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2021/06/16 | CJ Sheu

‘River of Exploding Durians’ Makes a Virtue of a Small Budget

On the surface a critique of Malaysian political corruption and societal acquiescence — and it still is that — ‘River of Exploding Durians’ is grounded in one young man’s devastation at losing everyone he cares about.

2021/02/20 | CJ Sheu

‘Recipe for Happiness’ Shows How Muddling Through Life Can Keep Us Sane

Following the everyday life of openly unambitious and mediocre civil servant Namgoong Jin-Soo, 'Recipe for Happiness' captures what it’s like to be a young adult in the age of precarious neoliberal ecotastrophe.

2021/06/10 | Xiaochen Su

A Yutori Dystopia: Izumi Suzuki’s ‘Terminal Boredom’

In exploring life in distinct science fictionalized futures, Izumi Suzuki’s stories take on a dystopian tinge, one that presages an entire generation of Japan’s youth.

2021/01/17 | every little d

Art Book Publisher nos:books Opens Space in Taipei

nos:books in Taipei has finally realized its long held wish of having its own space for exhibitions.

2021/03/26 | CJ Sheu

‘Our Story’ and the Possibilities of Literature

The manga-influenced ‘Our Story’ has the charms of a coming of age story, but also contemplates the power of literature.

2021/07/06 | CJ Sheu

‘Longing for the Rain’ Makes You Long for a Shorter Film

Shot in Beijing and Changchun, Longing for the Rain’s explicit treatment of female desire clearly distinguishes it as a Hong Kong film.

2021/04/27 | The Conversation

‘Minari’: Part of a Wave of Second Generation Storytelling About What It Means To Participate in America

Beyond Lee Isaac Chung, who directed Minari, second generation Asian American storytellers are are being candid about the challenges and benefits of pursuing their creative work, in the face of family hopes or fears, or a wider societal resistance to hearing marginalized narratives.

2021/08/30 | CJ Sheu

The Unexplored Existential Angst of ‘Night Drive’

Between the trendy conceits of time travel and taxi drivers taken hostage, ‘Night Drive’ is an original and weird tale.