Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: ALIGARH, A Human Tragedy

In April of 2010, Professor S.R. Siras died alone in a rented room. He'd been sacked from his job as the head of the department of regional languages in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India. He'd been a professor of Marathi at... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: KIRUMI, When Ambition Bites Back

Director Anucharan's debut feature, Kirumi, is the kind of calling card that every filmmaker dreams of. This thrilling drama boasts well drawn characters, enough twists and turns to keep the audience guessing, a visual style that is confident without feeling... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: FOR THE LOVE OF A MAN Profiles Fans Of India's Greatest Superstar

There are movie stars and then there are MOVIE STARS, and on some level beyond the latter, there exists Superstar Rajinikanth. For nearly forty years, this former bus conducter has inspired almost religious devotion from his fans both inside and... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES, India's Women Are Docile No More

India, like every other film industry in the world, suffers from a significant shortage of films featuring women in leading roles. I'm not talking about women's films, chick flicks, or other films that celebrate women by exaggerating feminity to conform... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

TEN YEARS Named Best Film At Hong Kong Film Awards As PORT OF CALL Wins Big

The 35th Hong Kong Film Awards have just been announced at a star-studded ceremony at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. 18 competitive categories were contested, with Philip Yung’s gritty crime thriller Port Of Call sweeping the board, winning a total... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: OTTAAL, A Boy Trapped In The Cage Of Destiny

  Jayaraj's Malayalam language feature Ottaal (The Trap) begins with a boy writing a Christmas letter to his grandfather. Kuttappayi, the boy in question, writes this letter in the dark, obviously past his own bedtime and in secret. His miserable... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Review: AFTERNOON, A Moving, Intimate Conversation On Life And Art

I might as well get to the point right off the bat: Afternoon, the latest work by Taiwan’s master auteur Tsai Ming-liang, is to my mind, one of the most absorbing, humorous, movingly poignant, fascinating, and just plain loveliest films... More »
  

Nakamura's MAGNIFICENT 9 Trailer Is Pretty Magnificent

Of the current crop of high end international directors today few have handled the transition from quirky indie fave to massive commercial success while retaining the quirk that drew everyone's attention in the first place better than Nakamura Yoshihiro. Rising... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

More Bad Taste In The Full CHINYUKI Trailer

It was back in December that we first brought word of Yamaguchi Yudai's upcoming adaptation of cult favorite manga and anime Chinyuki: Taro To Yukaina Nakama Tachi noting that this one looks positively mad, even by Yamaguchi's totally gonzo standards.... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Full TONKATSU DJ AGE-TARO Trailer

It was just Tuesday when we shared the first teaser for Daichi Akitaro's adaptation of writer Ipyao and artist Koyama Yujiro's manga Tonkatsu DJ Age-taro and for those intrigued by the quirky tale of a young man working in his... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

A New Final Fantasy Movie Arrives With KINGSGLAIVE, Watch The Trailer Now!

Square Enix once again moves from computer screens to theaters and televisions with the upcoming Final Fantasy XV film Kingsglaive coming soon from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the hallowed Crystal, but the... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Eureka! Acquires CREEPY, AN, QUEEN OF EARTH, ALOYS; Adds Keaton, Murnau And More To Masters Of Cinema

In their biggest ever announcement, British distributor Eureka! Entertainment revealed a quartet of new acquisitions, as well as announced a number of upcoming releases on their Masters of Cinema and Eureka! Classics labels. Kawase Naomi's tender drama An (also known... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Osaka 2016: Joko Anwar Talks Politics, Pirates And A COPY OF MY MIND

Joko Anwar has made a name for himself as one of Indonesia’s most popular directors, earning critical and commercial success for his dark thrillers, Kala, The Forbidden Door and Ritual. Arriving at the recent Osaka Asian Film Festival, where he... More »
  

ART OF THE DEVIL Director Returns To Horror With TAKE ME HOME

Thai writer-director Kongkiat Khomsiri made quite a name for himself as part of the team behind gruesome Thai horror film Art Of The Devil 2 and while he has since proven himself to be far more diverse than just a... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Breaded Pork Meats DJ. Watch The First Teaser For TONKATSU DJ AGE-TARO

If you've caught yourself thinking that the anime scene has gotten very same-y over the past few years then you're not at all alone. While I'm certain there are some hardcore anime fans reading this who can provide some examples... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

SICCIN 3: Latest Entry In Turkish Horror Franchise Delivers A Gloriously Over The Top Trailer

'Subtle' is not a word likely to be applied to any of Alper Mestçi's Siccin films and with the trailer for the third entry in the Turkish horror franchise frreshly released I think we can all agree that this is... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

SXSW 2016 Wrap: All Our Coverage

Another South By Southwest (SXSW) film festival has come and gone, and along with it another memorable adventure in Austin, Texas. Our team of three did our best to see as many films as possible, talk to as many filmmakers... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

A Thai Ghost Heads To Japan In BUPPHA RAHTREE: HAUNTING IN JAPAN

Arriving on the international scene as part of the leading edge of the Thai film explosion of the late 90s and early 2000s, Yuthlert Sippapak may not have found the international success of contemporary directors Prachya Pinkaew, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang or... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Watch Fan Bingbing Gets CGI'fied In Fantasy Adventure L.O.R.D.

China's first CG motion capture fantasy animated film L.O.R.D (Legend of Ravaging Dynasties) is poised to make a major breakthrough this summer and what better way to grab's everybody attention than to feature the gorgeous Fan Bingbing as a mystic... More »
By Al Young   
  

PHANTOM DETECTIVE: Watch The Super Stylish Teaser For The Korean Thriller

It would appear that Korean director Jo Sung-hee has learned a thing or two from the world of comic books in his life. After making a splash with indie scifi End Of Animal back in 2010 Jo moved more towards... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
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