Xiao Mei (Taiwan, 2018) [SDAFF 2018]

Early in Maren Hwang’s debut feature Xiao Mei, a few facts are firmly established concerning its title character – she’s a young drifter with few friends who works at a clothing store and is saddled […]

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on Nov, 09 · in Reviews

Trapped in the City of a Thousand Mountains (The Netherlands/China, 2018)

Filmed in the slipstream of China’s recent hip-hop explosion, David Verbeek’s short documentary Trapped in the City of a Thousand Mountains surveys the aspiring rappers of Chongqing as they strive for self-expression in a cultural […]

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on Oct, 30 · in Reviews

Kickstart This – Ms. Purple by Justin Chon

Billed as a heartfelt story about an Asian American girl who reconnects with her estranged brother during the final days of her father’s life, Ms. Purple is the latest feature from Justin Chon, who found […]

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on Oct, 27 · in Features

Trap Street (China, 2013)

Boy meets girl only for state to spy on boy in Trap Street, a stealthy exercise in surveillance state paranoia that marked the directorial debut of Vivian Qu who has since won plaudits for her […]

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on Oct, 16 · in Reviews


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