Asian film, media, and culture

Kubo and the Two Strings (USA, 2016)

“If you must blink, do it now. Pay careful attention to everything you see no matter how unusual it may seem. If you look away, even for an instant, then our hero will surely perish.” […]

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on Aug, 29 · in Reviews

Behemoth (China, 2015)

With intermittent voiceover narration loosely based on Dante’s The Divine Comedy, Zhao Liang’s otherwise wordless, observational documentary Behemoth straddles the poetic, the purgatorial, and the political in its representation of the coal mining industry and […]

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on Aug, 28 · in Reviews

Miss Hokusai (Japan, 2015) [NYAFF 2016]

The history of art is dominated by men. For much of history, women were denied educational opportunities in the arts and some those who dared to create works found their careers were painted over in […]

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on Jun, 29

Hamog (Haze) (Philippines, 2015) [NYAFF 2016]

Ralston G. Jover’s latest feature film Hamog (Haze), a Cinema One original production, is a labyrinthine web of experiences, both structurally and thematically speaking, even though it takes place mainly within a few settings in […]

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on Jun, 28

What’s in the Darkness (China, 2015) [NYAFF 2016]

First-time director Wang Yichun’s take on the small-town police procedural is one that is tender, subtle, and full of surprising levity. While it bears the trappings of a murder mystery, What’s in the Darkness is […]

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on Jun, 26

Tetsuo: The Iron Man (Japan, 1989) [NYAFF 2016]

Written and directed by Shinya Tsukamoto, Tetsuo: The Iron Man is a bizarre cyberpunk body horror classic. Filmed entirely in black and white and on 16mm, it stars Tsukamoto as the “Metal Fetishist”, a man […]

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on Jun, 25

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