Anime Review – Grandma And Her Ghosts

Grandma And Her Ghosts (Mo fa a ma) Taiwan (1998) Dir. Wang Shaudi Depending on the age they were born, many children tend to grow up with grandparents who are past middle age - in other words, they are grey haired or fast approaching it, making them almost mystical in our eyes. I doubt many … Continue reading Anime Review – Grandma And Her Ghosts

Movie Review – Execution In Autumn

Execution In Autumn (Qiu Jue) Taiwan (1972) Dir. Hsing Lee Growing up with privilege is not as cushy as it seems. You never want for anything but your grasp on reality and how people really are will differ drastically from the sycophants paid to kiss the silver spoon up your butt. It takes a rude … Continue reading Movie Review – Execution In Autumn

Movie Review – The Silent Forest

The Silent Forest (Wu sheng) Taiwan (2020) Dir. Ko Chien-Nien “It’s just playing!” To instil such blasé sophistry into the callow minds of the young and vulnerable, in this instance, the deaf, about sexual abuse takes a truly depraved and twisted person - made worse when said person is in a position of trust like … Continue reading Movie Review – The Silent Forest

Movie Review – Dear Tenant

Dear Tenant Taiwan (2020) Dir. Cheng Yu-chieh People are their own worst enemies. If they can’t be honest with each other, they’re not going to be honest with themselves and the result is going to be messy. Unfortunately, life is never that simple and keeping things to ourselves is often the safest way to keep … Continue reading Movie Review – Dear Tenant

Movie Review – Classmates Minus

Classmates Minus Taiwan (2020) Dir. Hsin-yao Huang “This film might be the first in history where the director enters the frame to hit people” I can honestly say this is the first film I have ever seen where this has happened, so Hsin-yao Huang could very well be speaking the truth. But this is a … Continue reading Movie Review – Classmates Minus

Movie Review – Love Education (Xiang ai xiang qin)

Love Education (Xiang ai xiang qin) China/Taiwan (2017) Dir. Sylvia Chang As time moves on and social attitudes change, some old traditions become redundant and more often than not, illogical to modern thinking, and with the separation between rural and metropolitan life, there will be a clash of opinions about this. Then again, not every … Continue reading Movie Review – Love Education (Xiang ai xiang qin)

Get The Hell Out

Get The Hell Out Taiwan (2020) Dir. I-Fan Wang Politics is a messy business to get involved in. It is where people shed their humanity, and their instincts for self-preservation reduce them to committing acts of shameless venality and display levels of immorality unthinkable to most. In short - it turns people into monsters. A … Continue reading Get The Hell Out

Raining In The Mountain (Kong shan ling yu)

Raining In The Mountain (Kong shan ling yu) Hong Kong/Taiwan (1979) Dir. King Hu “Those who really seek the path to Enlightenment dictate terms to their mind. Then they proceed with strong determination.” This could also apply to many people in their life’s endeavours but this quote is aimed at those seeking spiritual wisdom from … Continue reading Raining In The Mountain (Kong shan ling yu)

The Tag-Along (Hong yi xiao nu hai)

The Tag-Along (Hong yi xiao nu hai) Taiwan (2015) Dir. Cheng Wei-hao Asian horror cinema has created a niche of its own over the last two decades though Taiwan hasn’t embraced this genre as much as its neighbours have. Better late than never, they join the fray, and like many of its Asian contemporaries, the … Continue reading The Tag-Along (Hong yi xiao nu hai)

The Bold, The Corrupt, And The Beautiful (Xue guan yin)

The Bold, The Corrupt, And The Beautiful (Xue guan yin)   Taiwan (2017) Dir. Yang Ya-che Keep it in the family. That’s quite often a wise maxim to adhere to, especially for those with a criminal bent - after all, if you can’t trust your family, whom can you trust? Then again, I suppose it … Continue reading The Bold, The Corrupt, And The Beautiful (Xue guan yin)