Written by Patrick Hao "At first glance, the Hong Kong thriller, “Vital Sign,” seems like a conventional thriller following a Hong Kong paramedic, Ma Chi-yip (Louis Koo), who does not like the bureaucracy that hinders him from..."… Continue reading.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Written by Patrick Hao 64/100 If filmmaking is a labor of love, then animation is the 12 Labors of Hercules. It’s a long, lugubrious, and isolating process. For director Takahide Hori, the stop motion animated film Junk Head is one … Continue reading.
Written by Taylor Baker 75/100 "Are we going to make a Hong Sang-soo film?" Moon played by Chui Mai Tan asks Pete Teo's Roger Woo. The intended director and writer of her next film, and seemingly her long time collaborator, … Continue reading.
Written by Taylor Baker 25/100 Shadows marks the first time director Glenn Chan has gone up to a 90 minute runtime. After previously releasing the 70 minute film Two Boys and a Mermaid in 2015, Glenn exchanges comedy for a … Continue reading.
Written by Patrick Hao 66/100 One of the most exciting features to be shown at this year’s New York Asian Film Festival is the free retrospective screening of New Dragon Gate Inn. The film will be shown outdoors on August … Continue reading.
Written by Patrick Hao 73/100 “It takes hundreds of years for a tree to grow. But just minutes to cut it down.” Those are words said by Linzi (Eric Wang) which serves as a thesis for Jingling Cao’s feature debut, … Continue reading.