Asian film, media, and culture

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 · in Reviews

Chinese Zodiac (China/Hong Kong, 2012)

Chinese Zodiac, or CZ12 as it is known internationally is, in Jackie Chan’s own words, his “last big action movie” as he takes steps to  alter his public persona while peppering his filmography with more ...

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on Nov, 17 · in Reviews

Aberdeen (Hong Kong, 2014)

Continuing to explore Hong Kong life while avoiding being pigeonholed by genre, Pang Ho-cheung follows the foul-mouthed film industry satire Vulgaria (2012) with the comparatively sedate drama Aberdeen. Although it still has a fair share ...

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on Aug, 24

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

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

The Shaft (China, 2008)

Zhang Chi’s debut feature The Shaft is set in an impoverished small town in western China where the mining industry looms over the lives of its inhabitants, who either earn a wage from working in ...

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on Aug, 06

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