Asian film, media, and culture

The Ninja War of Torakage (Japan, 2014) [JFF2015AU]

It has been a while since I have seen a new film by Yoshihiro Nishimura. Ever since the entertainingly excessive Helldriver (2010), he’s been off my radar despite new ventures like Zombie TV (2013) and […]

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on Nov, 24 · in Reviews

Tag (Japan, 2015) [JFF2015AU]

Tag, you’re it! We have another Sion Sono film to review and this one sees him venturing into the teen survival genre for the first time since Suicide Club (2002) and Noriko’s Dinner Table (2007). […]

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on Nov, 21 · in Reviews

The Isle (South Korea, 2000) [NYAFF 2015]

The Isle is a surrealist arthouse film by the controversial writer-director Kim Ki-duk that has been dubbed ‘very difficult to watch’ by some critics. Hyun-shik (Kim Yu-seok) arrives at a fishing resort while on the […]

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on Jul, 14

The Whistleblower (South Korea, 2014) [NYAFF 2015]

Directed by Yim Soon-rye, one of the few female filmmakers in South Korean cinema, The Whistleblower is a fictional drama derived from the true story of scientist Hwang Woo-suk who was at the center of one of […]

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on Jul, 13

Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats (Japan, 2014)

If proof were needed that good things come to those who wait, then devotees of Japanese cinema will find it in Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats, the much anticipated second feature from Yosuke Fujita following his delightful debut […]

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on Jul, 12

And the Mud Ship Sails Away (Japan, 2013) [JAPAN CUTS 2015]

This comedy centers on the “life” of Takashi Hirayama (Kiyohiko Shibukawa), who lives in the small town of Otawara with his elderly grandmother (played to hilarious effect by director Hirobumi Watanabe’s actual 96-year-old grandmother). Nearing middle age, […]

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on Jul, 09



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