Reel Asian 2014: Blue Bustamante

George Bustamante (Joem Bascon) is a Filipino engineer, who has left his wife June (Dimples Romana) and son Kiko (Jhiz Deocareza) behind back home to work in Japan.  When he is unexpectedly fired from his job, George takes up the offer of his friend Roger Grace (Jun Sabayton) to be cast as a stunt double […]

Reel Asian 2014: Hunter x Hunter: The Last Mission

Gon and his friends Killua, Kurapika and Leorio head to Heavens Arena to watch the Battle Olympia, in which their friend Zushi is a participant.  However, a group of hooded figures, known as The Shadows, takes over the building and holds Hunter Association president Isaac Netero hostage.  The Shadows are lead by a man named […]

Reel Asian 2014: 9-Man

9-Man is a variation of volleyball played by Chinese men on oversized pavement courts.  Popular in the southern Chinese city of Toisan, the sport gained popularity in Chinatowns across North America, as a way for Chinese-Americans to socialize with each other.  The sport continues to be played today, particularly in a yearly Labour Day tournament, […]

Reel Asian 2014: Awesome Asian Bad Guys

The National Film Society of Patrick Epino and Stephen Dypiangco record a web video taking about their favourite Asian bad guys, who frequently appeared in action films from the 1980s and 1990s.  The video attracts the attention of actress Tamlyn Tomita, who tells the duo to assemble the Awesome Asian Bad Guys, in order to […]

Reel Asian 2014: Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll

Following its independence from France in the 1950s, Cambodia had a very prosperous popular music scene.  Influenced by Afro-Cuban music and rock and roll, acts such as Sinn Sisamouth, The Bayon Band, and Houy Meas became huge hits on Cambodian radio.  However, things would change with the Cambodian Civil War in the 1970s and the […]

Reel Asian 2014: Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above

The island of Taiwan is given a bird’s-eye view in the nature documentary Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above.  Featuring helicopter shot landscapes and narration by Wu Nien-jen, the natural beauty of Taiwan is contrast by the environmental impact of humanity. Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above is a cinematic essay, which shows how beautiful Taiwan is, […]

Reel Asian 2014: The Midnight After

From Hong Kong filmmaker Fruit Chan (Three… Extremes) comes the darkly comic thriller The Midnight After.  Late one night, a bunch of strangers, including Yau Tsi-chi (Wong You-nam), Yuki (Janice Man), Uncle Fat (Simon Yam), and Shun (Chui Tien-you), boards a minibus heading to the Hong Kong district of Tai Po.  By the time they […]

Reel Asian 2014: Highlights of the Festival

The 18th annual edition of the Reel Asian International Film Festival begins this evening and runs until November 16.  Taking place in both Toronto and Richmond HIll, this year’s edition of Reel Asian will consist of 44 films from 10 regions including Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, Canada and […]