Asian film, media, and culture

Fires on the Plain (Japan, 2014)

Fires on the Plain is an anti-war drama that follows Japanese soldier Tamura (Shinya Tsukamoto) who has been thrown out of his platoon due to illness and witnesses the destruction of the field hospital. Deciding […]

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on Oct, 17 · in Reviews

Getting Any? (Japan, 1995)

Takeshi Kitano the director and Beat Takeshi the performer meet together in a manic film about a young man’s increasingly desperate attempt to get laid which becomes a series of prurient slapstick sketches that push […]

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on Oct, 14 · in Reviews

I Am Another You (USA, 2017)

For those who have seen U.S.-based Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang’s debut documentary film, Hooligan Sparrow (2016), her subsequent documentary I Am Another You covers similar thematic terrain: the notions of freedom and choice; movement as […]

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on Oct, 02

Preview – Ann Hui Retrospective at the 11th Five Flavours Asian Film Festival

This year’s Five Flavour’s retrospective is devoted to Ann Hui, one of the most renown female directors in Asia. Her films has been portraying the changes in Hong Kong society for nearly 50 years. Her latest […]

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on Sep, 26

The Power of Zhang Yimou’s Metaphors and Colour Symbolism in Raise the Red Lantern (1991) [DCCFF 2017]

When we speak of Zhang Yimou, a leading light of China’s so-called Fifth Generation of filmmakers, many people immediately conjure up sumptuous imagery from the director’s more commercially successful titles like Red Sorghum (1987), Hero […]

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on Sep, 21

The Hong Kong Second Wave and their Fascination with the 1960s [DCCFF 2017]

During the mid-1980s, there was a subtle handover between the first and second Hong Kong new cinemas. After the first wavers spent the late 1970s and beyond reshaping the landscape of their national cinema, the second […]

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on Sep, 19

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