Asian film, media, and culture

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 · in Reviews

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 · in Reviews

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

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

Who Is Arthur Chu? (USA, 2017) [CAAMFest 2017]

Different people may have different conceptions of who Arthur Chu is. Some might remember him as the Asian American contestant on Jeopardy! who won 11 games with his unusual style of playing. Some might remember […]

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on Mar, 12

She’s the Boss (Vietnam, 2017) [CAAMFest 2017]

She’s the Boss is Vietnam’s take on the Thai hit, ATM Er Rak Error (2012), which places romance in conflict with various security issues. Subject to the “no fraternization” policy of the bank where they […]

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on Mar, 10

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