July 9th, 2010


For ages, I've wanted to devote one of my "East is Red" columns to Song at Midnight, the great granddaddy of all Asian horror films. Somehow, other films have always gotten in the way; I have invariably seen a recent film I wanted to comment on while it was still in the public eye.

But this month, I finally got around to Song. Made in 1937, Song is remarkable in many ways, not least of which is that it's still moving and horrifying. Here we are, more than 70 years later and on the other side of the world, and this movie - even without subtitles, even in a badly-scratched print that's obviously missing a few scenes - works. I find that somehow uplifting, especially given that you can now watch the entire film for free at the Internet Archives.

You can read more about it in my current column: The East is Red #13.

While you're at The Black Glove, you can also read me answering "13 Questions". But save that until after you've seen Song at Midnight.