January 31, 2015

FILM: A Touch of Sin (天注定) - Part 2 "The Zhou Kehua & Deng Yujiao Incidents"

A Touch of Sin (天注定) - Part 2
 The Zhou Kehua (周克华) &
Deng Yujiao (邓玉娇事件) Incidents
Official  -  Watch Now

   A Touch of Sin confronts China's extreme social changes with a daring aesthetic. It's visually arresting filmic Tai Chi for the underprivileged of this world, turning abuse into a willingness to fight injustice.
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
   This post focuses on the middle acts of the film, where we encounter Zhao San (Wang Baoqiang), a gun-loving migrant worker  who shoots his way to easy money &  Xiao Yu (Zhao Tao), a modest sauna receptionist  who, humiliated by a client, turns into a fierce, dagger-wielding goddess.
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
HAIKU Art Review: Touch of Sin
Cap-hell-ist China
My handle's fish seeks water
Forever whipped down
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
See A Touch of Sin - Part 1 & Part 3

TOP 8: Asian TED Talks

Yellowmenace reveals the 8 best Asian TED Talks

   A doctor, engineer, computer musician, actor, model, aid worker, internet guru & artist, I gathered the most interesting talks from various fields to entertain & educate.
   I love TED Talks. I discovered the site in 2007 & it has been blowing my mind ever since. While this may be a slight detour from my usual posts, I wanted to share some of the interesting Asians who are trying to make a big different in our world.
ZeroN - Jinha Lee and Rehmi Post
   TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, but it wasn't until 2001, when media entrepreneur Chris Anderson took control from founder Richard Saul Wurman that TED started to become the beacon of idea sharing it is today.

Click below to see The 8 Best Asian TED Talks

FILM: A Touch of Sin (天注定) - Part 1 "Hu Wenhai Incident"

A Touch of Sin (天注定) - Part 1
 The Hu Wenhai (胡文海) Incident
Official  -  Watch Now

   With the social tension of Do the Right Thing, the ferocious isolation of Taxi Driver & the meditative expansiveness of Magnolia, writer/director Jia Zhangke (贾樟柯) confronts China's socio-economic ills. Drawing inspiration from real-life events, his portrait of China unfolds in four chapters, presenting the tragic destiny of four sinners from four different provinces.
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
HAIKU Film Review: Touch of Sin
Cap-hell-ist China
My handle's fish seeks water
forever whipped down
    The first episode focuses on mine manager, Dahai (Jiang Wu) who takes brutal revenge on a corrupt village chief & all those around him. This is based on Hu Wenhai (胡文海) who, with a friend killed 14 people with a rifle & an ax.

See Touch of Sin - Part 2 & Part 3

January 21, 2015

ART INTERVIEW: Tony Stella - Essential Asian Flim Posters

Tony Stella - Illustrator - Italian

   Stella's illustrations are passionate & personal, capturing memory triggering cinematic moments that leave you longing to review these classic films. Although, he creates art for a variety of films, I've selected 20 of my favorite Asian movie posters (of course).
   "Stella’s seemingly effortless pen & ink sketches, his washes of watercolor & his brush-stroke lettering hark to back to an earlier age."
        - Adrian Curry of Mubi Notebook
Tony Stella - http://antoniostella.tumblr.com/

   When I first discovered Tony's expressive hand painted film posters on Tumblr, I instantly became a fan. I had to see more of his unique work, luckily his very active Tumblr blog contains a huge collection of illustrated movie posters. He was also kind enough to grant me an interview & I really appreciate him responding with such thoughtful recollections of his process & past. 

   Yellowmenace: What’s your approach when creating a new poster?

   Tony Stella: Usually, I have seen the movie many times before I start working on a poster. Most of the time, the design is directly triggered by a scene or a still image that jumps out while I watch the film or that left an impression on me. I am an avid collector of film soundtracks, so I often listen to the score while working - it creates the atmosphere & gets me into the right mood.
Tony Stella - http://antoniostella.tumblr.com/
The Yakuza (ザ・ヤクザ) by Sydney Pollack - 1974

HAIKU Art Review: Tony Stella
Essential brush strokes
Archive cinema's glory
Visage nostalgic

January 14, 2015

ART: Sachin Teng - Future's Void

Sachin Teng 
Taiwanese/American Illustrator
Web  -  Facebook  -  Behance  -  Store

   It's as if Mr. Teng has Seth Brundle's disfunctional teletransporter fused with McFly's time machine & he's merely capturing still lifes of the grotesqueries he has collected. 
SachinTeng - http://www.sachinteng.com/

The Monkey King Art Collection

Sun Wukong (孙悟空) Art Collection
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curated by YellowMenace (20+ images)

    For over 400 years the tale, Journey to the West has been entertaining & inspiring audiences around the world. The handsome Monkey King is such a richly complex character, developing & changing through the course of his miraculous adventures.  

