Asian film, media, and culture

Chaw (South Korea, 2009)

Chaw is a black comedy which depicts how a monstrous boar terrorizes a rural mountain village in South Korea. This immediately brings to mind Bong Joon-ho’s similarly satirical The Host (2006), although Chaw actually has ...

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on Sep, 20 · in Reviews

Geisha Assassin (Japan, 2008)

… Or, the Hong Kong action film that is dressed up as a female-led chanbara revenge thriller. Geisha Assassin is unfairly tarred with the same brush as recent low budget J-horrors, mainly because of its ...

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on Sep, 08 · in Reviews

Miss Zombie (Japan, 2013) [Japan Cuts/NYAFF 2014]

Miss Zombie is set in a future Japan where zombies exist, but not in a large-scale apocalyptic way that is common in Western horror films. With the exception of the zombies, I wouldn’t necessarily classify ...

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on Jul, 11

The Devil’s Path (Japan, 2013) [Japan Cuts/NYAFF 2014]

A brutal journey into the dark heart of Japan’s underworld, The Devil’s Path is a grueling look at the machinations of the yakuza which overcomes a number of flaws due to its unrelenting approach to ...

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on Jul, 11

The Snow White Murder Case (Japan, 2014) [Japan Cuts/NYAFF 2014)

Directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura and written by Tamio Hayashi, The Snow White Murder Case is a crime thriller based on a novel by Kanae Minato. The film opens with the murder of Noriko Miki (Nanao), ...

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on Jul, 10

Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (Japan, 2013) [Japan Cuts/NYAFF 2014]

Why Don’t You Play in Hell? is based on a fifteen year old screenplay written by director Sion Sono that he reportedly didn’t make many changes to before shooting. He has described the film as ...

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on Jul, 09

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