Asian film, media, and culture

Shrill Cries of Summer (Japan, 2008)

Like Yukihiko Tsutsumi’s Forbidden Siren (2006) and Kenta Fukusaku’s X-Cross (2007), Shrill Cries of Summer takes the viewer into rural Japan, but whereas the earlier films thrust you into the weirdness and madness of its ...

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on Mar, 16 · in Reviews

R100 (Japan, 2013)

The joke of R100 is clear from the very first scene. Katayama (Noa Omuri) is a salaryman who meets a sultry woman for an illicit liaison in a café. He fails at making small talk, but is ...

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on Mar, 12 · in Reviews

Chinese Zodiac (China/Hong Kong, 2012)

Chinese Zodiac, or CZ12 as it is known internationally is, in Jackie Chan’s own words, his “last big action movie” as he takes steps to  alter his public persona while peppering his filmography with more ...

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on Nov, 17

Crossroads (Japan, 1928)

Crossroads is a silent film by Teinosuke Kinugasa that tells the story of a brother and sister living in the slums of Tokyo during the time of the samurai. However, there are no sword fights ...

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on Nov, 16

A Hard Day (South Korea, 2014)

A hard day leads to an increasingly rough week in this blistering crime thriller from writer-director Kim Seong-hun, who infuses his taut neo-noir plotting with a wicked streak of dark humor. It opens with beleaguered ...

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on Nov, 10

East Winds Film Festival 2014

I had attended the East Winds Film Festival in 2012, but only for one day, so this year I had a wonderful chance to enjoy the whole experience, which ran from October 31-November 2. The ...

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on Nov, 07

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