Asian film, media, and culture

The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom (China, 2014)

The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom is loosely based on the classic fantasy novel Baifa Monu Zhuan by Liang Yusheng. It was shown in 3D in its home territory last year and has recently […]

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on Apr, 13 · in Reviews

X-Cross (Japan, 2007)

X-Cross arrived a few years after the stream of creepy horrors that had poured out from Japan in the late 1990s and early 2000s had started to run dry. As such, it can initially be […]

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on Apr, 11 · in Reviews

Big Tits Zombie (Japan, 2010)

Even the most die-hard cult film fans are likely to groan at the title of Takao Nakano’s horror-comedy (known in its home territory as Big Tits Dragon). Nonetheless, there is much to admire here, and […]

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on Dec, 15

Battle Royale (Japan, 2000)

A black comedy; a horror film; an action-thriller; inspiration for The Hunger Games novels and films (2012–onwards); yet Battle Royale is perhaps most known in relation to the latter, as well as being a major […]

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on Dec, 10

Tales from the Dark 1 (Hong Kong, 2013)

At once a throwback to the heyday of 1980s Hong Kong horror and a concentrated effort to sell today’s audience on a floundering local genre, Tales from the Dark 1 is a suitably unsettling, if […]

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on Dec, 06

Breakup Buddies (China, 2014)

2014 has proved to be the year that the cinema of mainland China finally hit the road with The Continent and Breakup Buddies offering populist travel narratives in which frustrated protagonists try to escape the […]

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on Dec, 03

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