Asian film, media, and culture

Ruined Heart: Another Love Story Between a Criminal and a Whore (Philippines/Germany, 2014)

Existing somewhere between gonzo exploitation and the type of visual art project that plays on loop as a video installation, Ruined Heart: Another Love Story Between a Criminal and a Whore uses the archetypal narrative suggested […]

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on Nov, 30 · in Reviews

The Ninja War of Torakage (Japan, 2014) [JFF2015AU]

It has been a while since I have seen a new film by Yoshihiro Nishimura. Ever since the entertainingly excessive Helldriver (2010), he’s been off my radar despite new ventures like Zombie TV (2013) and […]

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on Nov, 24 · in Reviews

Chan Is Missing (USA, 1982)

In most accounts of the American independent cinema boom of the 1980s, Wayne Wang’s breakthrough feature Chan Is Missing receives cursory attention but is rarely discussed as a landmark film, perhaps because it arrived too early for the party. […]

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on Aug, 02

Only You (China/USA, 2015)

The cultivated charm of Italy’s cities and the rugged beauty of its countryside provide appealing backdrops for the romantic contrivances of Only You, a slight concoction which casts Tang Wei and Liao Fan as will […]

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on Jul, 30

Fatal Frame (Japan, 2014)

The live-action Japanese adaptation of Fatal Frame has been eagerly awaited by J-Horror fans and followers of this classic survival horror franchise alike. This is not Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil (2002), however. Even in […]

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on Jul, 28

Salute! Sun Yat-Sen (Taiwan, 2014)

A high school heist comedy with a sly political undercurrent, Salute! Sun Yet-Sen is a playful piece of entertainment from writer-director Yee Chih-yen, who made an impression on the arthouse circuit with his tender youth romance […]

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on Jul, 25



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