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NANG Issue 5: Inspiration


Guest edited by Goran Topalovic & Eric Choi

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NANG 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.

Special features:

  • 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


  • 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

Spine and bookmark artwork: Jerry Ma

Additional Information
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SKU 9788894196252
Subtitle Inspiration
Publisher(s) Cinemasias Editions
Editor(s) Topalovic, Goran; Choi, Eric
Format Paperback
Original publication date 1.11.2018
Number of pages 120 pages
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