October 17, 2013
Shield of Straw

Shield of Straw (Takashi Miike, 2013) | Lesson of the Evil (Takashi Miike, 2012)

Shield of Straw My first film at Fantasia in 2013 was Takashi Miike’s Shield of Straw, one of the director’s contribution to the festival. Miike is a known workhorse, directing sometimes three films per year, in a myriad of genres and styles. Yet, there seems to be a connecting thread through his films, which feels harder to ascertain for me […]
November 28, 2010
Love in a Puff

Love in a Puff (Ho-cheung Pang, 2010)

Love in a Puff (Pang Ho-cheung, 2010), from one of Hong Kong most promising directors, stands out as a great example of how to do romantic comedies right.
December 29, 2011
Hello Ghost

Hello Ghost (Young-tak Kim, 2010)

Hello Ghost is hands-down the best film I’ve seen in 2011, utilizing appealing comedic techniques, and crafting new visual gags and convoluted situations.
March 11, 2013
Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack

Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack (Takayuki Hirao, 2012)

Adapted from Junji Ito's manga, Gyo tells the story of a modern-day Japan attacked by poisonous fish with mechanical legs, converting the population into organic masses excreting putrid gas, as they make their way inland.
March 26, 2013
Starry Starry Night

Starry Starry Night (Tom Lin, 2011)

Starry Starry Night is a coming-of-age story of love and adventure. And, thanks to some interesting formal elements, it’s an enjoyable viewing.