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Your Name / 君の名は screening at Cineplex Forum starting April 7, 2017

Your Name / 君の名は / kimi no na wa was a smash hit in Japan (4th highest grossing film in that region) and is currently the highest grossing anime film world wide. It will start screening in Montreal at Cineplex Forum starting April 7, 2017 courtesy of Funimation. It will also screen at other theaters across North America.

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Windows Horses in theaters March 17, 2017

Window Horses is an interesting looking animated film that was just released in Montreal theaters (Cineplex Forum, Cinema Beaubien, Cinematheque Quebecoise) on March 17, 2017. It is written & directed by Ann Marie Fleming (Asian Canadian director) and the main character, Rosie Ming, is voiced by Sandra Oh (Korean Canadian actress). Gloria and Stephen are Rosie’s grandparents and are voiced by Nancy Kwan and Eddy Ko (Chinese Canadian actor).

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The Wasted Times – opens Dec 16 @ Cineplex Forum

 

The Wasted Times will open at Cineplex Forum starting on December 16, 2016 courtesy of China Lion Film. It also opens in various other Canadian and American cities. This thriller is directed by Cheng Er and stars Ge You, Zhang Ziyi, Tandanobu Asano and Gillian Chung. That’s a pretty impressive cast. The film is set in 1930s Shanghai and it sounds like Shanghainese is spoken.

And here’s another trailer from over a year ago…

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A Moonless Night: Boat People, 40 Years Later @ Cinema du Parc; Nov 21-27

This is a Quebec made documentary about the Vietnamese boat people. The film directors Thi Be Nguyen and Marie-Hélène Panisset along with different guests will be at the screenings at Cinema du Parc. It will play with English or French subtitles depending on the screening.

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RIDM – Nov 10-20, 2016

The Montreal International Documentary Festival / Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montreal (RIDM) will be running from November 10-20, 2016. Here are some of the East Asian & Asian American documentaries.

Gatekeeper by Yung Chang (Canada, Japan)

95 and 6 to go by Kimi Takesue (USA)

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The Handmaiden in cinemas now!

The Handmaiden opened on Friday October 28, 2016. It is currently playing in multiple cinemas in Montreal at both Cineplex Forum and Cinema du Parc in English. It’s playing in French at Cinema Beaubien. I’ve seen it and it’s great with its twists. It’s definitely best to go into the movie knowing nothing about the story. There are a few fairly explicit sex scenes and a gruesome torture scene. Park Chan-Wook is an amazing director and the cast are equally up to the task.

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Second Jen – Digital First TV comedy starring two Asian female leads premieres October 27, 2016 @ City TV

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Second Jen is a sitcom on City TV about two young adult women who decide to move out and share an apartment together to prove to their immigrant parents that they can be independent. One is Chinese Canadian (Samantha Wan as Jen) and the other is Filipino Canadian (Amanda Joy as Mo). They star in the show and also write the episodes. The title describes the show nicely in a couple of ways, the first is pretty obvious as it sounds like “second generation” but the two lead characters both share the same name in “Jennifer” but one goes by the nickname of “Mo.” They are joined by two male characters, (Al Mukadam as Lewis & Munro Chambers as Nate), who are their neighbors. You can actually watch episodes online now which are part of a digital sneak peak.

Some articles about the show:
Second Jen breaks sitcom ground with two Asian women in lead roles – The Star
Rogers unveils digital-first TV show called Second Jen – Mobile Syrup
Second-gen Fil-Canadian gets ready for prime time TV – Inquirer.net

Update Oct 18: Trailer!

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