Category Archive: Asian Cinema

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

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As hard as it is to believe with games like Call of Duty and movies like Pearl Harbor, World War II is the single most terrible thing to have ever happened in human… Continue reading

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Love Letter (1995)

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Readers may remember my review of Departures from last year. Departures, winner of the 2009 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, basically managed to become my all-time favorite Japanese film. That is an… Continue reading

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American Commando: Angel’s Blood Mission (1987)

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As per our annual tradition starting with The Incredibly Strange Creatures who Stopped Living and Became Mixed up Zombies!!?, in the days after Christmas, The Pop Culture Historian will pick a B-movie to… Continue reading

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Crazed Fruit (1956)

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The post-World War II years was an interesting time for Japan. One thing it featured was a revolt by the Japanese youth in their practices of dating and sex. Enter Crazed Fruit (狂った果実… Continue reading

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Hard Boiled (1992)

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Hong Kong police officer “Tequila” Yuen’s (Chow Yun-Fat) partner gets killed while they attempt to raid an arms deal in a tea house. Having failed to nab the head honcho in the midst… Continue reading

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Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (2001)

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Last time, we talked about Macross Plus, a movie that Watanabe Shinichiro made early on in his career. Now, we can see what he could do in about six years. Enter Knockin’ on… Continue reading

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2046 (2004)

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We all have disappointments. Some cope with them better than others. Enter Chow (Tony Leung) as he moves into room 2046 in a hotel in director Wong Kar-Wai’s follow-up to his earlier In… Continue reading

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