A narrative of subtle affection carried by the layered performances of the cast.
15 days ago
“A beautiful socially-engaged narrative that explores the very fact that, by being grasped within the societal network of relations, one cannot but influence the other and become influenced…
Feb 4, 2022
Non, in short, proves with her first feature film that she has a future as screenwriter and director.
Nov 16, 2022
A fabulous narrative that does not only delivers a thrilling slasher-like experience, but offers a touching romance between two people that are, in their own particular way, deeply…
Sep 28, 2022
“A great dystopian narrative that clearly gives expression the director’s fear of certain right-wing tendencies that linger within Japanese society.”
Nov 10, 2022
‘Usogui’ got 99 problems, but the manga-like appearances of the characters ain’t one.
Aug 25, 2023
A highly satisfying experience that delivers suspense as well as good dose of touching emotionality.
Nov 25, 2022
Summer 野夏天 China/Taiwan, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 113 mins. Director: Su Zhexian 苏哲贤. Rating: 4/10. Taiwan singer Chen Jiahua is overshadowed by Mainland character actor Geng Le in a…
Feb 3, 2023
Shinzo Katayama delivers one of the most satisfying drama-thrillers this year.
Jan 6, 2023
Hero 世间有她 China/Hong Kong, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 115 mins. Directors: Li Shaohong 李少红 (I), Chen Chong 陈冲 [Joan Chen] (II), Zhang Aijia 张艾嘉 [Sylvia Chang] (III). Rating: 6/10.…
Nov 18, 2022
Snipers 狙击手 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 95 mins. Directors: Zhang Yimou 张艺谋, Zhang Mo 张末. Rating: 6/10. Gripping action/psychodrama, as Chinese and US snipers face off in a…
Feb 12, 2022
“An exquisite visual experience that is sadly held back by its unfitting manga-like moments.”
Jan 29, 2023
2022 winds down as catastrophically as most other recent years. The war in Ukraine grinds on. A "tripledemic" rages in the US. Covid has ret...
Jan 1, 2023
Baby Love, First Loves, A-Girl, Fireball, Ambassador Magma
With his poetic sensitivity, Sang-il Lee delivers a rich tapestry of genuine emotionality and a powerful affirmation of the fact that the affirmation of the subject lies beyond…
Dec 25, 2022
While Fujii does not re-invent the J-horror genre with Onpaku, he does prove the horror-frame can still be exploited to deliver satisfying horror narratives.
Jan 9, 2023
A pleasant and charming exploration of the fact that, within the game of love and romance and beyond, subjects often rely on acting-out to reveal to the other…
Sep 14, 2022
A genre mish-mash – a cocktail of light-hearted comedy, family drama, bloody thriller, and ghostly romance – that is not only pleasant but offers the spectator a rich…
Aug 18, 2022
“An incredibly rich and deep narrative that not only delivers a satisfying coming-of-age story but also an elegantly delivered social commentary on some of the frictions marking Japanese…
Mar 18, 2022
Ohkanda’s narrative proves that one does not need a big budget to deliver a narrative that touches the spectator.
Apr 20, 2022
“Kahori Higashi’s debut is impressive.”
Apr 14, 2022
A great indie narrative that highlights the need for the parental and the traditional Other to aid the subject to embark on the path of his own desire.…
Jul 1, 2022
“A stylish exploration of the cruel call for destruction that structures the perverse criminal field.”
Dec 7, 2022
Kawanobe delivers a very touching and emotional story about homosexuality in Japan.
Apr 11, 2022
“A very pleasant slice-of-life narrative that elegantly shows that bonds between subjects are that much more genuine if they are grounded in the acceptance of the other’s radical…
Dec 4, 2022
Happy New Years. It time to look back at 2022 and forward into 2023.
Jan 2, 2023
0.1% World 好想去你的世界爱你 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 93 mins. Director: Sun Lin 孙琳. Rating: 3/10. Fanciful rom-com’s only original factor is the two millennials being thousands of miles…
Mar 23, 2022
An intimate and touching account of the drama that romance and becoming a woman can be.
