Mayhem, Melodrama and a Fistful of Pocky: The SF Asian Film Festival keeps the Golden Age of Chinatown double features alive…for now- Jeff Yang
One might think that these are the best of times for lovers of Asian cinema. Surging interest in films from China, Korea, Japan and, lately, India and Thailand has led to an age of near-universal access; what was once buried deep in the pop-culture underground can now be found at multiplexes and mall video chains.
To all this, the graybeards of Asian film fandom shake their heads and sigh. They know that for all its convenience, the Age of DVDs and Downloads has hammered the final nail in the coffin of one of the truly great experiences in contemporary cinema: the Chinatown double feature.