Posted in Fantasia International Film Festival, Film Festivals, Trailers, Video

Fantasia 2017: First wave announcement

Here are the East Asian films that were announced among the first wave of films that will be screened at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival. This 21st edition will run from July 13 – August, 2017.

Opening night screenings

Jung Byung-gil’s THE VILLAINESS

Takashi Miike’s JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE

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Posted in Theater

Fringe Festival 2017

The Fringe festival is an annual festival in Montreal showcasing an eclectic mix of shows at very affordable prices. Here are a few interesting shows to check out.

Chung & Co Mystery Hour

This magic show will be performed by Chung and a mystery guest. His previous partner McSorley who was at last year’s show is no longer in Montreal 😦 but with sold out shows last year, this year’s show is bound to be just as good and to sell out just as fast. June 9-18. Also check out their website.

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The Monkey King Gets His Staff

I’m assuming this will be some sort of Peking Opera style theater performance. It will be performed by Jingju Canada. June 9-18.

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Pluck’d

This performance is by Bald Angry Asian Productions. Official description:
Pluck’d tells the story of Chinese immigrant family torn apart by gaps of generation, culture, and language reunited by the beauty of Christmas and the protection of Saran wrap. June 8-17. Apparently told by a man and a turkey.

Posted in *Recommended, Music, Video

Next Music From TOKYO vol 10 live show sells out!

Steven Tanaka and all his helpers have organized face-melting, ass-kicking Next Music From Tokyo shows across Canada for many years and volume 10 continues the trend. The Montreal show sold out and I’m not sure how often that’s happened in the past. I admit I did not unequivocally like all five bands this time around but all of them put on crazy and energetic performances with lots of crowd surfing.

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Posted in Music, Video

Next Music from TOKYO Vol 10 concert – May 22 @ Le Divan Orange

Next Music From Tokyo vol 10, the totally awesome Japanese underground music concert tour (organized by Steven Tanaka), will be on Monday, May 22 at Le Divan Orange in Montreal starting at 8pm. Tickets are only $14 in advance or $20 at the door. This show is between the Toronto and Vancouver shows. The bands for this edition are The Taupe, ゆくえしれずつれづれ(Yukueshirezutsurezure), 指先ノハク(Yubisaki Nohaku), Bakyun the everyday百蚊(hyacca/Hyakka).

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Posted in *Recommended, Documentary, Video

Inside These Walls

Inside these Walls was broadcast on CBC back in October, 2016 but I only just discovered this recently. It’s a documentary about an estranged father who has been imprisoned in China for his pro-democracy beliefs and the turmoil it has caused for his family in Montreal. Here’s the description from CBC.

“Wang Bingzhang, founder of the Overseas Chinese Democracy Movement, has spent the last fourteen years in a Chinese prison for the crime of political activism. Although he once abandoned them to pursue his political beliefs, his ex-wife and children campaign tirelessly for his release. Inside These Walls captures the complex range of emotions of a family bound together in struggle and hope.”

If you’re in Canada, you can watch it here.

Otherwise, you can watch this Ted talk by Wang’s daughter Ti-Anna.