Asian film, media, and culture

The Message (China, 2009)

Nanking, China, 1942. The nation is under Japanese occupation and the puppet government is running the country from its Nanking headquarters. However, a recent run of assassination attempts has led the political elite to become […]

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on Apr, 25 · in Reviews

The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom (China, 2014)

The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom is loosely based on the classic fantasy novel Baifa Monu Zhuan by Liang Yusheng. It was shown in 3D in its home territory last year and has recently […]

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on Apr, 13 · in Reviews

Greatful Dead (Japan, 2013)

The anti-heroine of Eiji Uchida’s black comedy Greatful Dead is not your average cinematic outsider. A perpetually upbeat yet consciously isolated urbanite, Nami (Kumi Takiuchi) has never come to terms with a traumatic childhood that […]

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on Feb, 12

PTU (Hong Kong, 2003)

The crime genre has been a staple of Hong Kong cinema since the 1980s with both cops and criminals being the focus of these films, as well as their violent actions. Ringo Lam and John […]

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on Feb, 09

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

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

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