Review: Lame Leads Sink THE PIRATES

Fast on the heels of Kundo: Age of the Rampant and Roaring Currents, the summer's latest period blockbuster enters a crowded field in a market that has of late become oversaturated with similar fare. With lowbrow, poorly executed humor tucked... More »
  

Australia's Japanese Film Festival Announces Dates, First Films And Screenings In More Cities

Australia's Japanese Film Festival (JFF), the largest Japanese film festival outside of Japan, has become bigger than ever. Now in its 18th year, the JFF will begin in mid-October in Adelaide and continue in other major Australian cities until its final... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

NYC Happenings: "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: The Cinema of Patrick Lung Kong" Spotlights A Pioneer Of Hong Kong Cinema

It's a safe bet that the vast majority of regular readers of Twitch are very familiar with John Woo and Tsui Hark's A Better Tomorrow, the 1986 classic of Hong Kong action cinema. But it's an equally safe bet that... More »
  

MCDULL: ME & MY MUM Trailer Will Delight Families And/Or Jaded Adults

Heading for release in Hong Kong on 1 October, McDull: Me & My Mum promises to delight family audiences and/or jaded adults. At least, that appears to be the intention. Anthony Wong, Sandra Ng, BabyJohn Choi, and The Pancakes are providing... More »
  

RISE OF THE LEGEND: First Trailer And Posters For A New Wong Fei Hung Story

UPDATE 8/11: We've swapped out the trailer for the high resolution version, below. Because you can never have too many movies about Wong Fei Hung, Roy Chow Hin Yeung's Rise of the Legend will tell the story of the martial arts... More »
  

First Poster Art And Images From Kiriya Kazuaki's THE LAST KNIGHTS

As post production is currently underway for Kiriya Kazuaki's English-Language debut, The Last Knights, a new poster art and several new images have arrived, giving us our first look at Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman. The action adventure is a... More »
By Al Young   
  

Nicolas Cage Goes From West To East In OUTCAST Teaser

Two worlds will collide in the US/China co-production action period piece Outcast. Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen star as exiled Crusaders entering medieval China and protecting Yifei Liu (aka Crystal), as princess Zhao Lian, from her evil brother, played by... More »
By Al Young   
  

GOK-SEONG (곡성): Third Film Coming From Director Of THE CHASER And THE YELLOW SEA

Na Hong-jin, director of lauded Korean thrillers The Chaser and The Yellow Sea, is prepping his third feature film, Gok-seong, or The Wailing. Fox International Pictures is backing the film. Fox Korea, which handles distribution of 20th Century Fox films in Korea,... More »
  

PiFan 2014 Review: GIOVANNI'S ISLAND, A Moving Tale of Post-War Survival

Director Nishikubo Mizuho's ode to post-war survival, Giovanni's Island (Jobanni no shima), offers a heartbreaking account of the struggles of two brothers, as the world they grew up in changes around them, amidst the aftermath of the Second World War. Junpei... More »
  

Cinemalaya 2014: Carlos Siguion-Reyna's HARI NG TONDO (WHERE I AM KING), A Crowdpleaser With Some Semblance Of Substance

There are at least two disparate movies in Hari ng Tondo (Where I Am King), Carlos Siguion-Reyna's first feature film in more than a decade. The first movie is the one written by Bibeth Orteza, which was followed faithfully... More »
By Oggs Cruz   
  

Review: DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF GODS Stirs Good Memories, But Not For Very Long

Dragon Ball Z: Battle Of Gods is a really fun entry in Toriyama Akira's beloved universe that's just not up there with the most memorable ones. It manages to capture the absurdist essence of Dragon Ball very well, but disappoints... More »
  

THE FOUR 3: Gordon Chan's Fantasy-Action Trilogy Wraps With An Explosive Trailer

Hong Kong veteran Gordon Chan is the quintessential journeyman director. He doesn't deliver high art but he knows what he likes and he knows how to deliver it. And what he likes most of all is crowd pleasing spectacle. Cue... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Cinemalaya 2014 Review: Milo Sogueco's MARIQUINA Maps Familial Heartbreaks With Astounding Elegance

In one sequence in Milo Sogueco's Mariquina, shoemaker Romeo (Ricky Davao, who inhabits the role with unabashed fragility) attempts to salvage whatever he can save in his warehouse from the flood. His teenage daughter, Imelda (Barbie Forteza, who inhabits the delicate... More »
By Oggs Cruz   
  

Jason Statham Searching For Action Role In China

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jason Statham, who is currently in Beijing as part of the global promotional tour of his new film The Expendables 3, has voiced his continued interest in finding a suitable Chinese action film project in... More »
  

First Teaser For Tsui Hark's THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN 3D Reveals A Tiger And A Mountain

Touted as one of the year's biggest Chinese film's, Tsui Hark's 3D epic The Taking Of Tiger Mountain is set for a 24 December release date in mainland China - one of the year's most hotly contested release windows.Based on... More »
  

UPDATED: Studio Ghibli Stops Making Films...Temporarily

UPDATE: Since news first broke earlier today, more accurate translations of Suzuki Toshio's comments have now surfaced. The veteran Studio Ghibli producer talked about "big changes in all aspects of our operations" which could include a "short break" by the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

THE ADMIRAL: ROARING CURRENTS Lays Waste to Korean Box Office Records

The Admiral: Roaring Currents has turned the Korean opening weekend record to rubble with 3.34 million admissions ($25.65 million) during its first weekend, which accounted for 65.7% of the marketplace. That represents a 41% increase over the former record, set... More »
  

Review: Strong Effects Play Second Fiddle to Patriotism in THE ADMIRAL: ROARING CURRENTS

When making films based on significant milestones in a country's history, nationalism can be a great asset in a filmmaker's arsenal but it's also a tool that must be handled carefully, as too much patriotic bombast can mar an otherwise... More »
  

PiFan 2014 Review: Horror Comedy MOURNING GRAVE Aims Low But Hits Its Mark

Korean horror has been in the midst of a rough streak for the past half decade. Relying on worn out themes, new works been have trotted out regularly every summer but even with lowered expectations, each year has put forth... More »
  

Want To See KICK-HEART? In The US Or Canada, Now You Can

Last year saw the release of Yuasa Masaaki's Kick-Heart, the first anime short to be funded through a Kickstarter campaign. Made at the famous Production IG studio and with Oshii Mamoru attached as an executive producer, the end result was... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  
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