Issue 22

Film Review— Chalat Kem Kong (Bad Genius)

Film Title: Chalat Kem Kong (ฉลาดเกมส์โกง; Bad Genius) Director: Nattawut Poonpiriya (นัฐวุฒิ พูนพิริยะ) The Moral Dilemma The Thai movie industry has been in crisis over the past few years in terms of revenue, quality and […]

Issue 22

REVIEW— Lu Yay Chon (The good person)

Drama series title: Lu Yay Chon (The Good Person) Director: Ko Thaung Scriptwriters: Myat Phone Mo, Nyi Aung Nyi, Aung Nay Ko Ko, Hein Zaw Oo, Kyaw Yazar Ko 60 episodes (April 2016- July 2016) […]

Issue 22

REVIEW— Lạc Giới (Paradise in Heart)

Film Title: Lạc Giới (Paradise in Heart) Director: Phi Tiến Sơn Lạc Giới is the outstanding winner in Vietnam Film Festival 2015 with the Golden Kite Award for Best Feature Film (director: Phi Tiến Sơn), […]



Film: Kabisera (The Seat) Directed by: Arturo San Agustin and Real Florido Release date: 25 December 2016 Language: Filipino When a Widow Takes the Helm When a family is forced to come to terms with […]


REVIEW— Two Indonesian Poetry Books

Title: Tempat Paling Liar Di Muka Bumi (The Wildest place on Earth) Authors: Theoresia Rumthe and Weslly Johannes  Publisher: Jakarta: Gramedia Pustaka Utama: 2016  and Title: Tidak ada New York Hari Ini / There is No New York […]

Issue 20

REVIEW— On Five Short Films by Wregas Bhanuteja

EVERYONE IS AN ISLAND Wregas Bhanuteja became (social)-media sensation in Indonesia this year because of winning a Cannes 2016 award with his Prenjak (2016). His 12 minute story about a young woman sold overpriced matches […]

Issue 19

Film Review: Kuala Lumpur SDN. BHD.

Kuala Lumpur Sdn. Bhd.Director: Andrew Ng Yew Han Kuala Lumpur Sdn. Bhd., a documentary film by indie filmmaker, Andrew Han, premiered in October 2015 as part of the annual KL Eco Film Festival, now in […]

Issue 17

REVIEW: English Only, Please (2014)

English Only, Please (2014)Directed by Dan Villegas. Script by Antoinette Jadaone and Dan Villegas Bashing the featured films in the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) has become a tradition as time-honored as the event itself. […]

Issue 16

Did Goethe read comics?

Comics were not around during the life-time of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, but as a prolific writer who sketched all his life, he would have loved them. The Goethe-Institut with its idea of discovering cultural […]

Issue 16

Review: FSc. 2012. Clairvoyance

FSc. 2012. Clairvoyance (ebook in Japanese, Tokyo: Ohta Publishing; initial serialization in Pocopoco, March-Dec. 2011) Available online: by Jaqueline Berndt Betwixt and Between Artists who employ the manga mode of graphic storytelling usually do […]

Issue 14: Myanmar

Daily Life in Mindanao: Photo Essay

Daily Life in Mindanao Photo Essay by Bobby Timonera Mindanao in southern Philippines is populated mainly by three groups of people – the Lumads, the tribal people who first inhabited the place but who are […]

Book Reviews

REVIEW: Hunger in Nayawak and Other Stories

Hope Sabanpan-Yu (editor). 2012.Hunger in Nayawak and Other Stories.University of San Carlos Press and Cebuano Studies Center. 256 pages Humanism in Lamberto G. Ceballos’ short stories [quote]…Ang maikling kuwento ay sining, at ang sining – […]

Book Reviews

REVIEW: Gone Case, A Graphic Novel

Gone Case, A Graphic NovelStory by Dave Chua. Art by Koh Hong Teng. Edited by Joyce Sim.Singapore. Book 1 (2010), Book 2 (2011) Popular culture provides a way for us to understand Southeast Asia and comics gives […]

Issue 13: Monarchies in Southeast Asia

REVIEW: Detours to Paradise (Movie)

Detours to Paradise (Sincerely Yours)Produced and directed by Rich Lee. Written by Shu-Wen Hu, Mr. Lee and Shou-Qian Ho.Production year: 2009.Running time: 118 minutes.  This film is directed by Rich Lee, a cram-school teacher whose dream was […]