Asian film, media, and culture

Assassination Classroom (Japan, 2015) [JFF2015AU]

To be perfectly honest, I’m surprised that this type of narrative even exists, but with all the true stories (especially from America), there are now films in which students or teachers go berserk in schools and kill […]

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on Oct, 07 · in Reviews

SPL 2: A Time for Consequences (China/Hong Kong, 2015) [TIFF 2015]

10 years ago I was lucky enough to see SPL at the Toronto International Film Festival with Sammo Hung, Wilson Yip and Wong Jing in attendance. It was a special night for me not only […]

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on Oct, 04 · in Reviews

New York Asian Film Festival 2015

It’s getting to be that time of year again when Asian film fans in and around New York City start drooling in anticipation of two annual festivals: the 14th New York Asian Film Festival (June […]

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on Jun, 14

Godzilla (Japan, 1954)

I recently attended a conference in Lincoln, UK, where a fellow researcher presented a paper on the transnational influence of Japan’s most iconic monster. This began with the English dubbing and insertion of new footage shot […]

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on Jun, 11

The Taking of Tiger Mountain (China/Hong Kong, 2014)

The Taking of Tiger Mountain, an action-adventure film from legendary Hong Kong director Tsui Hark, is now available on DVD and digital HD from Well Go USA Entertainment. This review is based on the Blu-ray […]

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on Jun, 05

Another (Japan, 2012)

In its first few minutes, Takeshi Furusawa’s horror film Another hits a great many tropes and touchstones of its genre and culture: the tenkosei (transfer student), the abandoned school building, the person only one character […]

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on Jun, 04



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