White Elephant (Canada, 2020) [CAAMFest 2021]

In White Elephant, the debut feature of writer-director Andrew Chung, we get a quick glimpse of how a high school rom-com plays out in a racialized North American context. Nuanced and well-executed, this 61-minute coming-of-age […]

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on May, 11 · in Reviews

Sun Children (Iran, 2020) [SDAFF Spring Showcase 2021]

Sun Children attempts to make a whole statement on the vulnerability of children to be exploited. Writer-director Majid Majidi considers this in a very nuanced sense: to expose how this exploitation is not in anyway […]

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on May, 10 · in Reviews

Tezuka’s Barbara (Japan, 2020)

Few figures cast as long a shadow over Japanese comic art and animation as Osamu Tezuka. From 1947 to his death in 1989, Tezuka was the most influential writer/artist and animation director of his age. […]

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on May, 09 · in Reviews

Japanese Film Festival Nippon Connection Goes Online from June 1-6

Fine entertainment, food for thought, five world premieres and at least a touch of Japanese wackiness and warmth – this is what awaits the audience with around 80 current Japanese short and feature-length films of […]

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on May, 08 · in News

Pink Films Vol. 5 & 6: Woman Hell Song (Japan, 1970) and Underwater Love (Japan, 2011)

Within the dearth of the sensorial realm, the cinematic image emerges as a force that elevates the level of immediate experience to the level of sublime. Indeed, the role of symbolic imagery in artistic production […]

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on May, 07 · in Reviews

Monster Hunter (Germany/USA, 2020)

In John Boorman’s Hell in the Pacific (1968), Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune play rival fighter pilots that crash-land on an isolated island and must overcome their animosity to survive and escape to safety. In […]

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on May, 05 · in Reviews

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