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   
  

OVERHEARD 3 Tops Hong Kong Film Award Nominations

The third installment of Alan Mak and Felix Chong's surveillance thriller series, Overheard 3, scored nominations in 11 categories, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay, when the nominations for the 34th Hong Kong Film Awards were announced this... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Johnnie To Announces Three New HK Projects At EFM

As the Chinese New Year approaches fans of HK cinema have been given a reason to start celebrating a little earlier this year. Eclectic Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To is announcing three new projects at EFM in Berlin this year.... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Review: 2015 Oscar Nominated Short Films, An Eclectic, Globe-Trotting Selection

As much talk as there's been about the lack of diversity among this year's Academy Award nominees, there is at least one section where diversity, and an illuminating look at world cultures, can be found. That place is the in... More »
  

ASTRO BOY To Get A Live Action Adaptation

THR broke the news Thursday morning that Australian production house Animal Logic Entertainment will be working with Japan's Tezuka Productions to give Tezuka Osamu's manga Astro Boy a live action adaptation. Astro Boy has had every incantation from manga to... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Jamie Dagg's Laos-Set Thriller RIVER Enters Production With Rossif Sutherland

Canada's Jamie Dagg has bitten off a big task for his debut feature. Because, you know, making your first film isn't already hard enough, Dagg's River appears to be the first-ever western co-production with the South East Asian nation of... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: DETECTIVE K: SECRET OF THE LOST ISLAND, Another Underwhelming Period Action Comedy

Detective Kim is back with his trusty sidekick Seo-pil in the follow up to 2011's hit period action-comedy Detective K: Secret Of The Virtuous Widow. A hodgepodge of genres delivered at breakneck speed, this new instalment, subtitled Secret of the... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Teaser For Peter Pau's ZHONG KUI: SNOW GIRL AND THE DARK CRYSTAL Is A Weta Wonderland

Peter Pau, the Oscar-winning cinematographer of Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is at the helm of epic Chinese fantasy Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and The Dark Crystal. Sharing directorial duties with Zhao Tianyu, this is the story of legendary demon... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Trailer: Chow Yun Fat Raises The Stakes In FROM VEGAS TO MACAU II

Chow Yun Fat is back in more gambling action this Chinese New Year in Wong Jing's From Vegas To Macau II. Last year's first installment was my personal favourite of Hong Kong's holiday offerings. This time out the action is... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Exclusive US Trailer: BROTHERHOOD OF BLADES Brings The Action

Brotherhood of Blades, director Lu Yang's second feature, is set to hit Blu-ray and DVD next Tuesday, February 10th in North America and we've got your first look at the trailer. I haven't yet seen the film, but the action... More »
By J Hurtado   
  
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