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

Soulmate (China, 2016)

Certain close female friendships, at least those portrayed in film, have a way of straddling the line between friendship and romance with such delicacy that is downright heartbreaking to watch. Qiyue (Ma Sichun) and Ansheng […]

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on Mar, 13

The Sower (Japan, 2016) [OAFF 2018]

Most movies inspired by artists tend to be biographical, such as Lust for Life (1956), which stars Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh. Yosuke Takeuchi’s independent feature The Sower takes inspiration from that famous and […]

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on Mar, 12

Love and Other Cults (Japan, 2017)

Here is the weirdest thing happens in Eiji Uchida’s latest feature Love and Other Cults. Three teenage boys have called a telephone number that was scrawled onto a bathroom wall and are expecting a young […]

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on Mar, 11

The Path Leading to Love (Japan, 2018) [OAFF 2018]

Alcohol addiction and writers go together like cookies and cream, or so it seems. The combination of self-destructive artist and liquid fire has been the subject of films like The Lost Weekend (1945), Leaving Las […]

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on Mar, 10

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