Asian film, media, and culture

The Ninja War of Torakage (Japan, 2014) [JFF2015AU]

It has been a while since I have seen a new film by Yoshihiro Nishimura. Ever since the entertainingly excessive Helldriver (2010), he’s been off my radar despite new ventures like Zombie TV (2013) and […]

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on Nov, 24 · in Reviews

Tag (Japan, 2015) [JFF2015AU]

Tag, you’re it! We have another Sion Sono film to review and this one sees him venturing into the teen survival genre for the first time since Suicide Club (2002) and Noriko’s Dinner Table (2007). […]

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on Nov, 21 · in Reviews

Monk Comes Down the Mountain (China, 2015)

Returning to his comfort zone of Chinese history following a rare contemporary outing with the media satire Caught in the Web (2012), venerable Fifth Generation director Chen Kaige is nonetheless keen to show that he has […]

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on Jul, 08

JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film 2015

While the 14th New York Asian Film Festival is still going strong (it runs until July 11th), it’s not too early to start planning for New York’s other terrific annual film festival, JAPAN CUTS: Festival […]

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on Jul, 07

Cart (South Korea, 2014) [NYAFF 2015]

Cart is the second feature-length film from female director Boo Ji-young following Sisters on the Road (2008). It’s a powerful drama about a labor struggle in South Korea that is based on actual events. The […]

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on Jul, 05

Wolf Warriors (China, 2015)

A resolutely straight forward military movie wherein any humour is entirely unintentional, Wolf Warriors is a mainland China take on the jingoistic action schlock that Chuck Norris starred in for Cannon Films in the 1980s. With patriotic heroics that […]

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on Jul, 04



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