When I agreed to write a book review of the first-ever English translation of Legends of the Condor Heroes, I had no idea I would be opening Pandora’s box of not only nostalgia, but also questions about translation and language.… more »
Chikaura Kei’s confident debut feature is the story of a Chinese economic migrant whose shaky existence begins to unravel after a string of deceits and crimes he has committed to support his new life in Japan starts to catch up … more »
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If there was any doubt about what kind of genre Murakami Haruki’s 1983 short story Barn Burning is, writer-director Lee Chang-Dong has called it by adapting the tale as a well-behaved arthouse thriller complete with revenge and … more »
Ash is Purest White (Jia Zhangke, China/France 2018)
Since his mid-career lane switch in 2013, Jia Zhangke has ditched the sluggish arthouse gloom that made him a brand in favour of speedier genre exploits to stay relevant. Still intact … more »
Korean-Canadian singer/songwriter/poet, Janice Jo Lee’s solo show Will You Be My Friend is a conversation-starter musical about assimilating ethnic characteristics to fit in with white people. Originally titled The White Supremacy Smackdown, the show was changed to Will You … more »
It is 34 years after 1984 and 71 years after the 1947 partition of India. It is nearly impossible to articulate the pain of 1984 with its complex trauma, but playwright and director Paneet Singh carefully manages this by bringing … more »