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

Extraordinary Mission (China, 2017) [NYAFF 2017]

When a film’s title boldly proclaims that the audience is going to see something astounding, the content usually either lives up to the superlative or flames out, with the moniker being jokingly used to underscore […]

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on Jun, 30

Saving Sally (Philippines, 2016) [NYAFF 2017]

Saving Sally is one of the most ambitious attempts at commercial filmmaking from the Philippines to date, and probably one of the best in terms of this level of popular ambition. It follows Marty (Enzo […]

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on Jun, 29

Bad Genius (Thailand, 2017) [NYAFF 2017]

In a competitive, status orientated society where students are defined by their GPA, does a little cheating really hurt if it helps some maintain a healthy relationship with their parents and enable others to qualify […]

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on Jun, 28

Call for Guest Bloggers – Chinese Cinema of the 1980s & 1990s

In collaboration with the DC Chinese Film Festival, VCinema is seeking guest bloggers for a series of posts on the theme of Chinese Cinema of the 1980s & 1990s. Founded in 2011, DCCFF brings together artists, […]

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on Jun, 23

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