   Here I present for you, 16 artists from 8 countries with their interpretations of the Sage Equal to Heaven.
Felix Ip - https://www.behance.net/gallery/14406491/Monkey-King
Felix Ip - China

HAIKU Art Review: Sun Wukong

Seeking sutras for man's sins

We are all monkeys

SARYTH - http://saryth.deviantart.com/art/Twisted-monkey-265170368
Saryth - Thailand

   In the novel, Sun Wukong is a monkey born from a stone who acquires supernatural powers through Taoist practices. After rebelling against heaven and being imprisoned under a mountain by the Buddha, he later accompanies the monk Xuanzang on a journey to retrieve Buddhist sutras from India.
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡 芳年) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshitoshi
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡 芳年) 1889 Japan

   Sun Wukong possesses an immense amount of strength; he is able to lift his 7,960 kg staff with ease. He is also extremely fast, able to travel 54,000 km in one somersault. 

Richard Nowitz for National Geographic - http://www.nowitz.com/
Richard Nowitz for National Geographic - USA

   The Monkey King knows 72 transformations, which allow him to transform into various animals and objects; however, he is troubled in transforming into other forms, due to the accompanying incomplete transformation of his tail.

Fenghua Zhong - http://www.artstation.com/artwork/buddha-palm
Fenghua Zhong - China

   Sun Wukong is a skilled fighter, capable of holding his own against the best warriors of heaven. Also, each of his hairs possess magical properties, capable of being transformed into clones of the Monkey King himself, and/or into various weapons, animals, and other objects.
Juan Doe - https://www.behance.net/gallery/2804009/Fear-Itself-Monkey-King-Marvel-2011
Juan Doe - USA

   He also knows spells that can command wind, part water, conjure protective circles against demons, and freeze humans, demons, and gods alike
SnowSkadi - http://snowskadi.deviantart.com/art/Monkey-King-174241058
SnowSkadi - Russia

   He is first known as Shí Hóu (石猴) "Stone monkey" because he's hatched from a magical stone egg.
Godtail - http://godtail.exblog.jp/
Godtail - Japan
Godtail - http://godtail.exblog.jp/

   On the Mountain of Flowers & Fruit, as leader of the apes he gives himself the title, Měi Hóuwáng (美猴王)"Handsome Monkey-King"
T Biddy - http://t-biddy.deviantart.com/art/monkey-king-204026243
Tyler Bradley - Canada

   When he travels to the Heavenly Kingdom, the Jade Emperor gives him the title, Bìmǎwēn (弼馬溫) "Keeper of the Heavenly Horses" 
Wang Yuxi - http://wangyuxi.deviantart.com/art/monkey-king-199632114
Wang Yuxi - China
   This is a highly detailed ink sketch featuring all the major characters from the book.
Wang Yuxi - http://wangyuxi.deviantart.com/art/monkey-king-199632114
Wang Yuxi - detail
   Please follow the links & view the hi-res version
Wang Yuxi - http://wangyuxi.deviantart.com/art/monkey-king-199632114
Wang Yuxi - detail

   After causing more trouble & rebelling against Heaven, Monkey takes the title, Qítiān Dàshèng (齊天大聖)"Great Sage, Equal to Heaven"
Gael Rice - http://gaby14link.deviantart.com/art/The-Monkey-King-329886718
Gael Rice - Canada

Natalie Wong - https://www.behance.net/gallery/1466423/The-Monkey-King
Natalie Wong - USA

Wang Ruilin https://www.behance.net/gallery/19655379/HIDESEEK-MonkeyKing-
Maria Ketka Trepalina - http://www.deviantart.com/art/Monkey-King-184200217
Aldren John Santos - https://www.behance.net/gallery/18951249/Monkey-King
Aldren John Santos - Philippines

Michal Lisowski - http://www.artstation.com/artwork/wukong-06c09fa9-9c28-4323-93fe-080c934aee80
Michal Lisowski - Poland

Saryth - Thailand

Info source: Wikipedia
Read the original Journey to the West or
the abridged version The Monkey & The Monk

January 6, 2015

ART: Reframing the Geisha

Reframing the Geisha
Art Collection (28 Images)

   The Geisha is one of the most well known & pervasive symbols not only of Japan, but of all the "Orient". Gisaeng (기생) in Korea, concubines in China; throughout Asia there are comparable equivalents. 

   I have curated 30 works of art, from 12 artists (3 non-Asian men, 3 Asian men & 6 Asian women) portraying or influenced by geisha, to explore the remixing & reframing of this ancient symbol.

Source, please (Google image search failed)

January 1, 2015

TOP 8: Asian Hip-Hop Videos

   Yellowmenace counts down the 8 greatest Asian Hip Hop Songs of all time.
Thaitanium (ไทยเทเนี่ยม) - Bong Tong
   With Asian Hip Hop it's really difficult to find decent artists. The problem w/ most Asian Hip Hop is that it's not legit, meaning it's lots of upper class Beiver-esque pretty boys who identify w/ 'bling rap' or have 'gangsta' fantasies. You also get lots managers & producers packaging up some dopey sucka as an MC because their market research indicates hip-hop is trendy.

Keep reading to see the
Top 8 Asian Hip-Hop Artists of All Time.

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