This year’s Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) selection of Asian films offers a kaleidoscopic view on China, a country known for its turbulent history immediately followed by its accelerated growth. While many of these films are part of SIFF’s China Stars, a program of films meant to promote cross cultural showcase and exchange, most will not be promoted in China.
By Andrew Hamlin NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Joyce Jeng, chief film festival organizer for the first-ever Seattle Taiwanese American Film Festival, grew up watching Pixar features. She grew up in San Jose, Calif., and enjoyed picking out the references in Pixar films to the nearby town of Emeryville, which just happens to be Pixar’s hometown. But […]
The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)’s continued efforts to represent a diverse array of films from multiple countries include discovering many notable films coming out of China.
I wondered how the film could go on from the killing. And after watching awhile, I wondered how the country of Cambodia could go on from the killing.
Chef Nobuo Fukuda never quite felt like he fit into the rigid confines and strict culture of his family in Japan.
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.
This Thai feature doesn’t show us the island until very late in the film. It’s not all that big on funerals either. What it does show us, for most of its 1 hour and 44 minutes, is three people arguing which direction to go in their car. One of them is always sure that at least one of the others is wrong — that they missed a turn, took a wrong turn, blew through an intersection, or got spun around in wide, slow-going circles.