Asian film, media, and culture

Short Film – 3006 by Matthew Leung

Films that treat their cities as characters elicit a certain melancholic sentimentality that other films don’t. This challenges the common notion that a city is and always will be an unfeeling and unresponsive entity. Sacramento […]

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on Jan, 19 · in Features

Manfei (Taiwan, 2017)

Compared to the rebellious, anxious tone and radical narratives of Mainland China’s younger generation documentarians, Taiwanese filmmakers have inherited the constant filmic style tradition of their predecessors: delicate, poetic and slow, but heart-broken. The New […]

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on Jan, 17 · in Reviews

The Last Verse (Taiwan, 2017) [Reel Asian 2017]

Opening in the rose-tinted recent past and ending in a hopeless present, Tseng Ying-Ting’s drama The Last Verse episodically chronicles the gradual erosion of a romantic relationship against the backdrop of Taiwan’s fluctuating economy from 2000 […]

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on Nov, 10

Jesus is Dead (Philippines, 2016) [Reel Asian 2017]

When her former husband, Hesus, dies, Iyay (Jaclyn Jose) assembles her children Jude (Chai Fonacier), Jay (Melde Montanez), and Bert (Paul Vincent Viado) for a trip to their previous home in Dumaguete. The misadventures of […]

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on Nov, 07

Dear Etranger (Japan, 2017) [Reel Asian 2017]

Dear Etranger is an intimate drama about one man trying to balance two families and be an ideal father at a time when others give him or are going through crises. Free from melodrama and […]

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on Nov, 06

Railway Sleepers (Thailand, 2017)

Shot in trains traveling on every operating railway route in Thailand, Sompot Chidgasornpongse’s documentary, Railway Sleepers, turns an inquisitive eye to the nation’s population, often proffering revealing observations on the country, its diversity, and its […]

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on Oct, 25

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