NYC Happenings: Oshima's IT'S ME HERE, BELLETT and Eight Experimental Shorts by Tezuka, Rarities at Japan Society

For the past few months, New Yorkers have been treated to some great programs of rarely-screened films by major Japanese filmmakers at Japan Society. In the monthly film series "The Dark Side of the Sun: John Zorn on Japanese Cinema,"... More »
  

New Teaser Posters For Miike's YAKUZA APOCALYPSE: THE GREAT WAR OF THE UNDERWORLD

"Yakuza vs. Yakuza Vampires. The war that will decide the future of Japan."Popular Japanese film website Eiga.com has unveiled a new teaser poster for Miike Takashi's eagerly anticipated horror gangster mash-up, Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld (極道大戦争). It's... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

Rotterdam 2015 Review: UNDULANT FEVER Is Not Fifty Shades Of Pink

(Love is: accepting that his lust for sex can be a substitute for love, unless it can't, in which case you should hate the bastard, unless you love him regardless and you keep chasing him, because then you should persevere... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Malaysia's Mamat Khalid Heads North For WEREWOLF DARI BANGLADESH

Some people rest on success. Not Mamat Khalid. The prolific Malaysian director has a string of hits to his name, many of which mine the horror-comedy vein, but he's showing no signs of slowing down. If anything Khalid seems intent... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: Johnnie To Hits The Mark Once Again With DON'T GO BREAKING MY HEART 2

Veteran producer and filmmaker Johnnie To is back to his old tricks with Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2, a thoroughly watchable, stylishly lensed, beautifully unconventional, and often just plain hilarious follow-up to his hit 2011 rom-com about a trio... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

RUROUNI KENSHIN 3 THE LEGEND ENDS: Check Out This UK Artwork

Warner Bros UK should be commended for bringing the sword swinging action in the Rurouni Kenshin live action films to cinemas in the island nation. They have faithfully brought the first two fims and the trilogy will be complete when... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Korean Box Office: DETECTIVE K 2 Opens Over Original

Some 2.25 million spectators shuffled into theaters during the weekend before the Lunar New Year holiday, which was better than last week but still far behind the comparable weekend last year, when Frozen and Miss Granny led the market. Local... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Crowdfund This! ZUNN: SHOWGIRLS OF PAKISTAN Pulls Back The Curtain On A Hidden And Forbidden World!

Having already turned heads internationally with his award winning film Chuppan Chupai - a documentary about Pakistan's gay and transgender community - it is clear that director Saad Khan has an affinity for those on the outskirts of an increasingly... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Final Trailers For Historical Actioner DRAGON BLADE

With the premiere of Daniel Lee's big budgeted historical epic Dragon Blade, starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Adrian Brody, is just around the corner, the final two trailers has been posted to promote the release.         Jackie... More »
By Al Young   
  

Rotterdam 2015 Review: HARUKO'S PARANORMAL LABORATORY Drowns In Quirk

(I'll never yell at my television again, lest it suddenly changes into an attractive member of the opposite sex... hey, wait-a-minute!) Last year, Japanese director Lisa Takeba presented her first feature film The Pinkie at the International Film Festival Rotterdam... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

DI BALIK 98 Has A Revolutionairy Trailer

Di Balik 98 (currently without an English title but literally meaning "Behind '98") tells the story, seen from many perspectives, of Indonesia's recent revolution in 1998, which resulted in the fall of the three-decade-long presidency of Suharto. At the moment... More »
By William Chandra   
  

Rotterdam 2015 Review: ANOTHER TRIP TO THE MOON Is Both Sedate And Trippy

(Once upon a time, there were two beautiful young women, hunting in a forest...) What is the border between still photography and moving pictures? Footage shot by a camera pointed at a waterfall or a fireplace may technically be the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Hong Kong International Film Festival To Honour Naruse Mikio On 60th Anniversary Of FLOATING CLOUDS

The 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival has announced a celebration of the work of Japanese filmmaker Naruse Mikio, on the 60th anniverary of his 1955 classic Floating Clouds. Repast (1951), Daughters, Wives And A Mother (1960) and Scattered Clouds... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Now On Blu-ray: GREATFUL DEAD Is AMELIE For The Revenge Crowd

Uchida Eiji's Greatful Dead is another in the ridiculously long line of solid releases from the UK's Third Window Films. The film, which focuses on a woman named Nami who obsesses over the lives of solitary figures that she finds in... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Review: C'EST SI BON Trades Rich 60s Music Setting For Dull Romance

A terrific period setting is squandered in the disappointing C'est si bon, a twee and lethargic romance masquerading as a dynamic folk music biopic. Programmed as one of this year's two major Lunar New Year holiday releases (the other being... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

DVD Review: Fei Mu's SPRING IN A SMALL TOWN From The BFI

Hailed as the greatest Chinese film ever made, Fei Mu's 1948 melodrama Spring In A Small Town arrives on DVD for the first time in the UK, courtesy of the BFI. A heartbreaking tale of loyalty, yearning and resilience in... More »
By James Marsh   
  

First Teaser From Miike's YAKUZA APOCALYPSE: THE GREAT WAR OF THE UNDERWORLD

Japanese director Miike Takashi said in a statement when Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld was announced, "Goodbye to tediously boring Japanese films. No one wanted this to happen, but I am making a rampage back to the basics!",... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Korean Box Office: Soft Opening For C'EST SI BON Ahead Of Lunar New Year (2015 WK 6)

In the warm up to holidays, 1.81 million people visited theaters as a Korean film reclaimed the top of the charts. Local films were dominant with 62% of the market. Taking the top spot over the weekend was C'est si... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

ZOMBIE VILLAGE Official Trailer: Here They Come!

As far as i can remember, the last time i watched an Indonesian zombie flick on the big screen was Takut: Faces Of Fear, a horror anthology, way back in 2008. That same year was when director Billy Christian (Tuyul: Part 1) started to... More »
By William Chandra   
  

Rotterdam 2015 Review: SET ME FREE Impressively Keeps It Real

(Here's someone literally begging to be taken to church...) In Kim Tae-yong's debut film Set Me Free (original Korean title Geo-in), he deals with the memories he has about one of the darkest moments in his own childhood. His parents... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  
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