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Oscars: 10 great Asian films ignored for the Academy Awards’ best foreign language statuette

True, three of the last 10 winners of the award were from the continent– Departures from Japan, and Iran’s A Separation and The Salesman. But these 10 Asian films didn’t even earn consideration for the Oscar.

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Oscars: 10 great Asian films ignored for the Academy Awards’ best foreign language statuette

True, three of the last 10 winners of the award were from the continent– Departures from Japan, and Iran’s A Separation and The Salesman. But these 10 Asian films didn’t even earn consideration for the Oscar.

Call Me By Your Name and Suspiria director Luca Guadagnino’s six feature films ranked

Murder, sexual awakening, loyalty, seduction and betrayal are recurring themes in Luca Guadagnino’s films. The Italian has worked with Tilda Swinton several times, and Dakota Johnson looks to be his next muse.

5 Feb 2019 - 7:02AM
Call Me By Your Name and Suspiria director Luca Guadagnino’s six feature films ranked

Murder, sexual awakening, loyalty, seduction and betrayal are recurring themes in Luca Guadagnino’s films. The Italian has worked with Tilda Swinton several times, and Dakota Johnson looks to be his next muse.

Review | Mori, the Artist’s Habitat film review: perceptive portrait of a reclusive Japanese artist

The late Kirin Kiki stars as the wife of celebrated painter Morikazu Kumagai, played admirably and with humour by 82-year-old Tsutomu Yamazaki; she fends off visitors as he communes with nature in their garden.

30 Jan 2019 - 7:05AM
Mori, the Artist’s Habitat film review: perceptive portrait of a reclusive Japanese artist

The late Kirin Kiki stars as the wife of celebrated painter Morikazu Kumagai, played admirably and with humour by 82-year-old Tsutomu Yamazaki; she fends off visitors as he communes with nature in their garden.

Review | We Make Antiques! film review: Japanese caper is more humorous high jinks than homage to tradition

A struggling antiques dealer thinks he’s found a rare tea bowl, only to learn it is the work of a clever faker. They team up for a classic con caper interspersed, jarringly, with scenes extolling Japan’s traditional artistry.

23 Jan 2019 - 11:00AM
We Make Antiques! film review: Japanese caper is more humorous high jinks than homage to tradition

A struggling antiques dealer thinks he’s found a rare tea bowl, only to learn it is the work of a clever faker. They team up for a classic con caper interspersed, jarringly, with scenes extolling Japan’s traditional artistry.

Review | Take Point film review: Ha Jung-woo in illogical South Korean action thriller

Kim Byung-woo’s political action thriller fails to entertain on any level. With terrible English dialogue, corny accents, a convoluted plot line and nauseating camerawork, it could be the worst film of the year.

22 Jan 2019 - 12:22PM
Take Point film review: Ha Jung-woo in illogical South Korean action thriller

Kim Byung-woo’s political action thriller fails to entertain on any level. With terrible English dialogue, corny accents, a convoluted plot line and nauseating camerawork, it could be the worst film of the year.

Review | Shadow film review: Zhang Yimou returns to form with masterful tale of intrigue and deception

Featuring compelling performances and incredible action, Shadow proudly stands alongside Zhang’s past triumphs Hero and House of Flying Daggers.

17 Jan 2019 - 6:28AM
Shadow film review: Zhang Yimou returns to form with masterful tale of intrigue and deception

Featuring compelling performances and incredible action, Shadow proudly stands alongside Zhang’s past triumphs Hero and House of Flying Daggers.

Review | Default film review: financial crisis revisited in straight South Korean take on The Big Short

Unlike The Big Short’s satirical slant, Default plays it straight and fails to engage the audience. Even an appearance by Vincent Cassel does little to make it more appealing.

16 Jan 2019 - 7:03AM
Default film review: financial crisis revisited in straight South Korean take on The Big Short

Unlike The Big Short’s satirical slant, Default plays it straight and fails to engage the audience. Even an appearance by Vincent Cassel does little to make it more appealing.

Review | Ten Years Taiwan film review: speculative anthology paints bleak future for self-ruled Chinese island

Five filmmakers steer clear of Taiwan-China relations to focus on industrial decay, indigenous islanders, sexual politics, falling birth rates and mass insomnia; the anthology is uneven, and the storytelling muddy in places.

15 Jan 2019 - 5:03PM
Ten Years Taiwan film review: speculative anthology paints bleak future for self-ruled Chinese island

Five filmmakers steer clear of Taiwan-China relations to focus on industrial decay, indigenous islanders, sexual politics, falling birth rates and mass insomnia; the anthology is uneven, and the storytelling muddy in places.

Review | Every Day a Good Day film review: veteran Japanese actress Kirin Kiki anchors tranquil tea ceremony film

The film is one of the veteran actress’ final screen roles. Every Day a Good Day portrays the tea ceremony as a women’s refuge, an immaculate sanctuary of calm and composure

9 Jan 2019 - 11:30AM
Every Day a Good Day film review: veteran Japanese actress Kirin Kiki anchors tranquil tea ceremony film

The film is one of the veteran actress’ final screen roles. Every Day a Good Day portrays the tea ceremony as a women’s refuge, an immaculate sanctuary of calm and composure

Review | You Are the Apple of My Eye film review: poor Japanese remake of Taiwanese teen romance blockbuster

Robbed of the original’s vibrant, youthful voice, and saddled with an inexperienced pop-idol lead actress, film is a shadow of Giddens Ko’s 2011 original, which understood what it meant to be young, awkward and horny.

8 Jan 2019 - 7:41PM
You Are the Apple of My Eye film review: poor Japanese remake of Taiwanese teen romance blockbuster

Robbed of the original’s vibrant, youthful voice, and saddled with an inexperienced pop-idol lead actress, film is a shadow of Giddens Ko’s 2011 original, which understood what it meant to be young, awkward and horny.

