Asian film, media, and culture

Angels Wear White (China, 2017)

A girl examines a massive, disembodied foot wearing a white shoe. Could it be a huge sandal, since we’re on the boardwalk of a seaside village? No such luck. The foot – literally objectified in […]

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on Oct, 22 · in Reviews

Jinpa (China, 2018) [VIFF 2018]

Jinpa (played by actor/poet of the same name) drives a lorry along a Tibetan plateau. He comes across like a truck-driving rock star, dressed in dusty leather clothes with a constantly present pair of shades. […]

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on Oct, 21 · in Reviews

Aqerat (Malaysia, 2017)

Edmund Yeo’s sophomore feature, Aqerat, had its world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2017 where it scooped him the Best Director Award and earned leading lady Daphne Low the Tokyo Gemstone Award for […]

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on Oct, 09

Sway (France/Thailand/USA, 2014)

Globalism has brought with itself people who switch countries and feel at the same time home everywhere but also somewhat unrooted. Your home is where you happen to lay your suitcase, and family becomes the […]

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on Oct, 08

People’s Republic of Desire (China/USA, 2018) [VIFF 2018]

We are slowly migrating closer to a Summer Wars-meets-Black Mirror sense of reality, where the online spheres of existence make up for the shortcomings of the physical. Connected to an interdimensional digital universe is a […]

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on Oct, 07

The Third Wife (Vietnam, 2018) [VIFF 2018]

Ash Mayfair brings Vietnamese cinema to the world stage with her striking feature debut The Third Wife. While the nuances of 19th century Vietnam culture might not be fully appreciated by most viewers (myself included), […]

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on Oct, 06

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