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Seattle theaters show three Asian films in March and April: Operation Red Sea, Oh,...

Among several newly released films playing in Seattle in March and April are a guts-and-gore action flick, a modern-day dramedy about a desperately lonely woman and a documentary about Japan’s trending favorite food. For those...

“Legend of the Mountain” takes viewers on a journey into the afterlife

Originally released in 1979, The Legend of the Mountain is a gorgeously shot film by Taiwanese director King Hu. Now restored in 4K by the Taiwan Film Institute, the movie features breathtaking views of lush countryside...

“Soulmate” and “Have a Nice Day” demonstrate new themes in contemporary Chinese cinema

In the feature narrative, Soulmate, Li Ansheng and Lin Qiyue (or July in English) are close friends; perhaps too close, it could be argued. As 13-year old classmates in Shanghai, they develop a kinship...

Children’s Film Festival Seattle runs Jan. 25 – Feb. 10

Whether you have kids or you’re just a kid at heart, the annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle offers a slate of diverse movies for everyone’s enjoyment. Below are some from Asia that will bring...

‘City of Rock’ a fast-paced Chinese comedy flick

In the past 20 years, China has gone from releasing films mostly about the Cultural Revolution or the class struggles immediately following it, to lavish, upscale, Westernized productions. It’s hard to believe that a country with a Communist agenda could turn out something as visually energetic, contemporary, flashy and fun as City of Rock, but then time changes everything.

Tasveer South Asian Film Festival brings myriad of mind-blowing movies

Offering 18 feature films and 38 shorts from 11 countries, this year’s annual Tasveer South Asian Film Festival promises a myriad of mind-blowing movies. Escaping Agra is a short documentary featuring 19 year-old UC Davis student...

TWIST: 22nd Seattle Queer Film Festival offers powerful line-up

Presented by Three Dollar Bill Cinema, TWIST: 22nd Seattle Queer Film Festival promises a powerful line-up of LGBTQ films. Below are some featuring Asians and Asian Americans. From Japan, comes Close-Knit, a tender, tear-jerking tale about...

‘State of Oregon’ explores a modern hate crime, remembers Larnell Bruce Jr.

With the release of her documentary, State of Oregon, Adele Free Pham makes one of her boldest on-screen statements yet. This time, the biracial filmmaker and Firelight Doc Lab Fellow, tackles the murder of a black teen in a 10-minute documentary. Currently a short, the film is being developed as a feature. Below, Pham discusses her project.

Film: Love, revenge, and bloodletting in ‘The Villainess’

'The Villainess' is the unlikely title of a film featuring a woman who’s more a victim of circumstance than a ruthless killer on a homicidal spree.

Films: ‘Columbus,’ ‘Adventurers,’ ‘In This Corner of the World’ all land in Seattle

IE writer Yayoi Winfrey reviews three films being shown in Seattle