Asian film, media, and culture

Next Goal Wins (American Samoa/UK, 2014)

The sports film or documentary of the losing athlete, the losing team, is a genre within itself. We can’t all be winners and we often reveal more about ourselves in how we lose. How we ...

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on Apr, 19 · in Reviews

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

Fish Story (Japan, 2009)

Fish Story is an offbeat comedy by Yoshihiro Nakamura’s which infectuously blends urban legend, martial arts mayhem and post-Millennium tension. As with the Hollywood blockbuster 2012 (2009), Nakamura’s film refers to the Mayan calendar for ...

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on Jan, 14

Blind Detective (Hong Kong, 2013)

Johnnie To’s Blind Detective (2013) is  by no means a perfect film. It lacks the trademark grit and noir atmosphere of To’s earlier crime pictures and reeks of bad plotting. Yet with that said, if ...

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on Jan, 13

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

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