Look! It Moves! by Adi Tantimedh


Look It Moves &#8211 Why China Doesnt Care about Star Wars

Look! It Moves! – Why China Doesn't Care about Star Wars

So Star Wars: The Last Jedi is not a hit in China, opening second and only earning half the box office takings of The Ex-Files: The Return of the Exes, a low-budget comedy about manchild exes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM9zOfOkErsVideo can't be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Ex-Files 3: Return of the Exes Trailer #1 (2017) | Movieclips […]




Look It Moves At The NYAFF: The Gut-Wrenching Mad World

Look! It Moves! At The NYAFF: The Gut-Wrenching 'Mad World'

Mad World is not a fun movie, but it's an important one. It's a heartbreaking drama about a former investment banker suffering from bipolar disorder, who moves in with his estranged truck driver father so they can pick up the pieces of their lives together. It hits a whole catalogue of hot-button issues, including the […]

Look It Moves At The NYAFF: Charming Horror-Comedy Vampire Cleanup Department

Look! It Moves! At The NYAFF: Charming Horror-Comedy 'Vampire Cleanup Department'

Guanxi, the Chinese vampire genre specific to Hong Kong culture, was hugely popular in the '70s and '80s. Its pinnacle was the Mr. Vampire movies, which featured more slapstick than horror as the slightly hapless heroes used both ingenuity and traditional Taoist artefacts to stop the hopping undead. But after the handover to China in […]

Look It Moves At The NYAFF: Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight

Look! It Moves! At The NYAFF: 'Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight'

First of all, Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight has got to be one of the worst titles in the English language. Hong Kong movies have a tendency to be weirdly arbitrary in how they pick their English titles. The direct translation of the Chinese title for this movie is "Let's Fight Zombies Tonight", which is a […]

Look It Moves At The NYAFF: Journey to the West 2: The Demons Strike Back

Look! It Moves! At The NYAFF: Journey to the West 2: The Demons Strike Back

Tsui Hark's latest movie, a collaboration with comedy writer-director Stephen Chow, is the manic, crazy, deconstructionist take on the Journey to the West saga: Journey to the West 2: The Demons Strike Back. Nearly every Chinese person knows this story, as do the Japanese, who adapted it into the popular TV series Saiyuki — which was in […]

Look It Moves At The NYAFF: Tsui Harks The Taking of Tiger Mountain

Look! It Moves! At The NYAFF: Tsui Hark's 'The Taking of Tiger Mountain'

Tsui Hark is one of the world's greatest action directors, and it's nice to see him getting a resurgence with a string of hits on the Chinese Mainland since 2010's Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, which put him back on the map, and then with Flying Swords of Dragon Gate and Young […]


Look It Movies At The NYAFF: Moody Existential Drama A Double Life

Look! It Movies! At The NYAFF: Moody Existential Drama 'A Double Life'

  A Double Life, from director Zenko Kishi, is one of those Japanese existential movies that border on exploitation, but wants to chew on much meatier matters than that. Tama (Mugi Kadowaki), a shy philosophy student who has hit a block with her doctoral thesis, decides to pick a single random person and follow them to […]

Look It Moves At NYAFF: The Oddball Surrealism Of A Quiet Dream

Look! It Moves! At NYAFF: The Oddball Surrealism Of 'A Quiet Dream'

After watching two violent crime thrillers, I needed a change of pace. So I decided to watch a black-and-white Korean indie movie: A Quiet Dream. A Quiet Dream is apparently unusual even by Korean movie standards; a plotless, character-based shaggy dog story about Ye-ri (Han Ye-ri), a Korean-Chinese woman who runs a low-rent bar and is […]

Look It Moves At The NYAFF: High-Concept Noir Thriller Blood of Youth

Look! It Moves! At The NYAFF: High-Concept Noir Thriller 'Blood of Youth'

Yang Shupeng is considered a maverick director in China, a former fireman-turned-self-taught-filmmaker who has made three accomplished period movies before this. Now he tackles not only his first present-day film, but also the noir thriller genre with Blood of Youth. Blood of Youth follows a computer hacker who weaves a tangled web that draws in a violent […]

Look It Moves At The NYAFFs Opening Night &#8211 Reviewing Bad Genius

Look! It Moves! At The NYAFF's Opening Night – Reviewing Bad Genius

Bad Genius is the opening movie for this year's New York Asian Film Festival. It's a high school heist thriller from Thailand that's as slick as anything from Hollywood. As I write, the tickets are already sold out, the movie having come across the ocean with a lot of buzz preceding it. It was a […]

How Legion Lifts From Tetsuo: The Iron Man &#8211 Look It Moves by Adi Tantimedh

How Legion Lifts From Tetsuo: The Iron Man – Look! It Moves! by Adi Tantimedh

Adi Tantimedh writes, Finished my second novel, so now I can go back to writing about pop culture. I've been having a perfectly good time watching FX's LEGION, the show based on a character from the X-Men, specifically one created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz during their run on The New Mutants back in […]

Carmilla Races For The Finish Line In Season Three &#8211 Look It Moves by Adi Tantimedh

Carmilla Races For The Finish Line In Season Three – Look! It Moves! by Adi Tantimedh

Adi Tantimedh writes, Carmilla is the little webseries that could. Where many other webseries have crashed and burned, it has managed to garner a massive cult following amongst teen girls and 20somethings with its emphasis on geek humour and reconfiguring of J. Sheridan Lefanu's original 19th Century novella. Where the original novella was a typical […]

Patlabor: From Anime to Live Action &#8211 Look It Moves by Adi Tantimedh (Neil Gaiman UPDATE)

Patlabor: From Anime to Live Action – Look! It Moves! by Adi Tantimedh (Neil Gaiman UPDATE)

Adi Tantimedh writes, Director Mamoru Oshii is widely considered a visionary when he hit the international scene with the anime movie adaptation of Masamune Shiro's Ghost in the Shell. His films are known for combining politics, philosophy, cyberpunk Science fiction, technothriller with exquisite art direction and special effects. I doubt the Hollywood live action version […]

Persona 4: From Video Game 2 Manga &#8211 Look It Moves by Adi Tantimedh

Persona 4: From Video Game 2 Manga – Look! It Moves! by Adi Tantimedh

Adi Tantimedh writes, The nice people at Udon Entertainment have sent over review PDFs of the official English translation of the Persona 4 manga series, which gives me an opportunity to talk about games and their translations into other medium, which I'd been thinking about for a while. Japan has a different relationship with adaptations […]

You Need Patience By Daniel Clowes &#8211 Look It Moves By Adi Tantimedh

You Need "Patience" By Daniel Clowes – Look! It Moves! By Adi Tantimedh

 Adi Tantimedh writes, I finally read Patience, the latest graphic novel by Daniel Clowes. This is one of my favourite graphic novels of the year. I wasn't sent an advance reader's copy. I borrowed it and it sat on my desk while I was busy with deadlines, and finally read it this weekend. I'm amazed […]

All Is Madness And Entropy In High Rise &#8211 Look It Moves by Adi Tantimedh

All Is Madness And Entropy In High Rise – Look! It Moves! by Adi Tantimedh

Adi Tantimedh writes, I'd been looking forward to a movie of J.G. Ballard's High Rise for a long time. It had been passed from one filmmaker to another for decades, ever since it was first published in the 1970s. Finally, it's been made by Ben Wheatley, the first director to adapt Ballard who's actually British […]