Like Father, Like Son is the latest film from director, Koreeda Hirokazu. It describes two families who discover their sons (now six years old) were accidentally switched at birth and the ultimate decision they must both make about their respective sons. It won the jury prize at the 2013 Cannes film festival. I saw Koreeda’s last film I Wish and thoroughly enjoyed it so I’m looking forward to this one [Update: Just saw and it gets a high recommendation, very heartfelt and touching]. It’s playing at Cineplex Forum in Montreal. See the trailer below.
The Raid 2 is predictably the sequel to The Raid: Redemption, the impressive action film that put Indonesian martial arts on the map. The original was a total ass-kicking movie with intense and brutally choreographed fight scenes a couple of which went on for impressive lengths of time. While the original took place in just one building, the sequel looks to span more locations with even more insane action (I would not want to mess with the guy with the baseball bat or the gal with the hammers). It’s now screening at Cinema Banque Scotia in Montreal. Check out the trailer below.
Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America by David Wong (graphic novel) Leave a comment
I recently read the graphic novel Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America by David Wong, a Chinese Canadian born in Vancouver. The book was released in 2012 and its title sums up its subject matter as succinctly as the story itself sums up the past history of Chinese in North America. It’s told through the stories of Wong’s family and spans both USA and Canada. The story starts off in the present with the grandmother visiting a museum that has a machine called the “Iron Chink” after which she goes into her story in the past. We see the racism and injustices experienced by the Chinese during the time they built the railroads and then the Chinese exclusion/immigration act and head tax. It’s a necessary and good starting point to read up on a part of Canadian history that is not taught in schools (at least not when I was in school).
A great addition to the online video world…Angry Asian America!
I was randomly browsing Kickstarter when I found this interesting project by Terry Dawes about the popularity of Anne of Green Gables in Japan. I’ve never read the book or seen the TV adaptation but have been aware of this character for a long time but know little about her so it comes as a surprise to me that this character is popular in Japan.
Not really related to films but interesting nonetheless. Check out the article link.
Jerry Liu has a youtube channel with some interesting and fun videos that usually involve interacting with public, like asking questions or pranks and other stuff. I received a link to on a while back but had missed it originally in my inbox.