Review: JOY OF MAN'S DESIRING, An Unusually Mature And Assured Feature Debut

First-time helmer Sugita Masakazu made a splash at the Berlin International Film Festival last year with Joy of Man's Desiring, a quietly devastating and deeply lyrical picture paying tribute to all the children who have lost loved ones as a... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

Thailand International Film Destination Festival 2015 Brings Stars To Bangkok

The third annual Thailand International Film Destination Festival wound up last week with the glittering pantheon of the Thailand's A list actors and actresses gliding along the red carpet to celebrate their lustrous, beautiful selves - and of course their... More »
  

Miike To Direct Live-Action Adaptation Of Sci-Fi Gore Manga TERRA FORMARS

Notorious for successfully juggling multiple projects at the same time, the insanely prolific Japanese director Miike Takashi is about to venture back into the science fiction genre with Terra Formars, a live-action adaptation of a popular Japanese manga. Written by... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

Trailer Alert: Navdeep Singh's NH10 Looks Like A Proper Road Thriller

One of the many highlights of my Badlapur screening last night was the opportunity to see the new trailer for Navdeep Singh's upcoming thriller NH10. The film, co-produced by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramarditya Motwane's (Lootera) Phantom FIlms and actress Anushka Sharma's... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Review: BADLAPUR, Who Wins When Sweet Revenge Goes Sour?

Badlapur opens with a single take of a bank robbery gone wrong. In any other film, this sequence would be a garish mish-mash of flashing lights, loud yelling, and confusion, however, in this world the major faux pas turns out... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Sono Sion And Sometani Shōta Reteam On Film Adaptation Of Hit Manga/TV Series ALL ESPER DAYO!

On Tuesday, it was announced that Sono Sion and Sometani Shōta will team up once again for live-action adaptation of Wakasugi Kiminori's (Detroit Metal City) popular sci-fi comedy manga All Esper Dayo! ( みんな!エスパーだよ!). First published in Weekly Young Magazine in... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

NYC Happenings: Oshima's IT'S ME HERE, BELLETT and Eight Experimental Shorts by Tezuka, Rarities at Japan Society

For the past few months, New Yorkers have been treated to some great programs of rarely-screened films by major Japanese filmmakers at Japan Society. In the monthly film series "The Dark Side of the Sun: John Zorn on Japanese Cinema,"... More »
  

New Teaser Posters For Miike's YAKUZA APOCALYPSE: THE GREAT WAR OF THE UNDERWORLD

"Yakuza vs. Yakuza Vampires. The war that will decide the future of Japan."Popular Japanese film website Eiga.com has unveiled a new teaser poster for Miike Takashi's eagerly anticipated horror gangster mash-up, Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld (極道大戦争). It's... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

Rotterdam 2015 Review: UNDULANT FEVER Is Not Fifty Shades Of Pink

(Love is: accepting that his lust for sex can be a substitute for love, unless it can't, in which case you should hate the bastard, unless you love him regardless and you keep chasing him, because then you should persevere... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Malaysia's Mamat Khalid Heads North For WEREWOLF DARI BANGLADESH

Some people rest on success. Not Mamat Khalid. The prolific Malaysian director has a string of hits to his name, many of which mine the horror-comedy vein, but he's showing no signs of slowing down. If anything Khalid seems intent... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: Johnnie To Hits The Mark Once Again With DON'T GO BREAKING MY HEART 2

Veteran producer and filmmaker Johnnie To is back to his old tricks with Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2, a thoroughly watchable, stylishly lensed, beautifully unconventional, and often just plain hilarious follow-up to his hit 2011 rom-com about a trio... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

RUROUNI KENSHIN 3 THE LEGEND ENDS: Check Out This UK Artwork

Warner Bros UK should be commended for bringing the sword swinging action in the Rurouni Kenshin live action films to cinemas in the island nation. They have faithfully brought the first two fims and the trilogy will be complete when... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Korean Box Office: DETECTIVE K 2 Opens Over Original

Some 2.25 million spectators shuffled into theaters during the weekend before the Lunar New Year holiday, which was better than last week but still far behind the comparable weekend last year, when Frozen and Miss Granny led the market. Local... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Crowdfund This! ZUNN: SHOWGIRLS OF PAKISTAN Pulls Back The Curtain On A Hidden And Forbidden World!

Having already turned heads internationally with his award winning film Chuppan Chupai - a documentary about Pakistan's gay and transgender community - it is clear that director Saad Khan has an affinity for those on the outskirts of an increasingly... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Final Trailers For Historical Actioner DRAGON BLADE

With the premiere of Daniel Lee's big budgeted historical epic Dragon Blade, starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Adrian Brody, is just around the corner, the final two trailers has been posted to promote the release.         Jackie... More »
By Al Young   
  

Rotterdam 2015 Review: HARUKO'S PARANORMAL LABORATORY Drowns In Quirk

(I'll never yell at my television again, lest it suddenly changes into an attractive member of the opposite sex... hey, wait-a-minute!) Last year, Japanese director Lisa Takeba presented her first feature film The Pinkie at the International Film Festival Rotterdam... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

DI BALIK 98 Has A Revolutionairy Trailer

Di Balik 98 (currently without an English title but literally meaning "Behind '98") tells the story, seen from many perspectives, of Indonesia's recent revolution in 1998, which resulted in the fall of the three-decade-long presidency of Suharto. At the moment... More »
By William Chandra   
  

Rotterdam 2015 Review: ANOTHER TRIP TO THE MOON Is Both Sedate And Trippy

(Once upon a time, there were two beautiful young women, hunting in a forest...) What is the border between still photography and moving pictures? Footage shot by a camera pointed at a waterfall or a fireplace may technically be the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Hong Kong International Film Festival To Honour Naruse Mikio On 60th Anniversary Of FLOATING CLOUDS

The 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival has announced a celebration of the work of Japanese filmmaker Naruse Mikio, on the 60th anniverary of his 1955 classic Floating Clouds. Repast (1951), Daughters, Wives And A Mother (1960) and Scattered Clouds... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Now On Blu-ray: GREATFUL DEAD Is AMELIE For The Revenge Crowd

Uchida Eiji's Greatful Dead is another in the ridiculously long line of solid releases from the UK's Third Window Films. The film, which focuses on a woman named Nami who obsesses over the lives of solitary figures that she finds in... More »
By J Hurtado   
  
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