Asian film, media, and culture

Crosscurrent (China, 2016)

Yang Chao’s second feature-length work Crosscurrent presents a largely missed — albeit strikingly shot — opportunity. Yes, the film is richly textured in terms of visuals, established in the atmospheric opening long shot. During the magical blue […]

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on Oct, 23 · in Reviews

While the Women Are Sleeping (Japan, 2016)

Wayne Wang, one of American cinema’s most culturally incisive yet often underrated talents, heads to Japan for his latest feature While the Women Are Sleeping. A fully-fledged Japanese production with backing from Toei and a […]

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on Oct, 22 · in Reviews

The Shell Collector (Japan, 2016) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

Adapted from the Anthony Doerr short story of the same name, The Shell Collector is a vividly realised fable that tantalises the senses with its phantasmagoric island imagery but an uncertain narrative footing means that […]

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on Jul, 20

Mohican Comes Home (Japan, 2016) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

The family drama genre is usually a mixed bag, especially when it has comedic elements that are meant to offset the drama and prevent the film from being a total drag. If the film leans […]

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on Jul, 17

The Magnificent Nine (Japan, 2016) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

The ensemble film trope has always been a favourite of mine. It’s been an enduring staple for films, ever since the first ensemble action film, Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece Seven Samurai (1954). Presenting an opportunity to […]

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on Jul, 13

The Whispering Star (Japan, 2015) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

One of six features completed by the exhaustively prolific Sion Sono in 2015 (perhaps in an unofficial competition with Takashi Miike to determine who is Japan’s most productive filmmaker), The Whispering Star is a minimalist […]

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on Jul, 12



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