Written by Alexander Reams "I am a big fan of slapstick comedy, especially when it’s used properly. It’s used far too seldom in film and while I appreciate director Cho Eun-ji's sophomore effort, her use of slapstick comedy is too … Continue reading.
Tag: New York Asian Film Festival
NYAFF 2022: The Sales Girl
Written by Patrick Hao "“The Sales Girl” directed by Jachivdorj Sengedorj is an interesting entry in the genre of young women who find their sexual awakening. The film is from Mongolia, which is already in a peculiar cultural cross-section of..."… Continue reading.
NYAFF 2022: Terrorizers (2021)
Written by Alexander Reams "It’s not until the 21-minute mark that we see the emotion that gives this film its name, terror, we know the attack is coming, it's been advertised and frequently shown in plot descriptions. An attack on … Continue reading.
NYAFF 2022: Mama Boy
Written by Patrick Hao "The Taiwanese film “Mama Boy” might be the only film at this year’s New York Asian Film Festival that one could say is indebted to “Harold and Maude.” No, the age difference between the central romance … Continue reading.
NYAFF 2022: The Girl on a Bulldozer
Written by Patrick Hao "The title “The Girl on a Bulldozer” is an evocative image, one that filmmaker, Park Ri-woong, relies heavily on in his debut feature. The image of a petite woman handling such a large, unwieldy machine with … Continue reading.
NYAFF 2022: Dealing with Dad
Written by Patrick Hao "Writer-director Tom Huang’s personal piece “Dealing with Dad” is a frustrating movie to watch. It focuses on the issues that first-generation Taiwanese American children have with their stern, domineering fathers. It is well-trodden territory that is … Continue reading.
NYAFF 2022: #LookAtMe
Written by Patrick Hao "Ken Kwek has always been a provocateur in his home country of Singapore so it is only natural that the relationship between artists and government censorship is constantly on his mind. His image of Singapore is … Continue reading.
NYAFF 2022: Legendary in Action!
Written by Patrick Hao "There is an enormous pleasure to be found in the low-budget aesthetic of the Hong Kong wuxia movies of the 1970s and 1980s. Studios like Shaw Brothers were able to make low-budget action-adventure films at a … Continue reading.
New York Asian Film Festival Review: My Missing Valentine
Written by Patrick Hao 75/100 Hollywood studios used to make romantic comedies – romantic comedies that would be delightful and stirring, and borderline problematic. But they've largely ceased making those except for the occasional films that go straight to streaming … Continue reading.
New York Asian Film Festival 2021 Review: All U Need Is Love
Written by Patrick Hao 25/100 All U Need is Love is not a real movie. Well that is to say that All U Need is Love is about as real as a movie as The Father of the Bride Part … Continue reading.