Asian film, media, and culture

The Power of Zhang Yimou’s Metaphors and Colour Symbolism in Raise the Red Lantern (1991) [DCCFF 2017]

When we speak of Zhang Yimou, a leading light of China’s so-called Fifth Generation of filmmakers, many people immediately conjure up sumptuous imagery from the director’s more commercially successful titles like Red Sorghum (1987), Hero […]

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on Sep, 21 · in Features

The Hong Kong Second Wave and their Fascination with the 1960s [DCCFF 2017]

During the mid-1980s, there was a subtle handover between the first and second Hong Kong new cinemas. After the first wavers spent the late 1970s and beyond reshaping the landscape of their national cinema, the second […]

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on Sep, 19 · in Features

Japanese Girls Never Die (Japan, 2016) [NYAFF 2017]

Those who read my reviews will know that I am a huge fan of Japanese actress Yu Aoi. Ever since I saw her in Hana and Alice (2004), I have been a great admirer of her […]

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on Jul, 09

Suffering of Ninko (Japan, 2016) [NYAFF 2017]

Seeing someone suffer is rarely fun but this film all about a Buddhist priest who is cursed to be sexually irresistible to all around him is sure to amuse audiences. Ninko (Masato Tsujioka) is a […]

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on Jul, 07

Close-Knit (Japan, 2017) [NYAFF 2017]

It has been five years since Naoko Ogigami’s last film, but her latest continues the thematic strand of challenging normative notions of belonging and finding/forging a space of one’s own — on one’s terms — […]

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on Jul, 06

The Gangster’s Daughter (Taiwan, 2016) [NYAFF 2017]

The gangster genre has been a staple of cinema for as long as I can remember, and filmmakers continue to find new ways of exploring society’s fascination over a life of glamorized crime. Chen Mei-Juin […]

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on Jul, 05

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