UFO in Her Eyes (China/Germany, 2011)

Since the late-1990s, Guo Xiaolu has been developing a fascinating, multi-disciplinary career that ranges from literary fiction to incisive documentaries to narrative features, with such novels as 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth (2008) and […]

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on May, 15 · in Reviews

Vampire (Canada/Japan, 2011)

Since the early 2000s, a number of Japanese directors have attempted to make the transition to English-language filmmaking, with Hideo Nakata, Ryuhei Kitamura, Takeshi Kitano and Takashi Shimizu transplanting their specialist genre expertise with varying […]

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on Apr, 29 · in Reviews

The Woodsman and the Rain (Japan, 2011)

Shuichi Okita’s delightful comedy-drama The Woodsman and the Rain begins with its titular 60-year-old lumberjack Katsuhiko (Koji Yakusho) cutting down a tree in the wilderness that surrounds his remote Yamamura village. Katsuhiko is suddenly interrupted […]

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on Jan, 26 · in Reviews

Hard Romanticker (Japan, 2011)

The title of Gu Su-yeon’s semi-autobiographical crime thriller Hard Romanticker invites such critical summaries as ‘hard boiled’ or ‘hardcore’, attributes that it achieves through a consistently tough, if occasionally meandering, narrative concerning a young thug […]

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on Jan, 18 · in Reviews

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