Patryk Czekaj
Contributing Writer; Warsaw, Poland

Twitter: @PatrykCzekaj

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Claire Denis

In 2014, Full Disclosure is turning its focus on the filmography of a different celebrated filmmaker each month, and challenging our writers to seek out something new to watch and consider from their sizeable oeuvres. This month welcomes the first... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Udine 2014: Twitch's Top Ten Most Anticipated Films

Friday, April 25 sees the start of the 16th edition of Europe's biggest and finest festival for popular Asian cinema -- the Udine Far East Film Festival. During the busy and eventful nine days, attendees will be able to watch... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

Review: HARDKOR DISKO Hides Shallow Critique Behind Luscious Visuals

"Be intense or be nothing", says one of the characters in Marcin Skonieczny's dazzling yet ultimately flavorless debut feature Hardkor Disko. Generalizations aside, it's merely a statement that aspires to characterize the youngest generation and its relation to the overpowering... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

Review: KILLING LOVE Kills Off Comic Potential Way Too Quickly

Polish mainstream comedy has been in a state of stagnation for quite some time now. The many recent attempts at reviving its former glory, unfortunately, almost always ended in -- more or less comical -- disaster. It seems that the country's... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

Teaser: Miike Brings Classic Horror Back To Life In OVER YOUR DEAD BODY

It's about time for another dose of Miike Takashi madness! Japan's bad-boy helmer returns with Over Your Dead Body (喰女-クイメ-), a theatrical twist on Tsuruya Nanboku IV's Yotsuya Kaidan, a now legendary Japanese ghost tale that blends murder, betrayal, and revenge in... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

Review: I WISH I KNEW Is Jia Zhangke's Wonderful Ode To Shanghai

Shanghai's emergence as the commercial and financial center of mainland China has obviously got a lot to do with the whole country's gradual and enormously impressive transformation, but in order to comprehend what really happened over the course of years... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

Check Out The Stunning U.S. Trailer For IDA

One of the most highly anticipated Polish films of 2013, Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida has enjoyed a triumphant run on the international festival circuit, gaining massive critical acclaim almost everywhere where it's screened. The powerful and beautifully lensed picture has also... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

GAKKO NO KAIDAN: NOROI NO KOTODAMA Trailer: The Return Of A 90's Horror Franchise

If you're familiar with Haunted School (Gakkō no Kaidan), the successful Japanese horror film series from the 90's, then you probably know what to expect from the upcoming Gakkō no Kaidan: Noroi no Kotodama. But what you may not know is... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

Warsaw Spring Film Festival Lineup Includes IDA, A TOUCH OF SIN, THE PAST, VENUS IN FUR, And More

The 20th annual Spring Film Festival (Wiosna Filmow) kicks off in Warsaw this Sunday and runs through April 13th. It's definitely one of the most interesting cultural events that the capital of Poland has to offer during springtime, and a... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

Review: THE WORD Explains The Mechanics Of Manipulative Revenge

From the very beginning a deep sense of an impending tragedy pervades The Word (Obietnica), Polish filmmaker Anna Kazejak's naturalistic and somber coming-of-age thriller, creating a strangely disturbing yet thoroughly intriguing aura of uneasiness around the two main characters. A... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

BAKUMATSU KOKOSEI Trailer: Travel Back In Time To Edo Period Japan

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back in time to Edo period Japan? If that's the case, then the upcoming comedy Bakumatsu Kokosei (Bakumatsu refers to the final years of the Edo period; Kokosei is... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

Check Out The NSFW Trailer For Japanese S&M-Themed Thriller FLOWER AND SNAKE ZERO

You know what the top executives of Nikkatsu, Japan's oldest major film studio, decided to do when they knew their precious entertainment company was on the verge of a financial disaster? Nothing spectacular. They simply believed in the power of... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

Sono Sion Set To Direct Live-Action Adaptation Of Adult Manga SHINJUKU SWAN

Great news for all Sono Sion fans out there! The maverick filmmaker will make a return in 2015 with Shinjuku Swan, a live-action adaptation of Wakui Ken's popular Kabukichō-set adult manga. Anime News Network reports that the main cast will... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

Review: BLOOD AND TIES Loses Direction And Eventually Succumbs To Melodrama

Due to a circumstantial, if not completely absurd, turn of events a young woman begins to suspect her loving father of being a ruthless kidnapper-cum-murderer the whole country's been trying to catch for almost 15 years. As a result, she... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

Review: FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT... And Enjoy The Flight

Ha Jung-woo of The Chaser and The Yellow Sea fame begins his screenwriting and directing career with Fasten Your Seatbelt, a congenial and expertly paced airborne comedy that blends lighthearted social satire with simple yet crazy-addictive humor within quite possibly... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

WARSAW STORIES Trailer: An Omnibus Film Dedicated To Poland's Sprawling Capital

Most important cities in the world have their own anthology films. Whether related or not, various stories presented in such specific features tend to reveal a lot about a given place and its citizens, often attempting to evoke a realistic... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

BARAIRO NO BUKO Trailer: Comedy Specialist Fukuda Yuichi Is Back With More Laughter And Hijinks!

Here's a really good reason to get excited! It seems that Fukuda Yuichi, creator of such ridiculously entertaining action comedies as Kids Police and Hentai Kamen, has not one but two pictures set for 2014 release. Less than two months... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

KUJIRA NO ITA NATSU: Watch First Trailer For Yoshida Yasuhiro's Coming Of Age Dramedy

Set in an unnamed Japanese seaside village, Kujira no Ita Natsu (literally Summer of the Whales, although the official English title is still not known) is a coming of age dramedy that centers on Chuuya (Nomura Shuhei), a small-town boy... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

Explore Japan's Snowy Countryside In The First Trailer For HARU WO SEOTTE

Legendary cinematographer Kimura Daisaku's second directorial venture will takes us to Tateyama Mountain Range, the heart of Japan's snow country. Given his fondness for such locations, we might expect a lot of beautiful and unforgettable views in a sentimental and... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

First JU-ON: BEGINNING OF THE END Poster Arrives, Compare It With Its Predecessors

It seems that things are moving pretty fast for Ju-on: Beginning of the End. Not two weeks have passed since the picture began filming and already a fresh new poster can be found on various Japanese outlets around the web. With... More »
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