Asian film, media, and culture

Behind the Camera (South Korea, 2013)

After helming a lavish period adaptation of Les Liasons Dangereuses in 2003 under the title Untold Scandal, director Lee Je-yong has moved on to comedic and contemporary stories set in South Korea. First came Dasepo […]

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on Aug, 12 · in Reviews

Little Proletarian (China, 2012)

Shen Jie’s powerful documentary Little Proletarian begins with 14-year-old Hai’er being subjected to a vicious beating from his remorseless father, while his mother watches silently in the background. The events that follow do not negate […]

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on Aug, 06 · in Reviews

Skin Trade (Canada/Thailand, 2015)

Following his breakout display in Ong-Bak (2003), Thai martial artist Tony Jaa was widely tipped as the ‘next big thing’ in action cinema. With his oddly harmonious mix of lethal Muay Thai moves and endearingly […]

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on May, 08

The Rocket (Australia/Laos/Thailand, 2013)

Laos is one of several countries in East Asia that are just starting to emerge as producers of cultural exports. Good Morning, Luand Prabang, one of the country’s first commercial films, was released relatively recently […]

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on May, 06

Killers (Indonesia/Japan, 2014)

Directed by Indonesian duo The Mo Brothers (Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel), Killers is a psychological thriller starring Kazuki Kitamura as Nomura, a slick, good-looking serial killer in Japan who posts videos of his deeds […]

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on May, 03

The Message (China, 2009)

Nanking, China, 1942. The nation is under Japanese occupation and the puppet government is running the country from its Nanking headquarters. However, a recent run of assassination attempts has led the political elite to become […]

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on Apr, 25

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