Five Asian terminal illness films that came before More Than Blue

Boy meets girl, boy (or girl) is diagnosed with deadly incurable disease, hides it from the other – it’s classic Asian cinematic fare; Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Hong Kong directors have all turned their hands to the sub-genre.

8 Jan 2019 - 6:45PM
Five Asian terminal illness films that came before More Than Blue

Boy meets girl, boy (or girl) is diagnosed with deadly incurable disease, hides it from the other – it’s classic Asian cinematic fare; Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Hong Kong directors have all turned their hands to the sub-genre.

Review | Swing Kids film review: Do Kyung-soo plays tap-dancing hero in prisoner-of-war drama

Do Kyung-soo plays the tap-dancing hero in this prisoner-of-war drama, whose La La Land meets The Battleship Island set-up doesn’t convince. Set in the Korean war, it is a hodgepodge of half-baked ideas.

2 Jan 2019 - 8:51AM
Swing Kids film review: Do Kyung-soo plays tap-dancing hero in prisoner-of-war drama

Do Kyung-soo plays the tap-dancing hero in this prisoner-of-war drama, whose La La Land meets The Battleship Island set-up doesn’t convince. Set in the Korean war, it is a hodgepodge of half-baked ideas.

Review | At Eternity’s Gate film review: Willem Dafoe mesmerises as Vincent van Gogh in conventional biopic

Set at the end of the tortured painter’s life, the story does not really cover any new ground. The film’s lack of originality is saved by Dafoe’s inspired performance.

1 Jan 2019 - 5:23PM
At Eternity’s Gate film review: Willem Dafoe mesmerises as Vincent van Gogh in conventional biopic

Set at the end of the tortured painter’s life, the story does not really cover any new ground. The film’s lack of originality is saved by Dafoe’s inspired performance.

Burning director Lee Chang-dong: the South Korean’s six feature films ranked, from good to great

Director’s films champion individuals struggling on the fringes of society, and offer a platform for actors to produce their best work

26 Dec 2018 - 8:03PM
Burning director Lee Chang-dong: the South Korean’s six feature films ranked, from good to great

Director’s films champion individuals struggling on the fringes of society, and offer a platform for actors to produce their best work

Review | Million Dollar Man film review: money is bad, or so this condescending cautionary tale reminds us for two hours

This story about a Japanese lottery winner who has his winnings stolen has little to say. Despite the cast and stunning backdrop the film is laborious and condescending.

13 Dec 2018 - 12:08PM
Million Dollar Man film review: money is bad, or so this condescending cautionary tale reminds us for two hours

This story about a Japanese lottery winner who has his winnings stolen has little to say. Despite the cast and stunning backdrop the film is laborious and condescending.

Nicolas Cage on channelling Andy Warhol, learning from John Woo, and possibly his wildest film yet

The prolific actor says he was inspired by Warhol’s ‘marvellous collages’ of entertainment icons, and that John Woo showed him how to stretch himself; he talks about new film Mandy and working with a Japanese eccentric.

14 Dec 2018 - 12:48PM
Nicolas Cage on channelling Andy Warhol, learning from John Woo, and possibly his wildest film yet

The prolific actor says he was inspired by Warhol’s ‘marvellous collages’ of entertainment icons, and that John Woo showed him how to stretch himself; he talks about new film Mandy and working with a Japanese eccentric.

Review | Homestay film review: Thai supernatural drama rides on charm of its stars, falls on its clumsy script

Bad Genius star Teeradon Supapunpinyo and idol pop group BNK48’s Cherprang Areekul lead fantastical mystery that morphs into hackneyed melodrama; story of a spirit that inhabits body of a recently deceased teen has eye-catching visual effects.

6 Dec 2018 - 3:22PM
Homestay film review: Thai supernatural drama rides on charm of its stars, falls on its clumsy script

Bad Genius star Teeradon Supapunpinyo and idol pop group BNK48’s Cherprang Areekul lead fantastical mystery that morphs into hackneyed melodrama; story of a spirit that inhabits body of a recently deceased teen has eye-catching visual effects.

Review | Life Itself film review: Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde in self-important family melodrama

Dan Fogelman’s trite film charts the repercussions of a traumatic event on four generations of one family; committed performances from the likes of Antonio Banderas and Annette Bening are not enough to save it.

5 Dec 2018 - 8:03PM
Life Itself film review: Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde in self-important family melodrama

Dan Fogelman’s trite film charts the repercussions of a traumatic event on four generations of one family; committed performances from the likes of Antonio Banderas and Annette Bening are not enough to save it.

Review | Call Boy film review: sexually explicit drama about Japanese male prostitute is more tiresome than titillating

Story of an emotionally detached student who becomes a gigolo is shot with all the panache of a 1990s whisky commercial; Tori Matsuzaka is painfully uncharismatic in the lead role

5 Dec 2018 - 7:07AM
Call Boy film review: sexually explicit drama about Japanese male prostitute is more tiresome than titillating

Story of an emotionally detached student who becomes a gigolo is shot with all the panache of a 1990s whisky commercial; Tori Matsuzaka is painfully uncharismatic in the lead role

The 10 best films/events to see at the Macau international film festival 2018

Chen Kaige heads the awards jury and Nicolas Cage and Aarok Kwok will be there as ambassadors for the festival of more than 50 films; audiences will get first look at major awards contenders such as Green Book.

5 Dec 2018 - 6:35PM
The 10 best films/events to see at the Macau international film festival 2018

Chen Kaige heads the awards jury and Nicolas Cage and Aarok Kwok will be there as ambassadors for the festival of more than 50 films; audiences will get first look at major awards contenders such as Green Book.

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