Japanese Film Festival In Sydney Announces Suo Masayuki And Kamishiraishi Mone As Special Guests

Australia's Japanese Film Festival, now in its 18th year, has just announced its special guests for the Sydney leg of the program this year. They are Suo Masayuki, director of such Japanese classics as Sumo Do, Sumo Don't and Shall... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

Enter To Win This Massive Prize Pack For THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA

Hoo boy. Have we got a giveaway for you! To celebrate the U.S. release of The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya this Friday, October 17th, we have a giveaway to ends all giveaways. Everything in this package is official Ghibli swag... More »
  

Busan 2014 Review: THE TRUTH SHALL NOT SINK WITH SEWOL Invokes Tears And Outrage

The Sewol Disaster, the most significant event to rock South Korea since the IMF Crisis in 1997, gets its first big screen treatment with The Truth Shall Not Sink With Sewol, the first of what are sure to be many... More »
  

Warsaw 2014 Review: GENTLE, A Polished And Splendidly Acted Adaptation Of Dostoyevsky's Touching Short Story

Le-Van Kiet's Gentle starts with an unexpectedly drastic scene, as if trying to wash away the tranquility so pleasantly accentuated by the film's opening credits and its intriguing title, inspired by Fyodor Dostoyevsky's 1876 short story 'A Gentle Creature'.From the... More »
  

Sono's WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL Lands A New US Trailer

With its arrival on North American shores imminent a new trailer for Sono Sion's gonzo Why Don't You Play In Hell has arrived online. I literally ate my shirt at Fantastic Fest last year because of this film (and R100,... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Even By Miike Standards, This Is Just Weird. Check The Full Trailer For AS THE GODS WILL

The are exploding heads o'plenty in the full trailer for Miike Takashi's adaptation of popular manga As The Gods Will. Heads exploding into piles of beads, apparently, all of it presided over by a mocking sculpture. Then there's the guy... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Pink Eiga Brings Back DVD Releases With PRISON GIRL And MILK THE MAID

After three years of distributing Pinku titles solely on VOD, Pink Eiga is bringing back the DVD! What may seem to be a silly venture to take up again is, in reality, a response to their fans and the numerous requests... More »
  

Warsaw 2014 Review: FANTASIA, A Beautifully-Lensed, But Overly Familiar Chinese Indie

In Wang Chao's Fantasia, one family's struggle to overcome a personal crisis, inevitably worsened by the father's progressive terminal illness, serves its purpose as a catalyst for the director to weave a tale of seemingly great social significance. Even though... More »
  

Busan 2014 Review: KABUKICHO LOVE HOTEL, A Raunchy Charmer

Kabukicho Love Hotel (better translated as Sayonara Kabukicho) is the latest urban-centric film from esoteric director Hiroki Ryuichi (Vibrator). Although the film contains the sprawling metropolitan malaise that permeates his contemporary films, this is a far more accessible and crowd-pleasing effort that plays... More »
  

Busan 2014 Review: FIRES ON THE PLAIN Drags Us Into The Abyss

Though based on Ooha Shohei's book of the same name rather than Ichikawa Kon's languid and harrowing 1959 film, Tsukamoto Shinya's Fires on the Plain was always going to be an entirely different beast. Low-budget and with a frenetic and... More »
  

Busan 2014 Review: PARALLEL Means Well But Lacks Drive

The heart-warming story of a disabled ice hockey team's journey to the World Championships, Korean documentary Parallel is a testament to perseverance and passion in the face of adversity. However, at 70 minutes and with an all too easy to... More »
  

Busan 2014 Review: FACTORY COMPLEX, An Artful Look At Korea's Beleaguered Workforce

It's no secret that workers are subjected to punishing conditions and constant humiliation in Korea, a country that has made the news recently for having the longest work hours and yet the least productivity among all OECD nations. New documentary... More »
  

First Proper SKIN TRADE Trailer Teams Dolph Lundgren And Tony Jaa In Thailand

Dolph Lundgren is very much the star in the first official trailer for Skin Trade, directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham (Beautiful Boxer), but Tony Jaa is lurking in the background, ready to strike fear into the hearts of men with his fists... More »
  

Vancouver 2014 Review: EXIT Feels Pretty But Shallow

Chienn Hsiang's second feature, Exit, is lovely to look at, and pleasant enough to watch, but ultimately feels inconsequential. Chen Shiang-chyi stars as Lingzi, a childlike middle-aged woman finds herself alone for a few weeks while her teenaged daughter visits... More »
  

Busan 2014 Review: SUNRISE Plunges Us Into Noirish And Riveting Tale Of Child Abduction

Indian cinema provides another jolt of electricity to the thriller genre with Sunrise, a tight, punchy neo-noir about child trafficking in Mumbai. Taking place at night, frequently under heavy rain and driven forward by a pulsating minimalist electro score, the... More »
  

Panna Rittikrai Exits In Style With Balls-Out Insane VENGEANCE OF AN ASSASSIN Trailer

Weep for the loss of Panna Rittikrai for when the acclaimed Thai fight choreographer succumbed to illness earlier this year the fight world lost a simply enormous talent. While Rittikrai has often been viewed as a secondary player in the... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

The Many Faces Of Asami

This week, Mitsutake Kurando's Gun Woman was shown at the Sitges festival, part of its worldwide tour since its world premier in Yubari (where our own James Marsh saw and reviewed it). The undisputed centerpiece, title character and star of... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Camera Japan 2014 Review: FORMA Demands Attention

(This review won't scratch the surface, and that is fully intentional...) At the start of Forma, you see one of its protagonists stick a pen in a cardboard box, making a small hole. She then puts the box on her... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Busan 2014 Review: LIVE TV Showcases Misogyny And Bad Filmmaking

Found footage horror and digital age social themes combine to disastrous effect in the lamentable and stunningly offensive Live TV, a midnight film at Busan that'll make you wish you'd turned in early. A pair of chauvinistic jackasses record their... More »
  

Busan 2014's THE INSEMINATOR Banned In Vietnam

If you're in BIFF right now, you can see the poster of the Vietnamese independent film The Inseminator (Người truyền giống), along the streets of Busan. And if you have a chance, go watch it now because it's banned in Vietnam. Without any... More »
By Trung Rwo   
  
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