Asian Film Online is a comprehensive repository of documentaries, feature films and shorts that provides a first-hand perspective into contemporary Asian issues through the voices of Asian filmmakers and content producers. These hard-to-find films are brought together for the first time in a streaming online platform, enabling scholars, researchers and teachers to discover, view, teach and study them at home, in the classroom, or on a mobile device, from anywhere in the world.
Whereas tracking down these hard-to-find films individually is a time-consuming, expensive, and complicated process, Asian Film Online brings this trove of high-quality resources straight to your library in one cost-effective, easy-to-use online interface.
This series is invaluable for scholarship in Asian Studies, including Chinese Studies, Korean Studies, Japanese Studies and South Asian Studies, and integrates into multidisciplinary sources with an Asian focus, including history, political science, cultural studies, film studies, anthropology, women’s studies, religion, language and environmental studies.
Portfolios and complete bodies of work from a selection of the most prominent filmmakers of the region make the collection an indispensable resource for the study of film, literature, and the visual and performing arts. Primary source, original language films are perfect for language learners, in particular Mandarin, Korean, Japanese and Farsi.
Films are perfectly suited to illustrate and stimulate dialogue topics such as: globalization and urbanization; family and marriage; diaspora and immigration; female agency and gender rights; politics and conflict; social movements; economic conditions; and culture and identity.
Asian Film Online: Volume I features nearly 600 hours of film from across the region. More than 75 percent of these titles stream exclusively in Asian Film Online, and more than 60 percent are award winners. Twenty-four countries are represented, with a strong concentration on China, India, Iran, South Korea, and Southeast Asia.
The collection features internationally acclaimed directors as well as those rarely seen outside their native countries. Filmmakers include:
Other highlights of Volume I include:
Launched in 2014, Volume II is growing to deliver 500 additional hours of film along with 1,000 pages of text focused on the featured films and filmmakers. The second volume features works from 70 countries across Asia, including more in-depth coverage of Turkey, Hong Kong, Afghanistan, and Vietnam.
Highlights from Volume II include:
Asian Film Online is available on Alexander Street’s online interface, and provides an array of features to enhance teaching and learning.
Asian Film Online is a multi-part online collection of streaming video available to libraries via annual subscription or one-time purchase, with pricing scaled to your institution. Volumes are available individually or as a series.
This resource will be beneficial to those interested in Asian and Middle Eastern studies and the study of film. It will also facilitate interdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences. A trial is recommended to determine cost-effectiveness. Summing up: highly recommended.K. T. Wei, emerita, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign CHOICE