Tag Archives: China

Enter the Sublime at the 2022 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Shorts Program

8 May

2022 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Shorts ProgramThis year’s set of cinematic shorts programs playing at the Los Angeles Asian Film Festival continues to enlighten and educate. My tip is that anyone curious about SouthEast Asia should check these curated selections out! Each nation has a uniquemess that not everyone is aware of, and I’m constantly amazed at what the filmmakers from here can produce. Even if you can’t make it to this event, most of them can be found streaming online.

From the program guide on one of these programs:

Through various frames and points of view, we are brought closer to encountering an ancient Pacific past. Once again Pacific Cinewaves pushes the importance of āina, ancestry and belonging, challenging how Pacific people have been imagined throughout history. In these films, seven filmmakers become modern-day navigators using their hands and creative vision to steer each story.

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The Problem is More Than Deep in Dongnan Chen’s Documentary, Singing in the Wilderness

6 May

Singing in the WildernessPlaying at the LAAPFF 2022 at the Directors Guild of America on May 6, 2022 5:00 pm (buy tickets)

Dongnan Chen‘s Singing in the Wilderness (旷野歌声) is a very sombre look at lives of those still living at Little Well Village in Yunnan Province, China. The Miao Christian Choir found fame when they appeared on national television back around 2003, and this documentary looks at what’s come from it, for better or worse. I see their struggle for self worth and question if embracing a different religion is good for their soul, especially when there’s still individuals still struggling.

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Nine Inspiring and Free NFB Works to Grace Asian Heritage Month With

2 May
Resources to Help Teach About and Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month | Swing Education

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May is Asian Heritage Month, and the National Film Board of Canada has a channel about Asian Communities in Canada. The municipality of Richmond, BC is almost considered the “Chinese” place to do business in the Pacific Northwest because of all the warehouses and operations headquartered here. But there’s more to this side of the industry, or a feature about just one nation. There’s other countries to help make this world for what it is. The cultural influences, the history and arts are part of a greater influential factor.

In America, the Los Angeles Pacific Asian Film Festival will soon take place for even more media introspectives. We’ve posted a guide in what to see there in the prior article.

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Biding Time for a Continuation After the Tribulation of the Green Snake

1 Feb

White Snake 2: The Tribulation of Green Snake“ reveals new poster Xiaoqing  faces emotional test | Luju BarAvailable on Netflix
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Not everyone will be aware Light Chaser Animation StudiosWhite Snake has a sequel. It went from Chinese theatres straight to American streaming in 2021 and that’s a shame. In Green Snake, as re-titled by Netflix, the time spent to focus on Tang Xiaoxi searching for her sister in a post-apocalyptic world would’ve looked just as fantastic on the big screen.

And for home video collectors, the wait for a physical release is long; this service doesn’t like to offer it whereas in China, it’s possible to find, and perhaps bereft of a subtitle track.

White Snake 2: The Tribulation of the Green Snake is a good enough tale to recommend viewing during Chinese New Year. Technically, this product wasn’t made with this celebration in mind. It’s more of a winter story because we’re dealing with depression and loss.

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Boonie Bears Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary!

22 Jan

Boonie Bears - WikipediaAvailable to Watch on YouTube

Boonie Bears (熊出没) is a hit in China ever since it debuted on Jan 22nd and this year marks their 10th anniversary. This animated series is available to watch across many platforms, and in international markets, Netflix, Sony, YouTube and Disney are doing what they can to show just how beloved these bears are.

This series is similar to other fond long-running franchises featuring talking animals. It’s sometimes takes inspiration from The Land Before Time. The television series is fairly basic, taking on a few tones akin to to Yogi Bear meets Wile E. Coyote, and tends to keep its artistic style simple. The films, however, have progressed from low quality renders to high, and the sequels look better as more companies are investing into this IP. Also, the narratives tackle harder themes so viewers are aware of problems around the world, like eco-terrorism.

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