Oasis is the third South Korean feature film to be directed by Lee Chang-dong. The film tells the story of an unconventional romance between a mildly mentally disabled man and a severely disabled woman with cerebral palsy. Oasis is not an easy watch by any means, and many will find it far too uncomfortable to enjoy, but you will be hard-pressed to find a love story as touching or as harrowing as this one. This is a terrific film and features an utterly mesmerising performance from Moon So-ri, who is completely convincing in her role.
Alex Cherry is an American artist who who takes inspiration from music to create his art. You can see more of his work here.
Centre Stage, directed by Stanley Kwan, tells the tragic true story of one of China’s first movie star, Ruan Lingyu. Ruan was born in 1910 to a working-class family and began acting when she was 16. Despite having a successful career as a silent movie actress, she faced personal problems and committed suicide at the age of 25 when the tabloids began publishing stories about her private life. Maggie Cheung gives a magnificent performance as Ruan, in this delicate and moving biopic about one of China’s most iconic screen figures.
Mattias Adolfsson is a freelance illustrator living in Sigtuna, outside Stockholm in Sweden. He began work as a 3D artist, working in animations and computer games, but is now better known for his wonderfully inventive ink drawings. He showcases his sketches on his blog, and it is now one of the most popular sketchblogs in the world. You can see more of his work here.