Asian Cinema Archive

  • [Taste of Asia] Ip Man 2 : Legend of a Grandmaster. (2010)

    Tweet Ip Man 2 continues the legendary story of one of the most venerated masters of Wing Chun. It  is the highly anticipated sequel to Wilson Yip’s 2008 Yip Man biopic. Although known in the West as Bruce Lees Master, Ip Man is one of […]

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  • [Taste of Asia] The Malay Chronicles – Bloodlines (2011)

    Tweet The Malay Chronicles – Bloodlines is an epic fantasy romance, liberally sprinkled with marital arts action, things blowing up, gallons of blood gushing from sword wounds and plenty of slow motion screams of angst in the pouring rain. The blurb informs potential viewers that […]

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  • [Taste of Asia] Farewell My Concubine (1993)

    Tweet Directed by Chen Kaige, Farewell My Concubine is a visual and emotional masterpiece thoroughly deserving of its many international film awards and nominations, winning its section at the Cannes Film Festival. The films costumes, sets and props are as lavish and ornate as the […]

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  • [Taste of Asia] Once a Thief (1991)

    Tweet   John Woo took a breather from his normal bloody thrillers to make this questionable romantic action comedy in 1991. The story focuses on three orphans who grew up under the tutelage of wealthy crime boss and a kindly police officer and train as […]

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  • Review: More Shion Sono—Cold Fish (2010)

    Tweet Director: Shion Sono / Writers: Shion Sono (screenplay), Yoshiki Takahashi (screenplay) / Stars: Makoto Ashikawa, Denden, and Mitsuru Fukikoshi Cinefamily’s Shion Sono retrospective last weekend—where I got to see Love Exposure for a second time in all its glory—kicked off with an exclusive advance […]

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  • Foreign Focus: Arahan

    Tweet When you think of kung fu movies, you’ll probably think of something from Japan, or China. In doing so, you might overlook this little gem from Korea, released in 2004. Made by Ryoo Seung-wan, billed as Korea’s answer to Stephen Chow, Arahan is slick, […]

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  • Love Exposure

    Tweet Director: Shion Sono / Writers: Shion Sono / Starring: Takahiro Nishijima, Hikari Mitsushima, and Sakura Andô (This is not officially a “Taste of Asia” post, but it sort of qualifies…) The word “epic” is one of many that has been increasingly overused in popular culture lately, and so I often […]

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  • [Taste of Asia] Gekkô no Sasayakii (1999)

    Tweet Moonlight Whispers (Gekkô no Sasayakii)  is a 1999 film based on a manga comic book by Masahiko Kikuni, directed by  Akihiko Shiota and tells the story of a seemingly innocent teenage romance. The film is quickly set with Takuya and Satsuki practicing Kendo together, […]

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  • [Taste of Asia] Ran (1985)

    Tweet  Its no secret I am a fan of  the filmmaker and director Akira Kurosawa, so regular readers to the column will be dished a generous serving of his works as we progress through the year. One of the stand out features ; amongst so […]

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  • [Taste of Asia] Spirited Away (2001)

    Tweet Spirited Away, one of Japans most successful films, was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, and was released in 2001.  This animation is filled with incredible detail and realism and  despite its fantasy setting, the anime is grounded in the real world. It steers […]

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