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Color Movies Special Feature

The Exuberant Cinematography of Zhang Yimou

Seen by many as one of the giants of Chinese cinema and included within the 5th Generation of filmmakers, Zhang Yimou is revered the world over for his highly distinct style. Starting his career as a bit of a rebel who made independent films that enraged the ruling Communist Party, he wisely realised that if you […]

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Censored Pictures by Chinese Artist Ren Hang

Note: Contains nudity. Just like Robert Mapplethorpe and Terry Richardson, Ren Hang is not afraid to photograph vaginas, erected penises and other body parts that naturally form the human body. People are born into this world naked and that’s exactly how they’ll be captured in his snapshots. He doesn’t pre-plan any of the scenes prior […]

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Art Painting

Alice Lin’s Watercolor Paintings on Rice Paper

“These creatures live in my mind,” says Alice Lin an illustrator from Beijing who loves painting unique creatures on rice paper. Her characters seem like they belong on the pages of a 20th century children’s book—an old era vibe that’s visible and likely connected to Lin’s admiration and study of classical poetry and Chinese painting, […]

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Art Photography Special Feature

10 Great Japanese Photographers You Should Know

Note: Contains nudity. Japan has a rich history in photography. Think back to the hazy and dislocated black and white imagery that came out of Tokyo in the 60s, a time that was defined by a younger generation struggling with their country’s past and future. Presently, there are numerous names that have made their mark […]

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Animation Movies

10 Most Anticipated Asian Films of 2015

From the vast treasurehouse of eastern cinema, there are always choice nuggets that find their way westwards, even though some, like Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster” (2013) or Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer” (2013,) can take a very long time getting here. Here are the Asian films to which I am most looking forward to in 2015, whether […]

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Photography Weird

Quirky Self-Portraits by Japanese Photographer

Izumi Miyazaki is a Japanese photographer with a great eye for a witty composition, which she takes advantage of in her exploration of self portraiture. The young star has a wicked sense of humour and a strong sense of cinematic imagery. The way she explores perspective, size and colour with the help of plastic dinosaurs, vegetables […]

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Animation Movies Special Feature

10 Amazing Modern Japanese Films

As a nation, Japan has always had a strong cinematic heritage. Some of the finest films and directors ever to grace the silver screen have come from these shores. Think of Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu and the works of art they have created. Modern Japanese cinema has just as much to offer. New filmmakers […]