Tag: Drama

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2015. Director Mabel Cheung. Sean Lau. Tang Wei. SAN CHENG JI. A Tale of Three Cities.

TIFF Reviews: Parisienne & A Tale of 3 Cities

I didn’t go to as many screenings at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and because I wouldn’t be seeing that many, I decided to narrow it down to a theme. I decided to go for films that were: outside of Canada & the United States of America starred woman (or women) of colour AND/OR is directed…

Dissecting the Asian Drama: Societal Reflections in Gender Perception and Performance (Part 2)

The male characters’ reluctance to accept their attraction to their female leads plays into another concept that Judith Butler explores in her piece “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory.” She talks of the strict repercussions Western cultures, especially in the United States, force onto people who stray outside their…

Dissecting the Asian Drama: Gender Boundaries, Perception, and Performance in You’re Beautiful and Hana Kimi (Part 1)

Should you ever find yourself perusing Netflix, there’s an excellent chance that you’ll come across “foreign” TV shows. They’re usually shorter than the average American TV series—ten or eleven episodes in length and rarely more than one season long—and more often than not, they are romantic comedies with Asian characters and settings.

Tangerine: A Comedy Where I Wasn’t The Punchline

Tangerine Directed by Sean S. Baker Starring Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, James Ransone, Mickey O’Hagan, Karren Karagulian Screenplay by Sean S. Baker, Chris Bergoch R, 88 Minutes July 10, 2015 (limited) There’s something to be said for a movie that thrills you before you even sit down at the cinema. I had luckily caught…