Interview with Ng Ka-leung [Five Flavours 2016]

When you search for Ng Ka-leung on IMDb, what you get is a single credit for his film Ten Years which was the Hong Kong sleeper hit of 2015. Now, IMDb does not always provide […]

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on Dec, 01 · in Interviews

Lowlife Love (Japan, 2015)

An early scene in Eiji Uchida’s determinedly scuzzy indie filmmaking satire Lowlife Love illustrates the rivalries, naked opportunism, and painfully transparent ploys to maintain status that are sadly characteristic of the industrial fringes. At a restaurant, floundering […]

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on Nov, 30 · in Reviews

Interview with Joko Anwar [Five Flavours 2016]

Before Joko Anwar became a filmmaker, he was a journalist and film critic for The Jakarta Post. After a fortuitous interview with Indonesian producer Nia Dinata, he was asked to write the screenplay for her […]

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on Nov, 29 · in Interviews

The Nightmarish Reality of Procedure in Old Stone (China, 2016)

The humane and the procedural In Johnny Ma’s debut feature, long-time taxi driver Lao Ma (Chen Gang) – known commonly as ‘Lao Shi’ (‘old stone’) – is both a witness and active social actor in […]

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on Nov, 27 · in Features

Reach for the Sky (Belgium/South Korea, 2015) [Reel Asian 2016]

Two decades ago, I took my final school exams. Whilst at the time it seemed the most important thing in my life, now I cannot even remember my results. I recall working hard, but when […]

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on Nov, 23 · in Reviews

Seoul Station (South Korea, 2016) [Reel Asian 2016]

The opening of Seoul Station gives a very clear indication of the film’s political leanings. As an old man staggers towards the central station with his neck bleeding, people recoil from him in disgust. As […]

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on Nov, 22 · in Reviews

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