Asian film, media, and culture

The Raid 2: Berandal (Indonesia, 2014)

There are films you anticipate so much that by the time you watch them, there is no way on earth it can match the expectations you’ve placed on it. And then there are films that ...

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on Apr, 16 · in Reviews

Black Coal, Thin Ice (China, 2014)

The surprise winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin film festival, Black Coal, Thin Ice marks a belated breakthrough for writer-director Diao Yinan following Uniform (2003) and Night Train (2007), a pair of well-received ...

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on Apr, 05 · in Reviews

Kekexili: Mountain Patrol (China, 2004)

Lu Chuan’s second feature is based on the true story of the Kekexili Mountain Patrol that was active from 1993-1996. This ragtag group of armed civilians was formed to prevent the extinction of the endangered ...

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on Jan, 19

Goldfish Go Home (Japan, 2012)

When we say ‘children’s film’, we often imply that it’s not for adults. But we also know that many children’s films have a tone and sensibility that can reach adults as well. I can’t say ...

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on Jan, 15

Directory of World Cinema: South Korea now available from Intellect

The eagerly-anticipated Directory of World Cinema: South Korea was recently published by Intellect Books and is most definitely a must-have for anyone interested in this dynamic sector of national film production. This entry in the ...

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on Jan, 15

Fish Story (Japan, 2009)

Fish Story is an offbeat comedy by Yoshihiro Nakamura’s which infectuously blends urban legend, martial arts mayhem and post-Millennium tension. As with the Hollywood blockbuster 2012 (2009), Nakamura’s film refers to the Mayan calendar for ...

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on Jan, 14

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