An Interview With YAKUZA WEAPON Star And Co-director, Tak Sakaguchi

[And as promised, Diva Velez's interview with YAKUZA WEAPON star/co-writer/co-director, Tak Sakaguchi, which is being cross-published at The Diva Review.]  The Lady Miz Diva:  Welcome back to the New York Asian Film Festival and Japan Cuts. You're returning with the... More »
  

An Interview with YAKUZA WEAPON Co-Director, Yudai Yamaguchi

[Yakuza Weapon, the latest from Versus writer and Battlefield Baseball director Yudai Yamaguchi and Sushi Typhoon madman Tak Sakaguchi screened two weekends back as a part of Japan Cuts and NYAFF and just last night at Fantasia. We now present... More »
  

PIFAN 2011: UNDERWATER LOVE - A PINK MUSICAL Review

The only reason Imaoka Shinji's latest pinku film, UNDERWATER LOVE: A PINK MUSICAL, is on the radars of international filmgoers at all is because of the involvement of praised cinematographer Chris Doyle. While the result of this bizarre attention-grabbing... More »
  

PIFAN 2011: GANTZ: PERFECT ANSWER Review

Both films recently adapted from the mammoth manga series are playing Pifan, so here's my earlier review of part two. Hot on the heels of the first film, GANTZ: PERFECT ANSWER arrives within three months of its predecessor, boasting the... More »
  

PIFAN 2011: BULLHEAD Review

With his first feature, Michael Roskam has delivered an assured and attention-grabbing debut that sits comfortably alongside Matteo Garrone's GOMORRAH and Daniel Espinosa's SNABBA CASH as one of the most original crime films in recent memory.  Roskam exposes the... More »
  

LIFF 2010: ALL THAT I LOVE review

Jacek Borcuch's All That I Love is definitely a fantastic little film: just bear in mind you've almost certainly seen a great deal of it before. The story of a teenager growing up in 1980s Poland, set against the... More »
  

TEARS review

An ageing detective stares retirement in the face, but he's not about to go quietly. He heaps scorn on the naivete his juniors display (he even waterboards one to demonstrate how pointless torture is); he chases petty criminals and... More »
  

Sitges 09: COLD SOULS Review

[Yes, Cold Souls' time has come and gone in North America but with the film screening here at the Sitges Festival now seems a good time to revisit one of the years quiet gems.] A darkly absurd, surreal high concept... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Sitges 09: MACABRE Review

[This review originally ran when Indonesian slasher Macabre premiered at PiFan. We're republishing it now with the film having just had its European premiere at Sitges.] The premise is familiar: A van full of friends traveling through the remote countryside... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Sitges 09: MUSASHI, THE DREAM OF THE LAST SAMURAI Review

To all of those out there who began to have visions of a full on samurai epic when the heard Ghost In The Shell director Mamoru Oshii had scripted a new animated feature based on the life of legendary swordsman... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Fantastic Fest 09: PRIVATE EYE Review

[This review originally appeared as part of our PiFan 2009 coverage and re-appears now with the film screening at Fantastic Fest.] it is the early 1900s and Jin-Ho is master of his own destiny. Ignoring the social unrest around... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

TIFF 09: UNDER THE MOUNTAIN Review

Those bemoaning the somewhat overly-sanitary monopoly the folks at Walden currently hold on the world of child and tween oriented fantasy, take heart. Black Sheep director Jonathan King has arrived with his adaptation of popular New Zealand novel - adapted... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Fantastic Fest 09: MERANTAU Review

[In honor of the North American premiere of Indonesian martial arts film Merantau I'm pulling forward my review of the film from its world premiere at PiFan. The version screened at Fantastic Fest is significantly different from that screened in... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

PiFan Award Winners Announced!

Though festival screenings will continue for a couple more days last night marked the last film to premiere at the 2009 edition of PiFan and, along with that, the official awards selection and distribution of awards. And it's pretty... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

PiFan 09 Review: THE NEIGHBOR ZOMBIE

A huge audience favorite here in PiFan - where it had its world premiere and currently holds an audience rating better than 9 out of 10 - anthology horror film The Neighbor Zombie features a series of short films from... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

PiFan 09: IKARIE XB 1

This is not a review, per se, but more a public thank you to the organizers of PiFan for the chance to see 1963 Czechoslovakian science fiction film Ikarie XB 1 - released on these shores as Voyage To The... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

PiFan 09 Review: NEW TOWN KILLERS

Dumb as a bag of rocks and plagued with plot and logic holes you could drive a truck through, not to mention a wildly cliche and simplistic 'rich man bad, poor kid good' ethos, Richard Jobson squanders some solid technical... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

PiFan 09 Review: A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP FOR THE BAD

Though likely too culturally specific to make much of an impact internationally - the Korean audience members frequently reacted to nuances of language and delivery that were completely lost in translation - and showing some of the limitations that can... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

PiFan 09 Review: THE BEAST STALKER

A memo to Hong Kong director Dante Lam: Write more scripts. Through the bulk of his career Lam has been a designated second stringer - a reliable but unspectacular director who can be counted on by studios to bring projects... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
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