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

Plastic China (China, 2016) [CAAMFest 2017]

Photographer-filmmaker Wang Jiuliang has, since 2008, been documenting the opposite end of economic development and consumption in his home country: waste, where it goes, who deals with it, and its multi-pronged impact on the population […]

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on Mar, 09

AKA Seoul (South Korea/USA, 2016) [CAAMFest 2017]

During my first trip to South Korea, I was introduced to repatriated adopted Koreans through a friend who was also returning to the motherland for university but herself was not an adoptee. Through more visits […]

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on Mar, 08

The Tiger Hunter (USA, 2016) [CAAMFest 2017]

It’s evident from the cheerfully realised 1970s setting of Lena Khan’s debut feature The Tiger Hunter that her tale of a plucky Indian engineering graduate striving to succeed in the United States was conceived as […]

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on Mar, 08

I Am Not Madam Bovary (China, 2016) [OAFF 2017]

I Am Not Madam Bovary is a Chinese film adapted for the screen by Liu Zhenyun from his 2012 novel, I Did Not Kill My Husband. The use of the name of Gustave Flaubert’s 19th […]

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on Mar, 07

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