Asian film, media, and culture

Dream Empire (Denmark, 2016)

Dream Empire begins in 2012 when Xi Jinping was elected to the post of General Secretary of the Communist Party and delivered a speech in which he famously used the phrase “Chinese dream” nine times […]

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on May, 17 · in Reviews

Call for Papers – East Asian Journal of Popular Culture

In recent decades, there has been a huge rise in the interest in East Asian popular culture. Since being launched in 2015, the East Asian Journal of Popular Culture has engaged directly with this trend. It has […]

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on May, 14 · in Announcements

Poetry Angel (Japan, 2016) [OAFF 2017]

Here’s a movie pitch which may not grab you: Poetry Angel is a film about a farmer and a schoolgirl in small-town Japan seeking a way to express themselves through the art of “Poetry Boxing.” Everything […]

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on Mar, 02

Sleepless (Philippines, 2015)

There are now more than one million telemarketing agents in the Philippines, with the country having overtaken India as the call center capital of the world in recent years. In the West, such enterprises are […]

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on Mar, 01

A Yellow Bird (France/Singapore, 2016) [OAFF 2017]

A Yellow Bird is the debut feature of K Rajagopal, a Singaporean director who regularly works in theatre and television documentary. Utilising his background, Rajagopal has created an immediate picture of life at the bottom of […]

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on Feb, 28

Tam Cam: The Untold Story (Vietnam, 2016) [OAFF 2017]

Tam Cam: The Untold Story is ostensibly a straight-faced adaptation of a similarly titled traditional Vietnamese fairytale, which is essentially a variation of the Cinderella story. For this reviewer, underneath the film’s seemingly simple surface […]

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on Feb, 27

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