TheAsianCut

Watching Asian and Asian diaspora films with a cutting, critical lens.

Favorite films

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • The Heroic Trio
  • Sunshine

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  • And Still I Sing

    ★★★★

  • Children of the Mist

    ★★★½

  • Plan 75

    ★★★★

  • Infernal Affairs

    ★★★★★

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  • And Still I Sing

    And Still I Sing

    ★★★★

    We talk a lot about our penchant for whipping the realities of life into narrative form, of our “imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images,” as Joan Didion wrote in The White Album. But we often forget why we tend to do this, neglecting to consider the weight of the latter half of Didion’s famous line, that we need these stories to survive. We tell ourselves stories in order that we may have hope and move from one day to the next. This survival tactic is something Afghan-Canadian documentarian Fazila Amiri’s And Still I Sing soberly reminds us of.

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  • Children of the Mist

    Children of the Mist

    ★★★½

    A glimpse into the practice of bride-kidnapping maintained by the minority group of Hmong people in rural Vietnam, Children of the Mist is a shocking revelation of stolen childhoods, unhappy family dynamics, and combative sexual politics. Director Hà Lệ Diễm, who was living for three years with the family that is documented in the film, also negotiates between the expected impartiality of a documentarian to the empathetic human reaction when confronted with the events that unfold. Although only 92 minutes long, the film is not a comfortable watch.

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  • Therapy Dogs

    Therapy Dogs

    ★★★½

    Therapy Dogs is a coming-of-age movie directed by Ethan Eng about his final year in high school. Labelling the film as “coming-of-age” doesn’t quite do it justice (with all respect to the genre). It’s a part documentary, part narrative, and part experimental theatre about two friends at Cawthra Park Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario, who are traversing all the ups and downs grade 12 has to offer.

    Ethan Eng. Remember that name.

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  • My Small Land

    My Small Land

    ★★★½

    Directed by Kawawada Emma, My Small Land is an intimate look into the life of a young Kurdish girl living as a refugee just outside Tokyo. Encompassing themes of identity, parent-child relationships, immigration, coming-of-age, and first romance, the film patiently and thoughtfully presents a story that is at once particular to one community (refugees in Japan) yet universally understood.

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