She’s the Boss (Vietnam, 2017) [CAAMFest 2017]

She’s the Boss is Vietnam’s take on the Thai hit, ATM Er Rak Error (2012), which places romance in conflict with various security issues. Subject to the “no fraternization” policy of the bank where they […]

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on Mar, 10 · in Reviews

Sunday Beauty Queen (Philippines, 2016)

Sunday Beauty Queen features stories of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in Hong Kong who gather on their weekly day-off, Sunday, and organize beauty contests as a fund-raising activity for an organization, the Bethune House, which […]

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on Mar, 03 · in Reviews

Dark Side of the Light (Japan, 2016)

Dark Side of the Light uses a Citizen Kane (1941)-style structure to explore how an actual murder, which occurred in Shibuya back in 1996, would have been committed. Gaps left by the news reportage are […]

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on Dec, 13 · in Reviews

Tsukiji Wonderland (Japan, 2016) [Reel Asian 2016]

Documentaries supposedly present actualities: the so-called “reality” that is non-fiction. First hand and un-paraphrased, so to speak. In Tsukiji Wonderland, however, director Naotaro Endo tries to illustrate the fantastic from the fish market’s very system […]

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on Nov, 13 · in Reviews

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