Asian film, media, and culture

Shrill Cries of Summer (Japan, 2008)

Like Yukihiko Tsutsumi’s Forbidden Siren (2006) and Kenta Fukusaku’s X-Cross (2007), Shrill Cries of Summer takes the viewer into rural Japan, but whereas the earlier films thrust you into the weirdness and madness of its ...

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on Mar, 16 · in Reviews

R100 (Japan, 2013)

The joke of R100 is clear from the very first scene. Katayama (Noa Omuri) is a salaryman who meets a sultry woman for an illicit liaison in a café. He fails at making small talk, but is ...

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on Mar, 12 · in Reviews

Throne of Blood (Japan, 1957)

Horror is not usually one of the generic attributes associated with the output of the great Japanese film master, Akira Kurosawa. The horrors of human nature and corporate greed are perhaps evident in both Rashomon ...

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on Oct, 17

Over Your Dead Body (Japan, 2014)

As a new stage production of Tsuruya Nanboku’s classic kabuki play Yotsuya Kaidan (Ghost Story of Yotsuya) is working through its rehearsal process, its two stars partaking in an off stage romance. But soon the ...

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on Oct, 01

Chaw (South Korea, 2009)

Chaw is a black comedy which depicts how a monstrous boar terrorizes a rural mountain village in South Korea. This immediately brings to mind Bong Joon-ho’s similarly satirical The Host (2006), although Chaw actually has ...

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on Sep, 20

Geisha Assassin (Japan, 2008)

… Or, the Hong Kong action film that is dressed up as a female-led chanbara revenge thriller. Geisha Assassin is unfairly tarred with the same brush as recent low budget J-horrors, mainly because of its ...

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on Sep, 08

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