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
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   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
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   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 - Illustrator - Taiwanese/American
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   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/
HAIKU Art Review: Sachin Teng
Cubed, sliced, ripped, mashed, fused
Glitching up fresh slabs of thought
Digital butcher
SachinTeng - http://www.sachinteng.com/
   "I've always liked dissecting things, and this is quite literally dissecting, but in a painting you could be dissecting an idea or an emotion. Cut open a tree and find a heart inside."
   - Dallas Observer article by Alexander Flores


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
Curiousity

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.

January 6, 2015

ART: Reframing the Geisha

Reframing the Geisha - (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.

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Yellow pleasure doll
Unspoken promise of more
Corrupt floating dreams
Android Jones - http://androidjones.com/
   Android Jones  -  Rainbow Geisha (Prints)

   The idea of the geisha is mythical, she captures the imaginations of not only foreign men, but Asian women as well & everyone in between.

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.   
Epik High (에픽하이) - Born Hater
Keep reading to see the
Top 8 Asian Hip-Hop Artists of All Time.
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