Asian film, media, and culture

Call for Papers – The 12th CCVA Annual Conference: Urban Transformations and Contemporary Art in China, Centre for Chinese Visual Arts, November 11-12, 2019

The Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA) at Birmingham City University aims to foster new understandings and perspectives of Chinese contemporary arts, design and visual culture through interdisciplinary practices and theoretical studies. Marking the 20th […]

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on Dec, 06 · in News

High Flash (Taiwan, 2018) [Reel Asian 2018]

Traditional drums thunder as local fishermen in a small Taiwanese fishing village protest against the encroachment of a petrochemical plant on their livelihood and community. Suddenly, a boat—engulfed in flames—races towards the chaotic scene. A […]

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on Dec, 05 · in Reviews

To Kill Alice (South Korea, 2017) [SDAFF 2018]

Where is the line between the free speech of a progressive society and the fighting words that could lead to political destabilization? Kim Sang-kyu’s documentary To Kill Alice chronicles the fallout that occurs when South […]

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on Nov, 19

Sir (India/France, 2018) [AFI FEST 2018]

For her second film but debut fiction feature, which premiered at this year’s Cannes Critics’ Week, writer-director Rohena Gera takes the formula of the servant-master relationship-turned-love-story between a young widow from a village and a […]

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on Nov, 15

Ash is Purest White (China/Japan/France, 2018) [AFI FEST 2018]

Ash is Purest White is no exception within Jia Zhangke’s cinema in terms of its sweeping scope. Platform (2000) charted the late 1970s to the late 1980s and Mountains May Depart (2015) spans from 1999 […]

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on Nov, 14

Killing (Japan, 2018) [SDAFF 2018]

If one is to assess Killing as the work of Shinya Tsukamoto, you may find it kind of lacking as it is less spectacular than the director’s 1980s and 90s works. But that does not […]

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on Nov, 13

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