Japan Film Festival 2014 Review: LADY MAIKO Is A Languidly Lyrical Linguistic Lark

A loose remake of the hit 1964 Broadway musical My Fair Lady, Lady Maiko (also a musical) takes the basic premise of genteel sensibility and applies it to the contemporary realm of traditional Kyoto geisha and maiko (those in... More »
  

Madman Entertainment Acquires Both New and Classic SAILOR MOON

For lovers of long-run anime series that have been tried and tested a few names spring to mind; Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, Death Note... Add the ultimate shoujo classic Sailor Moon to that list with arguably the most recognized iconic... More »
  

Robot Hand Unleashed In Trailer For Erik Matti's KUBOT: THE ASWANG CHRONICLES

Filipino director Erik Matti had a very busy 2012, shooting a trio of films with erotic thriller Rigodon, effects driven action-horror-comedy Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles and Cannes selected crime thriller On The Job. He contributed a spot to The ABCs... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Tokyo FILMeX 2014: CROCODILE Snaps Top Prize

Tokyo FILMeX 2014 ended today with a lineup devoted to Canadian master David Cronenberg. The director's two earliest films, 1969's Stereo and 1970's Crimes of the Future, were shown before his latest, Maps To The Stars, closed the festival. Before... More »
  

Review: WOMEN WHO FLIRT Sees Pang Score North Of The Border

After dipping his toe into China with his 2012 sequel Love In The Buff, Hong Kong auteur Pang Ho Cheung embraces the inevitable and presents his first full-blown mainland production, Women Who Flirt. Zhou Xun and Huang Xiaoming play the... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Zhou Xun

This week, Pang Ho Cheung's Chinese film Women Who Flirt will be released in the US. James saw the film and liked it a lot, as you can read in his review (this is a link). It is a modern... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Check These Insane Studio Ghibli Releases From Madman

(OK, that title was meant as a pun of sorts, as these are some of the sanest editions I've ever seen...) Is there any film studio in the world who can match Studio Ghibli's stellar track record? Maybe not,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Five Flavours 2014 Review: SHADOW DAYS, A Bold Critique Of China's Notorious One-Child Policy

Zhao Dayong's meaningful and compelling drama Shadow Days offers an unflinching commentary on pressing social and cultural issues pertinent to contemporary China. The documentary maker's second foray into fiction, it revolves around an ordinary young couple who move into an... More »
  

Five Flavours 2014 Review: IN THE DARK, A Ridiculous Mess Of A Horror Film

If there's one thing that may help the viewers at least partially understand why In The Dark is such a poorly executed and totally un-scary horror (or rather an accidental comedy masquerading as a supernatural horror), it's the following story:... More »
  

Hey Australia! Win Tickets To See Kwak Jae-young's MEET MISS ANXIETY In Cinemas!

South Korean director Kwak Jae-young is best known for his classic romantic comedy My Sassy Girl (2001). His latest film Meet Miss Anxiety has a predominatly Chinese cast that includes Zhou Xun, Tong Dawei, Wallace Chung and Zhang Zilin. It is... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

Five Flavours 2014 Review: Psychological Chiller SOUL Centers On A Complicated Father-Son Relationship

What constitutes a soul? What is the connection between a body and a soul? And, hypothetically, if a person's soul were to get replaced by a totally different one, what would happen to its original owner?Mong-Hong Chung's third full-length feature... More »
  

Japan Film Festival 2014 Review: JUDGE! Scores No Points

Judge! is a satirical look into the Japanese advertising scene, which, anyone should know is a bizarre industry given the output of truly surreal commercials that are churned out daily. The film starts off promising with an over-the-top shoot... More »
  

BLIND MASSAGE Sees Success At Golden Horse Awards

Lou Ye's Blind Massage won six prizes at last night's Golden Horse awards in Taipei, including Best Feature Film, Best New Performer and Best Adapted Screenplay. Hong Kong's Ann Hui was named Best Director for The Golden Era, while Chen Jian-bin... More »
  

Cinema One 2014 Review: Dodo Dayao's VIOLATOR Is A Masterful Exercise In Mounting Dread

A storm is coming and its bringing with it to Manila a rapidly escalating sense of dread. There would be panic, perhaps, were there any outlet for such an emotion but with the city on lockdown as water levels rise... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Book Review: Miyazaki Hayao's PRINCESS MONONOKE: THE FIRST STORY

This year, the legendary animation director Miyazaki Hayao got an honorary Academy Award for his stellar work in film. For the past thirty years he has been responsible for a string of films which range from very great to awesome,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Final Trailer For CS Amudhan's RENDAVATHU PADAM Sets The Scene For Insanity

This may be one of the longest gaps between a teaser being posted and a final trailer in the history of Twitch.Back in 2011 we posted the teaser for CS Amudhan's Rendavathu Padam. The literal English translation for Rendavathu Padam... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

SAIFF 2014 Review: DUKHTAR Exposes The Deadly Binds That Tie Together Tribal Pakistan

South Asian cinema has come to the point at which the international community has begun to take closer notice. Films, the vast majority of which hail from India's burgeoning Hindi independent cinema, are appearing on international film festival rosters at... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Johnnie To Is BOUNDLESS In Trailer For New Documentary

Hong Kong action maestro Johnnie To has long been a great favorite in these pages and now the director finds himself on the other side of the camera as the subject of Ferris Lin's upcoming documentary Boundless.As Hong Kong's foremost... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Fabulous Full Trailer For Vietnamese Horror CHUNG CU

Back when the first teaser for Van M Pham's Chung Cu arrived in October we commented on how the director had managed what felt like a sort of throwback to the wave of top tier Asian horror that included Ringu,... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS: Watch Trailer, See Poster, Note Release Dates

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness is a documentary that gives us a rare glimpse behind the scenes at the famed animation house Studio Ghibli. There is a new trailer for the upcoming theatrical and VOD release, as well as... More »
  
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