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John Boorman Talks QUEEN AND COUNTRY, Directing Marvin, Mifune, Merlin And Mirren

At a retrospective at New York's Film Forum, including the baroque thriller, Point Blank, the Appalachian nightmare, Deliverance, the bizarre, sci-fi adventure, Zardoz, and his epic Arthurian legend, Excalibur, Director John Boorman premiered Queen And Country, the sequel to his... More »
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Directors Andrew Lau And Andrew Loo Talk REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS

Based on actual crimes committed by the Chinatown gangs of late 1980s, Revenge of the Green Dragons is a gritty, real-life nightmare.  I chatted with co-directors Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs, Young and Dangerous) and Andrew Loo about partnering with executive... More »
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Japan Cuts 2014: Kitamura Kazuki Talks KILLERS, MAN FROM RENO And NEKO SAMURAI

Beginning his career as one of Takashi Miike's go-tos in films like The Way to Fight and The Man in White, hitting his stride in Ryuhei Kitamura's Azumi and Godzilla: Final Wars, and even turning up as one of the... 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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NY Asian 2014 Interview: Talking with Sandra Ng, Hong Kong's Queen of Comedy

With a career spanning over a quarter century and some hundred films to her credit, including the Young and Dangerous series, a bunch of movies with fellow HK legend, Stephen Chow, and both her own incredibly popular Golden Chicken installments,... More »
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NY Asian 2014 Interview: Alan Mak And Felix Chong Talk OVERHEARD 3 And The Progression Of Hong Kong Film

Having achieved cinematic success both separately and as a team, Alan Mak and Felix Chong came to the New York Asian Film Festival to introduce their latest codirecting collaboration, the cyber-surveillance thriller, OVERHEARD 3. I sat down for a chat... More »
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Acting Legend John Hurt And Co-Writer Kelly Masterson Talk SNOWPIERCER

Many moons past, at an NYC dinner where the soju flowed freely, Director Bong Joon-ho revealed his plans to adapt the French graphic novel, Le Transperceneige, as an international production. Five years later, Snowpiercer has finally barreled into US cinemas. ... More »
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Legendary Actor Nakadai Tatsuya Talks THE FACE OF ANOTHER And The Golden Age Of Japanese Cinema

Handsome, expressive, with a wry sense of humour and an incredible range, Nakadai Tatsuya starred in some of the films the defined Japan's Golden Age of cinema, working with directing icons like Kobayashi Masaki, Kurosawa Akira, and Ichikawa Kon in... More »
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BELLE: Miranda Richardson And Gugu Mbatha-Raw On Exploring A Rarely Seen Part Of History

Here's my chat with the stars of Belle, the Georgian-era biopic of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate child of a British Lord and an African slave, who was raised into nobility and whose influence helped end slavery in the UK.... More »
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2: Producers Avi Arad And Matt Tolmach Talk Colour Blind Casting, Future Films And Death Threats

From a fan to the father of Marvel Studios; I sat down for a chat with legendary producer Avi Arad during New York press for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  Mr. Arad and co-producer Matt Tolmach talked of future films, colour... More »
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Interview: Gareth Evans Talks THE RAID 2

We had an excellent transcontinental conversation with The Raid 2 (orig. title:The Raid 2: Berandal) director Gareth Evans, starting at the New York red carpet premiere of his explosive, bombastic, butt-kicking sequel, and ending moments before a Q&A in the... More »
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