Asian film, media, and culture

Call For Papers – Rethinking Film Genres: East Asian Cinema and Beyond (University of Hull, 14-15 September 2017)

What is film genre? Does it still matter in today’s film production, distribution and consumption? How have some film genres become so closely associated with a nation or region, such as Chinese martial arts films, […]

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on Jan, 12 · in Announcements

A Tale of Two Men: Angel of Nanjing (China, 2015) and Gatekeeper (Japan, 2016)

Angel of Nanjing by Jordan Horowitz and Frank Ferendo and Gatekeeper by Yung Chang are documentaries that address suicide and suicide prevention in China and Japan, respectively. More specifically, each film is set in one […]

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on Jan, 03 · in Features

My Dad and Mr. Ito (Japan, 2016) [Reel Asian 2016]

Yuki Tanada’s latest comedy-drama My Dad and Mr. Ito is so conventional in its set-up and ensuing narrative complications that it could almost have been conceived as an exercise in sidestepping dramatic cliché. Indeed, its […]

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on Dec, 29

Zhang Wei Tackles the Sensitive Issue of Autism with Destiny (China, 2016)

Destiny is the third feature by entrepreneur-turned-director Zhang Wei. Following the success of his previous film Factory Boss (2014), a tale of a sweatshop owner that won the Best Actor award at the Montreal World […]

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on Dec, 27

A Copy of My Mind (Indonesia, 2016) [Five Flavours 2016]

Urban space and the cinematic city are mutually imbricated in productive ways and for as long as both continue to evolve, expand and diversify, they will thrive and complement one another. In independent cinema, urban […]

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on Dec, 15

Dark Side of the Light (Japan, 2016)

Dark Side of the Light uses a Citizen Kane (1941)-style structure to explore how an actual murder, which occurred in Shibuya back in 1996, would have been committed. Gaps left by the news reportage are […]

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on Dec, 13

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