Red Obsession

Review: Red Obsession

Don't get me wrong. I love wine, and drink an embarrassing amount of it. I suppose it's a bit like modern art in my mind -- or any thing where you can purchase involvement. When it's obviously good but under (or averagely) appreciated I enjoy it; but that joy is conversely affected by the price tag and hype attached to it. And so it was with a bit of excitement and apprehension that I recently watched "Red Obsess…

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“This is Sanlitun” needs your help, sorta

Synopsis: Gary is in Beijing to make it big, after failing to impress his Chinese investors he soon takes up English teaching and gets life lessons from Frank, an incompetent mentor. Gary's real reasons for staying become apparent when his son and Chinese ex-wife enter.

The film looks hilarious, and while I don't know if all the comedy will connect with the non-China expat crowd, there's surely enough ex-China…

12-year-old Lei Xiaoxia's parents tearfully retell their story.

‘Living with Dead Hearts’ an afflictive & important film

When 3-year-old Kienan Hebert was abducted in 2011, an entire country paid attention. For four days Canadian news agencies ran story after story. Child abduction was everywhere, permeating the collective Canuck consciousness. And when he was safely returned by his kidnapper, the relief and joy of the parents was shared across the country, and in the case of this Canadian, across the globe.

I couldn't help but …

Documentary: Seeking Asian Female

A look at yellow fever documentary ‘Seeking Asian Female’

I was pretty eager to sit down and watch "Seeking Asian Female", Debbie Lam's new documentary exploring 'Yellow Fever'. I've always been a bit skeptical about the whole Asian fetish thing, and, admittedly, a bit defensive about it -- my wife is Asian and I'm Caucasian.

I suppose the thing that gets my back up is the hinted presumption that all white people with Asian partners are somehow suffering from a fetish. O…

The Man with the Iron Fists

A better “The Man with the Iron Fists” review

It was my intention to sit down and write a review of "The Man with the Iron Fists" this week. I just watched it a couple nights ago, and had a lot to say about it. Well, enough to fill a few paragraphs here. I was going to cry foul my disappointment at what RZA had led me to believe was going to be some grade-A, genera respecting, childhood VHS watching retrospecting, B-grade brilliance.

It wasn't.

However, be…


Film Review: Inseparable, predictably unpredictable

Truthfully, I didn't know what to expect when I hit play on Dayyan Eng's latest film, Inseparable. A look at the cover had me curious, a look at the cast had me interested and a look at its location had me sold.

But, if you're expecting Inseparable to be Kick-Ass, it isn't. If you're expecting it to be Kevin Spacey at his usually susexpected self, he isn't. If you're expecting it to be your typical Chinese film, i…

Shanghai Calling

Shanghai Calling is calling for your expat stories

If you're like me, you probably perk up anytime you hear about a movie being made in or about China. Having one made about expats living in China was a first though, and so when I first heard about Shanghai Calling, a romantic comedy about American expats living in Shanghai, I was pretty keen to watch it.

The film centres around a young American attorney (Daniel Henney) sent to Shanghai on assignment, only to get …

You are the Apple of My Eye Poster

Review: You are the Apple of My Eye

Apparently it is movie week here at Lost Laowai, because I have another recent Chinese flick to review. In an effort to help learn Chinese I always ask my students about good recent movies. Let's be honest, most Chinese movies us foreigners hear about are either political or kung-fu based. However, I’m interested in the other movies; the comedies, the teen movies, the things my students relax with at night. I’m not l…

Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Review: Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

For the laowai who likes movies, there are certainly a number of offerings available this month to tempt you out to the movie theater instead of staying at home and watching pirated DVDs. While Nicki has just reviewed the "Flowers of War" with its serious historical plot line involving things few of us really want to think about, I'd like to take this time to talk about pure fluff.

My parents are visiting from the…

The Flowers of War

The Flowers of War: Christian Bale and the making of a hero

Today, for my all-to-close-to-Christmas birthday, my hubby took me on a date. We saw the new and somewhat controversial Zhang Yi Mou directed "The Flowers of War," starring Christian Bale.

For those of you who haven't been following the controversy involving Mr. Bale, the movie is a period piece set during 1937's Rape of Nanjing. Since it's a war film, and especially since it is a Chinese-made film about the Japan…