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Rachel Ho is a freelance film critic and a member of the Toronto Film Critics Association. Currently, she is the film editor at Exclaim! Magazine and has contributed to a variety of publications such as, The Globe and Mail, CBC Arts, POV Magazine, Slash Film, eliteGen Magazine and others. Rachel has appeared on CBC News The National, B.C. Today, CNA938 in Singapore, and CBC Radio's Screentime Column. In 2021, Rachel received the TFCA's Emerging Critic Award and has been a voter for the Golden Globe Awards since 2022.


Apr 9, 2024
Supinder Wraich on 'Allegiance' and Not Being Stuck in a Box
Early on in Supinder Wraich’s career, she booked a job as a scientist in a comedy and when she arrived to tape her first day, she was...
Mar 22, 2024
Even in a ‘Valley of Exile,’ Life’s Drama Remains
As the Syrian civil war wages on, sisters Rima (Maria Hassan) and Nour (Hala Hosni) seek shelter in a refugee camp in the Bekaa Valley of...
Feb 29, 2024
Filmmaker and Artist Alisi Telengut Discusses Endangered Languages and Lake Baikal
With rocks and stones as a textured canvas, Mongolian-Canadian artist Alisi Telengut paints vivid imagery of Lake Baikal, a stunning...
Feb 9, 2024
Sherren Lee on 'Float' & Romance: "Anything in the Name of Love"
After a string of short films, including the award-winning The Things You Think I'm Thinking, and taking up the director’s mantle on...
Jan 5, 2024
The Legacy of Hayao Miyazaki (So Far)
Growing up in Canada, in school I learned about World War II solely through the lens of the Western Front. Aware that a second military...
Jan 3, 2024
Justin Chien and Sam Song Li on 'The Brothers Sun' and Familial Support
Netflix’s latest offering brings audiences into the world of Taiwan’s triads with Byron Wu and Brad Falchuk’s The Brothers Sun. Lead by...
Dec 14, 2023
'The Last Wife' Finds Intimacy Amid Epic Turmoil
There’s an epic quality to The Last Wife / Người Vợ Cuối Cùng that almost feels difficult to grasp. The tender love story between Linh...
Nov 13, 2023
Reel Asian 2023: ‘Okiku and the World’ Hits the Fan
Never in a million years would I think that a movie about literal human excrement could be so heartfelt and endearing. A seemingly simple...
Sep 14, 2023
Zarrar Kahn Will Set Your Heart ‘In Flames’
In Flames, the feature directorial debut of Pakistani-Canadian director Zarrar Kahn, weaves together a myriad of themes and narratives...
Jul 6, 2023
Taking a 'Joy Ride' with Adele Lim: "Writing Really is the Hardest Part of the Process"
The history of Asian-American cinema cannot be told without Crazy Rich Asians, a film that isn’t quite my thing, or Everything Everywhere...
Jul 5, 2023
In Memory of CoCo Lee
It’s only been in the last few years that I truly appreciated how hard I sought out Asian-American singers and actors in my youth. I knew...
Apr 21, 2023
Anthony Shim: "Stories have to come from people who have empathy for them"
Anthony Shim has just come back from filming a television spot with Toronto news station CP24. He mentions that he was on the same...
Apr 19, 2023
Bilal Baig On Their Whirlwind 2022 And Compassion
I don’t want to get my hopes up, but it feels like we’re actually making some progress in the arena of Asian diasporic media. Our...
Mar 29, 2023
'John Wick: Chapter 4' Finds the Franchise's Equilibrium
「上山容易下山難」 I don’t know many Chinese sayings (there are a lot), but this one is a favourite of my parents and has always stuck with me....
Mar 14, 2023
'Chang Can Dunk' On Your Expectations
Chang (Bloom Li) is the typical high school kid: smitten with young love and lust, concerned with his hair, and constantly at odds with...
Dec 20, 2022
WFF 2022: ‘Shallots & Garlic/Bawang Merah Bawang Putih’ Dishes Out A Woman’s Universal Truth
The Asian Cut's Rachel Ho reviews Andrea Nirmala Widjajanto's short film, Shallots & Garlic, as seen during the Whistler Film Festival.
Dec 20, 2022
WFF 2022: ‘Please Hold The Line/请别挂断’ Holds Audiences Captive
The Asian Cut's Rachel Ho review of the short film 'Please Hold The Line' as seen during the Whistler Film Festival.
Nov 18, 2022
‘Therapy Dogs’ Welcomes A Talent To Watch Out For
The Asian Cut's Rachel Ho reviews Ethan Eng's directorial debut, Therapy Dogs.
Nov 16, 2022
Reel Asian: ‘Big Fight in Little Chinatown’ Considers the Historic Value of Chinatowns
The Asian Cut's Rachel Ho reviews Big Fight in Little Chinatown, directed by Karen Cho.
Nov 10, 2022
Reel Asian: ‘Noise’ Loses Its Premise In The Excess Noise
The Asian Cut's Rachel Ho reviews Noise, the latest film from Hiroki Ryuichi starring Fujiwara Tatsuya, Matsuyama Ken'ichi.
Nov 2, 2022
‘Kalinga (Care)’ Is a Love Letter to a Mother’s Sacrifice
Last year, I watched Martin Edralin’s beautiful film Islands, about a Filipino immigrant family living in Toronto, Canada. The film...
Oct 27, 2022
Park Chan-wook on 'Decision to Leave' & Learning From 'Oldboy'
“Whenever I start creating something from the blank paper, women characters always come to my mind first,” Park Chan-wook says via an...
Oct 20, 2022
Andrew Chung on Representation and Appropriation in 'White Elephant'
Rachel Ho interviews Andrew Chung for his film, White Elephant.
Oct 2, 2022
Before Asians Were Crazy & Rich, We Were Singing a Flower Drum Song
The first Hollywood movie with a mostly Asian cast, we uncover Flower Drum Song's storied and imperfect legacy.
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