Asian film, media, and culture

Call for Papers – Korean Film and Festivals: Global Transcultural Flows

Film festivals for over seventy years have been the driving force behind the global circulation of cinema. Film festivals are also a place where cultures are translated and transported into other cultures. Work on film […]

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on Nov, 18 · in Announcements

The (Ir)reality of Images and Words in Hong Sang-soo’s Claire’s Camera (France/South Korea, 2017) and The Day After (South Korea, 2017) [AFI Fest & SDAFF 2017]

While watching a film by Hong Sang-soo, sooner or later one is hit by the fact that people are wondrously and humourously strange creatures. Fasten them to a routine and they thrive, even if in […]

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on Nov, 16 · in Features

Samui Song (Thailand, 2017) [SDAFF 2017]

Among the major filmmakers that burst onto the Thai film scene in the late 1990s/early 2000s, Pen-ek Ratanaruang occupies an interesting aesthetic/narrative space between elliptical, contemplative dreamscapes à la Apichatpong Weerasethakul and reinterpretations of the […]

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on Nov, 14

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (France/Indonesia/Malaysia/Thailand, 2017) [AFI Fest & SDAFF 2017]

One of the most revelatory works of the year thus far is Mouly Surya’s third feature Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts, which made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight back in […]

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on Nov, 12

Women of the Weeping River (Philippines, 2016) [Reel Asian 2017]

Young Philippine filmmaker and visual artist Sheron Dayoc’s filmography encompasses a mix of documentary and fiction films. It also largely encompasses the southern region of the Philippines from which he hails, the Autonomous Region of […]

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on Nov, 11

The Last Verse (Taiwan, 2017) [Reel Asian 2017]

Opening in the rose-tinted recent past and ending in a hopeless present, Tseng Ying-Ting’s drama The Last Verse episodically chronicles the gradual erosion of a romantic relationship against the backdrop of Taiwan’s fluctuating economy from 2000 […]

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on Nov, 10

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