Asian film, media, and culture

Matango (Japan, 1963)

Matango has acquired cult status among fans of tokusatsu films. Directed by Ishiro Honda, it’s based on the 1907 short story “The Voice in the Night” by William Hope Hodgson and the special effects were ...

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on Jan, 23 · in Reviews

Mother (South Korea, 2009)

Bong Joon-ho’s sombre follow-up to the frenetic and adrenaline-filled The Host (2006) deals with some stark subject matter. However, there are some admirable streaks of black humor in the story. Bizarre sequences of Kim Hye-ja ...

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on Jan, 19 · in Reviews

A Hard Day (South Korea, 2014)

A hard day leads to an increasingly rough week in this blistering crime thriller from writer-director Kim Seong-hun, who infuses his taut neo-noir plotting with a wicked streak of dark humor. It opens with beleaguered ...

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on Nov, 10

East Winds Film Festival 2014

I had attended the East Winds Film Festival in 2012, but only for one day, so this year I had a wonderful chance to enjoy the whole experience, which ran from October 31-November 2. The ...

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on Nov, 07

Death Note and Death Note: The Last Name (Japan, 2006)

Death Note and Death Note: The Last Name have to be seen together as they make up a complete story, which is also an excellent adaptation of the Japanese manga and anime series. In addition, ...

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on Oct, 30

Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands (Japan, 1967)

Japan Society’s monthly film series The Dark Side of the Sun: John Zorn on Japanese Cinema opened with a rare US screening of cult director Atsushi Yamatoya’s Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands (1967), a ...

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on Oct, 28

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