This article was written By Jon Jung on 24 Jun 2011, and is filed under Reviews.

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About Jon Jung

Jon Jung (aka “Coffin Jon”) is the producer and host of the VCinema podcast and editor-in-chief of the VCinema blog. He contributed several essays to World Film Locations: Tokyo (Intellect, 2011). Jon lives in San Francisco, but wishes he was back in Japan where he lived for seven years.

NYAFF and Japan Cuts Coverage Starts Now!

You’ve heard the talk on the podcast, seen the contests and preliminary coverage on the podcast, and now it’s finally festival time!

As we’ve been promising, it’s time for us to start delivering on the coverage of the New York Asian Film Festival and Japan Cuts, the two largest and certainly most exciting Asia film festivals of their kind in the world. Their festivals don’t start until July (the 1st through the 14th for the NYAFF and the 7th through the 22nd for Japan Cuts), but that doesn’t mean coverage of their festivals can’t start now. In fact, our first round of reviews should be up by the end of this weekend. That’s right, before your ass touches the seats of the Walter Reade and Japan Society theaters, you will know be safe in the knowledge that your hard-earned money went to your own personal enrichment and enjoyment from watching a great film rather than that box of shrimp flavored ramen you’ve been coveting over at Jas Mart.

So, before we start rolling out those reviews, it’s important to note that our coverage efforts  will be spanning over four different sites and two podcasts, VCinema included. So, here is a quick rundown of folks with whom will we are working to bring you coverage:

  • Dr. Stan Glick, one time columnist at Asian Cult Cinema magazine, is heading up the charge and will be posting both here and his own blog, AsianCineFest.  Stan has been covering the two fests for several years, so we’re happy to have his veteran wisdom and knowledge behind the wheel.
  • Christopher Bourne, also a veteran on the New York Asian film scene, will be providing coverage to several venues including VCinema and his own blog, The Bourne Cinema Conspiracy.  Christopher is a great writer and his knowledge of Korean cinema is especially coveted.
  • Fellow podcaster King Who of The Podcast on Fire Network’s This Week In Sleaze, a podcast dedicated to Hong Kong CAT III film, is going to be pitching in too.  Instead of lending us his golden voice (well, it’s more like gold plated) he will be offering up some photos for us.  Who got some good photos from last year’s festival, so we hope that he can repeat this year.
  • Every regular here should already know the work of Rex Baylon, our veteran lead writer here at VCinema.  Rex just finished up his Taiwan Stories film retrospective series, so we’re taking him out of the frying pan and into the fire with coverage of these two festivals.  Rex will be writing exclusively for VCinema and I consider him the most improved writer out of all of us, so look forward to his articles.
  • Another regular writer putting in some coverage is John Berra.  John was able to catch a few of the films out of festival and will be pitching in his reviews of them.  We are as happy as ever that he can  since he is the most accomplished film writer on the site, being a published professor of Film Studies.
  • And finally, another person many of  you should already know is Rufus de Rham, who is the co-host of the podcast, also runs cineAWESOME! and the cineAWESOME!cast with James McCormick who was our guest reviewer on episode 16.  Their site and podcast will provide supplemental coverage to VCinema since they have their own writers. – in fact they’ve started already.  Nonetheless, we will look to cineAWESOME! to share some of the exclusive coverage they have planned.

And I will be pitching in a couple of articles myself since, like John, I was able to catch a couple of the films out of festival.  So, that’s our team!  And, again, I thank all of them for all of the great articles that will be on VCinema soon.   Stay tuned, subscribe to our RSS, join our Facebook page, and/or follow our Twitter feed, because it’s all starting very soon!

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