Tag Archive: OzAsia

Oct 05

OzAsia 2017 – The End – Keiichiro Shibuya and Hatsune Miku – The Dunstan Playhouse – 4K

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By Tom Eckert Hatsune Miku is what is known as a vocaloid, or a vocal android. Essentially a software program made manifest with a three-dimensionally rendered avatar. This software is something that any individual can own and then write lyrics and songs that will then be rendered in the voice of the vocaloid. Initially intended …

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Oct 01

OzAsia 2017 – Scary Beauty – The Space Theatre – 3K

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By Tom Eckert Image © Justine Emard Keeichiro Shibuya, a prominent man in the progressive electronic music scene in Japan brings his music and a sophisticated android to Adelaide. Backed by the Australian arts orchestra, Keiichiro summons soundscapes directly out of a computer imbued with musicality. The pieces are heavily modified with electrical effects and …

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Sep 17

OzAsia Festival – 2016 – Psycho Raman – Mercury Cinema – 1K

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by Tom Eckert   Psycho Raman, a psychological suspense film directed by Anurag Kashyap has a lot going for it but unfortunately could have been executed better. The plot centers around the parallel narrative of a psychopath and the Mumbai policeman whom he becomes platonically infatuated with upon seeing the policeman murder someone with the …

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Sep 26

OZASIA – The Lonely Wife (Charulata) – Satyajit Ray

What is generally regarded as acclaimed Indian director Satyajit Ray’s most accomplished film, the 1964 masterpiece, Charulata (The Lonely Wife) screened during the OzAsia Festival to a sizeable crowd. Rich, beautiful and lonely Charulata (Madhabi Mukherjee in the titular role) is sick of life in her gilded cage in turn-of-the-century 1900s Calcutta. Despite the adoration …

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Sep 16

OzAsia- Film – Night of Silence (Lal Gece)

Nobody really likes the idea of a 50+ year old man marrying a girl barely into her teens as part of an arranged marriage, particularly against the background of recent – tragic – media attention relating to the terrible consequences of such an intergenerational relationship. Even worse is the concept of imagining the act of consummating such …

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Sep 16

OzAsia – Film – Petal Dance (Japan)

What happens when somebody reaches out to you for help and you miss their cry? What consequences follow from your accidental failure? These are the questions posed in the South Australian premiere of Ishikawa Hiroshi’s ‘Petal Dance’, an evocative examination of the nature of grief, suicide, abandoned friendship and the rekindling of old connections. Haraki, …

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Sep 12

FILM – Christmas Rose – OzAsia Premiere

Christmas Rose is the hotly anticipated directorial (and screenwriting) debut of popular Hong Kong actress Charlie Yeung, having its world premiere only a few months ago in May. Set almost exclusively inside a courtroom, this taut, clever legal thriller pits former hotshot defence lawyer turned highly moral prosecutor Tim (a dark and brooding Aaron Kwok) against …

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Sep 03

RAW: OzAsia – Dreamscape

Overall these pieces had a sense of elegance and maturity. It’s great to see what cross-cultural collaboration can create.