Okinawa 2014: ONE THIRD Wins The Golden SHISA

Last Monday night saw the closing of the 6th Okinawa International Movie Festival. Before the event officially closed with a fireworks display over its beach-side setting, the winners of this year's awards were announced.The jury, headed by veteran director, screenwriter... More »
  

Interview: Composing for Hell - Joseph Trapanese Talks Scoring THE RAID 2

Image source: Joecomposer.com Spoiler warning: This interview discusses specific scenes from The Raid 2.  Pay attention to the score in The Raid 2: composer Joe Trapanese's work here provides so many moments that inform (or at least help us get... More »
  

Review: BLOOD AND TIES Loses Direction And Eventually Succumbs To Melodrama

Due to a circumstantial, if not completely absurd, turn of events a young woman begins to suspect her loving father of being a ruthless kidnapper-cum-murderer the whole country's been trying to catch for almost 15 years. As a result, she... More »
  

EXCLUSIVE: The Bloody UK Trailer For Miike's LESSON OF EVIL

After exploring more austere and epic projects, including 13 Assassins and Harakiri: Death Of A Samurai, Miike Takashi returned to his blood-soaked exploitation roots in fine style with Lesson Of Evil, the darkly comic story of a deranged high school... More »
  

THE GRANDMASTER Sweeps Asian Film Awards

Wong Kar Wai's martial arts bio-pic of Ip Man, The Grandmaster, took home seven awards including Best Film at the 8th Asian Film Awards, hosted in Macau last night. Wong was named Best Director, while Zhang Ziyi collected the Best... More »
  

New THE RAID 2 Restaurant Clip. This Is Why We Cannot Go Anywhere Nice Anymore.

Nothing ruins a perfectly good meal out like a bunch of bad guys with knives chasing after Iko Uwais. As this latest clip from The Raid 2 will prove...According to our lord and master Todd, who, as we have made... More »
  

Are You Ready For The ZOMBIE FIGHT CLUB? All You Can Do Is Shrieking!

Speaks for itself, really.... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: THE RAID 2 Sets A New High Point For Violent Action Cinema

It was no hyperbole when we called The Raid: Redemption "the best action movie in decades." That film redefined martial arts cinema for the 21st century and announced Gareth Evans as one of the most exciting young directors working today.... More »
  

Watch This Back Seat Fight From THE RAID 2!

We are getting full on The Raid 2 overload here as the film opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday!  You know what they say about back seat drivers? I am not sure if the same goes for back seat fighters.... More »
  

Tony Jaa And Dolph Lundgren Trade Blows In First SKIN TRADE Teaser

What difference does a director make? Rather a lot, really, and after years of toil with Ong Bak helmer Prachya Pinkaew Thai martial artist Tony Jaa has hooked up with Beautiful Boxer helmer Ekachai Uekrongtham and based on the production... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

IP MAN 3D With Donnie Yen Finally Moving Forward

First announced about two years ago, Donnie Yen will finally be reprising the role of Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man in the third installment of Pegasus Motion Pictures' hugely popular film franchise, according to Variety. Following the enormous success of the... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

It's A Gang War In Lengthy THE RAID 2 Deleted Scene

Want to know how high the bar has been set with The Raid 2? Well, taking a look at what didn't make the final cut could give you an indication. Some of you may recall one of the first stills... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT... And Enjoy The Flight

Ha Jung-woo of The Chaser and The Yellow Sea fame begins his screenwriting and directing career with Fasten Your Seatbelt, a congenial and expertly paced airborne comedy that blends lighthearted social satire with simple yet crazy-addictive humor within quite possibly... More »
  

Toronto Japanese Film Festival Announces Lineup, Featuring Miike, Sono and Mizuta

The Toronto Japanese Film Festival will announce the lineup of films for their third annual festival this Thursday, March 27 at their monthly screening (the Japanese Unforgiven remake starring Ken Watanabe). However, they have allowed us to scoop their own announcement... More »
  

Hong Kong 2014 Review: ABERDEEN Is Pang Ho Cheung's Most Mature Work Yet

Pang Ho Cheung delivers a beautifully observed portrait of a modern Hong Kong family that fuses social commentary with fantastical imagery and his trademark cheeky humour to wonderful effect.In a notable shift in tone from his recent successes, Hong Kong... More »
  

BARAIRO NO BUKO Trailer: Comedy Specialist Fukuda Yuichi Is Back With More Laughter And Hijinks!

Here's a really good reason to get excited! It seems that Fukuda Yuichi, creator of such ridiculously entertaining action comedies as Kids Police and Hentai Kamen, has not one but two pictures set for 2014 release. Less than two months... More »
  

KUJIRA NO ITA NATSU: Watch First Trailer For Yoshida Yasuhiro's Coming Of Age Dramedy

Set in an unnamed Japanese seaside village, Kujira no Ita Natsu (literally Summer of the Whales, although the official English title is still not known) is a coming of age dramedy that centers on Chuuya (Nomura Shuhei), a small-town boy... More »
  

New RAID 2 Trailer Lays A Beating

Yes, we're late to the party on the new US trailer for The Raid 2 - it was that sort of weekend - but, well, there is one. And if you want to see prisoners beaten with sticks in the... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Watch The First Trailer For Yuasa's PING PONG

In an intriguing match of talents, Mind Game director Yuasa Masaaki has taken the controls of a new anime adaptation of Tekkon Kinkreet writer Matsumoto Taiyo's hugely popular coming of age sports story Ping Pong.Already the subject of an excellent... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Watch Cute Girls Kick Ass In HIGH KICK ANGELS Promo Videos

Back in 2009, High Kick Girl and Karate Girl producer Nishi Fuyukiko oversaw the introduction of karate prodigy Takeda Rina to great stardom in the Japanese martial arts genre. With an eye for discovering new talent, Nishi has assembled not... More »
By Al Young   
  
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