Asian film, media, and culture

Three Sisters (China, 2012)

The documentary films of Wang Bing present a veritable mosaic of peripheral, alienated perspectives across the various regions of China, from the northeast and northwest — where he shot his debut work West of the […]

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on Sep, 29 · in Reviews

Female Directors (China, 2012)

Yang Mingming’s multi-faceted mockumentary Female Directors starts with some playful taboo breaking as twenty-something art school graduates Ah-ming (Mingming) and Yueyue (Guo Yue) fake orgasms for their DV camera while laughing about the traditional male/female power […]

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on Sep, 28 · in Reviews

Crowdfund This: The Proceedings by John Williams

The Proceedings is the latest project for writer-director John Williams, who has established a successful filmmaking career in Japan since relocating from the UK in 1988. From his lyrical coming-of-age drama Firefly Dreams (2001) to the […]

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on Jul, 28

Kako: My Sullen Past (Japan, 2016) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

I honestly had no expectations for this film. I didn’t browse through reviews or watch the trailer. All I knew about it was that Fumi Nikaido and Kyoko Koizumi were the two leads. I have […]

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on Jul, 24

Emi-Abi (Japan, 2016) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

Comedic dramas, or dramedies, are an incredibly hard genre to pull off. A delicate balance and an assured hand in directing is key so the audience can be able to accept the switch in genres […]

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on Jul, 23

Ken and Kazu (Japan, 2015) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

Hiroshi Shoji’s first feature Ken and Kazu concerns a pair of luckless gangster wannabes who viewers familiar with the tropes of indie crime cinema will immediately mark out as never-will-bes. What this tale of young […]

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on Jul, 22

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