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July 2017

by Lawrence Garcia Film

Daguerrotype | Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Although widely dismissed during its initial premiere, Daguerrotype, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s first French-language production, finds the Japanese genre master in peak form; the first hour alone fulfills the promise of the director’s formal rigor being transposed to a ghost story in the French countryside. Jean…

July 25, 2017
by InRO Staff Festival Coverage Film

Japan Cuts 2017

Japan Cuts—the largest screening event for new Japanese films in North America—just wrapped its 11th annual edition this week. Our one and only dispatch from the fest this year includes new films from the auteurs Sion Sono (ANTIPORNO) and Kiyoshi Kuroawa (Daguerrotype); respected but lesser known…

July 25, 2017
Before We Vanish by Lawrence Garcia Film

Kékszakállú | Gastón Solnicki

“Obvious” is likely the last word that would be used to describe Argentine writer-director Gastón Solnicki’s Kékszakállú—by a large margin, the most baffling film discussed in this dispatch. Inspired by a Hungarian opera, Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, it follows a group of young women as…

July 21, 2017
by Christopher Bourne Film

Jane | Cho Hyun-hoon

A deep, perceptive empathy towards some of the most marginalized, vulnerable, and exploited members of society—here, transgender people and teen runaways—is the most remarkable and valuable aspect of Jane, Cho Hyun-hoon’s feature debut. But the strength of the film’s performances is also a great…

July 19, 2017
by Justin Stewart Film

Aroused by Gymnopedies | Isao Yukisada

Nikkatsu is in the process of rolling out a new crop of “romantic pornography” (or Roman Porno) films—a throwback to their heyday in the 1970s and ‘80s, when the studio went “pink” in an effort to compete with television. As then, the only real…

July 19, 2017
by Chris Mello Film

Vampire Cleanup Department | Yan Pak-wing & Chiu Sin-hang

An action-comedy in the jiangshi (hopping vampire) tradition, Vampire Cleanup Department concerns Tim (Babyjohn Choi), a nerdy loner who is bitten on the ass by a vampire and subsequently recruited by his rescuers, the clandestine government agency from which the film takes its title.…

July 19, 2017
by Christopher Bourne Film

Mrs. K | Ho Yuhang

Ho Yuhang, a key filmmaker of the 2000s Malaysian New Wave, previously specialized in beautifully made and deliberately paced art films, ones that often dealt with alienated youth (like Rain Dogs and At the End of Daybreak). Ho’s latest, Mrs. K, represents a fairly…

July 19, 2017
by Justin Stewart Film

Dealer/Healer | Lawrence Lau

Telling the “true” story of murderous, drug-addicted Triad heavy-turned-sober, prolific rehabilitater of young gangster-addicts Peter Chan Shun-chi, Lawrence Lau’s Dealer/Healer belongs to that most enervating of sub-genres: the wannabe epic. Toggling back and forth between the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s, and the present, it certainly…

July 19, 2017
by Paul Attard Film

With Prisoners | Andrew Wong Kwok-Kuen

Street thug Fan (Neo Yau) lives fast as a hooligan with little regard for authority or his own life, regularly dealing with crooks and lawbreakers. After getting arrested by a dirty cop, however, he has to deal with the most immoral people he’s yet…

July 19, 2017
by Matt Lynch Film

Birdshot | Mikhail Red

Mikhail Red’s formally placid Filipino thriller Birdshot parallels the stories of a young girl, who mistakenly shoots an endangered bird on protected land, and a cop who’s recently been transplanted to the country, and is investigating the disappearance of a group of farmers. It’s…

July 19, 2017
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