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  • 21 Nov 2011

    An Interview with Keiko Akechi

    An interview with Keiko Akechi, Editor-in-chief of Kinema Junpo. Founded in 1919, it is the oldest surviving film magazine in Asia. How did it get started and how has it evolved over the years?

  • 21 Nov 2011

    Early Film Publications in Singapore

    Wong Han Min, an avid private collector of film memorabilia, shares some of the early film-related publications from Singapore and Malaysia. What were the films distributed and who were the audience? Take a look at some of the early film magazines such as Picture Book and Screen Voice.

  • 21 Nov 2011

    Gelanggang Film

    Among the most interesting film magazines are those related to the dominant film personality of the period, P. Ramlee. Under his editorship, Gelanggang Film (Film Arena) critically assessed Malay films made in Singapore in the 1950s and 1960s.

  • 21 Nov 2011

    The Story of Cinemaya

    It was in 1988 that Aruna told me she was starting a magazine on Asian cinema and that Latika Padgaonkar would also be working with her. She asked me to join. Have you thought of a name for the magazine? I asked. Yes, Cinemaya , she replied.

  • 21 Nov 2011

    Film Magazines and Culture in Korea

    1955 and 1996 rank as the two most important years in the history of Korean film magazines. In 1955, Film World (Yeonghwa Segye) and International Film (Gukje Yeonghwa)were launched as Korea’s first film magazines. In 1996, leading film critic Chung Sung-ill started Kino and the progressive newspaper, Hangyoreh inaugurated Cine21. The former was published monthly and the latter, weekly.

  • 21 Nov 2011

    Introduction to As I Lay Dying

    What struck me about As I Lay Dying (2007) when it first screened at the Malaysian Shorts Screening in Kuala Lumpur several years ago was the director’s uncharacteristic reliance on close-up shots.

  • 21 Nov 2011


    A remarkably tense film with an opening that feels distinctly like something out of Beckett or Bunuel. A vagrant Limuel wanders about, fiddles with his shoe, eats a banana and then shortly after, there is a fleeting image of a dead bird in the water. Through the rest of the film, director Benito Bautista maintains a steady hold in a drama of unsteady moments.

  • 21 Nov 2011

    Between Idealism and Survival: A Survey of Taiwanese Film Magazines

    The two most important publications that contributed to cinematic discourse in Taiwan were Theatre and Influence. Many considered The New Influence the ideal film magazine because of its wide-ranging and extensive coverage on European, Hollywood, and Asian films.

  • 21 Nov 2011


    There is a disarming simplicity of style to Hospitalité that conceals some very delicate and precise filmmaking. I am always intrigued when characters are framed from behind, and Fukada does this often and well. Eventually, it is the delightful absurdity of the people and situations in Hospitalité that make it memorable.