Asian film, media, and culture

Matango (Japan, 1963)

Matango has acquired cult status among fans of tokusatsu films. Directed by Ishiro Honda, it’s based on the 1907 short story “The Voice in the Night” by William Hope Hodgson and the special effects were ...

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on Jan, 23 · in Reviews

Mother (South Korea, 2009)

Bong Joon-ho’s sombre follow-up to the frenetic and adrenaline-filled The Host (2006) deals with some stark subject matter. However, there are some admirable streaks of black humor in the story. Bizarre sequences of Kim Hye-ja ...

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on Jan, 19 · in Reviews

Chaw (South Korea, 2009)

Chaw is a black comedy which depicts how a monstrous boar terrorizes a rural mountain village in South Korea. This immediately brings to mind Bong Joon-ho’s similarly satirical The Host (2006), although Chaw actually has ...

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on Sep, 20

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

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

Aberdeen (Hong Kong, 2014)

Continuing to explore Hong Kong life while avoiding being pigeonholed by genre, Pang Ho-cheung follows the foul-mouthed film industry satire Vulgaria (2012) with the comparatively sedate drama Aberdeen. Although it still has a fair share ...

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on Aug, 24

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