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A film from Singapore that views prison life from a less explored angle: that of the corrections officers tasked with enforcing the rules and carrying out punishments.

By |March 2nd, 2017|Asian|0 Comments

Japan Cuts 2016

This essential festival celebrated the richness and diversity to be found in current Japanese filmmaking and offered an especially eclectic and challenging selection.

By |July 31st, 2016|Asian, Festivals|0 Comments

Highlights of the New York Asian Film Festival 2016

The city’s premier showcase of the latest and greatest from international film festivals celebrates its 15th anniversary by continuing what it does best: highlighting the richness to be found in Asian cinema.

By |July 4th, 2016|Asian, Festivals|0 Comments

Sweet Bean

In this intensely moving movie, long, lovingly shot sequences of the titular food fits perfectly in the genre of culinary-based films in which food has metaphorical, cultural, and even spiritual significance.

By |March 22nd, 2016|Book adaptation, Top Picks|0 Comments

A War

Director Tobias Lindholm, employing a realistic, almost documentarylike style, explores the moral consequences of the choices men make. He has, with A War, made his finest film to date.

By |March 17th, 2016|Top Picks, War|0 Comments

Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema 2015

The festival Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema, screening at the Film Society of Lincoln Center from December 2-8, is celebrating its 10th edition, and is using this milestone as an occasion to look back on the Romanian New Wave, which, of course by now, is not so new.

Besides its usual focus on recent films—which this […]

By |December 2nd, 2015|Festivals, Foreign, Satire|0 Comments

The Assassin

It’s been eight years since Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien’s last feature, the Paris-set Flight of the Red Balloon (2007), and the idea for his latest film, The Assassin, had been gestating in his mind for a quarter of a century. But now, Hou’s unique and idiosyncratic take on the wuxia (martial arts films) has finally […]

By |October 26th, 2015|Asian, Costume Drama, Martial arts|0 Comments

Asian Auteurs in New York | NYFF

The New York Film Festival’s impressive lineup this year includes a number of celebrated directors from Asia. Perhaps the most anticipated of these, prior to its Cannes premiere, was Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin, his exquisite take on the martial arts film, which netted Hou a best director prize at Cannes. Hou will make a rare […]

By |October 4th, 2015|Asian, New York Film Festival|0 Comments

A Hard Day

Written and Directed by Kim Seong-hun
Produced by Cha Ji-hyun and Billy Acumen
Released by Kino Lorber
Korean with English subtitles
South Korea 110 min. Not rated
With Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Jin-woong, Jeong Man-sik, Shin Jung-keun, Jang In-sub
To say that homicide detective Gun-soo (Lee Sun-kyun) isn’t having a great day would be an understatement. Here’s what happens to him […]

By |July 16th, 2015|Action, Crime, Top Picks|0 Comments