Asian film, media, and culture

That Demon Within (Hong Kong, 2014)

Dave Wong (Daniel Wu) is not the most popular officer on the Hong Kong police force: although dedicated to his job, he has an aloof manner that does not endear him to his colleagues and ...

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on Jul, 29 · in Reviews

The Great Hypnotist (China, 2014)

Confidently touted as China’s first mind-bending suspense thriller, The Great Hypnotist is a stylish piece of escapism which often plays like a mix of Spellbound (1945), The Sixth Sense (1999) and Inception (2010) with its ...

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on Jul, 27 · in Reviews

Terracotta 2014: Special ID (China, 2013)

Special ID, is a rip-roaring action film directed by Clarence Fok, who is perhaps best known in the West for his 1992 classic Naked Killer. In a nutshell, Special ID is a winner! Donnie plays undercover ...

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on May, 29

Terracotta 2014: Commitment (South Korea, 2013)

In 2009, after his father, a North Korean spy, is thwarted from returning from his mission in the South, eighteen year old LI Myung-hoon (Choi Seung-hyun) and his younger sister Hye-in (Han Ye-ri) are put ...

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on May, 28

Terracotta 2014: Unbeatable (China/Hong Kong, 2013)

Dante Lam has built a career on making character driven action films that feature solid, hard-hitting action sequences blended with an often-deep exploration of the male psyche. The often-cited trifecta of Beast Stalker (2008), Fire ...

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on May, 27

It’s Me, It’s Me (Japan, 2013)

Satoshi Miki’s bizarre dark comedy It’s Me, It’s Me opens with images of ordinariness from which it will soon depart as the director surveys the mundane residential development where underachiever Hitoshi (Kazuya Kamenashi) is visiting his ...

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on May, 18

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