Asian film, media, and culture

Su-ki-da (Japan, 2006)

Human emotions are complicated and it is hard to translate them into concrete cognitive actions that another person may understand and accept. Emotions can easily go awry or go unsaid, piling up to create the […]

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on May, 03 · in Reviews

The Bodyguard (China, 2016)

The schizophrenic tone of The Bodyguard is apparent from the film’s set-up: after a patriotic credits sequence that shows recruits of China’s Central Security Bureau in training, we find retired operative Ding (Sammo Hung) living in […]

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on May, 01 · in Reviews

2016 Chinese Visual Festival (CVF), London Venues, May 11-20

The 6th Chinese Visual Festival (CVF) will be held in London from May 11th – 20th at King’s College London, BFI Southbank and the Bertha DocHouse screen at Curzon Bloomsbury. This year’s festival builds on […]

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on Apr, 14

The Mermaid (China/Hong Kong, 2016)

A new Stephen Chow film is always a momentous event. And not just for the whole of Asia, but also for me. First off, Chow, alongside Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Chow Yun-fat, was one […]

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on Apr, 09

The Bookworm Literary Festival 2016: Political Satire and Organised Dissent in Hong Kong

This second report on the Bookworm Literary Festival 2016 focuses on two talks on the fluctuating political climate of Hong Kong from guests who have chronicled the transitions of the former colony via mainstream media and […]

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on Apr, 07

Live from UB (USA, 2014) [Asia House Film Festival 2016]

Music documentaries are often as concerned with seismic political shifts as they are with their ostensible mission of chronicling the tribulations of a particular artist, group, or scene. The hardcore nihilism of The Decline of […]

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on Mar, 31

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