Fantasia 2017, total films seen: 22
This was an okay year overall. Last year wasn’t necessarily that much better but it had some super memorable screenings while this year there weren’t any films that wowed me or had the audience go super crazy. Granted, I missed some South Korean movies I really wanted to watch like A Taxi Driver and A Day. Only three films were labeled recommended this year. This isn’t the worst year as far as outright disliking films but the number of films that I enjoyed or liked a lot this year was lower than previous years. I am starting to wonder if my interest in East Asian cinema is waning.
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Just for Laughs is Montreal’s internationally acclaimed comedy festival. Zoofest is another comedy festival that’s newer which showcases upcoming talent. Here are some East Asian comics, I saw in the listings.
Steve Byrne, half Korean, half Irish, American comedian returns to Montreal with his own solo show (July 24) and as part of the Ethnic show (multiple shows until July 22).
Ali Wong is an American comedian who also returns to Montreal with a solo show (July 27).
Frank Truong is a mentalist & magician from France who is part of the French show Cabaret insolite (multiple shows until July 19) and also has a couple of free shows on (July 20, 21).
Joe Vu is a Canadian comedian who is part of the Homegrown Comics show (July 28).
Montreal ComicCon returns July 7-9, 2017 at Palais des congrès. Some guests of East Asian descent include…
I remember first seeing her in Wayne’s World…wow that’s a long time ago. Not only was she an actor but also a singer.
He is the creator behind the Pitiful Human-Lizard, Toronto’s superhero comic book series.
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 2, 2017. The full lineup will be released July 5!
Opening night screenings
Jung Byung-gil’s THE VILLAINESS
Takashi Miike’s JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE
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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.
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.
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.
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).
Check out some music videos of the bands… Continue reading “Next Music from TOKYO Vol 10 concert – May 22 @ Le Divan Orange”
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.