This article was written By Jon Jung on 15 Apr 2010, and is filed under Contests.

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About Jon Jung

Jon Jung (aka “Coffin Jon”) is the producer and host of the VCinema podcast and editor-in-chief of the VCinema blog. He contributed several essays to World Film Locations: Tokyo (Intellect, 2011). Jon lives in San Francisco, but wishes he was back in Japan where he lived for seven years.

…And now the contest details!

Oh yeeeeah, that contest!  If you’ve already had the chance to listen to episode 6, then you already know that we’ve announced a contest (and if you haven’t, get thee to iTunes or here and give it a listen, damn it!).  At the time of recording that episode, the details of the contest had not been hammered out just yet, but now they are…I think…

In any case, here goes:

To celebrate our new “Listener Reviews” segment in the podcast, we are holding our first contest to encourage listeners to submit their reviews of Asian films they have seen.

In order to enter:

Submit a written (emailed to or spoken (emailed mp3 or voice mail) review of an Asian film you’ve seen recently or one that we’ve reviewed on the podcast.  This contest will be valid over the span of two episodes and the winner(s) will be announced during episode eleven.  The deadline for entries will be announced during episode seven and here on this site.

Reviews will generally be judged on clarity, creativity,style,  humor, etc.  Spelling and grammar generally do not count, but if you submit a big mess then you will get nothing.  I’m an English teacher so impress me.

The prize:

One grand prize will be given to the best review submitted during the contest period.  This prize shall include, but not be limited to DVDs, books, snacks, toys, etc.  I will make it worth your while, trust me.

Additional prizes may be rewarded for particularly eye-catching reviews (i.e. most humorous, most creative, etc.) that do not win the grand prize.


Don’t know how to write a film review?  Click here or check out Ebert’s site.

Please make it a “real” review with a brief, spoiler-free plot summary as well as some analysis and opinion.  Third grade book reports and multi-volume dissertations will be disqualified.

You may enter as many times as you like, but each entry must be a review of a separate film.

Please do not plagiarize.  I will chop your arms off.  Seriously.

Bloggers/Freelancers are highly recommended to produce original work, not reviews that have already been published (see “Rights”).


All review authors agree to allow VCinema to read or play their review either on air and/or on this blog during the contest.  Once the contest is over, rights revert back to the original author.  It is solely the responsible of the author that his/her review is publishable/playable under these circumstances.  VCinema will not assume the responsibility of obtaining nor holding rights to published reviews during the contest.

In other words, be sure that you have the rights (either by ownership or permission) to print or broadcast whatever you submit to us.

“The fine print”:

International listeners are welcome to enter.  VCinema employees are not, however, eligible (this means you, Josh).

If you lose, don’t whine.  Whiners aren’t winners.

Once the prize has been shipped, it is officially “out of our hands” – i.e. the winner assumes any fees (duty, customs, etc.) the package incurs while en route – don’t worry though, I’m a pretty savvy shipper.  Also, if the package somehow becomes lost, tough titty, Walter Mitty.

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