Asian film, media, and culture

Queen of Sports (China, 1934)

History is more often not a lesson in progress but a lesson in repeats. And nothing underscores the cyclical rather than linear nature of history for me than watching silent and early sound cinema. When […]

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on Mar, 23 · in Reviews

Of Time and the Image: A Preview of Select Asian Titles Screening at New Directors/New Films

Co-presented by The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the annual festival of emerging filmmakers making their debut, sophomore, or sometimes third-film efforts from around the world takes place this […]

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on Mar, 17 · in Features

A Copy of My Mind (Indonesia, 2016) [Five Flavours 2016]

Urban space and the cinematic city are mutually imbricated in productive ways and for as long as both continue to evolve, expand and diversify, they will thrive and complement one another. In independent cinema, urban […]

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on Dec, 15

Dark Side of the Light (Japan, 2016)

Dark Side of the Light uses a Citizen Kane (1941)-style structure to explore how an actual murder, which occurred in Shibuya back in 1996, would have been committed. Gaps left by the news reportage are […]

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on Dec, 13

The Lockpicker (Canada, 2016) [Reel Asian 2016]

It’s apparent from the opening frames of The Lockpicker that we’re deep in troubled teen territory as a youth sits up late at night writing in his notebook; the manner in which he is not only […]

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on Dec, 11

Five Flavours Film Festival 2016 Report

Warsaw has had a troubled history. Located in Central Europe, it has been passed between empires and dynasties, been pillaged and seen golden ages since the 16th century. Then, with liberation in sight at the […]

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on Dec, 07

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