By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” By Nagaru Tanigawa, published by Little, Brown and Company, April 2009 Almost every kid has moments where he or she wishes that life was a little less ordinary and a little more exciting.
Week 3: Real life is a drag “The Red Race,” China/Germany Reviewed by Jason Cruz Do you ever wonder why the Chinese have great gymnasts at the Summer Olympics?
Week 2: Film reviews of those with a message “Kabei — Our Mother,” Japan Reviewed by Andrew Hamlin Japanese director Yoji Yamada’s 74th film abandons the samurai storylines he’s previously used. The film showcases his skill at telling a family-oriented story. The tale resonates between the mind and heart long after the end of the […]
Film reviews of the good, the great, and the ones you absolutely can’t miss “Daytime Drinking,” South Korea Reviewed by James Tabafunda
By Samantha Pak NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Editor’s note: At the beginning of the year, we ran a poll on our Web site asking our readers whether they liked our book reviews. Based on the feedback we received, we decided to run a monthly book recommendation list. We hope you enjoy it.
Directed by Zhang-ke Jia, “24 City” is a Chinese film that blends documentary and fiction. It opens with a grim tone: Factory workers heat and hammer metal, and shots reveal people lingering alone and in smaller groups. The film follows individuals as they recount the story of how a factory turned into an apartment complex, a reflection of how China modernized.
By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “Please set your volume high,” urges Japanese director Go Shibata in his introduction for the DVD release of his second feature film, “Late Bloomer.”
By Thi-Le Vo Northwest Asian Weekly When it comes to children’s books, many have the common assumption that these books can’t offer children more than a cute story and pages of colorful illustrations.
The Internet Movie Database, with listings for roughly 755,000 films and TV shows, lists only four movies featuring the Hmong language.
“Slumdog Millionaire” opens with our hero, Jamal (Dev Patel), getting smoke blown into his face by a police interrogator. Then he gets his head slammed into a bucket of water, and electrical shock is applied to his feet. English director Danny Boyle always makes Jamal’s fast grin, quick mind and mischievous pranks fun to follow. However, he never reconciles this fun with the film’s often-devastating spin throughout India.