Reviews

MIFF 2016 Review: After the Storm

13 Aug , 2016  

Hirokazu Koreeda returns with After the Storm, a small yet intimate film about divorce that’s handled with a deeply humanistic grace.

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MIFF 2016 Review: Harmonium

9 Aug , 2016  

Koji Fukada’s Cannes award-winning Harmonium is a family drama centered on repentance and sin but where does it fit in Japan’s history of that genre?

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Review: Three

27 Jun , 2016  

Hong Kong crime master Johnnie To returns to the genre that defined him in Three, a hospital-set thriller starring Louis Koo, Vicki Zhao and Wallace Chung.

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SFF 2016 Review: Under the Sun

14 Jun , 2016  

Vitaly Mansky’s eye-opening documentary Under the Sun goes deep into the North Korean propaganda machine and asks: “Does the North Korean dream exist?”.

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Review: Chongqing Hot Pot

15 Apr , 2016  

What begins as a heist film becomes something so much more in the small but hugely fun and surprising Chinese crime-comedy Chongqing Hot Pot.

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Review: The Bodyguard

13 Apr , 2016  

It was one of our anticipated films of 2016 but does Sammo Hung’s martial arts drama The Bodyguard live up to expectations?

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Review: The Mermaid

15 Mar , 2016  

Who would’ve thought a Stephen Chow-directed comedy could be so environmentally conscientious?! Hieu and Hayley talk about the hilarious film, The Mermaid.

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Review: Double Xposure

22 Feb , 2016  

It’s not without its faults, but Li Yu’s Double Xposure features the best dramatic performance by Chinese star Fan Bingbing to date.

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Review: The Boy and the Beast

15 Feb , 2016  

Mamoru Hosoda returns with his latest animated adventure, The Boy and the Beast, a film that’s equal parts martial arts film, coming-of-age and fantasy.

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Review: Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo

7 Feb , 2016  

The latest entry in the popular and controversial Evangelion series – Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo – is the best yet.

Features

Feature: East Asian films to watch in 2016

16 Jan , 2016  

From new films by Park Chan-wook to Johnnie To, we offer a short list of films you should keep an eye on that have a fair chance of screening in Australia.

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JFF 2015 Review: Tag

8 Nov , 2015  

It might not look like it but Sion Sono’s Tag is a pro-feminist work and one of the most bleak and bizarre coming-of-age films to come along in some time.