Asian film, media, and culture

The Unbidden (USA, 2016)

The ties that bind a close-knit group of friends are severely tested by the shared demons of the past in Quentin Lee’s effective supernatural chiller The Unbidden. At first glance, this seems to constitute an unexpected […]

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on Aug, 30 · in Reviews

Kubo and the Two Strings (USA, 2016)

“If you must blink, do it now. Pay careful attention to everything you see no matter how unusual it may seem. If you look away, even for an instant, then our hero will surely perish.” […]

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on Aug, 29 · in Reviews

The Whispering Star (Japan, 2015) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

One of six features completed by the exhaustively prolific Sion Sono in 2015 (perhaps in an unofficial competition with Takashi Miike to determine who is Japan’s most productive filmmaker), The Whispering Star is a minimalist […]

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on Jul, 12

Bitter Honey (Japan, 2016) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

Fumi Nikaido is an actress that I have, for a lack of a better word (or even an actual word), fanboyed over since I saw her in Sion Sono’s unbearably nihilistic Himizu (2011). Since then, […]

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on Jul, 11

Saving Mr. Wu (China, 2015) [NYAFF 2016]

The kidnapping of actor Wu Ruofu in Beijing in 2004 is recreated (with some creative liberties) by writer-director Ding Sheng and leading man Andy Lau in Saving Mr. Wu, a solid true crime thriller which […]

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on Jul, 08

The Tenants Downstairs (Taiwan, 2016) [NYAFF 2016]

Though The Tenants Downstairs is Adam Tsuei’s directorial debut, those familiar with the Asian entertainment media landscape of the last couple of decades may know that he already has quite a commanding, prestigious reputation. Following […]

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on Jul, 08

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