Must Watch Previews for Asian Oscars Nominees 2019
How did the Oscars treat Asia this year? Not much luck in terms of nominees, but still, any movement in the right direction is welcome. There are now 4 Asian nominees which includes two films and two short that you should definitely add to your “to watch” list early this year: Toronto-based Domi Shee’s animated short “Bao” (Short Film – Animated), Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters” (Best Foreign Language Film,) and Bing Liu’s “Minding the Gap,” which debuted at Sundance 2018’s U.S. Documentary Competition and has won the Special Jury Award in Breakthrough Filmmaking, which has also been nominated for this year’s Documentary (Feature), and Rayka Zehtabchi’s “Period. End of Sentence” nominted for short documentary.
In recent years, it appears that South Korea and Japan are maintaining the vanguard of Asian films at the Academy Awards.
“Bao” is an animated short film produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and was released with Incredibles 2. The creator, Domee Shi said in an interview that “she always wanted to put a little bit of herself in the short.” She also said that her initial goal was to explore the relationship between an overprotected child and a parent, using the dumpling as a metaphor.