Asian film, media, and culture

The Raid 2: Berandal (Indonesia, 2014)

There are films you anticipate so much that by the time you watch them, there is no way on earth it can match the expectations you’ve placed on it. And then there are films that ...

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on Apr, 16 · in Reviews

Black Coal, Thin Ice (China, 2014)

The surprise winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin film festival, Black Coal, Thin Ice marks a belated breakthrough for writer-director Diao Yinan following Uniform (2003) and Night Train (2007), a pair of well-received ...

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on Apr, 05 · in Reviews

Chinese Box (Hong Kong/USA, 1997)

Chinese Box opens as Hong Kong is due to be handed back to the People’s Republic of China after 150 years of British control. However, the film’s central protagonist, British journalist John Spencer (Jeremy Irons) ...

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on Jan, 13

Beyond All Boundaries (India/USA, 2013) & the SF 3rd i South Asian International Film Festival

Beyond All Boundaries, Sushrut Jain’s documentary on Indian cricket fanatics, could not be coming to this year’s 3rd i’s San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival at a better time. Such a documentary seems perfect ...

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on Nov, 04

Linsanity (USA, 2012)

The body speaks metaphors in Evan Jackson Leong’s documentary Linsanity which chronicles the unforeseen rise of Houston Rockets basketball player Jeremy Lin. The loudest of these body metaphors is the image of Lin’s large frame ...

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on Oct, 05

Sana Dati (Philippines, 2013)

Romance, like any well-established genre, has several well-known tropes that must always be followed. Clichés usually involve a man and woman accidentally bumping into each other, the man pursuing the woman even if she happens ...

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on Sep, 07

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