Asian film, media, and culture

Call for Papers – Historicizing Myths in Contemporary India: Cinematic Representations and Nationalist/Fascist Agendas

Even as the air in Delhi grows increasingly toxic and poisonous, a fearful, dreaded specter is haunting the subcontinent today, just as toxic as the poisonous air. The rise and rise of Hindutva, or Hindu […]

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on Feb, 16 · in News

A Banana? At This Time of Night? (Japan, 2018) [Japan Foundation Film Tour 2020]

A Banana? At This Time of Night? is adapted from the eponymous debut non-fiction book by acclaimed author Watanabe Kazufumi whose work primarily focuses on physical disabilities and social welfare issues prevalent in Japan. Set […]

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on Feb, 15 · in Reviews

Tampopo (Japan, 1985) [NYAFF Winter Showcase 2020]

Juzo Itami’s Tampopois a Japanese comedy film about the art of making a perfect bowl of ramen, but it also contains subversive elements that make it extra palatable to the taste of the mass audience. […]

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on Feb, 14

The First Supper (Japan, 2019) [NYAFF Winter Showcase 2020]

The first feature by writer/director Shiro Tokiwa, The First Supper tells the story of a family that has gathered for the funeral of their patriarch, Hitoshi (Masatoshi Nagase), who has died of a terminal illness. […]

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on Feb, 13

Eat Drink Man Woman (Taiwan, 1994) [NYAFF Winter Showcase 2020]

Ang Lee’s exquisite 1994 film, Eat Drink Man Woman is the third entry into what’s retrospectively referred to as the “Father Knows Best” trilogy, preceded by Pushing Hands (1991) and The Wedding Banquet (1993). It […]

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on Feb, 12

Extreme Job (South Korea, 2019) [NYAFF Winter Showcase 2020]

An early scene in Extreme Job finds the young daughter of beleaguered narcotics cop Captain Go (Ryu Seung-ryong) expressing her love of fried chicken on the basis that it is food for common people. Indeed, […]

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on Feb, 11

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