Episode 26: Yi Yi
As we mentioned during our one year anniversary episodes, one of the goals of the VCinema podcast is to explore the cinema of Asia in regions that don’t get as much exposure as they deserve. So, in this episode, we set sail away from the safe cinematic lands of Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong and into strange new territories and corny film exploration cliches. For our first stop, we touch down on the fertile land of Formosa a.k.a. Taiwan for our first of three forays into Taiwanese new cinema and discuss the film that is quite possibly the pinnacle of that movement, Edward Yang’s Yi Yi (2000). Our Ponce de Leon for this episode is old VCinema friend Marc Saint-Cyr from the Toronto J-Film Powwow, whose original wish to be called “The Skipper” was turned down because, for sure. the Minnow would be lost. The Minnow would be lost.
Also in this episode, we talk about the Borat of North Korea, Crayon Shin-Chan’s contribution to cultural globalism, why we should (or shouldn’t) be guilty for liking Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991), and a whole bunch of other movie stuff. Ye scalywags.
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