Asian film, media, and culture

Preview – Chinese Visual Festival 2018, May 3-6

The 8th Chinese Visual Festival (CVF) will be held in London from May 3-6 at BFI Southbank and King’s College London. This year’s Festival builds on the success of previous editions, bringing the very best […]

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on Apr, 19 · in Features

Observing the Absurdity: An Interview with Huang Hsin-yao

For his feature-length debut, Taiwanese filmmaker Huang Hsin-yao adapted his 2014 short film The Great Buddha – hence the feature’s cheeky title of The Great Buddha+ (2017), in the vein of corporate product naming. Prior […]

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on Apr, 18 · in Interviews

A.W.: A Portrait of Apichatpong Weerasethakul (USA, 2018) and the feeling of images

Contrary to ‘formal’ biographical documentary films, Connor Jessup’s portrait of Thai filmmaker/multimedia artist Apichatpong ‘Joe’ Weerasethakul is a delicately woven home movie-like assemblage or collage, mixing Jessup’s footage with footage shot by A.W. himself during […]

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on Apr, 09

Wrath of Silence (China, 2017)

To say that Wrath of Silence never quite tops its opening ten minutes is not meant as a criticism as Xin Yukun’s thriller is one of the most gripping genre films in recent memory. Rather, […]

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on Apr, 07

Kushina, what will you be (Japan, 2018) [OAFF 2018]

Moët Hayami’s Kushina received its world premiere at the Osaka Asian Film Festival 2018 where it won the JAPAN CUTS award, an accolade given to films that display a unique vision. It was a well-deserved […]

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on Apr, 06

Nervous Translation (Philippines, 2017) and the tasks/processes of perception [New Directors/New Films 2018]

Between broad historical/temporal markers of random television news broadcasts of President Marcos and/against the ‘people’ or Typhoon Unsang and the ‘old-fashionedness’ of media objects (television set, telephone, radio/boombox, newspapers) in the film’s main location that […]

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on Apr, 05

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