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'Kong: Skull Island': King Kong swats away the story line

/ Mar 15, 2017

'Kong: Skull Island': King Kong swats away the story line

From the bizarrely "localized" titles to the media events featuring random TV personalities who aren't even in the film, Japanese distributors use some peculiar strategies to promote Hollywood movies to an increasingly indifferent public. Still, it's fair to say that Warner Bros. Japan outdid themselves ...

'The Wailing': Spine-chilling in every possible way

/ Mar 8, 2017

'The Wailing': Spine-chilling in every possible way

When village cop Jong-gu (Kwak Do-won) gets woken before dawn and summoned to the scene of a suspected murder, his wife persuades him to stay at home and have a proper breakfast first. This paunchy put-upon sergeant clearly isn't cut out for serious police ...

'The Handmaiden': A sinfully silly gothic psychodrama

/ Mar 1, 2017

'The Handmaiden': A sinfully silly gothic psychodrama

Korean genre stylist Park Chan-wook is best known to Western audiences for his "Vengeance" trilogy: a trio of malevolent, blackly comic thrillers that included his 2003 breakout hit, "Oldboy." But his recent films have coalesced into an informal trilogy of their own, linked by ...

Koshiro Hino pushes the limits of control as YPY

Feb 5, 2017

Koshiro Hino pushes the limits of control as YPY

A couple of years ago, I started to get a sense of deja-vu while loitering on the weirdo fringes of Japan's club scene. Whenever I asked DJs or producers what homegrown music they were most excited about at the moment, the same name kept ...

'Silence': A test of faith — and of patience

/ Jan 18, 2017

'Silence': A test of faith — and of patience

After spending nearly 30 years shepherding his adaptation of Shusaku Endo's "Silence" to the screen, Martin Scorsese may be starting to feel as forsaken as the book's Jesuit protagonist, abandoned by an uncommunicative and apparently uncaring God. The movie has been roundly ignored by ...