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Calvin Law is an amateur film critic. He has completed a master's degree in film studies in the United Kingdom and is currently based in Hong Kong. Calvin runs his own personal film blog, Reel and Roll Films, and his interest in spotlighting Asian and Asian diaspora stories led him to write for The Asian Cut.

All of Calvin's content for Reel and Roll Films and other publications can be found on his Linktree.


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Jul 5, 2024
'Kill': One of the Most Memorable Action Extravaganzas in Recent Memory
It takes a whole 45 minutes into Nikhil Nagesh Bhat’s Kill before the title card appears on screen, flashing across the bloodied face of...
Jun 24, 2024
‘Kill Boksoon’: Queers and Contract Killers in the Closet
The Asian Cut's essay on Kill Boksoon, as part of the Pride 2024 series that examines different films in queer Asian cinema.
Jun 19, 2024
'No Other Land' Highlights the Bleak Reality of Fighting Against Oppression
The most effective use of the documentary form for activism is when the camera goes beyond merely capturing the resistance, and becomes a...
Jun 10, 2024
Annecy 2024: 'The Glassworker' Draws Out the Potential for Pakistan's Animation Future
Established in 2015 as Pakistan’s first hand-drawn animation studio, Mano Animation Studios has debuted its first — and Pakistan’s first...
Jun 8, 2024
Tribeca 2024: Elizabeth Ai Examines the Vietnamese 'New Wave' & Its Profound Effects
Elizabeth Ai joins a line of filmmakers who have centred documentaries around the uncomfortable nuances of generational trauma in her...
May 27, 2024
Cannes 2024: 'Universal Language' Is an Unorthodox Concoction of Canadian and Iranian Culture
There’s a certain fluidity to Matthew Rankin’s Universal Language, with the director describing it as a “cinematic Venn diagram between...
May 23, 2024
Cannes 2024: Two Strays Form Heartwarming Bond in ‘Black Dog’
Movie review of Black Dog by Guan Hu, starring Eddie Peng. Part of The Asian Cut's film festival coverage of Cannes 2024.
May 10, 2024
'Evil Does Not Exist': The Poetry of Film and Music
Revisiting a film can bring out so much more than the initial viewing — sometimes it can truly be a blessing. For me, the chance to watch...
Apr 8, 2024
'All Shall Be Well' Until Tragedy Strikes
In All Shall Be Well, Ray Yeung’s focus on romance, rather than being youthful flights of fancy or mid-life ennui, here shifts its focus...
Feb 26, 2024
‘Shambhala’ Brings Peak Nepalese Cinema to The Global Stage
The breadth of world cinema spotlighted at international festival circuits has been broadening. An example is that of Nepalese cinema,...
Feb 22, 2024
'A Traveler's Needs' Is a Perfectly Offbeat Film from Hong Sang-soo
The Asian Cut reviews Hong Sang-soo's latest film, A Traveler's Needs.
Feb 21, 2024
'The Box Man' Cannot Be Contained
Watching Gakuryu Ishii’s The Box Man near midnight at the tail end of a long day of press screenings at Berlinale may have been a...
Feb 20, 2024
'Some Rain Must Fall' Peters Out
Often in directorial debuts, the film will open with a strong story catalyst and execution in the first half, only to falter in the...
Feb 19, 2024
'Keyke mahboobe man' Is a Cake Without Icing
The journey of making Keyke mahboobe man / My Favourite Cake was a most arduous journey for directors Maryam Moghaddam and Behtash...
Dec 15, 2023
Princess Mononoke: A Darker Shade of Miyazaki Magic
Growing up with the works of Hayao Miyazaki brings me fond memories of childhood. Where My Neighbor Totoro would put me at ease with joy...
Nov 10, 2023
'Perfect Days' Is A Perfect Film By Wim Wenders
Film review of Wim Wenders' Perfect Days.
Oct 30, 2023
HKAFF 2023: 'Cobweb' Untangles The Magic of Movie Making
At some point in many an auteur’s career, there seems to be an urge to make a film about filmmaking, often from the perspective of a...
Sep 7, 2023
Venice Film Festival 2023: Ryuichi Sakamoto Takes His Final Bow
After an ugly morning cry over the bleak potency of Agnieszka Holland’s Green Border, my afternoon gave me a very different reason to...
Sep 5, 2023
Venice Film Festival 2023: 'Hokage (Shadow of Fire)' Brings To Light The Shadows of War
‘A game of two halves’ is always an interesting way of describing a film. Generally it refers to quality; a film can start strong and end...
Sep 3, 2023
Venice Film Festival 2023: The Raw Intensity of 'Tatami'
Given that the sports biopic formula often leans towards the optimistic, even in bleak circumstances, I was surprised with the downbeat...
Sep 1, 2023
Venice Film Festival 2023: 'Sidonie in Japan' Brings Levity To Grief
Somewhere between the stylistic influences and themes of Lost in Translation and Hiroshima Mon Amour is Élise Girard’s Sidonie au Japon...
Sep 1, 2023
Venice Film Festival 2023: 'Ser Ser Salhi' Enlivens the Coming of Age Tale
The Asian Cut's review of 'Ser Ser Salhi' directed by Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir.
Jun 12, 2023
'Liquor Store Dreams' of Community and Realizing Immigrant Ambition
In her directorial debut Liquor Store Dreams, So Yun Um takes on the ambitious endeavour of examining her personal experiences growing up...
Apr 14, 2023
‘The Harvest’ Bears Fruitful Exploration of Hmong Diaspora
Review of Caylee So's The Harvest with Doua Moua.
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