Archive for the 'Asia' Category

Suspect X (容疑者Xの献身) Review

Hiroshi Nishitani’s Suspect X is uniquely positioned at the crossroads of mainstream popularity and the more artsy avant-garde, making it easy to recommend to serious Japanese cinema aficionados and more casual film buffs alike.

Strayed (Заблудившийся) Review

From Boratland comes Akan Satayev’s bold new supernatural thriller Strayed (Zabludivshijsya), an eerie, atmospherically rich effort of unprecedented quality for Central Asian productions in the genre.

I Saw the Devil (악마를 보았다) Review

A work on the order of such masterpieces as Se7en (1995), Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Memories of Murder (2003), I Saw the Devil is likely the most complete revenge story you’ll ever see.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives Review

In choosing Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives to receive the Palme d’Or award, a decision which effectively ensured the Thai art film’s international distribution and exposure to a wider audience, the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival surely forgot to mention an important detail about their selection process – precisely what it was they’d been smoking.

Love Exposure (愛のむきだし) Review

Love Exposure is epic in every sense of the word: it is at once a powerful meditation on religion, an allegorical commentary on sexuality in the modern world, a highly entertaining commercial production and an odyssey of sorts into Tokyo’s bizarre Akihabara subculture. While some may love it and others hate it, this film will leave no one indifferent.

SDAFF: First Squad (Первый отряд) Review

Coming back from a screening of the Russian anime co-production with Japan’s Studio 4°C First Squad at the San Diego Asian Film Festival, it is certainly not easy to settle on a final verdict for Yoshiharu Ashino’s new production.