Tag Archives: Supernatural

Vancouver’s Most Haunted in Review

22 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Torchwood Editions
Available to order on Amazon USA

Although Ian Gibbs of Victoria’s Most Haunted (2017) didn’t take a road trip to explore the rest of Haunted Vancouver Island to put into a new book (it’s been tackled by Shannon Sinn), he is back examining the Lower Mainland instead! This time, he’s delving into the secrets Greater Vancouver has tucked away. Instead of always tackling the most well-known places, he went around to find other incidents in Vancouver’s Most Haunted: Supernatural Encounters in BC’s Terminal City.

I’ve looked at his first collection (review here) and it’s an enjoyable read. This latest shows how his narrative has developed over the years. When Gibbs is not telling tales of meeting the undead as one of the many guides in Victoria, BC’s Discover the Past’s Ghostly Walks, he’s working on his next Ghost n’ Bears podcast. What he enjoys the most is extoling the incident that helped shaped the transition of human to spirit. Sometimes, as with a certain “Private Home on Marine Drive,” it’s about testing the cultural mainstays of whether other ethnic cultures believe in this world or not. Kristy’s (not her real name) experience of staying at her grandparent’s luxury home is a standout. It is this chapter and another run-in at a private residence that I found the most engaging to read.

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Sailing Down “The Silent River” Isn’t Easy…

26 Sep

Silent River (2021) - IMDbBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

L.A. Asian Pacifc Film Festival
Regal L.A. LIVE:
A Barco Innovation Center

Sept 25, 2021
5:30 pm

Spoiler Alert

Eliott (West Liang) looks like a man on the run in Chris Chan Lee’s Silent River. After a long drive into the Mojave Desert, he holes up at a motel and is simply waiting. While there, he meets Gretta (Amy Tsang) and she’s a mystery. Not only does she resemble someone he is looking for, but her agenda is straight out of time. She’s from the future and searching for Patrick. Their separate agendas collide, and their reluctance to help each other out makes for a very intriguing film.

Although this work is billed as science fiction, I’m enjoying the supernatural bits more. Eliott hears things, and he doesn’t know where they come from. He can see things others don’t, and we’re uncertain if he’s going crazy or not. Liang plays up the apocryphal Lovecraftian type of character, someone too curious for his own good; and the suggestion that others have “moved on” makes me think I’m watching a very unconventional ghost story.

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Meditating on what Makes Masao A Simple Man

24 Sep

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

L.A. Asian Pacifc Film Festival
Regal L.A. LIVE:
A Barco Innovation Center

Sept 25, 2021
12:00 pm

Not everyone can say, “I Was a Simple Man,” like Christopher Makoto Yogi can. This film by this writer/director offers a truly sombre look at the last days of Masao (Steve Iwamoto). The flashbacks reveal everything you want to know about this protagonist–including bits of his troubled family’s past–and why he lives his days out with his daughter, often alone instead with friends and kin.

It’s tough to watch a parent grow old, hear them complain about one thing or another, and see you’re not able to help. Kati (Chanel Akiko Hirai) is the only relative trying her best because they share the same space. Her brother Mark (Nelson Lee) is living a new life far, far away. When she phones him and asks for him to come home, the dilemma they face together in how to deal with their father is tough. 

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Fighting My Way Through Rogue Spirit

18 Sep

Rogue Spirit - Launch Trailer (PEGI) - YouTubeBy Shawn Trommeshauser
(Dreaming in Digital)

Kids With Sticks505 Games
Early Access Preview
Available on Steam for the PC

Rogue Spirit is an action game set in an ancient Eastern nation of Midra that’s being taken over by demonic forces. It presents itself with a gorgeous Asian-inspired art style with a feel of shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender. You play as the ghostly spirit of a young prince who has been summoned to help save the land from an ancient evil that has been taking control of the people.

To fight against the demons and the possessed townsfolk, you have the ability to possess any of the human opponents that you can incapacitate. From knife-throwing dancers to hulking tribesmen who use claws, you take control of these fighters and turn their abilities on their allies.

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When Eastern Traditions Spells Out K.I.L.L. in Ouija Japan’s Trailer

10 Sep

Leomark Studios and TokyoSHOCK Japan
Coming to Amazon Prime & Blu-ray Oct 19, 2021 (Preorder on Amazon USA here)

Autumn will soon be upon us, and for many, that means preparing for Halloween! This includes looking for all-new horror films to enjoy, and when some fans love a bit of that Asian flair in the work, Ouija Japan may well spell doom for Karen, an American housewife living in Japan who desperately wants to fit in with her Japanese community.

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