Chinese Film distributor Golden Lion is releasing another Chinese film in theatres across North America. This one’s called The Golden Era directed by Ann Hui and starring Tang Wei. It’s a biopic about the life of influential female writer, Xiao Hong. It is also Hong Kong’s official entry for the Academy Awards for best foreign film. Check out the trailer below.
The Festival du Nouveau Cinema (October 8-19) will have a small but notable selection of East Asian films, some of which come from TIFF’s recent lineup. Update: I have seen the “The Tale Of Princess Kaguya” and I highly recommend it for animated fans and those who like Japanese folktales and traditional painting. Studio Ghibli does not disappoint with beautiful art direction and memorable characters.
IN HER PLACE – Albert Shin / 2014 / Canada, South Korea / 115 min / O.V. Korean, S.T. English
OCT 14 21:20 Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin A
OCT 18 13:00 Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin B
PAST PRESENT – Tiong Guan Saw / 2013 / Malaysia / 76 min / O.V. Mandarin, English / S.T. English
OCT 10 15:15 Cinéma du Parc 3
OCT 14 17:40 Cinéma du Parc 3
STILL THE WATER – Naomi Kawase / 2014 / Japan, France, Spain / 119 min / O.V. Japanese / S.T. English
OCT 12 15:20 Auditorium Alumni H-110 (Concordia)
OCT 19 16:30 Cinéma du Parc 1
DRAGON INN – King Hu / 1967 / Taiwan / 111 min / V.O. Mandarin / S.T. English
OCT 19 21:30 Cinéma du Parc 3
DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK & ROLL – John Pirozzi / 2014 / United States / 107 min / O.V. , French, English, S.T. English
OCT 11 19:00 Cinéma du Parc 3
OCT 14 15:30 Cinéma du Parc 3
YXIMALLOO – Tadhg O’Sullivan, Feargal Ward / 2014 / Irlande / 75 min / V.O. Anglaise, Japonaise, S.T. anglais
10 OCT 21:30 Cinéma du Parc 3
15 OCT 17:30 Cinéma du Parc 3
FIRES ON THE PLAIN - Shinya Tsukamoto / 2014 / Japan / 87 min / V.O. Japanese, Filipino / S.T. English
Director will be present
OCT 11 21:30 Auditorium Alumni H-110 (Concordia)
OCT 12 13:15 Cinéma du Parc 3
OVER YOUR DEAD BODY – Takashi Miike / 2014 / Japan / 93 min / O.V. Japanese / S.T. English
OCT 13 21:15 Cinéma du Parc 3
OCT 18 19:45 Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin A
THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA – Isao Takahata / 2013 / Japon / 137 min / V.O. Japanese / S.T. English
OCT 13 14:00 Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin A
OCT 17 18:30 Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin A
THE WORLD OF KANAKO – Tetsuya Nakashima / 2014 / Japan / 118 min / O.V. Japanese / S.T. English
OCT 15 21:15 Auditorium Alumni H-110 (Concordia)
OCT 18 15:00 Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin A
TOKYO TRIBE – Sion Sono / 2014 / Japan / 116 min / O.V. Japanese / S.T. English
OCT 09 19:00 Auditorium Alumni H-110 (Concordia)
OCT 10 16:30 Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin B
Breakup Buddies, the Chinese comedy directed by Ning Hao will be playing at the Cineplex forum and other Cineplex theatres around Canada & USA starting October 3. Check out the trailer below.
I received this in the inbox recently,
“My name is Raymond C. Lai and I am an Asian-American filmmaker based in Los Angeles. I am writing you today to let you know about my unique and hilarious independent pilot At Your Convenience. It is a surreal, hybrid live-action/animated sitcom pilot which I directed and co-wrote with RANDALL PARK (ABC’s Fresh off the Boat, The Interview) and stars Park and DWAYNE PERKINS (Tosh.0, Late night with Conan O’Brien) as two best friends who own and operate a convenience store together.
It made it’s premier as an official selection at the prestigious New York Television Festival, picked up the Jury Prize at the Iron Mule Comedy Showcase, and screened as part of CAAMFest in SF, the San Diego Asian American Film Festival, was nominated for Video of the Week at Awardeo, and now been featured on Short of the Week, where they called it “absurd and refreshingly original.”
I thought that this project might be of interest to your site and its readers because of Randall Park’s rising star, and the show’s depiction of race, stereotypes, and perspective. Here’s a link: http://www.shortoftheweek.com/2014/09/20/at-your-convenience/“
I find Randall Park to be a pretty funny guy and that was proven true as well in this video, which was pretty funny and also plays around with stereotypes. Check it out below.
I don’t usually post Asian music videos but John Park being Korean American with a fairly memorable run on American Idol has been trying to make his music career in South Korea. I still remember Shania Twain’s appreciation of his “beautiful bottom end”. I haven’t followed John Park’s career in South Korea much but he recently released a really awesome song. Those who know better than me say it has a Britpop sound. Check it out.
Here’s a link to the CBC article about Mai Duong, a Vietnamese Canadian in Montreal, who is suffering from Leukemia. There has been a search for a compatible donor for months. A bone marrow donor would be preferable but there may be enough stem cells from the umbilical cord. Her public campaign has helped increase the number Asian blood and tissue donors but it’s still a very small percent of the total.
Here’s a talk segment on the French TV program “Tout le Monde En Parle” (The whole world is talking about it) with Mai Duong. Yes, it’s in French. Most of what she talks about is found in the article link above. To briefly summarize, the umbilical cord is a plan C (plan A was her brother who was not compatible and plan B was an anonymous donor tissue donor). The umbilical cord comes from somebody not from North America and that by law she cannot know or will never meet the donor of the umbilical cord. There are risks with the procedure using the umbilical cord stem cells such as infections. She also says that her baby daughter knows she’s sick but not the extent of it. Whenever the daughter sees her on TV or in a newspaper, she asks “Why is mama on TV?” to which she or others respond that people like watching her.
2KSquad is an independent collective of dancers, musicians, singers and more who perform dance & music covers of Kpop and also original performances inspired by Asian pop music. They’ll be having their annual showcase at UQAM, tickets can be bought online or various locations in downtown Montreal. For details check out their facebook event page.