Asian film, media, and culture

Petal Dance (Japan, 2013)

Hiroshi Ishikawa has made three films in eleven years. From his debut feature Tokyo.sora (2002) through Su-ki-da (2006) to his most recent film Petal Dance, he has favoured exploring the concept of loneliness and all of the […]

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on May, 22 · in Reviews

Juon: The Beginning of the End (Japan, 2014)

Over the past sixteen years the lucrative Juon franchise has produced eight Japanese movies and three English-language remakes, becoming one of the cornerstones of the Japanese horror industry. Original creator Takashi Shimizu stepped down in […]

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on May, 17 · in Reviews

Johnnie To’s Shadowplay: A Cinema of Space and Orientation

This video essay is the first in a multipart series on Johnnie To’s ‘nocturnal’ films of the 2000s. Modern-era Hong Kong cinema is about many things, thematically and audio/visually, but arguably a constant is how […]

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on Mar, 08

Call for Papers – East Asian Journal of Popular Culture

In recent decades, there has been a huge rise in the interest in East Asian popular culture and the East Asian Jounal of Popular Culture engages directly with that trend. From film to music; art to translation and […]

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on Feb, 21

Poison Berry In My Brain (Japan, 2015)

Before I start talking about the movie – and its similarities to Pixar’s hit Inside Out (2015) – let me discuss the main actress, Yoko Maki. Considering that she is in the unfortunate position of being […]

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on Feb, 11

Ghost Theater (Japan, 2015)

Director Hideo Nakata has long been anointed the title “Master of Horror” due to the wildly successful Ring (1998), which, along with its sequels/prequels started a massive wave of Asian horror films and their Hollywood […]

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on Feb, 04

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