Asian Films

Parasite: An unusual director with his antenna attuned to social class

The Lighthouse: A gothic horror film

By Joanne Laurier, 16 November 2019

Parasite is a dark comedy from South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho that concerns itself with income inequality and its implications. The Lighthouse is a pointless horror film set in the late 1800s in New England.

Ash is the Purest White: Finding one’s way in “the new ‘capitalist’ China”

And Working Woman from Israel

By David Walsh, 13 April 2019

Jia Zhangke has demonstrated a concern with the fate of workers and others whose lives have been turned upside down by the full integration of China into the global capitalist economy.

Sri Lankan government censors Prasanna Vithanage’s latest film

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 18 December 2014

The government’s demand for extensive cuts to With You, Without You is an attack on basic democratic rights.

60th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 3

Kanikosen: a Japanese “proletarian novel,” updated

By Stefan Steinberg, 3 March 2010

This is the third in a series of articles on the recent Berlin International Film Festival, February 11-21.

San Francisco International Film Festival 2009

An interview with He Jianjun, director of River People

By David Walsh, 25 June 2009

He Jianjun’s River People from China is a serious and honest work about young fishermen on the Yellow River. The film depicts a harsh, almost entirely joyless existence. The WSWS conducted an e-mail interview with He.

David Walsh looks at Taste of Cherry, a new film from Iran

Despair, hope, life

By David Walsh, 11 April 1998

Film review: Taste of Cherry, written and directed by Abbas Kiarostami

Four films from Taiwan and China

By David Walsh, 6 November 1995

In an oft-quoted remark reportedly made to a young Romanian poet in a Zurich restaurant during World War I, Lenin is supposed to have said, in part, "One can never be radical enough; that is, one must always try to be as radical as reality itself."

Four films from Taiwan and China

By David Walsh, 6 November 1995

In an oft-quoted remark reportedly made to a young Romanian poet in a Zurich restaurant during World War I, Lenin is supposed to have said, in part, "One can never be radical enough; that is, one must always try to be as radical as reality itself."