Reviews

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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SFF 2016 Review: The Road

10 Jun , 2016  

Chinese documentary The Road covers three years of a controversial highway’s construction, revealing systemic corruption.and violence in its creation.

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HRAFF 2016 Review: Hooligan Sparrow

3 May , 2016  

Nanfu Wang’s debut documentary, Hooligan Sparrow, sees women’s rights activist Ye Haiyan fight to bring justice for six sexually abused Chinese schoolgirls.

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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?

Features

Feature: Breaking Taboo – Japan’s Extreme Cinema of Transgression

12 Apr , 2016  

From pink films to something called ‘The Bloody Sword of the 99th Virgin’, we look at the evolution of the transgressive and extreme cinema of Japan.

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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: SPL 2: A Time for Consequences

9 Mar , 2016  

Ten years after the original Donnie Yen film, SPL 2: A Time for Consequences is a spiritual sequel that delivers martial arts action in spades.

Features

Feature: ‘Our Times’ and why fun commercial films by women are necessary

7 Mar , 2016  

The success of Taiwanese high school film, Our Times, makes a strong case as to why we need more light and fun commercial films by women.

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Feature: Why Indonesia’s ‘The Look of Silence’ deserves Oscar glory

24 Feb , 2016  

Could The Look of Silence earn Indonesia its first Oscar? We take a look at what makes Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary great and why it deserves to win.

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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.

Features

Feature: Why an Oscar win is important for ‘When Marnie Was There’

18 Feb , 2016  

If When Marnie Was There is to be Studio Ghibli’s final film, we look at why its potential win at the Oscars could be an important one.