Asian film, media, and culture

Death Note and Death Note: The Last Name (Japan, 2006)

Death Note and Death Note: The Last Name have to be seen together as they make up a complete story, which is also an excellent adaptation of the Japanese manga and anime series. In addition, ...

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on Oct, 30 · in Reviews

Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands (Japan, 1967)

Japan Society’s monthly film series The Dark Side of the Sun: John Zorn on Japanese Cinema opened with a rare US screening of cult director Atsushi Yamatoya’s Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands (1967), a ...

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on Oct, 28 · in Reviews

Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits (South Korea, 2013) [NYAFF 2014]

The Korean word “manshin” is a respectful term for shaman, and Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirit concerns Manshin Kim Keum-hwa, who in 1985 became the first shaman of her type to be named an “Intangible Cultural ...

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on Jul, 13

Apolitical Romance (Taiwan, 2013) [NYAFF 2014]

A pleasing romantic-comedy peppered with cultural tension, Apolitical Romance wastes little time in getting to the ‘meet cute’ that is necessary for its central dynamic. Yu-Cheng (Bryan Chang Shu-hao) is a mid-level Taipei tourist board ...

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on Jul, 12

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

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