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‘Kanako’ pits esteemed actor against a lot of pointless gore

‘Kanako’ pits esteemed actor against a lot of pointless gore

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “The World of Kanako” begins with a Christmas celebration or, to be more precise, several Christmas celebrations. Snow falls slowly. Bright lights twinkle in the night. And young people, at least, dance together in a club, done up in their immaculate fashions. Intercut with this, though, is cursing, hissing, […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 35 No 4 | 1/23-1/290 Comments

Top 10 films of 2015 — Films worth seeing again

Top 10 films of 2015 — Films worth seeing again

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Troubling. Challenging. Problematic. Call 2015 what you want, it had plenty of reasons to stay in bed with the covers pulled over your eyes. Here are 10 visions worth getting out of the house for (although, in fairness, you can ingest most of them through your television). 10.  “Cambodian Son,” directed […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 52 | 12/19-12/250 Comments

East Side Sushi — Impactful food film hits Seattle theaters

East Side Sushi — Impactful food film hits Seattle theaters

By Tiffany Ran Northwest Asian Weekly We live in a time when films like the recently released “Burnt” and “Chef” (2014) project the glory of chefs and the culinary profession to the yelping masses, but “East Side Sushi” is not that. Protagonist Juana is a single mother struggling to support her daughter with menial jobs […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 47 | 11/14-11/200 Comments

Jafar Panahi’s “Taxi”

Jafar Panahi’s “Taxi”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly If Jafar Panahi’s new movie comes off less than perfect—or even if it seems perfect—one must consider the circumstances. The Iranian director’s own government banned him from making films for 20 years. In a statement issued earlier this year, Panahi replied that “Nothing can prevent me from making films […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 47 | 11/14-11/200 Comments

The Assassin

The Assassin

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly I settled into my seat wondering how Hou Hsaio-Hsien, a Taiwanese director with an eye to the quirks, and subtle quakes of human interchange, would approach a martial arts film, specifically, a “wuxia” (“martial hero”) narrative, with its implicit practices. And “The Assassin,” his first full-length film since 2008’s […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 46 | 11/7-11/130 Comments

Spotlight on Sri Lanka — 10th Annual Seattle South Asian Film Festival

Spotlight on Sri Lanka — 10th Annual Seattle South Asian Film Festival

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The 10th Annual Seattle South Asian Film Festival (SSAFF), opening on October 15th, showcases Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), an island country near southeast India. The Tasveer organization, parent organization of the SSAFF, chose Sri Lanka to showcase for several reasons, according to Dr. Alka Kurian, co-director of the Festival.  […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, At the Movies, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 42 | 10/10-10/160 Comments

The Nightingale — No translation needed

The Nightingale — No translation needed

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly After 18 years of living in Beijing, Zhigen is finally fulfilling a promise to his late wife and returning to their village in the Chinese countryside with the nightingale she gave him as a parting gift. For nearly two decades, he had been putting off this trip. But now […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 42 | 10/10-10/160 Comments

“Jellyfish Eyes”

“Jellyfish Eyes”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The poster and publicity for “Jellyfish Eyes,” the debut film from Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, left me wondering if the film might be an anime.  It isn’t, but it features a cornucopia of fantastic creatures interacting with what we loosely call the real world. The action starts with figures […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 35 | 8/22-8/280 Comments

“Northern Limit Line” — Crossing emotional and historical borders

“Northern Limit Line” — Crossing emotional and historical borders

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Wikipedia and military refers to it as the “Second Battle Of Yeonpyeong.”  On June 29, 2002, two border patrol boats from North Korea slipped over the Northern Limit Line, the maritime boundary between the Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea (DPRK—North Korea) and the Republic Of Korea (South Korea) in […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 30 |7/18-7/240 Comments

SIFF 2015 *DID* represent — A recap of featured Asian and Asian American films

SIFF 2015 *DID* represent — A recap of featured Asian and Asian American films

By Tiffany Ran Northwest Asian Weekly Few film festivals in the country can rival the diversity and caliber of films than our own Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), which has for the past 41 years also spotlighted a wide range of Asian and Asian American films. This year, the themes touched on by Asian films […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 25 | 6/13-6/190 Comments

