Asian film, media, and culture

SF8, Episode 1 – “The Prayer” (South Korea, 2020)

Science Fiction is often considered a decidedly American invention. However untrue this statement may be, the cinematic representation of SF has, for most of its history, been dominated by American productions. On the small screen, […]

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on Oct, 25 · in Reviews

All the Things We Never Said (Japan, 2020) [SDAFF 2020]

In 2019, the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society and China’s Heaven Pictures launched a pan-Asian project called B2B A Love Supreme wherein six Asian auteurs were tasked with going back to basics and making […]

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on Oct, 24 · in Reviews

After My Homecoming (Japan, 2020) [SDAFF 2020]

Acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda directs the first episode, After My Homecoming, of an eight-part Japanese television series, Kasumi Arimura’s Filming Break (2020). Working for the first time with a script not penned by himself, […]

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on Oct, 23

Days (Taiwan, 2020) [SDAFF 2020]

Tsai Ming-liang remains one of global cinema’s great oddities. With each subsequent release his works seem more esoteric, more difficult to categorise, and increasingly closer to being impossible to explain without sounding like a posing […]

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on Oct, 22

Mekong 2030 (Cambodia/Laos/Myanmar/Thailand/Vietnam, 2020) [SDAFF 2020]

The environmental crisis facing those who live in the Mekong delta is both a sobering and an oft-forgotten reflection of the patterns of human behaviour and global climate change. The Mekong River is one of […]

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on Oct, 21

Genus Pan (Philippines, 2020) [SDAFF 2020]

Genus Pan is in the minority of Lav Diaz’ narratives. Diaz’ narratives are once infested by an enlightened intellectual, intruders or visitors like in Pasolini’s Teorema (1968), often talking down to people or spouting sophistries. […]

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on Oct, 20

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