Asian film, media, and culture

Dream Empire (Denmark, 2016)

Dream Empire begins in 2012 when Xi Jinping was elected to the post of General Secretary of the Communist Party and delivered a speech in which he famously used the phrase “Chinese dream” nine times […]

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on May, 17 · in Reviews

Call for Papers – East Asian Journal of Popular Culture

In recent decades, there has been a huge rise in the interest in East Asian popular culture. Since being launched in 2015, the East Asian Journal of Popular Culture has engaged directly with this trend. It has […]

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on May, 14 · in Announcements

Itinerant, Invasive, Independent: Selected Works by Ju Anqi [CVF 2017]

Opening this year’s Chinese Visual Festival in London is Beijing-based independent filmmaker-multimedia artist Ju Anqi’s latest work, the short film Drill Man (2016). Absurdist and seriocomic, it follows a young man (Li Binyuan) armed with […]

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on Apr, 29

Rekorder (Philippines, 2013)

Kicking off with a startling montage of CCTV footage of violent crimes committed in Manila’s public spaces, it’s immediately clear that Mikhail Red’s first feature is concerned with exploring how society has become meditated to the […]

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on Apr, 28

White Ant (Taiwan, 2016) [HKIFF 2017]

The opening of White Ant immediately draws us into a sad and lonely existence. A young man called Bai Yide, played by Chris Wu – a former model whom many will recognise from his work […]

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on Apr, 19

Manga-jima: Island of Cartoons (Japan, 2016) [HKIFF 2017]

The tone and overall theme of Manga-jima: Island of Cartoons is established in the opening shot as a wooden sign stating ‘manga artists only allowed’ is hammered repeatedly into the ground. The premise is simple, […]

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on Apr, 18

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