Author: Alexis Cruz

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘RAMEN HEAD’ – NOODLE LOVE IS SUCH A MANY SPLENDORED THING!

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – There’s no doubt, movies about food are cruel to the eyes and stomach. They tease you with something you cannot smell nor taste, and sight alone doesn’t let you experience the food. “Ramen Head” is just that, featuring bowl after bowl of steamy noodles and broth that fill up every inch of the big screen, taunting the audience. That said, this taunting is only a side effect of a foodie film done right. Director Koki Shigeno, in his first feature, focuses on obsession with ramen, both at the national and individual level. The documentary takes...

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SAUDI ARABIA: RITZ PRISONERS WALKING FREE MEANS BIGGER MEDIA CONTROL

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh ended its tenure as the world’s most glamorous jail. It was the only prison with five-star service, until its detainees moved out and the hotel became available to guests who came voluntarily. In November 2017, the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s corruption brigade arrested dozens of the wealthiest Saudis, including businessmen, government officials, and members of the royal family. Many were accused of charges, such as money laundering and bribery. The government stated that it lost about $100 billion because of corruption and the arrests made it seem like the...

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SAUDI ARABIA: MOVIE THEATERS MAKING A COMEBACK AFTER 35 YEARS IN THE DARK

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – The Saudi government lifted a 35-year ban on movie theaters in January. Saudi citizens are now able to experience the thrill of a big screen in their country. Is this the beginning of a typical Hollywood happy ending? For this momentous occasion, a film festival in Jeddah put out a red carpet and sold popcorn to introduce the Saudi public to the movie-going experience. Screenings at Jeddah’s cultural center allowed men, women, and children to sit together—an unprecedented move for the conservative Muslim country. The Saudi Gazette published an article on decorum in preparation for...

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FILM REVIEW: ‘1987 When the Day Comes’

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – Fans of South Korean cinema know the country can produce world class horror, thriller and even rom-com films. You can add political biopic to that list, with the December release of “1987: When the Day Comes.” This moving film centers on the government’s botched cover up of the torture and killing of college student Park Jong-chul, and how the scandal sparked protests that ultimately felled a dictator. Director Jang Joon-hwan weaves together multiple perspectives of the nation and the events, taking viewers through different parts of the country and presenting people of diverse backgrounds and...

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LOS ANGELES: SPECTACULAR ‘ASIAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL’ PROJECTS THE RAW STORIES OF ASIA WITH PANACHE

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES — The Asian World Film Festival took place this past week October 25 – November 2. The festival commenced with the opening night screening of “Ayla: The Daughter of War.” Asia Media International was honored to be able to cover the event and share reviews of our favorite and most memorable films. Ayla: The Daughter of War Turkey – Official Oscar Submission for Best Foreign Language Film The Asian World Film Festival started the week of movies off with a tearjerker. They were so confident about it that they even provided a napkin on every seat,...

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ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL is a student-driven publication of Loyola Marymount University’s Asia Media Center – a vital part of LMU’s Department of Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS), in an alliance with the university's award-winning Dept.of Political Science, and with the internationally influential Pacific Century Institute.

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Kate Barkley [Australia]
Murad Basrawi
Emily Carman
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Dylan Ramos
Fassa Sar [Film]
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Nicolas Swaya
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Ryan Lippert
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Lamiya Shabir [Pakistan & Islam]
Yunfei Suo [China]
Erisa Takeda [Japan Politics]
Katie Trinh [Vietnam]
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