NY Asian 2014 Review: BLIND MASSAGE, An Artful And Affecting Ensemble Drama

Often controversial Chinese filmmaker Lou Ye delivers one of his finest films with Blind Massage, a delicately observed and artfully directed ensemble drama, based on the novel of the same name by Bi Feiyu. Putting aside, at least for the... More »
  

NY Asian 2014 Review: GOLDEN CHICKENSSS, In Which the Third Time Isn't Entirely the Charm

The 2002 comedy Golden Chicken and its 2003 sequel Golden Chicken 2, starring Hong Kong's queen of comedy Sandra Ng, were love letters both to Ng herself, who was given perhaps the greatest showcase committed to film of her formidable... More »
  

Get Stomped By The NYAFF 2014 Trailer!

Brace yourselves, New Yorkers! The 13th edition of the New York Asian Film kicks off tomorrow and things are going to get crazy. I mean, look at the header image. That's how these guys roll. And if you prefer your... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Japan Cuts 2013 Review: IT'S ME, IT'S ME, A Surreal Farce On the Nature of Identity

A comically surrealist farce on the nature of identity in the digital age, Miki Satoshi's latest film It's Me, It's Me features an impressively energetic and remarkably varied multiple performance by J-pop star Kamenashi Kazuya as the central character, or... More »
  

Japan Cuts 2013 Review: I'M FLASH!, A Visually and Sonically Stylish Tale of Gangsters and Religious Cultists

Religious cultists, yakuza hitmen, a lovely bar pickup, and a speeding motorcyclist collide, quite literally, in the genre oddity that is I'M FLASH!, the latest from iconoclastic director Toyoda Toshiaki (9 Souls, The Hanging Garden). This time, Toyoda jettisons the... More »
  

NYAFF 2013 Review: JUVENILE OFFENDER, A Deeply Humanistic and Beautifully Acted Character Study

Juvenile Offender, Kang Yi-kwan's delicately observed, tightly written, deeply humanistic small-scale drama is one of the must-see films of this year's New York Asian Film Festival. Bracingly tough-minded, this film deftly avoids the traps inherent in its narrative material, especially... More »
  

NYAFF 2013 Review: It's Never Too Late For New Year's Resolutions With COUNTDOWN

West meets East in this claustrophobic Thai thriller set almost entirely in a New York City apartment on New Year's Eve 2012. The story concerns the redemption of three roommates, and can either be enjoyed superficially as a tense exercise... More »
  

NYAFF 2013 Review: A Breakdown of Christian Linaban's ABERYA

aberya (n): Tagalog, from the Spanish word avería, meaning "damage, breakdown, malfunction"; mechanical troubleIs there anything more frustrating than sitting in traffic? How about sitting in random, inexplicable traffic during off-peak hours? Where every stop-and-go inch tries your patience? That's... More »
  

NYAFF 2013 Review: EUNGYO, An Erotically-Charged Tale of Aging and Artistic Inspiration

Jung Ji-woo's fourth feature Eungyo (aka A Muse) has as its basis the salacious premise of a relationship between a 70 year-old man and a 17 year-old girl, which for obvious reasons proved quite controversial upon its release last year... More »
  

Watch An Exclusive Clip From IP MAN: THE FINAL FIGHT

Screening at the New York Asian Film Festival on June 30th, director Herman Yau's Ip Man: The Final Fight puts a cap on Yau's string of Ip Man films with Anthony Wong playing the character this time out as the... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

NYAFF 2012 Review: DOOMSDAY BOOK

I ain't gonna explain the backstory any better than the fine folks over at Subway Cinema: Originally planned to be a three-parter directed by Kim Jee-woon, Yim Pil-Sung (director of Hansel & Gretel and Antarctic Journal), and Han Jae-Rim (The Show Must Go... More »
  

Hey NYC! Wanna Win Tix To See CORMAN'S WORLD?

I'd imagine that if you're a regular reader of Twitch, then the answer is yes.In our NYFF 2011 wrap-up , Peter Gutierrez said of Corman's World: The Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, Alex Stapleton's doc on moviemaking maniac Roger Corman:... More »
  

Michael Fassbender Appears To Be In Quite The Pickle In The Trailer For Steve McQueen's SHAME

Shame -- a short, compact word, one that we seem to forget the full force of quite often. Well, perhaps Steve McQueen's follow-up to his equally simple-titled-but-loaded Hunger can remind us just how hard hitting a word it can be.... More »
  

NYAFF 2011: HAUNTERS Review (A Very Different Take)

The screenwriter behind Kim Jee-woon's The Good, The Bad and The Weird makes his directorial debut with Korean box office hit, Haunters. Haunters is a quasi-superhero flick depicting the adversarial relationship between a powerful "psychic" and the only man impervious... More »
  

NYAFF 2011: OCEAN HEAVEN Review

I won't lie: everything about the drama Ocean Heaven reeks of the kind of treacly drama and straining for "seriousness" that every action star seems to go through at least once in their career. In this case, it's Jet Li,... More »
  

NYAFF 2011: BEDEVILLED Review

This review contains spoilers.You know the saying, "A nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there?" Well, Moo-do Island isn't even a nice place to visit. With a population of roughly nine- including a pair of abusive... More »
  

NYAFF 2011: FOXY FESTIVAL Review

Hae-Young Lee's Foxy Festival is a romantic comedy about letting your freak flag fly set to a boom chikka chikka disco porn rhythm. For the most part, it's very funny, and occasionally sweet. But the overall experience suffers because one... More »
  

NYAFF 2011: SELL OUT! Review (Charles' Take)

Sell Out! is one of those movies that could have been so much better had it overcome so many "if's." If its ideas had been less scattershot and more focused, it might have been an incisive satire about the (sometimes)... More »
  

NYAFF 2011: MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED Review

Aussie documentarian Mark Hartley returns with another exploitation expose for the discriminating connoisseur of crap. Only this time around he emigrates from his native Australia to focus on the down and dirty films of the Philippine Islands. Those familiar with... More »
  

NYAFF Is Just Around The Corner And That Means...

Robots, ninjas, dancing, slicing, ninja kids... deer. Just another typical New York Asian Film Festival... or is it? 'Cause this year it is their tenth anniversary, and boy by the looks of their official trailer do things look sweet. Take... More »
  
 
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