SARAH LOHMANN WRITES — How do we find out who we are? Rikiya Imaizumi’s Call Me Chihiro unfolds the possible answers to this layered question through its unique aesthetics and lack of sound. The film premiered internationally on Netflix on February 23, 2023, and made a special impact on viewers.…Full Article MOVIE REVIEW: THE POWER OF SILENCE IN CALL ME CHIHIRO (2023)
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MOVIE REVIEW: BROKER (2022) – THE SPIRAL OF HUMAN MORALITY
SARAH LOHMANN WRITES — We often like to see the world in black-and-white terms: bad people do bad things. It is rarely so simple in reality, however. Japanese director, Hirokazu Koreeda, explores moral complexity in Broker (2022), showing how our best efforts and intentions can be disrupted by systems that…Full Article MOVIE REVIEW: BROKER (2022) – THE SPIRAL OF HUMAN MORALITY
MOVIE REVIEW: THE MANY COLORS OF YOUTH IN 20TH CENTURY GIRL (2022) – GROWING PAINS
SARAH LOHMANN WRITES – Romance and coming-of-age stories are comforting for many. Their familiar storylines are a space for viewers to revisit the excitements and struggles of youth with a healthy degree of separation, a safety cushion. For this reason, such films can risk being devoid of complexity. However, Korean…Full Article MOVIE REVIEW: THE MANY COLORS OF YOUTH IN 20TH CENTURY GIRL (2022) – GROWING PAINS
MOVIE REVIEW: PHOTOCOPIER (2022) — SECRETS OF THE SELF AND SELF-IMAGE
SARAH LOHMANN WRITES — In this age of scrolling feeds and images, what are we, if not our faces, our best days posted, and our reputations on display for the world to see? The photos we take of our bodies make up the mask we show to the world, so…Full Article MOVIE REVIEW: PHOTOCOPIER (2022) — SECRETS OF THE SELF AND SELF-IMAGE
SINGAPORE: CAN THIS SMALL SPOT ON THE GLOBE MAKE IT BIG IN GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT?
ALEXANDER KYDONIEFS WRITES – Will Singapore’s MDA (Media Development Authority, which promotes and regulates Singapore media), be able to achieve its masterplan, “Media 21,” and transform the nation-state into a global media powerhouse? Could MDA, in fact, help cinema become Singapore’s newest key sector, as well as create over 10,000…Full Article SINGAPORE: CAN THIS SMALL SPOT ON THE GLOBE MAKE IT BIG IN GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT?
MOVIE REVIEW: NOT HOLLYWOOD, NOT BOLLYWOOD, BUT TOLLYWOOD’S “RRR” IS MAKING INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES
BENJAMIN BARRETT WRITES – If you haven’t already seen it, you have probably heard of it. RRR is one of the most globally successful movies today. Released in theaters across the world in March 2022, it has only in the past few months become popular in the United States. Directed…Full Article MOVIE REVIEW: NOT HOLLYWOOD, NOT BOLLYWOOD, BUT TOLLYWOOD’S “RRR” IS MAKING INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES
MOVIE REVIEW: INCANTATION (2022) – A MONSTER THAT LIVES IN YOUR HEAD
Incantation – 2022 – 1 hr 50 min – Kevin Ko SARAH LOHMANN WRITES – Do you believe in blessings? Intentions and outcomes rarely equal in importance; these two are set in sequence with each other by Ronan’s monologue to the viewer at the beginning of Incantation (2022). Intentions come first, and,…Full Article MOVIE REVIEW: INCANTATION (2022) – A MONSTER THAT LIVES IN YOUR HEAD
TAIWAN: HOLLYWOOD AND MAVERICK COME TO THE RESCUE
ARYANA KHALILZADEH WRITES – Many people have waited decades for a sequel to the immensely popular 1986 action film Top Gun, and Hollywood delivered with a bang – and a provocative propaganda hit at China. Thirty-six years after the first Top Gun film, its sequel, Top Gun: Maverick has broken…Full Article TAIWAN: HOLLYWOOD AND MAVERICK COME TO THE RESCUE
