Ysabelle Cheung on East Asian Film Noir : Transnational Encounters and Intercultural Dialogue

Ysabelle Cheung writes an excellent review of the book East Asian Film Noir: Transnational Encounters and Intercultural Dialogue. This book contains essays on films from the Far East that maybe classified as noir. It sounds like an excellent book worth checking out for fans of noir films or films from East Asia. This book will be shooting up my “to read” list if for no other reason than to find more films to watch. One of the questions this book asks is “can there be film noir from East Asia?” Well as most of you know, I find noir films from all over the world and have to say some of my favorite noir films are from East Asia and look forward to discovering even more. What are your thoughts on the subject? Here is Cheung’s full review of the book over at Los Angeles Review of Books:


New Television Series: Public Morals

I don’t know how I missed this series, but I caught it before it debuts Tuesday, August 25th. This show is from Edward Burns an actor, director and writer I have always liked. It is about crooked cops in New York City during the 1960’s. Sounds like it could be neo noir magic. The Trailer looks amazing, check it out below.

World War II-Set Neo-Noir ‘Shanghai’ Finally Gets U.S. Release



Five years after it bowed in China, Shanghai, director Mikael Håfström’s neo-noir set during the Japanese occupation of China in World War II, will finally see theatrical release in the United States, The Weinstein Company has announced. Though it hit Chinese theaters in the summer of 2010, the film has never been released stateside; TWC is giving it a limited theatrical run starting August 21, 2015.

The film follows American Naval intelligence agent Paul (John Cusack), who visits the city in December, 1941 to investigate the murder of his friend Connor (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). His investigation leads to involvement with both Japanese occupying authorities and with the Chinese resistance, culminating in a deadly confrontation just as the Pearl Harbor attack draws the United States into the war. Along with Cusack and Morgan, Gong Li, Chow Yun-Fat, David Morse, Ken Watanabe, and Franka Potente also star.

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Article in Rolling Stone Magazine: ‘True Detective’ and the Shady History of California Noir

Here is an interesting little article covering the history of noir in California, all the way from the books written by Cain, Chandler and Hammett to Pizzolatto and his new season of True Detective. Briefly going over classic film noir and the neo noir films of the 1970’s. It is a very good article written by  Michael Weinreb.

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My First Award: Dragon’s Loyalty Award

So James over at backtotheviewer.wordpress.com  has nominated me for my first Blogging Award, The Dragon’s Loyalty Award. Since I’ve only been in the blogging world for about 4 months, this is all new to me. I started this blog to bring together all elements of the noir world. I’ve always liked noir, even before I knew what it was exactly, I’m still not sure what it is exactly. I started searching the internet and found some excellent sites on classic film noir, a lot of film sites that covered neo noir films, but also covered other genre films, some great sites that cover noir fiction and crime fiction, but not movies. So since I loved all three worlds of noir equally and could not find a site that covered them all, I thought I would just do it myself.

I had no clue what I was doing or what I was getting into and still don’t! I got on WordPress and just went for it. Now my WordPress Reader is full of great blogs covering every kind of entertainment! I can’t even keep up with all the great blogs I’ve found.

I’ve also learned so much about noir since I’ve started this blog. One thing I’ve learned is nobody has the same definition of what noir is! The classic film noir crowd really gets in an uproar on what films are and are not a film noir. I also recently re-blogged a site’s “Best 75 Neo-Noir Films” and though I didn’t get any arguing on my blog, when I put it on a few Facebook pages the conversation got real interesting. Some people read the first paragraph, disagreed with the author about neo-noir and wouldn’t even look at the list. Another person said there wasn’t even one “true neo-noir film on the whole list.”

So the more I learn about this obscure subject called noir the more confusing it gets! I keep my definition of noir pretty wide and vast and I’m sure I upset more than a few noir fans when I review a film or book that “Isn’t noir” by their definition. I also started an online class on Classic Film Noir in conjunction with The Summer of Darkness on TCM. So in two months I will be college educated in film noir!

I have connected with some amazing people through my blog and on my Facebook page. I have got some books sent to me that are amazing reads, books I may have never even heard about if it wasn’t for this blog. I have become familiar with a lot of great authors, to many to name here. When I got a friend request last week on Facebook from an author I loved before I even started this blog, I was honored and shocked.

I want to thank everybody that has checked out my blog so far and hope you have enjoyed it. I want to thank James for the nomination as well. So visit his blog for some information on some great films.


So here are the rules for this award:

  1. Display the Award Certificate on your website
  2. Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award
  3. Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers
  4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post
  5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.     

Four months is a short time to really dive into all the blogs I’ve found so I’m going to nominate the ones that have really stood out to me in this short time.


Honestly if I found John Grant’s blog before I started mine, I may not have done it. This is a great source of noir information and worth visiting. I bought his book and use it all the time to determine what I want to watch next.


If you are looking for a good movie to watch, check out Gareth Rhodes, he has very good taste in film in my opinion.


Talks about some great classic film noir, a lot I have never heard of!


Mike Perry is a film fan and it shows!


If you want to discover some forgotten fiction, this is the place. I find all kinds of genre books here and I have added a few old noir and pulp titles to my “To Read List” from this blog.


The Mad Monk reviews a movie a day so you can always find a new film to watch based on his reviews.


Brian and Brad add a good sense of humor to their movie reviews, and hey, anybody that loves Hard Ticket to Hawaii this much can not be all that bad.


Dude the Cleaner covers some great genre films including film noir, and has lots of guilty pleasure movies to check out.


Paul D. Brazil is a noir author who I look forward to reading really soon. He covers a lot of other authors on his blog as well, so there is always somebody new to discover over there.

Now I have to post 7 interesting things about myself.

1. I’m not that interesting

2. I love to watch movies

3. I love to read good books

4. I love to mountain bike

5. I love sports cars, especially Porsche

6. I love Rock and Roll music and going to good concerts

7. I love to travel

Thanks for taking the time to read all this and hope you check out all these blogs I’ve listed.