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Where was the cake?

Courtney Wray

This week in BCM320, we viewed the 2018 Pakistani Film Cake, which is features an eccentric family coming together under one roof as Zareen contacts her siblings living abroad about their fathers deteriorating health. This film also conveys the themes of family values, death and romance in a Pakistani setting.

One aspect of the film that intrigued me was the family values that was portrayed throughout the movie. In Pakistan, family bonds are valued and this society is led by collectivism where relationships are family are strong. Loyalty to the family also comes before all other social relationships. Family relatives are also protected from outside influences. Gender roles are also a major theme that was identified in this screening and I found it interesting that this film challenges these stereotypes and expectations by creating independent career focused women. Usually in Pakistan, women stay home then go to work and are…

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Is High-Score Girl A Japanese Stereotype?

Courtney Wray

The final viewing for BCM320 was the Japanese Manga series, Hi Score Girl, which revolves around the life of gamer Haruro Yaguchi, and his relationship with quiet female gamer Akira Ono. This series is known as a 90’s arcade romantic comedy and is appreciated for its unique art style, and accurate depictions of the multitude of gaming software and culture.

I loved watching this series because I have always been intrigued by Japanese culture and have always found a fascination in the lifestyle they live. I did some research on Japanese gaming culture and found a few interesting facts:

  • Gaming centres in Japan have strategic locations and are usually built near major train stations.
  • It is not only the major cities that have arcade, even suburban and rural areas have centres at their shopping malls.
  • The popularity of gaming cultures in Japan peaked during mid-1980’s when the country served as…

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BCM320: The Vietnamese Taken?

Courtney Wray

We all know the movie Taken, the classic 2008 thriller that stars Liam Neeson, a former government operative that is trying to reconnect with his daughter who has been abducted and his search to find her. Furie (2019) had very similar vibes and had me gripped on the edge of my seat the entire time.

If you haven’t seen Furie, (and I highly recommend you do), it stars Veronica Ngo as Hai, an ex-gangster that is trying to hide out in the countryside after becoming a mother, but can’t escape her violent past when her daughter is kidnapped. This movie is different to Taken (2008), as it focused on a strong female lead and it has completely steered away from traditional gender norms. I was captivated by the thrilling martial arts/fighting scenes and the overall anxiety of Hai trying to find Mai.

This time last week, I was meant to…

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Courtney Wray



Since a young age, I have always been introduced and taught about Asian culture. My family are quite adventurous and growing up I had the privilege of travelling all over the world, including Asia and exploring Asian culture. I am surprised that Love For Sale (2018) was the first Indonesian film I have watched, and to be completely honest, this movie was not up to my standards.

For this film, I have taken an ethnographic approach from my personal experience which includes live tweeting to interact with other students and get a further understanding of Indonesian culture. “Auto-Ethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyse personal experience in order to understand cultural experience.” (Ellis, Adams & Bochner 2011)

This movie follows Richard Achmad as he is on the hunt for love after his friends made a…

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