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Top 8 Fight Scenes in Asian Movies

What can I say – I do enjoy well choreographed and edited fight scenes. I think they are an excellent fusion of martial arts, film arts and trickery …

Martial Arts

The Raid: Redemption

<b>The Raid: Redemption (Serbuan Maut)</b><p><b>Director</b>: Gareth Evans<p><b>Country</b>: Indonesia<p><b>Year</b>: 2011<p>If I had to choose my Top 3 action movies, <i>The Raid: Redemption</i> …

Action Movies

30 Asian Films to Get Started

I stumbled into Asian film through two coincidences: first, I saw <i>Princess Mononoke</i> while watching TV, and then received a DVD with <i>Oldboy</i> as a …

Anime

The Horses of Fukushima

A good and honest documentary about horses and men. A legacy of pride, beauty and sometimes sheer brutality passed on through the centuries, from a …

France

Suna no Onna: Sand never rests

<b>The Woman in the Dunes (砂の女)</b><p><b>Director</b>: Hiroshi Teshigahara<p><b>Country</b>: Japan<p><b>Year</b>: 1964<p><i>The Woman in the Dunes</i> (砂の女), is a 1964 New Wave masterpiece by …

Film Festivals

Rocket Rain

I do not hate it, but –thanks to some interesting dialogues– at least this film is still bearable.<p>Quirky, entertaining and unusual in the way it …

Ontorjatra

<b>Ontorjatra (Bengali: অর্ন্তযাত্রা; English: Homeland)</b><p><b>Director</b>: Tareque and Catherine Masud<p><b>Country</b>: Bangladesh<p><b>Year</b>: 2006<p>After 15 years abroad, Shireen …

Chai

Empire of Passion

This is great. I love Japanese cinematography, it really has something to it. And this film proves it once again. An old's woman tale of love, …

Directory of World Cinema: India

India is country with more than a billion people and incredible ethnic and cultural diversity. It also has a film industry to match, or to be more …

Tamil Nadu

Beautiful Darkness: Analysis of Ghost in the Shell 2 [VIDEO ESSAY]

Born in South Korea and raised in the US, Harrison Chute recently completed the existential journey endemic to all such twinkies, and is now open to …

In the Realm of the Senses

Saw it again after many years. Simply a Masterpiece. Like no one else before, Mr. Oshima captured the essence of unlimited passion. What about the …

Hayes

Ashik Kerib

Do Russian directors have special sense of beauty? How can they make such beautiful scenes? I especially loved the dance of a girl and a woman. The …

Psychedelia

Chungking Express

Feels now like the preeminent piece of 90s nostalgia. Few films seem to so stridently encapsulate a cultural moment, and indeed this is a very …

Framing

In the Mood for Love

Goodbye CP

One of a handful of documentaries at the summit of most powerful films ever shot. Kazuo Hara and his subjects have created a touchstone of what it …

Filmmaking

Filipino Directors Up Close: The Golden Age of Philippine Cinema 1950-2010

It is a rare thing to find books on Philippine cinema on physical bookstore shelves, thus I was overjoyed finding this <i>Filipino Directors Up Close</i> …

The Lost Melody

<b>The Lost Melody (Harano Sur) (হারানোসুর)</b><p><b>Director</b>: Ajay Kar<p><b>Country</b>: India (Bengali)<p><b>Year</b>: 1957<p>Rama, a female psychiatrist at a mental institution, …

Rashômon

Eureka

<b>Eureka</b> (ユリイカ)<p><b>Directed</b> by: Shinji Aoyama<p><b>Country</b>: Japan<p><b>Year</b>: 2000<p>Despite being one of the most difficult films for me to finish – not least because of …

Framing

Ran

My Neighbor Totoro

Notebook's 5th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2012 In our annual poll, we pair our favorite new films of 2012 with older films seen in the …

My Neighbours and Their Japanese Ghosts

Yang Lina less interviews her subjects than gleans memories, impressions, hints of emotion... The result is something more delicate than an oral …

World War II

Longing for the Rain

An extraordinary blending of cinematic elements & genre conventions in service of an astounding directorial vision. A frank, gentle testimony of the …

Three Sisters

Lotus

If Lotus is an unsophisticated, mediocre film, Liu Shu, at least, is a compelling puzzle. Subversion and conformity are woven together with …

France

Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974

The effect of the camera is that like most reality shows this has nothing to do with reality or truth. It just becomes a performance. Even when we …

Directory of World Cinema: Japan 3

When people get to know that I am a film blogger, they often ask me how I choose what films to watch. The answer is pretty simple – I most often go …

Book review: Bienvenido Lumbera “Re-Viewing Filipino Cinema”

<b>Bienvenido Lumbera Re-Viewing Filipino Cinema</b><p>Bienvenido Lumbera is a highly acclaimed Filipino poet, critic and dramatist. Among his literally work, …

Book Reviews

Agrarian Utopia

Great photography! The Cameras invite us to a very intimistic approach to hard day-to-day Thai slavers workers lives. Their problems are suggested as …

Utopia