Asian film, media, and culture

Preview – Doc Fortnight 2017 at MoMA, February 19-26

One of the most anticipated film series of the year for any docuphile is Doc Fortnight, the Museum of Modern Art’s international festival of nonfiction film and media. Doc Fortnight presents some of the most […]

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on Feb, 18 · in Announcements

Preview – CAAMFest 35, March 9th-19th, 2017

Film festivals can have an impact. If there was any doubt about this, check out a post on Phil Yu’s Angry Asian Man website by New Zealander director Roseanne Liang. In that post, Liang recalls a […]

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on Feb, 16 · in Announcements

Spray Paint Beijing (China/USA, 2014)

Although some people still vehemently insist that street art is a form of vandalism, it has become a widely accepted means of expression in urban environments since the US graffiti explosion of the early 1980s. […]

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on Nov, 14

Tsukiji Wonderland (Japan, 2016) [Reel Asian 2016]

Documentaries supposedly present actualities: the so-called “reality” that is non-fiction. First hand and un-paraphrased, so to speak. In Tsukiji Wonderland, however, director Naotaro Endo tries to illustrate the fantastic from the fish market’s very system […]

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on Nov, 13

Double Happiness (Canada, 1994) [Reel Asian 2016]

Mina Shum’s debut film Double Happiness was released in 1994 and screened at the Toronto International Film Festival that same year. Sue Anne Yeo has called it “the landmark Asian Canadian narrative feature” (Yeo 2007: 118) in […]

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on Nov, 11

The Top Secret: Murder in Mind (Japan, 2016) [JFF2016AU]

Director Keishi Otomo is perhaps best known in the West as the director of the acclaimed Rurouni Kenshin trilogy (2012-2014), but while I enjoyed the majority of that saga (the end was quite anti-climactic in […]

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on Nov, 03

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