Asian film, media, and culture

Seventeen Years (China, 1999)

One of the toughest balancing acts that thoughtful Chinese filmmakers must maintain is how to avoid offending the powerful censorship bureau without compromising their artistic integrity. Failure to work with the censors can lead to […]

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on Apr, 21 · in Reviews

Tokyo.Sora (Japan, 2002)

Hiroshi Ishikawa has a long career in filmmaking but only has a few features credits to his name. His work as a director of TV commercials and music videos stands in stark contrast to the […]

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on Apr, 19 · in Reviews

Call for Papers – East Asian Journal of Popular Culture

In recent decades, there has been a huge rise in the interest in East Asian popular culture and the East Asian Jounal of Popular Culture engages directly with that trend. From film to music; art to translation and […]

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on Feb, 21

Poison Berry In My Brain (Japan, 2015)

Before I start talking about the movie – and its similarities to Pixar’s hit Inside Out (2015) – let me discuss the main actress, Yoko Maki. Considering that she is in the unfortunate position of being […]

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on Feb, 11

Ghost Theater (Japan, 2015)

Director Hideo Nakata has long been anointed the title “Master of Horror” due to the wildly successful Ring (1998), which, along with its sequels/prequels started a massive wave of Asian horror films and their Hollywood […]

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on Feb, 04

Dance in Wong Kar-wai’s Films

Moments of a film that linger with a spectator long after initial viewing are also the reasons why one returns to that film: to rediscover those moments, recalibrate one’s perspective and understanding of them, and reposition their […]

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on Feb, 01

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