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 […]

Reel Asian 2016: Bad Rap

A number of Asian-American hip-hop artists are profiled in Bad Rap. Dumbfoundead, Awkwafina, Rekstizzy, and Lyricks are just a few of the Asian-American hip hop artists, who are trying to make it in the industry. These Asian-American rappers have fight against racial stereotypes and audience expectation in order to become successful in the music industry. Bad […]

Reel Asian 2016 Review: SoulMate

The friendship between two young women becomes much more complicated as the years go on in SoulMate. Li Ansheng (Zhou Dongyu) and Lin Qiyue (Ma Sichun) have been best friends with each other since they were 13 years old. Despite Ansheng being a free spirit and Qiyue being more reserved, the two are inseparable from each other. […]

Reel Asian 2015: Wrap-Up

For my third year covering the Toronto Reel Asian International Festival, I was unable to be as comprehensive as I was last year, though I still ended up seeing a decent sampling of the festival line-up. All together I saw 11 films at this year’s festival and I always find Reel Asian to have an […]

Reel Asian 2015: Our Times

A girl reminiscences about her first love in Our Times. Lin Truly (Vivian Sung) is a shy high school student, who is pining over Ouyang (Dino Lee), the most popular boy at the school. After an incident involving a chain letter, Truly is forced into a reluctant friendship with Hsu Taiyu (Darren Wang), a feared troublemaker. However, […]