The joke of R100 is clear from the very first scene. Katayama (Noa Omuri) is a salaryman who meets a sultry woman for an illicit liaison in a café. He fails at making small talk, but is ...

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on Mar, 12 · in Reviews

Women Who Flirt (China, 2014)

Hong Kong maverick Pang Ho-cheung’s relationship with mainland China edges closer to a long-term commitment with Women Who Flirt, a slight romantic-comedy which largely squanders the considerable talents of leading lady Zhou Xun on material ...

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on Dec, 30

Best of Asian Cinema in 2014

As the year draws to a close, the time has come for VCinema contributors to take a look back at 2014 and select their Asian cinema highlights from the past twelve months. Not all the ...

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on Dec, 27

People Mountain People Sea (China/Hong Kong, 2011)

People Mountain People Sea is a film that has almost vanished without a trace from the recent history of Chinese cinema, a fate that has had as much to do with bad luck as official ...

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on Dec, 16

Big Tits Zombie (Japan, 2010)

Even the most die-hard cult film fans are likely to groan at the title of Takao Nakano’s horror-comedy (known in its home territory as Big Tits Dragon). Nonetheless, there is much to admire here, and ...

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on Dec, 15

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