Reviews

CliffsNotes for Dim Sum Funeral (published in Asia Pacific Arts; 6/5/09)
Asia Pacific Arts watches Dim Sum Funeral, so you don’t have to.

Take A Bow (published in Asia Pacific Arts; 8/14/09)
When Asia conquers the world, hopefully the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors will ease the transition for all Americans — with their quips, their political satire, and other sketch comedy hijinks.

2009 LA Asian Pacific Film Festival: Daytime Drinking (published in Asia Pacific Arts; 5/22/09)
Daytime Drinking is the filmic equivalent of watching a little boy in a red helmet and knee pads, running into a wall of an inflatable bounce house, over and over again.

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2009: Highlights (published in Asia Pacific Arts; 5/1/09)
The seventh annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles brought together film and music, food and drinks, independent filmmakers and Bollywood superstars. Here are the highlights.

2009 SF International Asian American Film Festival: Fruit Fly (published in Asia Pacific Arts; 1/29/12)
The experience of watching Fruit Fly at its world premiere in San Francisco’s Castro Theater was probably the closest that a film screening can feel like a rock concert.

Mathematics +/- Memory (published in Asia Pacific Arts; 2/20/09)
Yoko Ogawa’s latest novel to be translated into English is The Housekeeper and the Professor, a story about a curious friendship that is illuminated through the complexity of numbers.

Best of 2008: Asian Film (published in Asia Pacific Arts; 1/2/09)
APA critics weigh in on the best of Asian cinema, 2008.

Best of 2008: (Not so) Guilty Pleasures (published in Asia Pacific Arts; 1/2/09)
Our innocent tastes are sometime so, so guilty. But in a year when such luminaries as Vanessa Hudgens, BoA, and Edison Chen make headlines, can you really blame us?

Pause the Tragic Ending (published in Asia Pacific Arts; 10/31/08)
After a four year intermission, Rachael Yamagata is back with her long-awaited new album, a two-disc set called Elephants… Teeth Sinking Into Heart.

Joy Luck Club Revisited (published in Asia Pacific Arts; 9/19/08)
Four Asian American women who haven’t seen The Joy Luck Club watch it fifteen years later and ponder its relevance today.

A Mongolian Legend, Reimagined (published in Asia Pacific Arts; 7/11/08)
In Mongol, director Sergei Bodrov challenges our assumptions about Genghis Khan with the help of the emperor of cool, Tadanobu Asano.

Competition for a Spare Husband (published in Asia Pacific Arts; 2/8/08)
Winner of the Golden Bear Award at 2007’s Berlin Film Festival, the Mongolia-set comedy Tuya’s Marriage is director Wang Quan’an and actress Yu Nan’s third feature together.

Gangulis of New York (published in Asia Pacific Arts; 3/2/07)
Mira Nair transforms Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel The Namesake into an intimate visual experience as we follow the Ganguli family’s complex and ever-evolving relationships over a span of thirty years.

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