Asian film, media, and culture

Matango (Japan, 1963)

Matango has acquired cult status among fans of tokusatsu films. Directed by Ishiro Honda, it’s based on the 1907 short story “The Voice in the Night” by William Hope Hodgson and the special effects were ...

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on Jan, 23 · in Reviews

Mother (South Korea, 2009)

Bong Joon-ho’s sombre follow-up to the frenetic and adrenaline-filled The Host (2006) deals with some stark subject matter. However, there are some admirable streaks of black humor in the story. Bizarre sequences of Kim Hye-ja ...

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on Jan, 19 · in Reviews

Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits (South Korea, 2013) [NYAFF 2014]

The Korean word “manshin” is a respectful term for shaman, and Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirit concerns Manshin Kim Keum-hwa, who in 1985 became the first shaman of her type to be named an “Intangible Cultural ...

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on Jul, 13

Apolitical Romance (Taiwan, 2013) [NYAFF 2014]

A pleasing romantic-comedy peppered with cultural tension, Apolitical Romance wastes little time in getting to the ‘meet cute’ that is necessary for its central dynamic. Yu-Cheng (Bryan Chang Shu-hao) is a mid-level Taipei tourist board ...

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on Jul, 12

Miss Zombie (Japan, 2013) [Japan Cuts/NYAFF 2014]

Miss Zombie is set in a future Japan where zombies exist, but not in a large-scale apocalyptic way that is common in Western horror films. With the exception of the zombies, I wouldn’t necessarily classify ...

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on Jul, 11

The Devil’s Path (Japan, 2013) [Japan Cuts/NYAFF 2014]

A brutal journey into the dark heart of Japan’s underworld, The Devil’s Path is a grueling look at the machinations of the yakuza which overcomes a number of flaws due to its unrelenting approach to ...

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on Jul, 11

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