NYAFF Report: THE REBEL (Dòng Máu Anh Hùng) Review

Stories about stunt men writing, producing and starring in their own movies -- movies directed by their own brothers, no less -- do not exactly inspire confidence. What do muscle heads know about writing scripts? Telling stories? Making films?... More »
By Todd Brown   

Udine 2008 Wrap Up!

All good things must come to an end, unfortunately, and after a fantastic time at the Udine Far East Film Festival the lady-friend and I have made our way back home to Toronto. Let me say this: if you're at... More »
By Todd Brown   

Udine Report: YOUR FRIENDS Review

In some ways Your Friends, the latest film from pink film director turned arthouse favorite Ryuichi Hiroki, represents a major change for the director. After all it includes none of the sexual content or domestic violence that have attracted attention... More »
By Todd Brown   

Udine Report: THE BLACK HOUSE Review

The Korean adaptation of a famous Japanese novel, word is that The Black House plays a little bit fast and loose with its source material. It’s a situation that might upset fans of the original work but as someone... More »
By Todd Brown   

Udine Report: THE BODY Review

Let me be clear right from the beginning. The Body is not a good film. It’s big and messy and hugely over reliant on CGI, showing all signs of a young director being a bad match to the script,... More »
By Todd Brown   

Udine Report: THE GUARD POST (GP506) Review

One of the most anticipated Korean genre films in recent days, R-Point director Kong Su-Chang’s sophomore effort is blessed with a strong premise – soldiers manning an isolated guard post along the Korean DMZ infected with a strange virus... More »
By Todd Brown   

Udine Report: CROWS 0 Review

[Another review pulled forward from the archive to coincide with the film's screening at this year's Udine Far East Film Festival, this one my review of Takashi Miike's Crows 0, originall reviewed when it screened at the American Film... More »
By Todd Brown   


Coming as it does from the production arm of major Japanese broadcaster TBS it should probably not be quite so surprising that medical thriller The Glorious Team Batista plays like little more than an over blown television movie but somehow... More »
By Todd Brown   


Slightly uneven in tone, slightly baffling in the way it builds comedy out of realistic family violence, Yoshida Daihachi’s Funuke: Show Some Love You Losers boasts impressive performances and enough stylistic zing to mark Yoshida as a film maker to... More »
By Todd Brown   

Udine Report: IN THE POOL Review

What will audiences find In The Pool? A surprisingly confident feature debut from TV veteran Satoshi Miki – the subject of a retrospective here at the Udine Far East Film Festival – for one thing, a pleasingly loopy and... More »
By Todd Brown   


Malaysian director Mamat Khalid will have two films premiering in Europe at this year's Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy. They are the horror spoof Zombi Kg Pisang and noir thriller-comedy Kala Malam Bulan Mengambang. The director will be... More »
By The Visitor   
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