Pretty Packaging: 101 Anime's ELFEN LIED Sure Is One Shiny Steelbook

In the struggling market of DVD and Blu-ray distribution, it's always a surprise when you suddenly see a known property appear, released by an unknown company. UK distributor 101 Film has been around for a (little) while, but 101 Anime?... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Kickstart This! THE HELPER - A Hong Kong Documentary

One side of Hong Kong that is almost never seen on film is the world of domestic helpers. In a city fuelled by the financial and business sectors, where parents work incredibly long hours every day, it is still commonplace... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Locarno 2015: Golden Leopard Goes To Hong Sangsoo

The 68th Locarno International Film Festival wound to a close yesterday and offered its top prize to a Korean film for the first time, in what was a strong night overall for Asian features. Two years after picking up the... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

World War II 70 Years On: Yakusho Koji And Harada Masato Talk THE EMPEROR IN AUGUST

On this day, 70 years ago, emperor Hirohito of Japan announced his country's surrender from the Second World War. Amidst the continued political rhetoric as current prime minister Abe Shinzo and emperor Akihito deliver contrasting speeches on their country's war... More »
  

Review: BROTHERS, A Brawler Submits To Bollywood Bloat

Gavin O'Connor's Warrior was a surprise critical and box office hit back in 2011, as well as being one of the first studio films set within the increasingly popular world of Mixed Martial Arts fighting. That film pitted brothers Tom... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Locarno 2015 Review: RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN, Stars Shine In Classic Hong Sangsoo

Following Hong Sangsoo's career guarantees for viewers, at the very least, one thing - developing a keen eye for detail. The auteur's films are remarkably similar to one another, from their lecherous male director/professor characters and conversations over bottles of... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Whatever Happened To Nakata? GHOST THEATER Trailer Fails To Impress ...

It really wasn't that long ago that Nakata Hideo was not just one of the most intriguing directors in Japan but in the entire world. Riding a string of success that peaked with - but wasn't limited to - Ringu... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Snakes, Blood And Sex In Thai Erotic Horror HOOD

While details in English are hard to come by - and Google Translate proves remarkably bad at Thai, even by Google Translate standards - a very impressive trailer has arrived online for upcoming Thai erotic horror Hood (ตัวอย่างเต็ม แม่เบี้ย). The... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Hey Australia! Win Tickets To See Ringo Lam's WILD CITY In Cinemas!

Wild City marks a very welcome return for Hong Kong director Ringo Lam, best known for City On Fire, Prison On Fire, Full Contact and Full Alert. It is his first feature film in 12 years and the cast includes... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

Anggy Umbara Lays On The Future-Silat In Indonesian Actioner 3

Indonesian director Anggy Umbara clearly belongs to the John Woo school of filmmaking, which means that the only thing better than slow motion is more slow motion. In the rain. He also believes in laying on a good smackdown and... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

THE PIPER: Deliciously Grim Trailer For Korean Reimagining Of The Classic Tale

Though Pierce reviewed Kim Gwang-tae's dark fairy tale re-imagining The Piper back in July we've somehow neglected to post the trailer for what, by all accounts, is one of the stronger efforts from Korea this year, a situation we remedy... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

COLLECTIVE INVENTION: Meet The Sad Fish Man In Trailer For Korean Oddity

Yep. That dude's a fish. And something of a media celebrity. Welcome to the very odd world of Kwon Oh-kwang's TIFF selected comedy Collective Invention.Young and unemployed Gu is desperate to make some money and participates in a clinical trial... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Liam Neeson To Play General MacArthur In Korean War Pic

A Moment to Remember (2004) and 71: Into the Fire (2010) director John H. Lee is set to helm Korean War pic Operation Chromite and the first cast member to join the project is none other than Liam Neeson, who... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Review: THE BEAUTY INSIDE, High Concept Melo Is More Glib Than Its Title

A corporate-sponsored high concept web series gets the glossy Korean melodrama treatment in The Beauty Inside, the top romantic offering of the season. Featuring a laundry list of Korean stars all playing the same character, this debut film by music... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

It's Snack Time In New, Higher Rated ATTACK ON TITAN Trailer

With the first installment of the new, live action Attack On Titan now topping the box office charts in Japan a new promo for the Higuchi Shinji directed adaptation of the popular manga and anime has been released online. This... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

MR. SIX: Feng Xiaogang Means Business In First Trailer For Venice Closer

Director Feng Xiaogang (The Banquet, Assembly, Back To 1942) steps in front of the cameras to play the lead role in Guan Hu's Mr. Six, which has been selected as the official closing film of this year's VeniceInternational Film Festival.... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Review: MEMORIES OF THE SWORD, Remembering Better Sword Fighting Flicks

The wild card in the quartet of major Korean releases scheduled for this year's high summer season (alongside Assassination, Veteran and The Beauty Inside), the star-driven period spectacle Memories Of The Sword proves to be a perplexing experience with jarring... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM, A Heartwarming Tale About Assassinating Your Alien Teacher

An extraterrestrial has destroyed most of the moon and will destroy the Earth at the end of the school year. To help wait it out the creature made a most outlandish suggestion. At Kunugigaoka Junior High School the flunkies of... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Watch New Trailer For Tsukamoto Shinya's A SNAKE OF JUNE

In their continuing quest to deliver the finest offbeat East Asian cinema to the English speaking world, the UK's Third Window Films presents Tsukamoto Shinya's A Snake of June on Blu-ray, this September 28th. To celebrate the new release, they've... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Win KUNG FU KILLER On Blu-ray From TwitchFilm And Well Go USA

TwitchFilm and Well Go USA come to you with a contest to win one of three Blu-ray copies of Teddy Chen's Kung Fu Killer (aka Kung Fu Jungle)!Kung Fu Killer features martial arts legend Donnie Yen in one of his... More »
By J Hurtado   
  
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