Asian film, media, and culture

The Power of Zhang Yimou’s Metaphors and Colour Symbolism in Raise the Red Lantern (1991) [DCCFF 2017]

When we speak of Zhang Yimou, a leading light of China’s so-called Fifth Generation of filmmakers, many people immediately conjure up sumptuous imagery from the director’s more commercially successful titles like Red Sorghum (1987), Hero […]

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on Sep, 21 · in Features

The Hong Kong Second Wave and their Fascination with the 1960s [DCCFF 2017]

During the mid-1980s, there was a subtle handover between the first and second Hong Kong new cinemas. After the first wavers spent the late 1970s and beyond reshaping the landscape of their national cinema, the second […]

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on Sep, 19 · in Features

Preview – Special screening of A Page of Madness, King’s College London, September 24

On Sunday September 24th, the Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival (JAEFF) will host a special screening of the Teinosuke Kinugasa legendary A Page of Madness on 35mm at the Arthur & Paula Lucas Lecture Theatre, […]

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on Aug, 22

Ta’ang (China, 2016)

‘Better not to talk about, it’s so painful,’ says one Ta’ang woman at one point in Wang Bing’s most recent documentary about the Ta’ang ethnic group, local to a border zone between the Kokang region […]

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on Aug, 10

Zigeunerweisen (Japan, 1980) [JAPAN CUTS 2017]

Seijun Suzuki has been known for his over-the-top stylistic approach to gangster and yakuza films, most famously with his cult classics Tokyo Drifter (1966) and Branded to Kill (1967). His style, developed over the years […]

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on Jul, 22

Yamato (California) (Japan, 2016) [JAPAN CUTS, 2017]

The screener of Yamato (California) provided for reviewers comes with the request, “Please watch in the loudest volume possible!!” This leads one to expect that Daisuke Miyazaki’s tale of a wannabe rapper is going to be a full […]

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on Jul, 20

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