NY Asian 2014: Director Fei Xing Judges the Court Of Public Opinion in SILENT WITNESS

A huge hit in its native China, SILENT WITNESS starts as a taut courtroom drama and then writer/director Fei Xing flips the script to turn it into something more. He spoke with me about this commentary on social media and... More »
  

Donnie Yen In KUNG FU JUNGLE Teaser: Smile When You Say That

The English-language title only hints at the hard-hitting action in the first teaser for Kung Fu Jungle, starring Donnie Yen. Directed by Teddy Chen (Bodyguards and Assassins), and formerly known as, variously, Best of the Best, Last of the Best, and... More »
  

Thai Martial Arts Choreographer Panna Ritthikrai Dead At 53

Reports are surfacing from Thailand that celebrated martial arts choreographer and film director Panna Ritthikrai has died from liver disease, aged 53.Ritthikrai is probably best known for his work with action star Tony Jaa in films such as the Ong-Bak and... More »
  

Second Training Video Surfaces for Sakaguchi Tak's RE:BORN

Japanese martial artist Sakaguchi Tak is set to come out of retirement in a big way next year, with Re:Born, which reunites the Versus star with his Death Trance director, Shimomora Yuji. It's a potenially lethal combination that, done right,... More »
  

Japan Cuts 2014 Review: TALE OF A BUTCHER SHOP, A Sensitively Observed Documentary Of A Working-Class Family

Tale of a Butcher Shop, Hanabusa Aya's sensitively observed documentary on a family of butchers in Kaizuka City in Osaka, Japan, begins in a very startling fashion, with an unflinching depiction of a cow's slaughtering. A man leads the cow... More »
  

NY Asian 2014: Director Shin Yeon-shick Collaborates With Kim Ki-duk And K-Pop Idol Lee Joon On ROUGH PLAY

After years of directing self-scribed features of his own, director Shin Yeon-shick, garnered new attention with Rough Play. The cautionary tale of the perils of fast fame was penned by Kim Ki-duk, and starred K-Pop idol, MBLAQ's Lee Joon, who... More »
  

NY Asian 2014: Actress Lee Eun-woo Talks Family Dynamics & Karma In Kim Ki-duk's MOEBIUS

Director Kim Ki-duk's castration epic, Moebius has blazed a trail of controversy.  At the heart of the film is a bravura performance by Lee Eun-woo, in a dual role as a mother who is equal parts Medea and Mommy Oedipus,... More »
  

Japan Cuts 2014 Review: LOVE'S WHIRLPOOL Offers Potent Mix of Eroticism, Comedy, And Melancholy

Miura Daisuke (Boys on the Run) adapts his own award-winning 2005 play Love's Whirlpool into his latest film of the same name, and it is quite a remarkable and wonderfully acted film where sex is the main subject and the... More »
  

Crowdfund This: A Blu-ray/DVD Boxset Of NEW DIRECTORS OF JAPAN

UK-based distributor Third Window Films is a popular company in these parts, lauded for its dedication to making Asian cinema available to the general public. And not just the famous ones either: the company has often focused on obscure films... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

NY Asian 2014: Director Lee Su-jin Talks Rape and The Pressures of Blame in HAN GONG-JU

One of the most haunting films at this year's New York Asian Film Festival had to be HAN GONG-JU. Loosely based around horrific real life incidents in Korea, director Lee Su-jin captures in his first feature the waking nightmare a teenager must... More »
  

Review: Cathy Garcia-Molina's SHE'S DATING THE GANGSTER Is More Than Just Your Average Filipino Rom-Com

The early 90's was for Philippine cinema a period for transition from the hard-hitting dramas and actioners to the sugary and light romances that are still popular up to today. Carlos Siguion-Reyna's Hihintayin Kita sa Langit (I Will Wait For... More »
By Oggs Cruz   
  

Japan Cuts 2014 Review: 0.5MM, A Darkly Comedic Probe Of Japan's Historical And Social Psyche

The remarkable Japanese director Ando Momoko expands her cinematic canvas considerably with her second feature, 0.5mm, a major highlight of this year's Japan Cuts festival. It's a deceptively small film that tackles big subjects, an intimate film with an epic three... More »
  

NY Asian 2014 Interview: Director Umin Boya Talks KANO And Racial Harmony Through Baseball

Baseball has been used many times in cinema to tell tales of triumph and tragedy.  The New York Asian Film Festival brings us Kano, the true story of how the sport brought together three very separate racial groups in 1930s... More »
  

PiFan 2014: Preview Part 3 - Vision Express

Bags are packed and e-tickets have been downloaded in preparation for tomorrow when various members of Team Twitch head off to Korea for PiFan, Asia's biggest celebration of genre cinema. While excitement is bubbling over at the thought of the... More »
  

NY Asian 2014 Interview: Korean Acting Legend Park Joong-hoon Talks TOP STAR, His Directing Debut

The New York Asian Film Festival handed their Celebrity Award to one of the most prolific stars of Korean cinema.  Park Joong-hoon has won many international awards for films like Nowhere to Hide and Radio Star during his nearly 30-year... More »
  

First Live Action PARASYTE Teaser Arrives

After years of development and a false start involving The Grudge helmer Shimizu Takashi, the first part of Japanese live action adaptation of Iwaki Hitoshi's popular scifi / horror manga Parasyte hits local screens in November from director Yamazaki Takashi.The... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Full Trailer For Sono's TOKYO TRIBE Pushes The Crazy To Epic Levels

This would appear to be a rather good time for fans of Japanese cinematic excess. After stints of varying length demonstrating to the world that they are capable of creating 'proper grown up cinema', Japan's two reigning kings of on... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Watch An Extended Trailer For Studio Ghibli's WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE

Studio Ghibli have been winning praise for The Secret World Of Arrietty director Yonebayashi Hiromasa's adaptation of Joan G. Robinson's children's novel When Marnie Was There and with the film freshly on Japanese screens a new extended trailer has arrived... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

NY Asian 2014 Interview: Talking with Sandra Ng, Hong Kong's Queen of Comedy

With a career spanning over a quarter century and some hundred films to her credit, including the Young and Dangerous series, a bunch of movies with fellow HK legend, Stephen Chow, and both her own incredibly popular Golden Chicken installments,... More »
  

NY Asian 2014 Interview: Alan Mak And Felix Chong Talk OVERHEARD 3 And The Progression Of Hong Kong Film

Having achieved cinematic success both separately and as a team, Alan Mak and Felix Chong came to the New York Asian Film Festival to introduce their latest codirecting collaboration, the cyber-surveillance thriller, OVERHEARD 3. I sat down for a chat... More »
  
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