Asian film, media, and culture

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 · in Features

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 · in Features

Fleeting Romance in the Throes of Development: Lou Ye’s Suzhou River (2000) [DCCFF 2017]

Lou Ye’s breakthrough feature Suzhou River intertwines the destinies of two couples. Mardar (Jia Hongsheng) is a motorcycle courier and small-time criminal who becomes romantically involved with Moudan (Zhou Xun), the bored daughter of a […]

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on Sep, 18

In Defence of Wang Tung’s Nativist Trilogy: The Black Sheep of the Taiwanese New Cinema [DCCFF 2017]

For most fans of the Taiwanese new cinema, the only trilogies that probably matter are those from Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Edward Yang. There is however a series by Wang Tung coined “the nativist trilogy” that […]

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on Sep, 15

Leslie Cheung: Blamefully Beautiful [DCCFF 2017]

Leslie Cheung was a megastar by almost any standard, posthumously named the world’s third most iconic singer by CNN in 2010 (following only Michael Jackson and The Beatles).[1] Yet, in spite of a childhood spent […]

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on Sep, 14

Preview – London East Asia Film Festival 2017, October 19-29

Opening this year on 19th October at ODEON Leicester Square with Hwang Dong-hyuk’s historical drama The Fortress, as an international premiere, the London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) will run for 11 days from 19th […]

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on Sep, 13

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