Film Festival Interviews - International, Independent, Cult

New York Asian 2015 Interview: COIN LOCKER GIRL Director Han Jun-hee Dissects What Family Means, And Why Mothers Are Scary

My final interview of the 2015 New York Asian Film Festival was one I hadn't initially planned to do, but I was so impressed by Han Jun-hee's stunning feature debut, the noir thriller, Coin Locker Girl, that I had to... More »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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New York Asian 2015 Interview: Boo Ji-young And Shim Jae-myung Talk CART, Casting K-Pop Stars, And Advice For Women Filmmakers

Director Boo Ji-young's Cart, shines a light on the real life story of a shopworkers' strike against unfair labour practices that lasted over a year. As part of the New York Asian Film Festival's focus on Myung Films, the production... More »
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New York Asian 2015: Checking Into KABUKICHO LOVE HOTEL With Hiroki Ryūichi And Sometani Shota, Plus TOKYO TRIBE

They grow up so fast. In 2009, I had the great pleasure of interviewing the then-rising teen star, Sometani Shota, on the verge of his first film of what would be a fruitful collaboration with maverick director, Sono Sion. Returning... More »
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New York Asian 2015 Interview: Director Yoshida Daihachi Talks PALE MOON And Giving In To One's True Nature

Director Yoshida Daihachi's darkly comic cinematic slices of life have been winning awards since 2007's Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!  Having been a hit at 2013's Japan Cuts with The Kirishima Thing, director Yoshida returns to our shores with... More »
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New York Asian 2015 Interview: IT'S ALREADY TOMORROW IN HONG KONG Stars Jamie Chung, Bryan Greenberg And Director Emily Ting Capture The Romance Of The City

It's Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong is director Emily Ting's love letter to Hong Kong. With breathtaking panoramas and a Before Sunrise-style romance between two ex-pats, played by rising stars and real-life couple, Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg, the trio... More »
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New York Asian 2015 Interview: Director Ringo Lam On The Past And Future Of Hong Kong Film

Nearly 30 years after some wise producer told him to make the movie he wanted, the gritty, exciting, Hong Kong-loving films of Director Ringo Lam have been influencing filmmakers around the world ever since. Lam came to the New York... More »
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New York Asian 2015: Superstar Aaron Kwok Talks PORT OF CALL And Becoming A "Good Actor"

Arguably the most versatile of Hong Kong entertainment's legendary Four Heavenly Kings, for more than 30 years Aaron Kwok has dominated the world of music and dance, and along the way became an award-winning actor.  Kwok chatted with me before... More »
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NY Asian 2014 Interview: Fumi Nikaido Asks WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL?

With a CV of films directed by some of Japan's most famous and innovative directors, at the tender age of 19, actress Fumi Nikaido is the very definition of the rising star. The New York Asian Film Festival honored her... More »
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NY Asian/Japan Cuts 2014 Interview: UZUMASA LIMELIGHT Captures the True Dying Art of Samurai Cinema's Kirare-Yaku

Uzumasa Limelight is a love letter to the unsung heroes of samurai cinema, the kirare-yaku; the team of actors whose job is to die spectacularly on screen, as seen through the fictional eyes of one of its true artists.  We... More »
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NY Asian 2014: MANSHIN: TEN THOUSAND SPIRITS, Moon So-ri On Challenges For Korean Actresses And Shamanism

Moon-So-ri won acclaim for her fearless roles in films like Oasis and A Good Lawyer's Wife. She comes to the New York Asian Film Festival with Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits, a surreal docu-narrative about the life of a shaman.  We... More »
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NY Asian 2014: HOPE, Korean Acting Legend Sol Kyung-gu Tackles Family Devastation

The New York Asian Film Festival gave their Star Asia award to an actor whose work has ranged from the provocative - Oasis, Peppermint Candy - to the popular - Silmido, Haeundae and the Public Enemy series. Sol Kyung-gu makes... More »
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NY Asian 2014: Director Fei Xing Judges the Court Of Public Opinion in SILENT WITNESS

A huge hit in its native China, SILENT WITNESS starts as a taut courtroom drama and then writer/director Fei Xing flips the script to turn it into something more. He spoke with me about this commentary on social media and... More »
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NY Asian 2014: Director Shin Yeon-shick Collaborates With Kim Ki-duk And K-Pop Idol Lee Joon On ROUGH PLAY

After years of directing self-scribed features of his own, director Shin Yeon-shick, garnered new attention with Rough Play. The cautionary tale of the perils of fast fame was penned by Kim Ki-duk, and starred K-Pop idol, MBLAQ's Lee Joon, who... More »
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NY Asian 2014: Actress Lee Eun-woo Talks Family Dynamics & Karma In Kim Ki-duk's MOEBIUS

Director Kim Ki-duk's castration epic, Moebius has blazed a trail of controversy.  At the heart of the film is a bravura performance by Lee Eun-woo, in a dual role as a mother who is equal parts Medea and Mommy Oedipus,... More »
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NY Asian 2014: Director Lee Su-jin Talks Rape and The Pressures of Blame in HAN GONG-JU

One of the most haunting films at this year's New York Asian Film Festival had to be HAN GONG-JU. Loosely based around horrific real life incidents in Korea, director Lee Su-jin captures in his first feature the waking nightmare a teenager must... More »
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NY Asian 2014 Interview: Director Umin Boya Talks KANO And Racial Harmony Through Baseball

Baseball has been used many times in cinema to tell tales of triumph and tragedy.  The New York Asian Film Festival brings us Kano, the true story of how the sport brought together three very separate racial groups in 1930s... More »
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NY Asian 2014 Interview: Korean Acting Legend Park Joong-hoon Talks TOP STAR, His Directing Debut

The New York Asian Film Festival handed their Celebrity Award to one of the most prolific stars of Korean cinema.  Park Joong-hoon has won many international awards for films like Nowhere to Hide and Radio Star during his nearly 30-year... More »
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