Nov 2, 2022
Wolf Pack 狼群 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 104 mins. Director: Jiang Cong 蒋丛 [Michael Chiang]. Rating: 5/10. Well-mounted but generic action fodder centred on a band of Chinese…
Oct 23, 2022
A pleasant experience that succeeds in offering both the thrills of a horror-slasher as well as a touching exploration of romantic and amical feelings.
Jul 12, 2023
Beating Heart 世界上最爱我的人 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 93 mins. Director: Huang Yuetai 黄岳泰 [Arthur Wong]. Rating: 3/10. Simplistically scripted hospital drama squanders the combined talents of its two…
Oct 13, 2022
A splendid horror-drama narrative that will keep the spectator on the edge of his seat from start to finish.
Feb 23, 2023
Butcher Hunter 猎屠 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 98 mins. Director: Guo Xiaofeng 郭晓峰. Rating: 3/10. Anti-scamming police drama, set in Southeast Asia, is functionally shot and directed, with…
Ordinary Hero 平凡英雄 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 96 mins. Director: Chen Guohui 陈国辉 [Tony Chan]. Rating: 4/10. Race-against-time medical drama is a melodramatic meld of weepie and heart-warmer,…
Nov 8, 2022
Earlier this week, I made a post about my impressions on The Legend of Genji, a fan-made Avatar (the one with Aang, not the blue people) comic book.…
May 7, 2022
Moon Man 独行月球 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 120 mins. Director: Zhang Chiyu 张吃鱼. Rating: 6/10. Beijing troupe Ma Hua FunAge goes full-on sci-fi with a man stranded on…
Beloved; or, Stay With Me I have an idea. How about we spend one last day together? Go somewhere, walk around, have dinne r… Director B...
Watching Asia Film Reviews
Oct 21, 2022
“A splendid narrative that dares to explore how problematic mothers can be for their children.”
Mar 9, 2022
A modern classic about the beauty of being in a state of desiring and the impact a phallic injury can have on the ability of a subject to…
Nov 4, 2022
With his narrative, Kaneko gracefully invites the spectator to question whether he has not forgotten the subjective importance of forging inter-subjective bonds.
Feb 16, 2022
Almost Love 遇见你 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 109 mins. Director: Luo Luo 落落 [Zhao Jiarong 赵佳蓉]. Rating: 5/10. Initially interesting youth romance is worth a quick look for…
Oct 5, 2022
Mr. Zheng 叫我郑先生 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 100 mins. Director: Zou Dequan 邹德全. Rating: 4/10. Semi-road movie about two grieving souls is nicely shot and played but very…
Another Me 李茂扮太子 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 99 mins. Director: Gao Ke 高可. Associate director: Yang Xiaoming 杨晓明. Rating: 5/10. Role-swapping costume comedy featuring Ma Hua FunAge regulars…
Jan 30, 2022
Another year, another list of “Top 5 Anime”. While I had wanted to make this list a sort of tradition like other blogs, the last list I made…
Jan 20, 2023
Nice View 奇迹 笨小孩 China, 2022, colour, 1.85:1, 104 mins. Director: Wen Muye 文牧野. Rating: 7/10. Young actor-singer Yi Yangqianxi makes a strong lead as a do-or-die entrepreneur…
May 5, 2022
2022 is finally here, at last, which means another year of anime goddess. 2021 was a wild chaotic year for me for both seasonal and non-seasonal I hope…
Jan 22, 2022
Home Coming 万里归途 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 137 mins. Director: Rao Xiaozhi 饶晓志. Rating: 7/10. Visually impressive but emotionally rather cool drama of Chinese workers evacuated from a…
Oct 29, 2022
Post Truth #保你平安 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 110 mins. Director: Da Peng 大鹏 [Dong Chengpeng 董成鹏]. Rating: 6/10. Typically sketch-like comedy by Da Peng, as a sleazy undertaker…
Jun 4, 2023
Serendipity Love 我的遗憾和你有关 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 91 mins. Directors: Zhen Yongbo 甄永波, Zhen Yongtao 甄永涛. Rating: 4/10. Poorly written Gen-90 romance is just about watchable thanks to…
Hayakawa hauntingly confronts the spectator with what would happen if the existence of the subject was radically reduced by the government to how much he/she financially contributes to…
May 9, 2023
Uchida delivers what very well might be the feel-good movie of the year.
Nov 7, 2022