New York Asian 2015 Interview: COIN LOCKER GIRL Director Han Jun-hee Dissects What Family Means, And Why Mothers Are Scary

My final interview of the 2015 New York Asian Film Festival was one I hadn't initially planned to do, but I was so impressed by Han Jun-hee's stunning feature debut, the noir thriller, Coin Locker Girl, that I had to... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

New York Asian 2015 Interview: Lee Won-suk Talks THE ROYAL TAILOR And Turning The Tide Of Korean History

After delighting the New York Asian Film Festival audience in 2013 with the wit and pure charm offensive of his romantic comedy, How to Use Guys With Secret Tips, director Lee Won-suk returns to our shores with his sumptuous and... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

New York Asian 2015 Interview: In CHASUKE'S JOURNEY, Sabu Reveals That Heaven Is Full Of Hacks

The often-emulated mix of rapid-fire, kinetic energy, sharp, dark humor, characters tossed about by the vagaries of fate, and a heart full of homegrown truths has made Sabu one of Japan's most revered modern filmmakers. The director brought Chasuke's Journey,... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

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   
  

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   
  

Neuchatel 2015 Interview: Zoë Bell Talks Jumping Through Fire And Moving Into Acting

While within the industry, stunt people are appreciated for their incredible work and discipline, not many of them reach the cult status of Zoë Bell. From her work on Xena: Warrior Princess to Kill Bill, and her transition to acting... More »
  

New York Asian 2015: Checking Into KABUKICHO LOVE HOTEL With Hiroki Ryūichi And Sometani Shota, Plus TOKYO TRIBE

They grow up so fast. In 2009, I had the great pleasure of interviewing the then-rising teen star, Sometani Shota, on the verge of his first film of what would be a fruitful collaboration with maverick director, Sono Sion. Returning... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

New York Asian 2015 Interview: Director Yoshida Daihachi Talks PALE MOON And Giving In To One's True Nature

Director Yoshida Daihachi's darkly comic cinematic slices of life have been winning awards since 2007's Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!  Having been a hit at 2013's Japan Cuts with The Kirishima Thing, director Yoshida returns to our shores with... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

Interview: Director SS Rajamouli On BAAHUBALI, An Epic Undertaking

This Friday sees the domestic release of Baahubali: The Beginning, touted as the most expensive Indian film ever made. Directed by SS Rajamouli (Eega, Magadheera) and boasting a cast that includes such talents as Prabhas, Anushka Shetty and Rana Daggubati,... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Neuchatel 2015 Interview: Chris Carter Talks THE X-FILES, Old And New

The X-Files, which ran for nine seasons and spawned two feature films, a comic book and two spin-off shows, was a major cult force in the 1990s. It arguably was a progenitor of long-form television series of recent years that... More »
  

New York Asian 2015 Interview: IT'S ALREADY TOMORROW IN HONG KONG Stars Jamie Chung, Bryan Greenberg And Director Emily Ting Capture The Romance Of The City

It's Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong is director Emily Ting's love letter to Hong Kong. With breathtaking panoramas and a Before Sunrise-style romance between two ex-pats, played by rising stars and real-life couple, Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg, the trio... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

New York Asian 2015 Interview: Director Ringo Lam On The Past And Future Of Hong Kong Film

Nearly 30 years after some wise producer told him to make the movie he wanted, the gritty, exciting, Hong Kong-loving films of Director Ringo Lam have been influencing filmmakers around the world ever since. Lam came to the New York... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

New York Asian 2015: Superstar Aaron Kwok Talks PORT OF CALL And Becoming A "Good Actor"

Arguably the most versatile of Hong Kong entertainment's legendary Four Heavenly Kings, for more than 30 years Aaron Kwok has dominated the world of music and dance, and along the way became an award-winning actor.  Kwok chatted with me before... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

Interview: Jason Schwartzman And Patrick Brice Open Up On THE OVERNIGHT

Complete with a poster that puts the 'ass' in asterisk, the glorious advertising campaign of Patrick Brice's new sex-romp, The Overnight, is designed to let the imagination run wild. From the trailers, we learn the film basically takes place... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Interview: Joe Dante Talks BURYING THE EX, Forgotten Genres, Paranoia And Creating Movie Lovers

Joe Dante is currently on the promotional circuit for his latest comedy, Burying The Ex, which debuted in Venice last September and is getting a limited theatrical release in the US, with concurrent video-on-demand, this Friday. He had a brief window... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Interview: Félix de Givry And Sven Hansen-Løve On Discovering EDEN

French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve's new film Eden, an ambitious survey of the hedonistic 90s French club music scene, as well as poignant observation on life and time passing, was one of my favorite films I saw last year. To promote... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Interview: Director John Maclean Talks SLOW WEST, Spielberg And More

If you're going to make a splash with your first feature, then John Maclean seems to have found the right way to do it. The former pop musician began by making videos of his band, and soon found himself... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Interview: Crystal Moselle On Approaching THE WOLFPACK

Filmmaker Crystal Moselle is getting a lot of attention these days. Rightfully so, because her film The Wolfpack, about six brothers, all named after Hindu gods, growing up in the confines of their apartment, reenacting movies they saw on TV,... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Interview: Roy Andersson Is All Laughs On A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE

Roy Andersson, arguably one of the most singular voices in cinema and widely regarded as one who godfathered that droll, deadpan 'Scandinavian Humor,' has his first new film out in eight years and it's titled, A Pigeon Sat on A... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Interview: WE ARE STILL HERE Cast On The Joys Of Practical FX And Adult Horror

We Are Still Here has been garnering enthusiastic reviews from its premiere at SXSW and subsequent screenings at Boston Underground Film Festival and the Stanley Film Festival, with other festival screenings to come. The film is currently playing a limited... More »
  
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