Review: Widows

The wives of slain criminals plan their own heist in Widows. Following a heist gone sour, career criminal Harry Rawlings (Liam Neeson) and his crew are gunned down by police. Harry’s death leaves his widow Veronica (Viola Davis) $2 million in debt to gangster, turned politician Jamal Manning (Brian Tyree Henry), who is in the midst of running in […]

Reel Asian 2018: Wish You Were Here

A successful Beijing fashion designer begins to reminisce about the life and husband she left behind in Wish You Were Here. Yuan Yuan (Faye Yu) is one of the most successful fashion designers in Beijing, though she is regularly haunted by nightly dreams. On the eve of the unveiling of one of her most personal collections, […]

Reel Asian 2018: One Cut of the Dead

A film crew making a low budget zombie film end up getting attacked by real zombies in One Cut of the Dead. Chinatsu (Yuzuki Akiyama), Nao (Harumi Shuhama) and Ko (Kazuaki Nagaya) are in the midst of shooting a really bad zombie film in an abandoned World War II facility. However, the crazed director Higurashi (Takayuki Hamatsu) intends […]

Reel Asian 2018: High Flash

A medical examiner performs his own investigation of an apparent self-immolation in High Flash. In the midst of a protest against the Tonglian Petrochemical company, a local fisherman named Ah-Hai (Yi-Fan Hsu) is found on board a burning boat, presumably having committed suicide by self-immolation. Medical examiner Chou (Kang Jen Wu) is assigned to work on […]

Review: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

From the Coen Brothers comes six tales from the wild frontier. In The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, singing outlaw Buster Scruggs (Tim Blake Nelson) enters into a town where he finally may have met his match. In Near Algodones, a Cowboy (James Franco) faces the consequences of a bank robbery gone wrong. In Meal Ticket, an Impresario (Liam Neeson) […]

Reel Asian 2018: Origin Story

A woman travels to Laos to meet her birth father in Origin Story. Kulap Vilaysack is a Lao-American comedian and podcaster, who received the shock of her life at the age of 14 when she found out that the man she considered her dad was not her birth father. Kulap decides to get answers about who her […]

Reel Asian 2018: Ramen Shop

A young Japanese man travels to Singapore to learn the history of his parents in Ramen Shop. Masato (Takumi Saitô) is a young man working in his father’s ramen shop in Takasaki. Following his father’s sudden death, Masato finds the journal of his Singapore born mother and he decides to travel to Singapore to find out his family […]

Review: The Girl in the Spider’s Web

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo returns in The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy) is hired by former NSA employee Frans Balder (Stephen Merchant) to steal a program called Firefall, which can access the world’s nuclear missiles. Soon after completing the heist, Lisbeth’s apartment is ambushed by a group of men who […]

Reel Asian 2018: Dear Ex

A teenage boy finds himself caught in the middle of a feud between his mother and his late father’s gay lover in Dear Ex. Three months ago, Song Chengxi (Joseph Huang) lost his father Song Zhengyuan (Spark Chen) to cancer. Prior to his death, Zhengyuan came out as homosexual to his wife Liu Sanlian (Hsieh Ying-xuan) and left to […]

Review: Boy Erased

The homosexual son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in conversion therapy program in Boy Erased. Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges) is the teenage son of Baptist preacher Marshall Eamons (Russell Crowe) and his wife Nancy (Nicole Kidman). After Jared is unwittingly outed as homosexual to his parents, he is sent by a father is gay conversion […]