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Review: Tokyo Vampire Hotel

22 Nov , 2017  

Sion Sono turns his nine-part vampire mini-series Tokyo Vampire Hotel for Amazon into a feature-length film, resulting in a messy experience.

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Review: Tokyo Idols

10 Nov , 2017  

Kyoko Miyake’s award-winning documentary, Tokyo Idols, offers unique insight into Japan’s pop idol culture and critiques its many problems.

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Reel Asian 2017 Review: Women of the Weeping River

7 Nov , 2017  

Sheron Dayoc’s Women of the Weeping River is a portrait of two families caught in a cycle of violence and revenge, captured in documentary-like realism.

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Reel Asian 2017 Review: Bad Genius

1 Nov , 2017  

The high-octaine thrills of a heist caper mixed into a high school setting results in one of the most fun films of the year. This is Thailand’s Bad Genius.

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KOFFIA 2017 Review: Jane

27 Oct , 2017  

Koo Gyo-hwan shines as transgendered Jane, a woman whose connection to young runaway So-hyun serves as the basis for this Korean drama.

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Review: Claire’s Camera

10 Oct , 2017  

Kim Min-hee and Isabelle Huppert team up for Hong Sang-soo’s Claire’s Camera, a film that once more ruminates on familiar themes from the Korean auteur.

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KOFFIA 2017 Review: A Single Rider

2 Oct , 2017  

Lee Byung-hun stars in A Single Rider, a drama about a disgraced Korean financier who travels to Australia in search of his estranged family.

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TIFF 2017 Review: The Poet and the Boy

21 Sep , 2017  

Director Kim Yang-hee’s debut film, The Poet and the Boy, is a cautionary tale to creatives who complicate their lives and others, in the name of their art.

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TIFF 2017 Review: The Third Murder

18 Sep , 2017  

Hirokazu Koreeda changes gears from family dramas to courtroom thriller with new film, The Third Murder. Does Koreeda’s style translate well in a new genre?

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KOFFIA 2017 Review: The Day After

29 Aug , 2017  

One of several Hong Sang-soo films to grace cinema screens in 2017, The Day After continues the filmmaker’s thematic reflection over infidelity.

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MIFF 2017 Review: Japanese Girls Never Die

21 Aug , 2017  

Daigo Matsui directs Yu Aoi in Japanese Girls Never Die, the filmmaker’s new and unapologetic assault on misogyny and the patriarchy in modern-day Japan.

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MIFF 2017 Review: On the Beach at Night Alone

13 Aug , 2017  

Hong Sang-soo crafts what may be his masterpiece with On the Beach At Night Alone, starring Kim Min-hee in an equally perfect performance.