Reviews

Review: Yakuza Apocalypse

25 Aug , 2016  

Takashi Miike’s wild Yakuza Apocalypse is a bizarre film that only escalates in ridiculousness the further it progresses. An oddity for sure.

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Review: Train to Busan

23 Aug , 2016  

All aboard the South Korean zombie thrill ride, Train to Busan, the live action debut of filmmaker Yeon Sang-ho and the country’s first zombie blockbuster.

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MIFF 2016 Review: Our Huff and Puff Journey

17 Aug , 2016  

Our Huff and Puff Journey continues Daigo Matsui’s brand of teenage pop filmmaking with a heartfelt story of fleeting youth and adventure at its core.

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MIFF 2016 Review: Happy Hour

16 Aug , 2016  

At five hours long, Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Happy Hour’s focus on women, communication and emotional intimacy makes it one of the year’s most intriguing films.

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KOFFIA 2016 Review: Fourth Place

15 Aug , 2016  

Jung Ji-woo’s Fourth Place is an indictment of South Korea’s competitive culture which doesn’t just belong in sports but in all young Korean lives.

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MIFF 2016 Review: What’s in the Darkness

14 Aug , 2016  

First time filmmaker Wang Yichun turns in a deeply promising and focused debut with her coming-of-age teenage murder mystery What’s in the Darkness.

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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: Apprentice

13 Aug , 2016  

Boo Junfeng’s dark prison drama Apprentice is an impressive Singaporean feature that explores isolation and offers no easy answers to capital punishment.

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MIFF 2016 Review: The Magic Brush

11 Aug , 2016  

Chinese animated adventure The Magic Brush offers plenty in the way of laughs and imagination that’s sure to entertain the young and young at heart.

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MIFF 2016 Review: The Handmaiden

10 Aug , 2016  

The gloves come off as Park Chan-wook’s sexually charged Gothic lesbian romance, The Handmaiden, reveals a director at his most feminine.

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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?

Features

Feature: The Host and the commentary traditions of ‘kaiju’ cinema

28 Jul , 2016  

More than just a monster movie, Bong Joon-ho’s landmark film, The Host, was a biting commentary on society and a continuation of ‘kaiju’ cinema traditions.