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Short Film Review: The Goddess (2019) by Renkai Tan

Short Film Review: The Goddess (2019) by Renkai Tan
Inspired by true events where a woman was murdered by an Uber driver in China in 2018, “The Goddess” re-imagines the victim able to seek out revenge for the crime, confronting her assailant in the very taxi that the crime was committed.

“The Goddess” review is part of the Submit Your Film Initiative

“The Goddess” was approached as an emotional outlet of director Renkai Tan to deal with a horrific crime. As a result, the film does convey a sense of anger towards the perpetrator but also a scenario where the victim is allowed vengeance. While films based on crime released within close proximity to the events run the risk of being exploitative, Tan’s sincerity is conveyed in both his narrative and visual approach.

Offering up a scenario wherein the victim is able to avenge her assault and murder, the environment throughout the short is understandably tense. However, Tan’s
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Taiwan’s Taicca, Catchplay launch joint venture to create international content

Taiwan’s Taicca, Catchplay launch joint venture to create international content
First project from the new venture, Screenworks Asia, is a sequel to hit Chinese-language drama series The Making Of An Ordinary Woman.

Taiwan Creative Content Agency (Taicca) and Taiwanese distributor Catchplay are co-investing in a new venture, Screenworks Asia, to create Taiwanese content for international audiences.

According to a statement, the joint venture aims to increase the quantity and quality of Taiwanese film and TV content produced for international consumption, as well as “facilitate a platform for international collaboration, aiming to make Taiwan a powerhouse for Asian original content.”

Screenworks Asia’s first projects include a sequel to hit Chinese-language
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Film review: In a New York Minute (2019) by Ximan Li

Although filmed entirely in New York and in completely Us production, Ximan Li’s debut feature “In a New York Minute” qualifies for being considered as an Asian film based on its milieu: the Chinese diaspora in the Us. Think of last year’s global hit “Crazy Rich Asians”, but without the “crazy” and “rich” parts and “In a New York Minute” offers its patient viewers a glimpse into the world rarely seen in both Hollywood mainstream and indie movies. However, the film is also quite an American one and its world premiere took place at Newport Beach Film Festival. Some further festival exposure should ensue before the film hits the video-market, but chances for wide theatre distribution are quite slim.

“In a New York Minute” is screening at Newport Beach Film Festival

Structured in the manner of “hyperlink cinema” of the 90’s, “In a New York Minute” tells the
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Exclusive: Trailer for slice of life drama In a New York Minute

Ahead of its world premiere at the 2019 Newport Beach Film Festival this coming Sunday, we’ve got an exclusive trailer for director Ximan Li’s slice of life drama In a New York Minute, which stars Celia Au, Amy Chang, Yi Liu, with Ludi Lin, and Cheng Pei Pei. You can find the trailer below, along with the poster and synopsis…

In A New York Minute follows three strangers as they accidentally discover the solution to their problems lies in a single pregnancy test. Amy is haunted by a past breakup that has manifested into an eating disorder. Angel is caught between a loveless marriage to an American business man and a passionate affair with a Chinese writer. Nina moonlights as an escort in order to support herself. Based on a Chinese short story, In A New York Minute takes a slice-of-life look at relationships highlighted by its Asian and Asian American-led cast.
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Exclusive In A New York Minute Clip: Angel Shoots

Ahead of its upcoming world premiere, an enticing clip from In A New York Minute raises our hopes. Even though I am sorely tempted to dust off all the street patter I learned from my days in New York City, this does not appear to be that kind of film. Instead, it "follows three strangers as they accidentally discover the solution to their problems lies in a single pregnancy test," according to the official synopsis. Celia Au, Amy Chang, Yi Liu, with Ludi Lin, and Cheng Pei Pei star. "Amy is haunted by a past breakup that has manifested into an eating disorder," the synopsis continues. "Angel is caught between a loveless marriage to an American business man and a passionate affair with a Chinese...

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Aacta unveils Best Asian Film nominees and Grand Jury

‘Shoplifters’.

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) today announced the nine films nominated for this year’s Best Asian Film award.

This is the second year Aacta has presented the award, which forms the foundation for the organisation’s Asia International Engagement Program. The award is meant to recognise the calibre of films from the Asian region and their growing popularity in Australasia and around the world – Asian films have contributed $36 million to the Aussie box office in the last 12 months.

This year’s nominees are: Joon-Hwan Jang’s 1987 When the Day Comes (South Korea); Yang Ya-che’s The Bold, The Corrupt and the Beautiful (Taiwan); Muye Wen’s Dying to Survive (China); Dipesh Jain’s Gali Guleiyan (India); Amit V. Masurkar’s Newton (India); Raj Kumar Hirani’s Sanju (India); Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters (Japan), which won the Palme d’Or; Australian director Seth Lareny’s
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