Asian film, media, and culture

Zigeunerweisen (Japan, 1980) [JAPAN CUTS 2017]

Seijun Suzuki has been known for his over-the-top stylistic approach to gangster and yakuza films, most famously with his cult classics Tokyo Drifter (1966) and Branded to Kill (1967). His style, developed over the years […]

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on Jul, 22 · in Reviews

Yamato (California) (Japan, 2016) [JAPAN CUTS, 2017]

The screener of Yamato (California) provided for reviewers comes with the request, “Please watch in the loudest volume possible!!” This leads one to expect that Daisuke Miyazaki’s tale of a wannabe rapper is going to be a full […]

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on Jul, 20 · in Reviews

Cartographic Acts & Spaces of Current (Independent) Philippine Filmmaking, Part 1

A review of select titles of the series ‘A New Golden Age: Contemporary Philippine Cinema’ at the Museum of Modern Art, June 1-25. One would be hard-pressed to deny that the two most internationally known and […]

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on Jun, 03

Bitter Money (China, 2016)

As with all of Wang Bing’s films, here one is faced with a strictly observational work. And with Wang, observational usually means immersed rather than detached or removed from the spaces and people that he […]

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on May, 30

Dream Empire (Denmark, 2016)

Dream Empire begins in 2012 when Xi Jinping was elected to the post of General Secretary of the Communist Party and delivered a speech in which he famously used the phrase “Chinese dream” nine times […]

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on May, 17

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. Since being launched in 2015, the East Asian Journal of Popular Culture has engaged directly with this trend. It has […]

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on May, 14

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