Asian film, media, and culture

The Raid 2: Berandal (Indonesia, 2014)

There are films you anticipate so much that by the time you watch them, there is no way on earth it can match the expectations you’ve placed on it. And then there are films that ...

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on Apr, 16 · in Reviews

Black Coal, Thin Ice (China, 2014)

The surprise winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin film festival, Black Coal, Thin Ice marks a belated breakthrough for writer-director Diao Yinan following Uniform (2003) and Night Train (2007), a pair of well-received ...

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on Apr, 05 · in Reviews

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

Passionate Friendship: The Aesthetics of Girls’ Culture in Japan (2012)

Much is made by the casual anime viewer of the ‘big eyes’ of some anime characters.  The sociological shorthand for this has been to claim it’s a desire for ‘Western eyes’ by Japanese.  Those who ...

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on Feb, 16

Rigodon (Philippines, 2012)

Erik Matti is a very popular mainstream filmmaker in his home country of the Philippines. The man has worked in the movie industry since the mid-1990s as a writer, director, actor, and even producer. He ...

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on Jan, 20

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