Reel Asian 2014: Wrap-Up

This year was my second year covering the Reel Asian Film Festival.  Altogether, I ended seeing 16 features, which is exactly double the number of films I saw at the festival last year.  One thing I noticed from this year’s Reel Asian line-up was the number of documentaries that were part of the line-up, with […]

Reel Asian 2014: Monsoon Shootout

Adi (Vijay Varma) is a rookie police officer in Mumbai, who is assigned by his superior officer Khan (Neeraj Kabi) to help seek out an axe-wielding hit man named Shiva (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), who is working for a gangster known as the Slum Lord.  On one extremely rainy night, Adi chases down Shiva and corners him […]

Reel Asian 2014: Brahmin Bulls

Sid Sharma (Sendhil Ramamurthy) is a man at the crossroads of his life, as his marriage falls apart and his career as an architect doesn’t go as planned.  One day, Sid is visited by his estranged father Ashok (Roshan Seth), who has traveled from Boston to Los Angeles for a conference, which happens to have […]

Reel Asian 2014: Overheard 3

For decades, development in Hong Kong’s New Territories were kept stable by the Ding House Policy, which allowed Dings (male heirs) to build houses on premium free land. However, according to Uncle To (Kenneth Tsang), this policy is a waste of land and he begins plans with the Luk brothers, headed by Keung (Sean Lau), […]

Reel Asian 2014: Manny

Over the course of his two decade long career, Manny Pacquiao has become known as one of the greatest boxers of all time.  Born in 1978, at a time when the Philippines were at civil war, Manny entered the world of boxing at the age of 16, as a way to improve the quality of […]

Reel Asian 2014: Award Winners

At an award’s ceremony on Sunday, November 9, the award winners of juried feature and short film prizes for the 2014 edition of the Reel Asian Film Festival were announced: The Fasken Martineau Best Feature Film or Video Award went to Manshin: The Thousand Spirits. The CHCH Best Canadian Film or Video Award went to […]

Reel Asian 2014: Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits

Kim Keum-hwa is one of the greatest shamans in Korea.  Through the use of documentary footage and dramatizations, Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits use’s Kim’s life story as the backdrop for this exploration of the world of shamanism.  Kim’s life was a hard one marked by oppression, during both the Korean War and New Community Movement […]

Reel Asian 2014: KANO

KANO is the baseball team at Kagi Agriculture and Forestry Public School in 1931 Taiwan.  Having never scored in a game, the team is taken up by new coach Hyôtarô Kondô (Masatoshi Nagase), who makes it his immediate goal to lead the team to the Koshien high school baseball championship in Japan.  With a multiethnic […]

Reel Asian 2014: Mourning Grave

In-su (Kang Ha-neul) is a high school student, who is tormented by his ability to see vengeful ghosts.  In-su shares this ability with his agoraphobic uncle Sun-il (Kim Jung-tae), with whom he goes to live with.  Shortly after starting at his new high school, In-su befriends a ghost girl (Kim So-eun), which blossoms into an […]

Reel Asian 2014: The Continent

Jiang He (Chen Bolin), Ma Haohan (Feng Shaofeng), and Hu Sheng (Gao Huayang) are three friends living on one of the most eastern islands of China.  With Jiang He set to begin a new teaching post on the west coast, the three set out on a cross-country road trip.  Along the way, Jiang He becomes […]