Taste of Asia Archive

  • [Taste of Asia] Air Doll (2009)

    A heartwrenchingly beautiful urban fairytale, Air Doll seeks to answer what it is to be human. Hirokazu Kore-Eda directs the film adapted from the manga of the same title with sensitivity and precision. Reminiscent of Hollywood films such as Splash, Mannequin, Blade Runner, Real Life Doll...

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  • [Taste of Asia] Ip Man (2008)

    In an environment where movie goers are bored with excessive wire work and tired of seeing martial arts favourites Jackie Chan and Jet Li explode – albeit brilliantly – again onto the screen, Ip Man presents as a refreshing and exciting change of course in...

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

    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 Chinese...

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

    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 it...

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

    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 operas...

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  • [Taste of Asia] The Lost Bladesman (2011)

    The film is set during China’s Three Kingdoms period where a great deal of warring and political upheaval occurred.   To unify the country after the collapse of the Han dynasty, the general Cao Cao -  the real power behind the Emperor, enlists Guan Yun...

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

      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 thieves....

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  • [Taste of Asia] Shinobi: Heart Under Blade ( 2005)

    Ninjas with super magical powers, a ghostly figure who can’t die, forbidden love, treachery and the fate of two villages interwoven brilliant combat scenes and gorgeous cinematography. Japanese film doesn’t get any better than this.  This is a beautifully tragic film directed by Ten Shimoyama...

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  • [Taste of Asia] Shaolin Wooden Men (1976)

    Shaolin Wooden Men is a typical Hong Kong Martial Arts Movie which cobbles thin storylines and questionable acting to some awesome kick but action. The music swings between twee and chinese ‘action music’ most westerners find discordant. With dreadful dubbing and poor quality film, its...

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  • [Taste of Asia] Fists of Fury (1972)

    A classic Bruce Lee movie, the plot focuses on a students journey fighting to defend the honour of the Chinese people and bring justice to those who causes his masters death. Unlike those around him, Lees character confronts the racist harassment head on with his...

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