Asian film, media, and culture

Seventeen Years (China, 1999)

One of the toughest balancing acts that thoughtful Chinese filmmakers must maintain is how to avoid offending the powerful censorship bureau without compromising their artistic integrity. Failure to work with the censors can lead to […]

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on Apr, 21 · in Reviews

Tokyo.Sora (Japan, 2002)

Hiroshi Ishikawa has a long career in filmmaking but only has a few features credits to his name. His work as a director of TV commercials and music videos stands in stark contrast to the […]

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on Apr, 19 · in Reviews

Uzumasa Limelight (Japan, 2014)

Ken Ochiai’s nostalgic character study Uzumasa Limelight is a welcome Japanese entry in a minor but surprisingly varied category of movies about stunt performers, which includes the Burt Reynolds vehicle Hooper (1978), Richard Rush’s cult […]

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on Apr, 18

The Bookworm Literary Festival 2016: Catching Up with Beijing’s LGBT Community

2015 was so tumultuous for Beijing’s LGBT community that this year’s Bookworm Literary Festival devoted a panel to the recent trials and triumphs of the movement, which have ranged from short prison terms for feminist […]

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on Apr, 15

2016 Chinese Visual Festival (CVF), London Venues, May 11-20

The 6th Chinese Visual Festival (CVF) will be held in London from May 11th – 20th at King’s College London, BFI Southbank and the Bertha DocHouse screen at Curzon Bloomsbury. This year’s festival builds on […]

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on Apr, 14

The Mermaid (China/Hong Kong, 2016)

A new Stephen Chow film is always a momentous event. And not just for the whole of Asia, but also for me. First off, Chow, alongside Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Chow Yun-fat, was one […]

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on Apr, 09

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