A 10-issue magazine dedicated to cinema in Asia

Issue 5


Guest Editors
Goran Topalovic & Eric Choi

Issue 5
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Issue 5 is dedicated to Inspiration. Starting from candid interviews with twelve filmmakers spanning different generations and backgrounds, this Issue collects some of the key cinematic sources of their creative inspirations before delving into them via accompanying critical essays, conversations, and special features. The intention is both to shed light on the under-explored nexus between cinematic practice and experience, between watching, making, and being inspired by films, and to open up the conversation onto figures and works across industries and eras. As present, as it is invisible, inspiration can emerge from anywhere, often out of the blue, at any stage of the creative process. Ultimately, this Issue invites us to celebrate all sources of inspiration, and all resulting works, as a testament to the myriad of human interactions and artistic endeavors that make up the cinema.

Goran Topalovic is a US-based film curator, writer, and collage artist. He’s the co-founder of Subway Cinema and the New York Asian Film Festival.

Eric Choi is a Film archivist at the Korean Film Archive and filmmaker. Currently working on finding lost Korean films scattered around the world as well as creating video essays on Korean genre cinema.


Sam Ho, Darcy Paquet, QMisato, Mark Schilling, Jasper Sharp

Featuring interviews with

Tsui Hark, Yoshida Daihachi, E J-yong, Tan Pin Pin, Toyoda Toshiaki, Erik Matti, Li Yu, Alankrita Shrivastava, Mouly Surya, Nattawut Poonpiriya, Bo Wang, Jeong Gayoung


  • Two original contributions by Tsui Hark 

  • Conversations between:

Yoshida Daihachi and Ishii Gakuryu
Nattawut Poonpiriya
and John Woo
Bo Wang
and Jia Zhangke

  • Reprinted articles / articles in translation:

“The Prometheus and his Film Practice Along the Way: Interview with Hou Hsiao-hsien on the Formation of his Personal Style and Other Subjects” by Chen Peiguang, Chen Jiuhui, Meng Shangyong, Zhuang Huimin (from Imagekeeper Monthly, aka Yingxiang [Taiwan] No. 1, November 20, 1989)
“Zhang Yimou” by Lawrence Chua (from BOMB magazine [US] No. 35, Spring 1991)
“What Exists Between ‘Hana’ and ‘Bi’: on Kitano Takeshi’s Hana-Bi” by Abe Kazushige (from Ronza magazine [Japan] No. 32, December 1997)

  • Transcript of the Jorgensesn Guest Filmmaker Lecture delivered by Mira Nair at the Indiana University Cinema


50,673 words
56 images
13 illustrations
120 pages

ISBN: 978-88-941962-5-2
ISSN: 2531-4912

Spine and bookmark artwork
Jerry Ma

A special thanks to the sponsors of this Issue:

Arctic Paper



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