Asian film, media, and culture

The Admiral: Roaring Currents (South Korea, 2014)

It seems like New Korean Cinema came full circle this summer. Just as Shiri (1999) sank James Cameron’s Titanic (1997), so has The Admiral: Roaring Currents sent Cameron’s Avatar (2009) down a whirlpool, cresting over as the ...

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on Nov, 20 · 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 · in Reviews

Unforgiven (Japan, 2013) [Japan Cuts 2014]

Unforgiven is Lee Sang-il’s remake of Clint Eastwood’s classic 1992 Western of the same name. It stars Ken Watanabe, who has been seen in such Hollywood blockbusters as Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), The Last ...

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on Jul, 15

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

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