Asian film, media, and culture

Queen of Sports (China, 1934)

History is more often not a lesson in progress but a lesson in repeats. And nothing underscores the cyclical rather than linear nature of history for me than watching silent and early sound cinema. When […]

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on Mar, 23 · in Reviews

Of Time and the Image: A Preview of Select Asian Titles Screening at New Directors/New Films

Co-presented by The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the annual festival of emerging filmmakers making their debut, sophomore, or sometimes third-film efforts from around the world takes place this […]

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on Mar, 17 · in Features

Spray Paint Beijing (China/USA, 2014)

Although some people still vehemently insist that street art is a form of vandalism, it has become a widely accepted means of expression in urban environments since the US graffiti explosion of the early 1980s. […]

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on Nov, 14

Tsukiji Wonderland (Japan, 2016) [Reel Asian 2016]

Documentaries supposedly present actualities: the so-called “reality” that is non-fiction. First hand and un-paraphrased, so to speak. In Tsukiji Wonderland, however, director Naotaro Endo tries to illustrate the fantastic from the fish market’s very system […]

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on Nov, 13

Double Happiness (Canada, 1994) [Reel Asian 2016]

Mina Shum’s debut film Double Happiness was released in 1994 and screened at the Toronto International Film Festival that same year. Sue Anne Yeo has called it “the landmark Asian Canadian narrative feature” (Yeo 2007: 118) in […]

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on Nov, 11

The Top Secret: Murder in Mind (Japan, 2016) [JFF2016AU]

Director Keishi Otomo is perhaps best known in the West as the director of the acclaimed Rurouni Kenshin trilogy (2012-2014), but while I enjoyed the majority of that saga (the end was quite anti-climactic in […]

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on Nov, 03

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