L'Etrange 2014: Sono Sion Talks TOKYO TRIBE And All Things Etrange

This past Monday, L'Etrange Festival brought together Sono Sion and 500 hyped up fans for an absolutely electric screening of Tokyo Tribe. Though the French speaking audience learned at the last minute the print would only have English subtitles, it... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014: Behold The Gorgeous Poster For Lee Sang-woo's Uncompromising I AM TRASH

The line-up for this year's Fantastic Fest is awash with festival faves and complete unknowns, including a bevy of World Premieres of films audiences will likely know next to nothing about. Chief among those is Lee Sang-woo's I Am Trash, a... More »
  

Watch The First Promo For John Woo's Romantic Epic THE CROSSING

While better known internationally as an orchestrator of high-end violence and mayhem, Hong Kong director John Woo can also handle melodrama. Case in point, his upcoming two-part romantic epic The Crossing.Zhang Ziyi, Kaneshiro Takeshi, Song Hyekyo and Huang Xiaoming star... More »
By Al Young   
  

Watch This Pair Of Teasers For Miike Takashi's AS THE GODS WILL!

Twitch is nothing if not a fan site for Japanese enfant terrible Miike Takashi.Miike has broken open the world of international genre cinema more than anyone else in the last twenty years. From his origins as a director for hire... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Toronto 2014 Review: CART, Women's Rights Take Center Stage In Social Drama

Following hot on the trail of recent Korean dramas seeking to depict the plight of Korea's common class is Cart, a David vs. Goliath, based-on-fact tale detailing the injustices of Korea's labor system and the harsh treatment of women in... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: Epic And Austere, ALIVE Depicts Dark Days For Korean Laborers

Incessantly grim and pushing the three-hour mark, indie helmer Park Jung-bum's Alive is about as challenging a sophomore work as anyone could have dreamt up. And this from a man who debuted with the ferociously bleak The Journals of Musan... More »
  

NYC Happenings: "Also Like Life: The Films Of Hou Hsiao-hsien" Celebrates A Taiwanese Master

In a key scene of Hou Hsiao-hsien's 1993 masterwork The Puppetmaster, in which the titular figure Li Tien-lu (who appeared in small roles in Hou's previous films) takes center stage to tell his story, Li explains why he named his... More »
  

Check Out The Teaser For ENAKKUL ORUVAN Featuring Siddharth

Last year Kannada filmmaker Pawan Kumar made a huge splash in the Indian independent feature world by successfully crowdfunding his second feature film, Lucia. The film made a big impression on the international festival circuit, and is commonly recognized as... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Toronto 2014 Review: THE WORLD OF KANAKO, Gloriously Irresponsible Filmmaking

The first two minutes of Nakashima Tetsuya's violent and unrelenting The World of Kanako are a litmus test on whether one should proceed. A frenetic orgy of editing non-sequitors, both assaulting and attention grabbing, occurs right before slamming into a stylized... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: Stylish And Well Performed, SCARLET INNOCENCE Surprises And Delights

Adapted from a Korean folk tale and starting off as a softly lensed romantic melodrama, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Scarlet Innocence, the latest work from noted visual stylist Yim Pil-sung, must be primed for a local audience. Yet... More »
  

Kyoto 2014: Lineup Highlights Ancient Capital's Filmmaking Past

The newly re-branded Kyoto International Film and Art Festival has introduced a lineup that focuses on older works, particularly from the city's film-making past, as much as it does on newer titles. With the introduction of the Mifune Toshiro Award, and... More »
  

Full Trailer For Donnie Yen's KUNG FU JUNGLE Combines Intense Drama With Hard-hitting Action

Donnie Yen's latest film Kung Fu Jungle reteams the action star with director Teddy Chen (Bodyguards And Assassins) and co-star Wang Baoqiang (Iceman). The film's full trailer is now available and it looks intense and exciting. With any luck, this... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

BITTER HONEY: Exclusive Clip Highlights Sour Results Of Polygamous Marriage In Indonesia

In an new, exclusive clip from the upcoming Bitter Honey, opening in Los Angeles on October 3 and in New York and several other cities on October 31, we get a taste of life in a polygamous relationship. And, as... More »
  

WTF? Chapman To Is A Horny Time-Travelling Pilot In Wong Jing's FLIRTING IN THE AIR

Chapman To and Dada Chan are reunited onscreen in another raunchy comedy, this time set in the world of playboy airline pilots and sexy stewardesses - that is until Captain Cool (To) and his wingmen are transported back in time... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: Sono's TOKYO TRIBE Is The Best Musical Of The New Decade

Disclaimer: I don't like hip hop. In fact, most of the time I can't stand it. This movie is a hip hop musical. I love this movie.Right now Tokyo Tribe is my choice for the best movie of 2014. Fascinating... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Nicholas Tse

This week, the Chinese drama But Always (aka. Yi Sheng Yi Shi) premieres in several countries worldwide, including the USA. A lengthy description of a doomed romance, it stars Gao Yuanyuan and Nicholas Tse as the star-crossed lovers. James reviewed... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Choi Dong-hoon's ASSASSINATION Assembles Killer Cast

Following 2012's blockbuster caper hit The Thieves, director Choi Dong-hoon is back at it with the new period action-thriller Assassination. What's more, he's bringing his The Thieves stars Gianna Jun, Lee Jung-jae and Oh Dal-su with him, along with more... More »
  

Review: RUROUNI KENSHIN: KYOTO INFERNO Delivers Grand Thrills

Satoh Takeru's wandering samurai returns in a sequel that improves considerably on the enjoyable first feature while setting the scene for the soon to follow finale. The first film's strength was its high production value and visually exciting action scenes... More »
  

Venice 2014 Review: HILL OF FREEDOM Proves A Pleasant But Slight Slice From Hong Sangsoo

It's easy to accuse Hong Sangsoo of doing the same thing over and over again as each of his films revisit the same themes with similar characters, situations and locations. Such a reading can easily miss the point of his... More »
  

Win Miike Takashi's LESSON OF EVIL On DVD Or Blu-ray!

Our good friends over at Third Window Films will be releasing Miike Takashi's wonderfully deranged Lesson Of Evil on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on 29 September, and we have 3 copies of the film up for grabs -... More »
  
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