Asian film, media, and culture

Over Your Dead Body (Japan, 2014)

As a new stage production of Tsuruya Nanboku’s classic kabuki play Yotsuya Kaidan (Ghost Story of Yotsuya) is working through its rehearsal process, its two stars partaking in an off stage romance. But soon the ...

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on Oct, 01 · in Reviews

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

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

The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji (Japan, 2014) [Japan Cuts/NYAFF 2014]

The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji is the latest offering from Japan’s enfant terrible director Takashi Miike . Co-presented by the New York Asian Film Festival, it will be the opening film of this year’s ...

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on Jul, 09

Silent Witness (China, 2013) [NYAFF 2014]

The courtroom drama may be a rather hackneyed genre in the West due to the volume of fictional cases that have been tried on the big screen, not to mention in the countless legal series ...

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on Jul, 05

Soul (Taiwan, 2013) [NYAFF 2014]

Written and directed by Chung Mong-hong, Soul is a film which, at its core, is about family bonds cloaked in a psychological thriller/horror movie. The film stars legendary kung fu actor Jimmy Wong, known for ...

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on Jul, 04

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