Asian film, media, and culture

Children are not afraid of Death, Children are afraid of Ghosts (China, 2017) [CVF 2017]

Rong Guangrong’s debut film Children are not afraid of Death, Children are afraid of Ghosts is a disturbing yet strangely moving experimental documentary that explores the traumatic lives of China’s so-called left-behind children plagued by poverty and […]

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on Apr, 30 · in Reviews

Itinerant, Invasive, Independent: Selected Works by Ju Anqi [CVF 2017]

Opening this year’s Chinese Visual Festival in London is Beijing-based independent filmmaker-multimedia artist Ju Anqi’s latest work, the short film Drill Man (2016). Absurdist and seriocomic, it follows a young man (Li Binyuan) armed with […]

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on Apr, 29 · in Features

Rekorder (Philippines, 2013)

Kicking off with a startling montage of CCTV footage of violent crimes committed in Manila’s public spaces, it’s immediately clear that Mikhail Red’s first feature is concerned with exploring how society has become meditated to the […]

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on Apr, 28

White Ant (Taiwan, 2016) [HKIFF 2017]

The opening of White Ant immediately draws us into a sad and lonely existence. A young man called Bai Yide, played by Chris Wu – a former model whom many will recognise from his work […]

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on Apr, 19

Manga-jima: Island of Cartoons (Japan, 2016) [HKIFF 2017]

The tone and overall theme of Manga-jima: Island of Cartoons is established in the opening shot as a wooden sign stating ‘manga artists only allowed’ is hammered repeatedly into the ground. The premise is simple, […]

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on Apr, 18

Preview – Nippon Connection 2017

From May 23 to 28, 2017, the seventeenth edition of the Nippon Connection Film Festival will take place in Frankfurt am Main. With more than 100 short and feature length films, it is the biggest festival for Japanese […]

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on Apr, 15

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