Asian film, media, and culture

Seventh Code (Japan, 2014)

One of the most prolific visionaries to emerge from the V-Cinema sector of the 1980s, Kiyoshi Kurosawa has been keeping a surprisingly low-key profile since winning multiple honors for his family drama Tokyo Sonata (2008). ...

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on Jul, 20 · in Reviews

Unforgiven (Japan, 2013) [Japan Cuts 2014]

Unforgiven is Lee Sang-il’s remake of Clint Eastwood’s classic 1992 Western of the same name. It stars Ken Watanabe, who has been seen in such Hollywood blockbusters as Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), The Last ...

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on Jul, 15 · in Reviews

Segurista (Philippines, 1996)

The films that Tikoy Aguiluz has directed over his 37 year feature filmmaking career have not just courted controversy but also straddled the oftentimes contradictory worlds of populist moviemaking and independent art cinema. From his ...

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on Mar, 31

The Uninvited (South Korea, 2003)

The Fusion Pizza-Dog. It’s perhaps the most perplexing, and yet seductive example of the fusion food that permeates the South Korean landscape. Like this bizarre mix of food, the borders in which we define film ...

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on Mar, 29

Shadow Days (China, 2014)

Zhao Dayong leapt to the forefront of China’s independent documentary movement with Street Life (2006), an unflinching portrait of the lives of migrant workers in Shanghai, then cemented his reputation with Ghost Town (2009) which ...

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on Mar, 24

Police Story 2013 (China/Hong Kong, 2013)

When is a Police Story movie not a Police Story movie? When it’s Police Story 2013, an in-name-only series entry that uses brand recognition to cement Jackie Chan as a box office force in mainland ...

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on Mar, 21

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