Tag Archives: films

Raindance & BFI film festivals 2017

Posted on October 19, 2017 by Toothpicker

Anoushka Shankar performing live for the 1928 Indian silent film – Shiraz: A romance of Indian at the Barbican
 
I saw 8 engrossing films and documentaries in total at the Raindance and BFI film festivals this year, and I feel that the overall standard of the films I saw this year is exceptionally [...]

This post was posted in London, Films & documentaries, Music & Sound, Social issues and was tagged with London, documentaries, films, Film festival, music, concert


Hong Kong International film festival 2015

Posted on April 22, 2015 by Toothpicker

While in Hong Kong, two major culture festivals were taking place, so I took the opportunity to attend the Hong Kong Arts Festival, where I saw a China and Hong Kong collaborative play 'The Crowd' and listened to traditional Korean music reinterpreted by contemporary groups Jeong Ga Ak Hoe & Su:m.
However, as [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Travel, Films & documentaries and was tagged with Hong Kong, documentaries, films, Film festival


BFI London Film Festival 2014

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Toothpicker

I am not sure how other film buffs pick their choices at the BFI London Film Festival, but usually by the time I finish 'studying' the brochure, all the films that I intend to see would sell out!
Like always, I would pick the less popular films or films that are less unlikely [...]

This post was posted in London, Films & documentaries, Social issues and was tagged with London, documentaries, films, Film festival


Hong Kong International film festival 2014

Posted on May 20, 2014 by Toothpicker

The 38th Hong Kong's International film festival took place from 24th March to 7th April, and I was able to see some films that are yet to be released or may not even get general releases.
As always, with so many films and limited time, it was hard to narrow the selection down [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Travel, Films & documentaries and was tagged with Hong Kong, documentaries, films, Film festival


BFI London film festival 2013

Posted on October 22, 2013 by Toothpicker

October is a month full of cultural activities in London, not only there is a dozen or so art fairs for art lovers, but there is also the London film festival for film lovers. With so many films to choose from, it was almost impossible to choose just a handful... after spending [...]

This post was posted in London, Films & documentaries and was tagged with London, documentaries, films, Film festival


Terracotta Far East Film Festival 2013

Posted on June 12, 2013 by Toothpicker

With so many film festivals taking place in London all the time, it's hard to keep up with all of them. I recently found out about the Terracotta Far East Film Festival despite it is already in its 5th year.
The festival showcases a range of current films from different parts of Asia [...]

This post was posted in London, Films & documentaries and was tagged with London, films, Film festival


The return of Taiwanese cinema

Posted on April 27, 2013 by Toothpicker

Taiwanese cinema enjoyed its peak from the early 80s until mid 90s. This was the New Wave and second New Wave period during which many talented directors made their marks. Apart from the art house cinema's favourite, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, there are also Wu Nien-jen, Tsai Ming-liang,now the most famous Taiwanese director, Ang [...]

This post was posted in Films & documentaries and was tagged with documentaries, films, Taiwanese cinema


Films about SUSHI...

Posted on February 4, 2013 by Toothpicker

This blog entry actually coincides with my trip to Japan... the land of sushi!
 

The variety of sushi USB in Japan...
 
I remember the days when many English people would cringe at the thought of eating raw fish, but those days were long gone and now sushi has become so popular that it would [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Films & documentaries, Anything Japanese and was tagged with Food & dining, documentaries, films, sushi


London film festival 2012

Posted on October 25, 2012 by Toothpicker

I am a huge fan of world cinema and documentaries, but it's never easy to pick just a few from the long list at the London film festival. I usually would pick out the ones that are 'least' likely to get distributed here, hence I never pick the popular choices.
It is always [...]

This post was posted in London, Films & documentaries, Social issues and was tagged with London, documentaries, films, Film festival


This is not a film & Iranian cinema

Posted on April 4, 2012 by Toothpicker

I first encountered Iranian cinema around the mid 90s, and I found myself being mesmerised by films from directors like Abbas Kiarostami, Mohsen Makhmalbaaf, and Jafar Panahi. Panahi's 'The White balloon' in particular, left a very strong impression on me. I liked the simplicity and humanity of the story, which has a [...]

This post was posted in Films & documentaries, Social issues, Human rights and was tagged with documentaries, films, Human rights, Jafar Panahi


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