JAPAN AND STAR WARS: IN A SHOGUNATE FAR FAR AWAY
AIDAN SMITH-FAGAN WRITES – Tapio Tokunaga still remembers the first time he saw George Lucas’ Star Wars films. “I fell in love with it,” he tells me, recalling borrowing the DVDs as a seven-year-old in Yokohama, Japan. Tapio would go on to learn as much about the story, characters, and…Full Article JAPAN AND STAR WARS: IN A SHOGUNATE FAR FAR AWAY
MOVIE REVIEW: “TURNING RED” (2022) – DISNEY PIXAR CHIPPING AWAY AT THE BAMBOO AND GLASS CEILING
CADY ABE WRITES – Disney Pixar’s newest movie, “Turning Red”, premiered on March 11, 2022, on Disney Plus. The new animated film, directed by Domee Shi, brilliantly shines with themes of women empowerment and Asian American representation. “Turning Red” is the first Disney animated movie to have an Asian woman as head…Full Article MOVIE REVIEW: “TURNING RED” (2022) – DISNEY PIXAR CHIPPING AWAY AT THE BAMBOO AND GLASS CEILING
‘BELLE’ MOVIE REVIEW: A BEAUTY AND THE BEAST TALE FOR THE VR GENERATION
AIDAN SMITH-FAGAN WRITES — These days, remakes and reboots rarely offer surprises on the silver screen. But Studio Chizu’s Belle -which hit US theatres January 14th– goes beyond the typical remake formula to fully reimagine and reinterpret the classic Beauty and the Beast tale. Writer/director Mamoru Hosoda not only builds…Full Article ‘BELLE’ MOVIE REVIEW: A BEAUTY AND THE BEAST TALE FOR THE VR GENERATION
MOVIE REVIEW: “LOVE HARD” BREAKING THROUGH ORIENTALIST VIEW
CADY ABE WRITES — In preparation of the Holiday season, Netflix released the new Christmas movie, Love Hard, on November 5th, 2021. The movie premiered with an all-star cast, most notably comedian Jimmy Yang and The Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev as the two romantic leads. Amid all the large steps…Full Article MOVIE REVIEW: “LOVE HARD” BREAKING THROUGH ORIENTALIST VIEW
‘NO TIME TO DIE’ REVIEW: DOES FUKUNAGA STICK THE LANDING FOR CRAIG’S FINAL FILM?
AIDAN SMITH-FAGAN WRITES – Balance is tough for any action film to get right, especially in franchises known for their blockbuster effects and grand set pieces. Too easily, action flicks can fall into the trap of having so many fists flying, guns firing, and cars doing backflips that it all…Full Article ‘NO TIME TO DIE’ REVIEW: DOES FUKUNAGA STICK THE LANDING FOR CRAIG’S FINAL FILM?
SHANG-CHI REVIEW: CRAZY QUICK ACTION
AIDAN SMITH-FAGAN WRITES – As I walked out of Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, I couldn’t help but note a few of the similarities it has with 2018’s Black Panther: a Marvel hero breaking ground for a historically underrepresented minority, a fictional secret paradise, and a…Full Article SHANG-CHI REVIEW: CRAZY QUICK ACTION
SOUTH KOREA: ‘SPACE SWEEPERS’ IS AN OUT-OF-THIS WORLD BLOCKBUSTER
YOLANDA NOSAKHARE WRITES — Imagine your favorite “Star Wars” film mating with the “Wizard of Oz” in the year 2092- quite an interesting concept, right? Director Jo Sung-Hee seamlessly accomplishes this with his new sci-fi-thriller “Space Sweepers.” While the Korean film came out February 5th of this year, it is…Full Article SOUTH KOREA: ‘SPACE SWEEPERS’ IS AN OUT-OF-THIS WORLD BLOCKBUSTER
ASIAN CULTURE: DISNEY’S HEART BEATS HARD FOR MULTICULTURALISM IN ‘RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON’
JONAR COWAN WRITES — With bias regarding the origins of COVID-19 contributing to Asian hate crimes, the premiere of Disney’s animation Raya and the Last Dragon March 5 helps us forget all that for a brief second. ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ is revolutionary in its representation of a kind…Full Article ASIAN CULTURE: DISNEY’S HEART BEATS HARD FOR MULTICULTURALISM IN ‘RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON’