Asian film, media, and culture

Jia Zhangke: A Guy From Fenyang (Brazil, 2014)

Like criss-crossing rail lines denoting movement both forwards and backwards, so the documentary Jia Zhangke: A Guy From Fenyang, directed by Walter Salles, focuses on Jia and his memories both personal and filmic. The constant […]

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on May, 26 · in Reviews

To Dreams of Kurosawa; or, Space of Authorship and Homage in Johnnie To’s Throwdown (2004)

Between the last shot of Throwdown and its ending credits, Johnnie To reveals a dedication: ‘A Salute to Akira Kurosawa, the Greatest Filmmaker.’ This video essay is my attempt at not only drawing out a […]

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on May, 25 · in Video Essay

The Bookworm Literary Festival 2016: Catching Up with Beijing’s LGBT Community

2015 was so tumultuous for Beijing’s LGBT community that this year’s Bookworm Literary Festival devoted a panel to the recent trials and triumphs of the movement, which have ranged from short prison terms for feminist […]

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on Apr, 15

2016 Chinese Visual Festival (CVF), London Venues, May 11-20

The 6th Chinese Visual Festival (CVF) will be held in London from May 11th – 20th at King’s College London, BFI Southbank and the Bertha DocHouse screen at Curzon Bloomsbury. This year’s festival builds on […]

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on Apr, 14

The Mermaid (China/Hong Kong, 2016)

A new Stephen Chow film is always a momentous event. And not just for the whole of Asia, but also for me. First off, Chow, alongside Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Chow Yun-fat, was one […]

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on Apr, 09

The Bookworm Literary Festival 2016: Political Satire and Organised Dissent in Hong Kong

This second report on the Bookworm Literary Festival 2016 focuses on two talks on the fluctuating political climate of Hong Kong from guests who have chronicled the transitions of the former colony via mainstream media and […]

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on Apr, 07

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