Asian film, media, and culture

New World (Japan, 2011)

An accelerated China and a stagnant Japan intersect in New World, an engaging exploration of cultural exchange from pan-Asian filmmaker Lim Kah Wai. Mostly located in the Shinsekai district of Osaka, with the English translation ...

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on Apr, 24 · in Reviews

Next Goal Wins (American Samoa/UK, 2014)

The sports film or documentary of the losing athlete, the losing team, is a genre within itself. We can’t all be winners and we often reveal more about ourselves in how we lose. How we ...

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on Apr, 19 · in Reviews

Boomerang Family (South Korea, 2013)

Based on a 2010 novel by Cheon Myung Gwan, the comedy-drama Boomerang Family considers familial dysfunction in South Korea through the problems of three adult siblings who are forced by personal or professional circumstances to ...

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on Feb, 23

The Complex (Japan, 2013)

Due to the incredible success of Ring (1998), which launched the J-Horror boom, provided the source material for a blockbuster US remake, and started a series which is still active today, it has been difficult ...

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on Feb, 23

Sukeban Deka: The Movie (Japan, 1987)

When considering Japanese film, the 1980s often get overlooked. Kurosawa did Ran (1985), and there’s Imamura Shohei’s Black Rain (1989), but what else is there to compare with the greats of the other decades? What ...

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on Feb, 16

Sukeban Deka The Movie 2: Counter-Attack of the Kazama Sisters (Japan, 1988)

I’ve recently discovered that I love the Japanese 1980s, and for completely different reasons than I love my own 1980s, which is based largely on nostalgia. From where I’m standing, on the outside looking in, ...

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on Feb, 16

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