Here are all our reviews of Asian movies, including Korean, Japanese, Chinese films and more.

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A Dragon Arrives! movie poster

A Dragon Arrives!

in Iranian Movies

Mixing a fantastic tale with a fake documentary and political commentary, A Dragon Arrives! is an intricate work coming from Iran. Written and directed by Mani Haghighi (Modest Reception), the film centers on a mysterious haunted cemetery where earthquakes occur whenever somebody gets buried. The film opens with detective Babak Hafizi (Amir Jadidi) being interrogated following the assassination of the […]

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Crosscurrent movie poster

Crosscurrent review

in Chinese Movies

As I was watching Crosscurrent, slowly but surely getting sucked into its hypnotic, languid universe, one of the first things that crossed my mind was that Yang Chao’s film wouldn’t be fully alive if it wasn’t so deliberately slow and long (almost 2 hours), this storytelling and visual style symbolizing the  story – a journey on the Yangtze river. (As […]

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Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer

in Korean Movies

After leaving a distinctive mark on the festival circuit with The Host, Memories of Murder and a contribution to Tokyo!, South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho takes on the world with his first English-language international production featuring A-listers such as Chris Evans (Captain America), Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Only Lovers Left Alive), John Hurt (1984, Elephant Man) […]

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Like Father Like Son

Like Father Like Son

in Japanese Movies

What makes a father? Filiation through blood or just the time spent with a son? This is the question that director Eda Hirokazu Kore tries to answer since the birth of his child. In Like Father Like Son, a wealthy family learns that the child they have been raising for 6 years isn’t theirs, 2 babies having been swapped at birth […]

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R100

R100

in Japanese Movies

R100 is the fourth film directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto who gained fame as a comedian on the small screen in the 80’s. To be frank, I wasn’t familiar with his work, which made for an even more surprising experience when watching  R100.  While most Japanese movies crossing the Pacific are usually epic tales or crime stories, there is also an […]

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Drug War

Drug War

in Chinese Movies

With Drug War, Hong Kong director Johnny To (Election, Vengeance) heads to China for the first time to deliver a procedural piece about Chinese cops and drug traffickers. A Johnny To regular, Louis Koo (Election, Triad Election) is Timmy Choi, a drug boss who after being arrested is forced to cooperate with police chief Zhang (Sun Honglei) to take down […]

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Like Someone in Love

Like Someone in Love

in Japanese Movies

Following Certified Copy, which was taking place in Italy, the Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami is now using Japan as a setting. Telling the story of a young escort girl, harassed by her jealous boyfriend, Like Someone in Love – the title is a reference to a jazz song – is fully in line with Mr. Kiarostami’s body of work. For the most […]

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In Another Country

In Another Country

in Korean Movies

With a Rhomer-like freshness, South Korean director Hong Sangsoo delivers a series of irresistible and charming skits about the adventures of a French woman and a Korean lifeguard. These romantic variations come from the imagination of a young writer whose family is ruined and struggling. She finds refuge in her writing and her characters come to life in this tasty comedy. In […]

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