“Everything Before Us”

“Everything Before Us”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Imagine your entire life governed by a number.  Imagine spending most of your entire life in an office waiting endlessly to change that number.  Imagine that even when you see a specialist, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to change that number to a better one.  In fact, […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 25 | 6/13-6/190 Comments

This week at SIFF

This week at SIFF

“The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor” Reviewed by Tiffany Ran In one lifetime, Dr. Haing S. Ngor went from Cambodian refugee to Academy Award winner, author, and activist only to be gunned down outside of his home in Los Angeles in 1996. Not to be confused with original film where Ngor served as […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 24 | 6/6-6/120 Comments

“Man Up” gets a thumbs down

“Man Up” gets a thumbs down

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Just to clarify, Justin Chon’s “Man Up,” available now through Vimeo On Demand, isn’t the romance comedy of the same name being released this year, starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell. And that’s too damn bad, because I would have rather watched that movie. I would have rather watched […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 24 | 6/6-6/120 Comments

Seattle International Film Festival represents!

Seattle International Film Festival represents!

The Chinese Mayor Reviewed by Tiffany Ran In the last 1600 years, the city of Datong has degenerated from ancient cultural capital to one of China’s most polluted cities. “The Chinese Mayor” follows controversial mayor Geng Yanbo as he strives to revitalize Datong and lessen the city’s economic reliance on coal. In the process, Geng […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 23 | 5/30-6/50 Comments

SIFF kicks off with some “Seoul Searching”

SIFF kicks off with some “Seoul Searching”

This year’s Seattle International Film Festival includes an impressive number of Asian American selections, which assembles a collection that includes a Korean replicate that evokes John Hughes feel-good, historical Taiwanese brothels, and Tibetan archery. Check out some initial rundowns of reviews and previews below: “Seoul Searching” Reviewed by Daria Kroupoderova The title of Seoul Searching […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

“Man From Reno”

“Man From Reno”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Dave Boyle’s “Man From Reno” begins with a gray screen. Slowly, we see that the camera is aimed dead on at a car windshield in the rain, droplets snaking down. With the rain comes the fog, and through the fog comes a man, a car, another car, a sudden […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 18 | 4/25-5/10 Comments

“Selma” — Start talking and thinking

“Selma” — Start talking and thinking

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly He’s my oldest friend in the world and I love him like my own brother.  But I don’t think I’ll be talking to him for awhile.

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 5 | 1/24-1/300 Comments

“The Taking of Tiger Mountain”

“The Taking of Tiger Mountain”

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Tsui Hark’s latest mega-action film, “The Taking Of Tiger Mountain,” calls, roughly halfway through, for a man to wrestle a tiger.  Actually, the tiger comes out of nowhere in a snowy landscape, chases the man up a tree, chases him up and down and all around for a few […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 4 | 1/17-1/230 Comments

“The Interview” — Rating: Zero stars (yes, zero stars)

“The Interview” — Rating: Zero stars (yes, zero stars)

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly The 2:30 p.m. screening of the year’s most controversial movie at Columbia’s Ark Lodge Cinemas didn’t feature any controversy.  Patrons filed in.  A man in a wheelchair struggled to find a place to park himself out of others’ way.  The cinema played a few charming old cartoons advertising the […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 3 | 1/10-1/160 Comments

Time to watch some movies — Fish, robots, ghosts, and more…

Time to watch some movies — Fish, robots, ghosts, and more…

By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly Ryōtarō Makihara’s “Hal:  The Movie” manages many turns in its hour-long running time: Some bright, some sinister, some funny, some eerie.  It starts with some fish being watched through a fish-eye lens, and for the remainder of the brief but beguiling narrative, the script, from Izumi Kizara, casts doubts […]

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Posted in At the Movies, Vol 34 No 3 | 1/10-1/160 Comments

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