Reel Asian 2017: Stand Up Man

An aspiring stand up comedian finds himself caring for his teenage cousin in Stand Up Man. Moses Kim (Daniel Jun) is a Korean-Canadian comedian, who moves back to Windsor from Toronto to run his parent’s Japanese restaurant, following his marriage to Yoojin (Rosalina Lee). Already dissatisfied with life in Windsor, Moses is shocked to find out […]

Reel Asian 2017: Blade of the Immortal

A young woman recruits the help of a samurai who can’t die, in order to get revenge for his father’s death in Blade of the Immortal. One night, the father of Rin Asano (Hana Sugisaki) is challenged and killed by the Itto-ryu lead by Anotsu Kagehisa (Sôta Fukushi). Now on her own, Rin seeks the help of […]

Reel Asian 2017: Women of the Weeping River

A rivalry between two family’s results in violence in Women of the Weeping River. In a remote area of the Southern Philippines, recent widow Satra finds herself in the middle of a conflict between two families. While Satra does want vengeance for the death of her husband, she also desires a peaceful life with her son […]

Reel Asian 2017: Made in Vietnam

A young man travels to Vietnam in search of his father in Made in Vietnam. In 1981, Thi Vo escaped Vietnam with his mother, while his father was caught and thrown in jail. Growing up in Calgary with no connection to his father, Thi decided to make the trip to Vietnam and track down his father. […]

Reel Asian 2017: Brotherhood of Blades II: The Infernal Battlefield

An imperial guard finds himself framed for treason in Brotherhood of Blades II: The Infernal Battlefield. Shen Lian (Chen Chang) is an imperial guard captain in 1627 Beijing, who eight years prior saved, his now colonel, Lu Wenzhao (Yi Zhang) on the battlefield. Shen is assigned to assassinate artist Bei Zhai (Mi Yang), who is apparently working […]

Reel Asian 2017: Bad Genius

A highly intelligent Taiwanese high school student helps her classmates cheat on exams in Bad Genius. Lynn (Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying) is a math genius living on her own with her father, who is enrolled into an elite high school on a scholarship. She quickly befriends Grace (Eisaya Hosuwan) and her boyfriend Pat (Teeradon Supapunpinyo), who want […]

Reel Asian 2016: Fu Tien-Yu and Rhydian Vaughan discuss My Egg Boy

One of the most anticipated films of the 2016 edition of the Reel Asian Film Festival is the North American premiere of My Egg Boy, screening tomorrow evening at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. This Taiwanese production is the third film from director Fu Tien-Yu and is a comical tale on freezing time […]

Reel Asian 2016: My Egg Boy

A young woman tries to find love before her biological clock runs out in My Egg Boy. Mei-pao (Ariel Lin) is a young Taipei woman, who works in a frozen dumpling factory. Following a sudden break-up, Mei-pao begins to feel the pressure put on her to find true love and have a family, with her deciding […]

Reel Asian 2016: Lost Daughter

A young woman is blamed for her half-sister’s untimely death in Lost Daughter. Sheng (Tien-chu Lee) is a Beijing businessman who returns to Taiwan after the death of his youngest daughter Lien is a scubadiving accident. However, the police subsequently implicates Sheng’s estranged oldest daughter Shin (Phoebe Lin) in her half-sister’s death, which results in her stepmother (Chuan […]

Reel Asian 2016: Seoul Station

This review was previously published as part of my coverage of Fantasia 2016 A zombie outbreak occurs in Seoul’s central subway station in Seoul Station. Every night, the homeless popular of Seoul descends upon the central subway station looking for a place to sleep. One night an elderly homeless man enters the station with a mysterious […]