Asian film, media, and culture

Petal Dance (Japan, 2013)

Hiroshi Ishikawa has made three films in eleven years. From his debut feature Tokyo.sora (2002) through Su-ki-da (2006) to his most recent film Petal Dance, he has favoured exploring the concept of loneliness and all of the […]

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on May, 22 · in Reviews

Juon: The Beginning of the End (Japan, 2014)

Over the past sixteen years the lucrative Juon franchise has produced eight Japanese movies and three English-language remakes, becoming one of the cornerstones of the Japanese horror industry. Original creator Takashi Shimizu stepped down in […]

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on May, 17 · in Reviews

Call for Papers: Animating Chinese Cinemas – A Special Issue for Journal of Chinese Cinemas (2017)

This special issue aims to rethink the historical relationship between the animated and the cinematic by situating their genealogy in the historical matrix of modern and contemporary Chinese societies. From vernacular animism in early shadow […]

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on Jan, 08

Someone Else (USA, 2015)

An early scene in Nelson Kim’s first feature Someone Else finds eager Korean American law graduate Jamie (Aaron Yoo) sitting across from his boss Barney (Paul C. Rush) on the first day of a summer program at […]

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on Dec, 30

Internet Killed Le Video Store

I started my cinematic 2015 in 1963. That is, the first movie I watched was Yu Hyun-mok’s The Daughters of Pharmacist Kim on DVD. I have had access to a considerable number of South Korean […]

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on Dec, 28

Cyborg She (Japan, 2008)

Following the popularity of his romantic comedy Windstruck (2004) with Japanese audiences, South Korean director Kwak Jae-young temporarily relocated to Japan to deliver Cyborg She, a sci-fi variation on his signature formula which takes the offbeat behaviour […]

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on Dec, 21

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