New York Asian 2015 Interview: THE WHISTLEBLOWER Director Yim Soon-rye Talks Changes For Women In Korean Film Industry

As part of the New York Asian Film Festival's celebration of female Korean filmmakers, South Korea's most successful female director, Yim Soon-rye screens her latest, The Whistleblower. Director Yim spoke with me about the changes in the industry landscape since... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

BiFan 2015: Team Twitch Reveals Its Most Anticipated Movies!

The 19th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival kicks off in the South Korean suburb in about 48 hours from now. Suffice to say that Team Twitch is frantically packing its bags, rummaging through sock drawers for their passports and screaming... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Pretty Packaging: Behold The KILL LA KILL Killer Boxset Box

(Anime Ltd. has provided one box to fit them all...) Scottish distributor Anime Ltd. had a nice surprise when it released the third boxset for the series Kill La Kill: not only did it complete the series, it also came... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: ASSASSINATION Shoots Up A Storm With Stuffed To The Gills Spy Yarn

What has so far been a slow year for Korean cinema is about to get a huge shot of adrenaline as Assassination, the latest from Choi Dong-hoon, is set to storm the stage and usher in the high season at... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Director Uchida Eiji Presents The Kohan Film And Music Festival

Anyone in Japan this August might want to check out the all-new Kohan Film and Music Festival taking place at stunning Lake Motosu, situated in the shadow of Mount. Fuji. The festival is hosted by Greatful Dead director Uchida Eiji who's brought together... More »
  

New York Asian 2015 Interview: Boo Ji-young And Shim Jae-myung Talk CART, Casting K-Pop Stars, And Advice For Women Filmmakers

Director Boo Ji-young's Cart, shines a light on the real life story of a shopworkers' strike against unfair labour practices that lasted over a year. As part of the New York Asian Film Festival's focus on Myung Films, the production... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

BiFan 2015: Team Twitch Recommends 12 Must-See Movies

The 19th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival kicks off this Thursday and Team Twitch will be descending on South Korean suburbia once again to revel in Asia's largest celebration of global genre filmmaking. Pierce Conran, Chris O'Keeffe and I have... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Miyazaki Announces New 10 Minute Short For Ghibli Museum

Less than two years after Miyazaki Hayao's second (third?) retirement, and we are not entirely surprised that the 74-year-old co-founder of Studio Ghibli could not resist making new things. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Miyazaki announced at a press conference... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Review: NORTHERN LIMIT LINE Mistakes Nationalism For Narrative

Last summer gave us the nationalist call-to-arms Roaring Currents and, following its record-breaking run, this year unsurprisingly treats us to its own entree of patriotic balderdash, the melee of melodrama and jingoism that is Northern Limit Line. Going right for... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Review: INTIMATE ENEMIES Marks Low-Point For Im Sang-soo

In a bid to branch out to a wider audience following the tepid critical and commercial response to 2012's The Taste of Money, director Im Sang-soo returns with the spirited but borderline incoherent action-comedy Intimate Enemies. Though desperately trying to... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

SPL 2 Will Open In Australian Cinemas Later This Month

Madman Entertainment is proud to announce the martial arts blockbuster, SPL 2: A Time For Consequences, because nobody will see the film without a subheading.The film will screen in Australian cinemas from July 30 and New Zealand from August... More »
  

Review: THREE SUMMER NIGHT Strips Down To Bikinis And Cheap Jokes

Bikini bods, thugs and knuckleheads cross paths under the summer sun in the latest from Korean comedy maestro Kim Sang-jin. Just as chaotic as his earlier output but with less of an edge, Kim brings his trademark cause-and-effect comedy brand... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Check Out This Exclusive Clip From NORTHERN LIMIT LINE, In Theaters July 17th

Our friends at Well Go USA have given us a first look at this scene from brand new historical action film, Northern Limit Line. The film was directed by KIM Hak-Soon, whose last feature was in 2003. As of this... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Review: THE SILENCED Charms With Slick Thrills

Following last year's slew of male-driven thrillers, 2015 has so far been a good year for actresses in Korean cinema. Kim Hye-soo and Kim Go-eun went head to head in gangster thriller Coin Locker Girl, Seo Young-hee and Kwon So-hyun... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Review: SS Rajamouli's BAAHUBALI - THE BEGINNING Is A World Class Epic

The word epic gets thrown around a lot these days. Thanks to meme culture, the word has been misused and overused so often that it has lost much of its meaning. However, for a film experience like S.S. Rajamouli's Baahubali... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Review: THE PIPER, A Satisfyingly Grimm Fairy Tale

Step away from the city and it isn't long before you fall in with bad company or into a mystery in Korean cinema, with remote islands and mountains being among the favored haunts of the country's more macabre filmmakers. Taking... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Preview: Japan Cuts 2015 Rocks

North America's largest film festival for contemporary Japanese cinema is back for its 9th edition, taking place at the Japan Society in New York City, July 9 - 19.Dustin Chang and Christopher Bourne, our intrepid vets of the fest, bring... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

THE VIRGIN PSYCHICS: Trailer For Yet Another Sono Sion Film

Here is the full trailer for the upcoming film The Virgin Psychics (Eiga Minna! Esper Dayo!), by Sono Sion. The film opens on Japan on September 4th. Here is what I have been able to find out about the film from... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Yakusho Koji Anchors All Star Cast Of Japanese War Film THE EMPEROR IN AUGUST, Watch The Trailer Now!

Yakusho Koji - a great favorite in these parts thanks to his frequent collaborations with Kurosawa Kiyoshi - anchors an all star cast in director Harada Masato's upcoming Japanese war picture The Emperor In August. But while most war pictures... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

BLACK & WHITE: THE DAWN OF ASSAULT: Out On Shout! Factory Blu And DVD On August 4th

Shout! Factory will be releasing Yueh-Hsun Tsai's action flick Black & White: The Dawn of Assault on Blu-ray and DVD on August 4th. We have a clip of one of the outrageous action scenes to share with you, hopefully whet your appetite... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  
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