The film’s Chinese title, 爸妈不在家, translates to “Mom and Dad Are Not Home,” a reflection of the neglection of Asian children from their parents who have to work, and therefore placed in the care of foreign domestic helpers. Director Anthony Chen says that the idea of maids in Singapore is “quite brutal. You invite a … More Ilo Ilo: Cannes Breakthrough
“Why do fireflies have to die so soon?” Grave of the Fireflies is not a children’s movie. It cannot be compared to the films of the Disney and Pixar franchise. Heartwrenching, haunting, and tragic, it is the most devasting animation from the Studio Ghibli production. It is a harrowing war film that captures innocent people … More Grave of the Fireflies: This Is Not A Children’s Movie.
Unlike Jia’s other films, this movie is based on history. Still Life (2006) is about a man in search of his daughter he has not seen for 16 years in the valley of the Three Gorges in China. Crucially, this was same year of the completion of the Three Gorges Dam, and a nation-wide panic began … More Still Life: A Lesson in the Art of Letting Go
“America has lost her Twin Towers, but we still have ours.” I always found theme parks to be depressing. I love them, don’t get me wrong, I can’t get high off alcohol but I can get high off an $80 roller coaster ride I queued two hours for, but after your initial giddiness wears off, … More The World: Artificial Happiness