Blu-ray Review: The PING PONG Anime Beats All Opponents

(Expect a back-and-forth between me and everyone who claims the film is better...) Last month in the US, Funimation released the DVD and Blu-ray editions of Ping Pong, the anime. And, as I have rather strong feelings about this one,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

BiFan 2015 Review: 12 DEEP RED NIGHTS: CHAPTER 1, A Competent But Unremarkable Practice Run

Horror anthologies are a great way for new filmmakers to take a swing at bat, while viewers (or industry folk) get the opportunity to seek out new talents in the making. Unfortunately, that also means they're mixed bags, to say... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Japan Cuts 2015 Review: THIS COUNTRY'S SKY, Love And Coming of Age In A Time Of War

In the 70 years since the end of World War II - or, more precisely, what will be 70 years this August - there have been countless cinematic depictions of the war, covered from just about every possible angle. Some... More »
  

The Newest ATTACK ON TITAN Trailer Has More Titans And Subtitles

Funimation is handling the US distribution of Higuchi Shinji's first live action Attack on Titan film, and they have released a new, longer trailer, with English subtitles. We get to see a lot more titans, and a bit more information... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: LUDO Challenges You To A Deadly Game Of Dice

Ludo co-director Q has been a filmmaker that I've had my eye on since his brash explosion onto the international art house scene with 2010's Gandu. That film is loud, aggressive, and challenging to the viewer, in the way that... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

BiFan 2015 Review: ANGRY PAINTER Presents Artsy Revenge Erotica

Following his trip From Seoul to Varanasi in 2011, arthouse filmmaker Jeon Kyu-hwan takes a bigger leap overseas with his latest project Angry Painter, an indie tale of revenge and despondency that spends much of its running time trapping through... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Hey Australia! Win Tickets To See MONSTER HUNT In Cinemas!

Monster Hunt is coming to Australian cinemas next week! Directed by Raman Hui, animator for the Shrek films and director of Shrek The Third, this new Chinese fantasy film stars Wuba, Bai Baihe, Jing Boran, Tang Wei, Yao Chen, Eric... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

Criterion Gets Scary For October: MULHOLLAND DR., THE BROOD, KWAIDAN And More

It's time to start planning your budget for October, which will deliver more theatrically-released horror titles than we've seen in awhile, along with the usual avalanche of frightening home video releases. Quickly rising to the top of many lists, however... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

London Indian 2015 Review: UMRIKA Looks At The Big City Dreams & Nightmares Of Small Town Boys

Set mostly in early '80s rural northern India, Prashant Nair's Umrika pulses with universally relatable warmth and emotion. The film is the story of a young man whose older brother leaves his modest hamlet on the way to better things in... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

New York Asian 2015 Interview: Lee Won-suk Talks THE ROYAL TAILOR And Turning The Tide Of Korean History

After delighting the New York Asian Film Festival audience in 2013 with the wit and pure charm offensive of his romantic comedy, How to Use Guys With Secret Tips, director Lee Won-suk returns to our shores with his sumptuous and... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

Review: COURT, For India's Judicial System, The Verdict Is Devastating

Winner of the two prizes at the Venice Film Festival 2014, Chaitanya Tamhane's Court lends an earnest look at India's judicial system. The film is a sobering, eye opening experience.It starts with an arrest of an old folk singer and tutor of... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

New York Asian 2015 Interview: In CHASUKE'S JOURNEY, Sabu Reveals That Heaven Is Full Of Hacks

The often-emulated mix of rapid-fire, kinetic energy, sharp, dark humor, characters tossed about by the vagaries of fate, and a heart full of homegrown truths has made Sabu one of Japan's most revered modern filmmakers. The director brought Chasuke's Journey,... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

Trailer For Tamil Chiller MAYA Promises Sanitarium Scares

While Shankar's massive romantic fantasy I got most of the press for the Tamil film industry outside of India, this year's big surprise has been a proliferation of horror films doing extremely well at the Kollywood box office. Well received... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Japan Cuts 2015 Review: PIETA IN THE TOILET, A Cancer Story Told With Poetic Artistry

Pieta in the Toilet, the first fictional feature by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Matsunaga Daishi, is a two-hour drama about a young man who's dying of cancer. But fortunately, this film proves to not be nearly as depressing as that description... More »
  

BAAHUBALI - THE BEGINNING Breaks Just About Every Box Office Record For Indian Films

I'm typically not one to dote on box office numbers, in fact, I find the whole practice rather off-putting. While I recognize that any film industry is a combination of art and commerce, uniformly leaning far more toward the sign... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

New York Asian 2015 Interview: THE WHISTLEBLOWER Director Yim Soon-rye Talks Changes For Women In Korean Film Industry

As part of the New York Asian Film Festival's celebration of female Korean filmmakers, South Korea's most successful female director, Yim Soon-rye screens her latest, The Whistleblower. Director Yim spoke with me about the changes in the industry landscape since... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

BiFan 2015: Team Twitch Reveals Its Most Anticipated Movies!

The 19th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival kicks off in the South Korean suburb in about 48 hours from now. Suffice to say that Team Twitch is frantically packing its bags, rummaging through sock drawers for their passports and screaming... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Pretty Packaging: Behold The KILL LA KILL Killer Boxset Box

(Anime Ltd. has provided one box to fit them all...) Scottish distributor Anime Ltd. had a nice surprise when it released the third boxset for the series Kill La Kill: not only did it complete the series, it also came... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: ASSASSINATION Shoots Up A Storm With Stuffed To The Gills Spy Yarn

What has so far been a slow year for Korean cinema is about to get a huge shot of adrenaline as Assassination, the latest from Choi Dong-hoon, is set to storm the stage and usher in the high season at... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Director Uchida Eiji Presents The Kohan Film And Music Festival

Anyone in Japan this August might want to check out the all-new Kohan Film and Music Festival taking place at stunning Lake Motosu, situated in the shadow of Mount. Fuji. The festival is hosted by Greatful Dead director Uchida Eiji who's brought together... More »
  
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