River of Exploding Durians storms Tokyo’s 27th International Film Festival

River of Exploding Durians storms Tokyo’s 27th International Film Festival Yesterday night saw the world premiere of River of Exploding Durians, a brave Malaysian production  written and directed by young film director Edmund Yeo. The film is a trilingual wonder that uses English, Cantonese and Malaysian. Last night’s premiere was shown with Japanese and English dual-subtitles for its first showcase at Roppongi Hills, Tokyo’s hub of film and home to TIFF, Tokyo International Film Festival, which celebrates its 27th year this October. Lead actress Daphne Low of Malaysian debut explains...


A picture speaks a thousand words

I’d like to make a link between two of my favourite things in life: photography and language. The phrase “a picture speaks a thousand words” travels a long way. One of my first memories of teaching English as a foreign language in France was the enthusiasm kids in the classroom showed when presenting them with photographs. It triggered discussion, questions and even laughter, all vital elements in a healthy and successful learning environment.  I think it was a more memorable experience than the average textbook-lesson too. Relating themes and...