MUTAFUKAZ: Watch The Amazing First Teaser For Studio 4c Animated Feature

Mark 2017 down on your calendars, animation fans, because that's how long you're going to have to wait to see French / Japanese animated feature film Mutafukaz. And judging by the freshly released first teaser that's going to feel like... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

BiFan Unleashes Powerful 2015 Lineup

The recently renamed BiFan (formerly PiFan) is set to return with a scorching lineup for its 19th edition next month. The Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival will open with Antoine Bardou-Jacquet's Moonwalkers (with Ron Perlman and Rupert Grint) on July 16th... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Review: ABCD 2 Reshuffles The Dance Movie Deck

Disney UTV's ABCD 2 is a follow-up to their surprise 2013 hit film, Any Body Can Dance, this time with the title officially shortened to the hashtag friendly version for today's short attention span audience. That urge to abbreviate has... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

The Many Faces Of Takeuchi Riki

This week, UK distributor Eureka released Tokyo Tribe on Blu-ray. James Marsh reviewed that release and found it to be much to his liking. In it, veteran actor Takeuchi Riki plays Boss Buppa, a performance which makes Asano Tadanobu's turn... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

VETERAN: Watch The Teaser For Ryoo Seung-wan's Latest Blast Of Entertainment

He's been doing it for so long now that it seems a misnomer to continue referring to director Ryoo Seung-wan as Korea's 'action kid', the title he earned in his early days. And yet, despite now being deep into his... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite Studio Ghibli Film?

This week (yesterday on June 15th to be precise) it was exactly 30 years ago that Studio Ghibli was founded, and work on its first film started. Which was not Nausica√§ of the Valley of the Wind, as many people... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Now On Blu-ray: TOKYO TRIBE, A Late-Night Mainstay In The Making

Sono Sion has always had an eclectic style of filmmaking, but in recent years he has really hit his stride, both in terms of artistry and quantity of his output. Sono is more prolific now than ever before - he... More »
By James Marsh   
  

L'Immagine Ritrovata Asia Opens For Business In Hong Kong

Fans of classic cinema may be familiar with L'Immagine Ritrovata, one of the world's leading film restoration and preservation laboratories, based in Bologna, Italy. Well, yesterday saw the organisation spread its wings further afield, as L'Immagine Ritrovata Asia opened for business right... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Trailer: Beware The Bumbling Bombers Of BANGISTAN!

There is a real cinematic upheaval going on in India under the world's noses. In the late '50s, the world was shocked and awed by the French New Wave, a bunch of film critics who decided that they could do... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Now On Blu-ray: Third Window Films Does HAN GONG-JU Right

Lee Su-jin's Han Gong-ju was a surprise critical hit when it premiered at the Busan International Film Festival back in 2013. In the intervening time, the film has managed to make the festival circuit and gather an impressive load of... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Akshay Kumar And Sidharth Malhotra Star In Bollywood MMA Film BROTHERS

The director of Agneepath teams up with stars Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotrafor his latest effort, the MMA themed fight drama Brothers. Kumar, of course, is one of the absolute biggest stars going on the subcontinent and also a highly... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Donnie Yen's Nose Lacerated By Max Zhang While Shooting IP MAN 3

The filming of Ip Man 3 is well under way and after Mike Tyson's finger got fractured last month, another key cast member has been injured. This time, it is lead actor Donnie Yen who has been hurt. According to local... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

THE WASTED TIMES: Er Cheng Offers Up A Trippy Noir Gallery Of Stars In Trailer For His Next

Mainland Chinese director Er Cheng offers up what looks to be a super stylish and deliberately off kilter take on classic film noir with his upcoming effort The Wasted Times, a period set offering that boasts a who's who of... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Sydney 2015 Review: ON THE RIM OF THE SKY, The New Challenges The Old

In the Chinese province of Sichuan, one of the mountains is so high that it's literally "on the rim of the sky"; and in that mountain, there is an isolated village called Gulu. The villagers' children received their education at... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

Sydney 2015 Review: Witness Undying Love In MY LOVE, DON'T CROSS THAT RIVER

He was 98. She was 89. They were married for 76 years, had 12 children, six of whom died during their childhood. That is the story of Jo Byeong-man and Kang Gye Yeol, as told in director Jin Mo-young's My... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

Hey Tokyo! The 17th Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia Is Happening Now

Annual short film event, Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia 2015 (SSFF & ASIA), has kicked off and will run for almost two weeks in locations around Tokyo as well as in its own dedicated cinema, the Brillia Short Shorts... More »
  

NAFF Loads Up 8th 'It Project'

The Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) has selected finalists for the 'It Project' of its upcoming 8th edition, which will take place during this summer's Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan). The genre film project market fielded its largest... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Beware Little Boys In Underpants! It's The JUON: THE FINAL Trailer!

One of the most successful horror franchises in the world comes to an end June 20th when the Ochiai Masayuki directed Juon: The Final hits Japanese screens with one final dose of horrific thrills featuring ghostly child Toshio and his... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: POLICE STORY: LOCKDOWN, Another Jackie Chan Letdown

A sequel in name only to Jackie Chan's hugely popular action series, this latest offering moves proceedings to mainland China for a small scale, straight-faced and relatively thrill-free drama with a tendency to pontificate about civil responsibility.Jackie Chan's Police Story... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Crowdfund This! THE LAND OF IDOLS Explores A Uniquely Japanese Phenomenon.

More than just teen bands, there's nothing quite equivalent to the specifically Japanese 'idol' phenomenon, groups of young teen girls groomed for stardom from very young ages as carefully packaged pieces of cross-media merchandise. And now that very particular world... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
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