Posts By: Christine Kim

VIFF 2016 | The Road To Mandalay

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The Road to Mandalay is about the journey of a 20-something-year-old girl who has snuck across the Burmese-Thai border. Having left her mother and siblings behind, she enters into a relatively wealthier country in hopes of finding a job and making a decent living. The only problem is that, as an illegal immigrant, she does not have a working permit, or really any documentation of identity.

VIFF 2016 | The Phantom Detective

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This is a South Korean film directed by Jo Sunghee. Sunghee is a familiar face at the Vancouver International Film Festival as all three of his previous works were picked to do showings in years prior. This is particularly why I was excited to see The Phantom Detective. Not only was the premise of the story intriguing, but the names associated with this film were also fairly well known. Beyond the director, his cast includes Kim Sungkyun and Go Ara, both of whom are famous South Korean celebrities that have been featured in popular Korean TV series.

VIFF 2016 | Mixed Match

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Mixed Match is feature length documentary film about the journeys of mixed-race people in the United States who are or were in need of a bone marrow transplant. Individuals with blood diseases such as leukemia often need to take this procedure to replace damaged or destroyed bone marrow with healthy ones that are able to properly produce all the essential blood cells the human body needs.

VIFF 2016 | We Are X

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We Are X is a documentary film directed by Stephen Kijak about the rock band X Japan. Calling X Japan a rock band feels like a complete understatement to me having watched the entirety off this film. Let me explain why.

The Best Part About Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

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Writers and editors alike at Schema Magazine gathered together for a screening of the recently released Netflix movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. The centrality of female lead characters to the narrative of the story was perhaps what was the most striking and appealing aspect of the movie. So distinct and impressive were these women that the rest of this article will be dedicated entirely to highlighting three in particular from the film.

Schema Reviews Marco Polo: One Hundred Eyes (Kick-Ass, Despite Being a Bit Hard to Follow)

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In lieu of a tentative Season 2 release date for the hit Netflix TV drama series, Marco Polo, a short origins episode was aired last December called Marco Polo: One Hundred Eyes. This episode reveals the backstory behind the character Li Jinbao, a.k.a. Hundred Eyes, who is the trainer that teaches Marco Polo, the main character of the series, how to fight.