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 »
  

RONIA THE ROBBER'S DAUGHTER: Watch The Teaser For The New Miyazaki Directed Anime Series

Miyazaki Goro - son of iconic director Miyazaki Hayao - has been keeping himself busy since opting to follow in his father's footsteps. Hot on the heels of his sophomore feature film From Up On Poppy Hill word came out... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

SEA FOG: Watch The Full Trailer For The Bong Joon-ho Produced Thriller

The Host director Bong Joon-ho takes the producer's chair with Sea Fog (Haemoo), the based- on-a-true-story Korean thriller directed by his Memories Of Murder writer Shim Sung-bo. The first teaser for the film arrived back in late June but with... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Beauty Gets Burned In Creepy Trailer For SCANDAL: THE COMEBACK

Finally, the full official trailer of Scandal: The Comeback arrives and makes viewers feel creepy because the level of back-stabbing in show business in this sequel may be even more cruel than the first one. You can see the beautiful actress... More »
By Trung Rwo   
  

Japan Cuts 2014 Review: MONSTERZ, In Which Nakata Hideo Misfires With A Lackluster Remake

The slow but steady decline of the once-great Nakata Hideo (The Ring, Chaos, Dark Water) continues unabated with his latest, Monsterz. This is a remake of Haunters, the 2010 Korean film by Kim Min-seok that itself was no classic, but had... More »
  

Japan Cuts 2014 Review: WOOD JOB! Takes Us Deep Into the World Of Forestry, With Wonderfully Comic Results

The recent Japanese film Wood Job! is not, despite its very suggestive title, a pornographic film, which will either relieve or disappoint you, depending on where your movie tastes happen to lie. Instead, it is the latest comedy by Yaguchi... More »
  

Review: WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE, Ghibli Enters A New Age With A Melancholic Ghost Story

Studio Ghibli and its catalogue of extraordinary animated films has been built on the back of two men: the creator of its most beloved characters and star of the studio, Miyazaki Hayao and the often over-looked, but no less talented,... More »
  

London Indian 2014: ANIMA STATE Is A Transient Trip Through Modern/Medieval Pakistan

Every country, every civilization, and every culture deals with its own set of crises of faith, crises of identity, and the clash between reactionaries and radicals. Pakistan's struggles are no different, although what exactly those struggles are will change depending... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

RUROUNI KENSHIN: KYOTO INFERNO Releases Major Extended Preview Before International Premiere At Fantasia

An enormously popular manga comic and anime, Rurouni Kenshin is such a successful franchise, that it was hardly a surprise when someone made it into a live action film. What WAS a pleasant surprise though, was how good the film... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  
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