Issue 3 is dedicated to Fiction. Writers and comic artists from around the world were invited to present creative responses to an Asian film or films of their choice. The selected stories range from straightforward fan fiction, in which protagonists continue to exist after their movie has seemingly ended, to semi-autobiographical accounts in which the experience of watching the movie becomes a catalyst or reference. Illustrators were also invited to respond to the selected movies’ posters in the context of the stories. So this Issue is devoted not to the people who make films, but to those who watch films. And yet it invites us to consider: When we think about a movie we have seen, aren’t we also “making” (or “remaking”) that movie in the confines of our own imagination?
Amir Muhammad is a Malaysian writer, publisher and occasional movie-maker. Selected filmography: The Big Durian (2003), The Last Communist (2006) and Voyage to Terengganu (with Badrul Hisham Ismail) (2016). He also runs a publishing company, Buku Fixi, for urban pulp fiction in Malay and English.
Submissions based on, or inspired by, the following films (in alphabetical order):
2046 (Wong Kar Wai, 2004), 2 COOL 2 BE 4GOTTEN (Petersen Vargas, 2016), 3-Iron (Kim Ki-duk, 2004), A Chinese Ghost Story (Ching Siu-tung, 1987), A City of Sadness (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1989), Baran (Majid Majidi, 2001), Beautiful Boxer (Ekachai Uekrongtham, 2003), Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar Wai, 1990), Dust in the Wind (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1986), Fist of Dragon (Michael Chuah, 2011), Ghost in the Shell (Oshii Mamoru, 1995), In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar Wai, 2000), Lilet Never Happened (Jacco Groen, 2012), Pink (Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, 2016), Vengeance! (Chang Cheh, 1970), Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald (Mitani Koki, 1997), You Are the Apple of My Eye (Giddens Ko, 2011)
With short stories and comics by:
Kim August, Giulio Cosimi, Mina Cruz, Hazieqa, Edwin Kho, Jayson Antipolo Laniba, Vann Law, Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa, Ted Mahsun, Raja Ummi Nadrah, Timothy Nakayama, Julya Oui, Des Parawan, Ridhwan Saidi, William Tham Wai Liang, Anusha VR, and Michael Philip Wells
And with illustrations by:
Unchalee Anantawat, Ardneks, Melanie Faßbender, Likhain, and Shout
20 images and 17 illustrations
Spine and bookmark artwork
A special thanks to the sponsors of this Issue: