Asian film, media, and culture

Next Goal Wins (American Samoa/UK, 2014)

The sports film or documentary of the losing athlete, the losing team, is a genre within itself. We can’t all be winners and we often reveal more about ourselves in how we lose. How we ...

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on Apr, 19 · in Reviews

The Raid 2: Berandal (Indonesia, 2014)

There are films you anticipate so much that by the time you watch them, there is no way on earth it can match the expectations you’ve placed on it. And then there are films that ...

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on Apr, 16 · in Reviews

Drug War (Hong Kong, 2013) [NYAFF FILM REVIEW]

With the title “Drug War,”  readers wouldn’t be wrong to imagine that Hong Kong’s critically acclaimed director Johnnie To might be delving heavily into cinematic darkness. However, just how far the movie goes might prove ...

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on Jul, 04

The Fridge (Philippines, 2012) [NYAFF FILM REVIEW]

Part of the New York Asian Film Festival’s Manila Chronicles: The New Filipino Cinema sidebar, The Fridge is among the new crop of horror movies from the Philippines. The Philippines has had a long love ...

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on Jul, 04

Confession of Murder (South Korea, 2013) [NYAFF FILM REVIEW]

Sitting down to write a review of Confession of Murder should be a relatively easy thing to do. It’s a film that packs together some absolutely incredible action sequences, some easy-to-decipher social commentary, and plenty ...

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on Jul, 03

Mystery (China, 2012) [NYAFF FILM REVIEW]

It’s a cliché to state that China’s social landscape is constantly changing, but based on the milieu of Mystery, a few years away from home for the Sixth Generation filmmaker Lou Ye seems to have ...

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on Jul, 02

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