Nickolas Vassili, the writer and director of “The United States of China,” stepped in front of the gathered crowd to give some background on the work. This was Friday night, July 8, at the Palladium at Hale’s Brewery, the first of three nights for the play. He explained that he was inspired to write from the film “Network,” invoking the famous line from the film, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.”
South Korea’s Hong Sang-soo carries a reputation as his country’s Woody Allen. Unlike Woody Allen, he’s never dated or married his stepdaughter, nor been caught up in child abuse allegations. But Hong makes films about older men, usually filmmakers like himself, chasing after younger women. In real life, he’s reportedly dating his leading lady from “Right Now, Wrong Then,” Kim Min-hee, who’s 34 to his 54.
Johnnie To’s “Three” opens with a surgery. Scheduled surgery, emergency surgery, the action doesn’t make it clear which — possibly some of both — with the circumstances left unstated.
The Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo is a tourist attraction for those who come far and wide to see the origins of the world’s sushi from its beginnings.
“Bacchus” follows protagonist sassy So-young through her chaotic, take-no-prisoners life as a prostitute in Korea, at the ripe age of 65, that is.
The Poke to the Max food trucks that brought the Hawaiian poke by lauded “Godfather of Poke” chef Sam Choy to Seattle’s shores, is now on the big screen and at its new brick and mortar restaurant in Hillman City.
Jakarta, Indonesia has, by Wikipedia’s reckoning, 9,607,787 people, making it one of the world’s largest cities.
At one point in Min Bahadur Bham’s “The Black Hen,” set in a small town in Nepal during that nation’s civil war, a small boy bends over, grasping his shins as a punishment from the schoolteacher, next to two boys enduring the same punishment.
At first, “Alone” looks like a case of voyeurism. Then it looks like a thriller, then a home invasion scenario, then supernatural.
Sue Williams has worked in China for many years and directed five feature documentaries about China, told through the perspective of its citizens.