Asian film, media, and culture

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 · in Reviews

Video Essay – Dance in Wong Kar-wai’s Films

Moments of a film that linger with a spectator long after initial viewing are also the reasons why one returns to that film: to rediscover those moments, recalibrate one’s perspective and understanding of them, and reposition their […]

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on Feb, 01 · in Video Essay

The Case of Hana and Alice (Japan, 2015) [JFF2015AU]

When I first got into film and was immersed by the beauty of it all, I began to realise that I was only into English-language films (and some Hong Kong/Chinese films). But when I discovered […]

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on Oct, 13

Princess Jellyfish (Japan, 2014) [JFF2015AU]

I’m not usually a fan of romantic comedies, especially the increasingly formulaic ones coming out of Hollywood. So when I hear of romantic comedies revolving around worlds of fantasy and/or whimsy, I’m even more sceptical. There […]

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on Oct, 09

Assassination Classroom (Japan, 2015) [JFF2015AU]

To be perfectly honest, I’m surprised that this type of narrative even exists, but with all the true stories (especially from America), there are now films in which students or teachers go berserk in schools and kill […]

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on Oct, 07

SPL 2: A Time for Consequences (China/Hong Kong, 2015) [TIFF 2015]

10 years ago I was lucky enough to see SPL at the Toronto International Film Festival with Sammo Hung, Wilson Yip and Wong Jing in attendance. It was a special night for me not only […]

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on Oct, 04

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