PiFan 2012 Showcasing Classic Anime SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO Film Series

With just over a month until the 16th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) kicks off in South Korea, we get the first news of what to expect from this year's film programme. Space Battleship Yamato, known to audiences in... More »

PiFan's Network of Asian Fantastic Films Selects Indonesia for Spotlight

Well this is a pretty neat and interesting development, the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival's (PiFan) Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) has selected Indonesia as for its spotlight this year. Following Taiwan, China, Singapore and Japan, this is a... More »

Review: ALWAYS

Apparently someone told Song Il-Gon (Flower Island, A Feather, Magicians) that exquisite lo-fi indie character studies are all very well, but they don't pay the bills. Try a melodrama, they must have said. Try something so syrupy it'll have Koreans... More »


There's a terrific story lost somewhere inside Lee Hyun-Seung's Hindsight. That's part of the problem, really - there's enough different ideas for an epic, even a miniseries. An amiable jopok enforcer trying to go straight. A hotly contested last will... More »


If you're going to make a movie that relies heavily on symbolism, you need either a particularly light touch, or to be bold enough about it people get swept away by your vision, no matter how daft it might come... More »

Blu-ray Review: TYRANNOSAUR

The opening sequence in Paddy Considine's brilliant Tyrannosaur is a model of cinematic efficiency so concise they ought to teach it in film school. Revisiting the events of Considine's original short Dog Altogether and turning them into a full-blown feature,... More »

LIFF 2011: BREATHING review

A young man desperately in need of a purpose ends up taking a job dealing with the recently deceased, collecting the dead and making them look the best they can for their final journey - in the course of which... More »

ETRANGE 2011: DEAD BALL review

So is Yudai Yamaguchi's micro-budget horror-comedy Dead Ball a good film? The temptation is to say technically no... but you have to remember most people don't make the effort to watch a film where physical FX maestro Yoshihiro Nishimura is... More »

PIFAN 2011: RABIES Review

The first thing to clarify regarding RABIES, the debut feature film from Israeli writer-directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, is that this is not a viral outbreak film, nor in any way related to that particularly nasty contagion forever associated... More »


As its title might suggest, BLOODY FIGHT IN IRON-ROCK VALLEY is a stripped-down, low budget Korean revenge thriller that resembles a sand blown spaghetti western more closely than the ultra stylish heroic bloodshed epics for which the country has become... More »

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 »


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 »


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 »


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   
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