Asian film, media, and culture

Violent Cop (Japan, 1989)

Director Takeshi Kitano – famous in Japan as the comedian ‘Beat’ Takeshi – has most recently been associated with his two ultra-violent Outrage films (2010/2012) with a third installment in the yakuza series rumored to ...

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on Aug, 10 · in Reviews

House (Japan, 1977)

House is a film that needs to be put into context: 1. It was made in a post-Tsuburaya Toho that wasn’t spending money to produce films with great special effects. Director Nobuhiko Obayashi didn’t use ...

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on Aug, 06 · in Reviews

Terracotta 2014: Special ID (China, 2013)

Special ID, is a rip-roaring action film directed by Clarence Fok, who is perhaps best known in the West for his 1992 classic Naked Killer. In a nutshell, Special ID is a winner! Donnie plays undercover ...

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on May, 29

Terracotta 2014: Commitment (South Korea, 2013)

In 2009, after his father, a North Korean spy, is thwarted from returning from his mission in the South, eighteen year old LI Myung-hoon (Choi Seung-hyun) and his younger sister Hye-in (Han Ye-ri) are put ...

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on May, 28

Terracotta 2014: Unbeatable (China/Hong Kong, 2013)

Dante Lam has built a career on making character driven action films that feature solid, hard-hitting action sequences blended with an often-deep exploration of the male psyche. The often-cited trifecta of Beast Stalker (2008), Fire ...

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on May, 27

It’s Me, It’s Me (Japan, 2013)

Satoshi Miki’s bizarre dark comedy It’s Me, It’s Me opens with images of ordinariness from which it will soon depart as the director surveys the mundane residential development where underachiever Hitoshi (Kazuya Kamenashi) is visiting his ...

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on May, 18

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