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

Bitter Honey (Japan, 2016) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

Fumi Nikaido is an actress that I have, for a lack of a better word (or even an actual word), fanboyed over since I saw her in Sion Sono’s unbearably nihilistic Himizu (2011). Since then, […]

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on Jul, 11

Saving Mr. Wu (China, 2015) [NYAFF 2016]

The kidnapping of actor Wu Ruofu in Beijing in 2004 is recreated (with some creative liberties) by writer-director Ding Sheng and leading man Andy Lau in Saving Mr. Wu, a solid true crime thriller which […]

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on Jul, 08

The Tenants Downstairs (Taiwan, 2016) [NYAFF 2016]

Though The Tenants Downstairs is Adam Tsuei’s directorial debut, those familiar with the Asian entertainment media landscape of the last couple of decades may know that he already has quite a commanding, prestigious reputation. Following […]

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on Jul, 08

A Violent Prosecutor (South Korea, 2016) [NYAFF 2016]

Writer-director Lee Il-hyeong’s incredibly assured directorial debut A Violent Prosecutor, in the vein of Inside Men (2015, dir. Woo Min-ho), centers around the male homosocial triangle of corruption whose three points are gangsters, prosecutors, and […]

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on Jul, 07



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