“A Light Never Goes Out” Celebrates Hong Kong’s Iconic Neon Signs
"A Light Never Goes Out" is a spirited look into the craftsmen who build and maintain Hong Kong’s iconic neon signs. Though the film’s plot is somewhat boilerplate, it has beautiful cinematography, and demonstrates a genuine love for its subject
Looking Through Ẹlẹ́ṣin’s Hourglass
Or How to Render Metaphysics in Film
“Therapy Dogs” Offers a Cleverly Stylized Depiction of High School
Therapy Dogs is a creatively stylized take on high school, following two friends in their senior year. Though the film is unlikely to appeal to all viewers, given its deliberately disjointed narrative, it manages to capture something of the nihilism–and violence–of wayward teenagers
MELODRAMA-RAMA: ABSORBING DELIGHT
The Telugu film RRR is an incredible mixture of genres, influences, and ideas: a historical epic with obvious ahistorical qualities, a combat-heavy actioner with exuberant song-and-dance numbers, a homosocial friendship drama with recognizably romantic montages. Strong notes of melodrama accent its potent blend.
Hope Is The Anthem That Runs Through No U-Turn
In 1997, a young Ike Nnaebue, along with free of his friends, left Lagos, Nigeria for a journey across West Africa, hoping to get into Europe by road (and ultimately) by sea, but a fortuitous encounter at Mali’s capital city caused him to make a detour, one that would change the trajectory of his life forever.
“Demigod: The Legend Begins” Breathes New Life Into Taiwanese Puppetry
Pili Puppetry is a well-known Taiwanese glove puppet series, which transposes wuxia tales of martial arts chivalry to a fantasy setting.
“Before Next Spring” Humanizes the Lives of Chinese Students in Japan
Part of coverage of the 2022 New York Asian Film Festival.
The Spectacle and Politics of Nudity in “Blood Sisters”
If we think of film as “visual storytelling”, Blood Sisters certainly gives us the “visual” even if it sometimes leaves us wondering about the “storytelling.”
The Many Repetitions of Hong Kong History
There are few words fit to describe Blue Island (憂鬱之島), apart from “masterpiece.” The film stands out as an example of its genre, while also managing to be highly powerful and personal.
A Miao Church Choir Thrust into the Spotlight
A Review of "Singing in the Wilderness" written in collaboration with Cinema Escapist, as part of coverage of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Keep an eye out for more!
A Glance into the Everyday of COVID
This is a No Man is an Island film review written in collaboration with Cinema Escapist, as part of coverage of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Keep an eye out for more!
Gold Leaf Succeeds Where SEQALU and Island Nation Did Not
A Review of Episodes One and Two of Gold Leaf (茶金)
A Powerful Look into the Struggles of Two Generations in China
FATHER (爺爺和父親) is a standout documentary, whose strengths primarily derive from the revealing moments it manages to capture on camera. This is due to the fact that director Deng Wei is filming his father and grandfather as the documentary’s subjects.