Reel Asian 2013: My Thoughts on Confession of Murder

After failing to catch a serial killer, Lieutenant Choi (Jeong Jae-yeong) is left physically and mentally scarred by his ordeal.  As the 15 year statute of limitations on the case expires, a man named Lee Du-seok (Park Si-hoo) emerges, claiming to be the killer.  Lee releases a tell-all book with specific details about the case […]

Reel Asian 2013: My Thoughts on Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey

In 2007, the band Journey were on the search for a new lead singer, to participate in a new album and tour.  While looking at Journey cover-artists on YouTube, lead guitarist Neal Schon found one of the most unlikely candidates – a Filipino man named Arnel Pineda, who had the uncanny ability to fit into […]

Reel Asian 2013: My Thoughts on Farah Goes Bang

Set against the backdrop of the 2004 U.S. presidential election, this coming-of-age story focuses on Farah Mahtab (Nikohl Boosheri), a twenty-something Iranian-American woman, who is frustrated by her lack of sexual experience.  Farah sets out on a road trip Roopa (Kiran Deol) and K.J. (Kandis Erickson), to campaign for John Kerry, with both Roopa and […]

Reel Asian 2013: My Thoughts on Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo

Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo is the third of four entries of the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy directed by Hideaki Anno, based on the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion.  The film takes place 14 years after the third impact, in which Shinji Ikari wakes up to find a world that is completely different than […]

Reel Asian 2013: My Thoughts on Tales from the Dark Part 1

Adapted from the series of horror novels by Lilian Lee, Tales from the Dark Part 1 is a horror anthology film, which tells three Hong Kong-set ghost stories.  The connecting thread in each of these stories is that ghosts in the tales are seeking retribution for something that happened to them in life, or death.  […]

Reel Asian 2013: My Thoughts on The Kirishima Thing

The Japanese teen comedy The Kirishima Thing follows a group of high school students over the course of a five day period, all of whom are affected by a student named Kirishima, who is nowhere to be found.  Those affected by Kirishima’s disappearance include his girlfriend Risa (Mizuki Yamamoto), best friend Hiroki (Masahiro Higashide), as […]

Reel Asian 2013: My Thoughts on Bombay Talkies

The 17th annual Reel Asian film festival kicked off with an opening gala film that heralded the addition of South Asian films to the festival’s line-up.  Bombay Talkies is an anthology film, which celebrates 100 years of Indian cinema.  Each of the four short films, directed by a different Bollywood director, makes reference to Indian […]

Highlights of the 2013 Reel Asian Film Festival

An eccentric line-up was announced for the 2013 edition of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, which takes place from November 6-13 in Toronto and Richmond Hill.  This will be the first year I plan on attending the festival, which is now in its 17th year.  New this year, the festival is expanding to […]