Asian film, media, and culture

Geisha Assassin (Japan, 2008)

… Or, the Hong Kong action film that is dressed up as a female-led chanbara revenge thriller. Geisha Assassin is unfairly tarred with the same brush as recent low budget J-horrors, mainly because of its ...

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on Sep, 08 · in Reviews

A Letter to Momo (Japan, 2012)

There’s a new game in town, that is, if your town is Japantown. It’s called “Youkai Watch”. And it has replaced Pokémon as the biggest craze for the youngest set in Japan. Like Pokémon before it, the ...

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on Aug, 28 · in Reviews

No Man’s Land (China, 2013) [NYAFF 2014]

The vicious events of No Man’s Land – which concerns a lawyer who finds his life in jeopardy after a run of altercations with poachers in a remote region – are only marginally more dramatic ...

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on Jul, 01

Blind Massage (China, 2014) [NYAFF 2014]

Easily the most powerful and innovative Asian film of this year, Blind Massage consolidates the rebirth of Mainland director Lou Ye as a world-class talent. Lou creates a true ensemble movie: the blind and partially ...

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on Jun, 29

Golden Chickensss (Hong Kong, 2014) [NYAFF 2014]

In the Hong Kong comedy Golden Chickenss, Sandra Ng Kwan Yue reprises her role as Kam, first seen as a charming prostitute (i.e., a “Golden Chicken”) in Golden Chicken (2002) and then in Golden Chicken ...

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on Jun, 26

Dancing in the Room (China, 2013)

Loneliness in the big city is the theme of Peng Lei’s latest indie comedy Dancing in the Room, which follows the misadventures of a college graduate who relocates to Beijing in search of a successful ...

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on Jun, 09

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