Tag: reviews

Bagmati River (Japan, 2022) [OAFF 2022]

Films about characters processing grief are common and are usually totally fictional. A memorable romance between Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze’s characters was sustained via...

Too Cool to Kill (China, 2022)

Xing Wenxiong’s remake of the Japanese comedy The Magic Hour (2008) by Koki Mitani stars Wei Xiang as Wei Chenggong, a bit-part actor with dreams...

Blue (Japan, 2021) [JFTFP 2022]

The violent bloody sport of men’s boxing has always been intertwined with an aspirational ideal of creating the desirable virile male body. The player’s sense...

Crazy Thunder Road (Japan, 1980)

Crazy Thunder Road was the punk filmmaker Sogo Ishii’s college graduation project. Toei Studios were so impressed with the film that they picked it up...

Hiruko the Goblin (Japan, 1991)

Shinya Tsukamoto’s Hiruko the Goblin is an exciting introduction to the Japanese body horror genre. As a film, it tries to be both serious in...

Memoria (Colombia/Thailand, 2021)

Clichéd orientalist tropes of reincarnations, perceived memories of past actions and guilts exotically revisited and generously hallucinated about, as one lay seriously ill, awaiting their...