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

The Great Buddha+ (Taiwan, 2017) – Screened Lives, and Screening Power/Play/Pleasure [New Directors/New Films 2018]

From the opening credits of his debut feature, filmmaker Huang Hsin-yao establishes his film’s atypical, tongue-in-cheek perspective and approach to his characters and what they experience/do in the course of the film. Adopting the first-person, […]

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on Mar, 30

The Sacrament (Japan, 2017)

In a time when self-referentiality is no longer a theoretical symptom of the time, but its actual mode of existence, it is hard to convince one’s self of any more grand mythologies if one’s not […]

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on Mar, 29

An Elephant Sitting Still (China, 2018) and the movement of emotion-as-space [New Directors/New Films 2018]

In the late Hu Bo’s first and last film, scenes revolve around the inhabitants of an apartment complex located somewhere in northern China, all of which take place in the span of one day: high […]

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on Mar, 28

Gemini (USA, 2017)

Opening with an upside down image of palm trees against a purple tinted night sky, Gemini is an impeccably stealthy neo-noir that coolly traverses Los Angeles while confidently playing with its popular iconography. Those familiar […]

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on Mar, 27



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