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A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING: Tom Tykwer Talks Tom Hanks And Breaking Borders

With a career that’s been nonstop since setting off cinematic sparks with the kinetic Run Lola Run, director Tom Tykwer spoke to us about his latest film, A Hologram for the King.  Tykwer talks of depicting realistic Muslim characters, breaking... More »
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MONSTER HUNT's Raman Hui On Live Actors Vs The Gingerbread Man And How Shrek Helped Him Make China's Biggest Box Office Hit

Having worked on the Antz and Shrek for his DreamWorks alma mater, director Raman Hui knows a thing about monster hits. Still, Hui could not have been prepared to make China's biggest box office hit of all time with Monster... More »
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Interview: K-Pop Superstar Choi Siwon Of Super Junior On Action And Oscar Winners In Jackie Chan's DRAGON BLADE

Never one to let the grass grow under his feet, the legendary Jackie Chan has made headway into South Korea's burgeoning Hallyu wave, with appearances on local television and even starting his own K-Pop group, JJCC.  For Jackie's latest, Dragon... More »
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New York Korean 2015 Interview: Director Shin Su-won On MADONNA's Disturbing Real-Life Inspirations

Director Shin Su-won's Madonna is a stark and disturbing parable of extreme class inequality, rich versus poor, and society's increasing lack of value for human life.  At the New York Korean Film Festival, Director Shin explained how the sight of... More »
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New York Korean 2015 Interview: Ryoo Seung-wan On VETERAN's International Success And The Possibilities Of Leaving The Action Genre

Little did we know when we spoke with director Ryoo Seung-wan over the phone for the Los Angeles premiere of his Korean blockbuster, Veteran, that he would be here in the flesh as part of the New York Korean Film... More »
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New York Korean 2015 Interview: Ko Ah-sung On OFFICE, Bong Joon-ho And The Power Of Song Kang-ho And Tilda Swinton

From her memorable feature debut in director Bong Joon-ho's 2006 monster opus, The Host/Gwoemul, to her recent reunion with the director for the international hit, Snowpiercer, and many interesting projects in between, Ko Ah-sung has been determined to carve out... More »
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New York Korea 2015 Interview: THE SHAMELESS, Director Oh Seung-uk Talks 14 Years Of Waiting

Starting his cinematic life as a screenwriter for films like Green Fish and Christmas in August, Oh Seung-uk made his directorial debut in 2001 with Kilimanjaro, a tense story of crime and hidden identities. Fourteen years later, Oh steps behind... More »
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New York Korean 2015 Interview: OFFICE, Director Hong Won-chan Talks Tweaking Genres In His Debut Thriller

Having screenwritten hits like Confession of Murder, The Chaser and The Yellow Sea, Hong Won-chan makes his directorial debut, with the thriller, Office. Hong spoke with me about tweaking the genre to address larger societal issues and working with star... More »
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THE RESURRECTION OF JAKE THE SNAKE Interview: Jake "The Snake" Roberts And Director Steve Yu Talk Overcoming Addiction

Flamboyant in the squared circle and famously troubled out of it, WWF/WWE legend, Jake "The Snake" Roberts lays bare his battle with addiction and fight for recovery in The Resurrection Of Jake The Snake. Roberts and the film's director, Steve... More »
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Interview: Wrestling Superstars Diamond Dallas Page And Scott Hall Talk Addiction And Recovery In THE RESURRECTION OF JAKE THE SNAKE

The Resurrection Of Jake The Snake focuses on one of professional wrestling's greatest stars, Jake "The Snake" Roberts and his fight for recovery from addiction.  Another wrestling legend, Diamond Dallas Page is the catalyst for Roberts' rehabilitation, seeing his old... More »
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Interview: VETERAN Director Ryoo Seung-wan On Action Challenges And Hollywood Influences

Following his internationally acclaimed actioner The Berlin File, director Ryoo Seung-wan's newest film, Veteran, has already broken box-office records in South Korea within weeks of its release. On the day of Veteran's US red carpet premiere, I had a telephone reunion... More »
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Japan Cuts 2015 Interview: Kudoh Youki Talks Working With Jim Jarmusch And THIS COUNTRY'S SKY

From her days as a teenage pop idol, to her unforgettable turn in Jim Jarmusch's landmark, Mystery Train, and being one of the few saving graces in Memoirs of a Geisha, Kudoh Youki has blazed a trail in the international... More »
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Japan Cuts 2015 Interview: THIS COUNTRY'S SKY Director Arai Haruhiko Talks His Life During Wartime Drama

Screenwriter turned director Arai Haruhiko visits Japan Cuts with his life-during-wartime drama, This Country's Sky. Starring Kudoh Youki and festival favorite Nikaido Fumi as a mother and daughter surviving in the last days of World War II, Director Arai, along... More »
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Japan Cuts 2015 Interview: Ando Sakura Talks ASLEEP, 100 YEN LOVE And The Cut Above Award

Her brilliant performances for some of her country's most notable directors have made Ando Sakura one of Japan's most formidable actors.  Here in New York to receive Japan Cuts' Cut Above award, Ando spoke with me about her festival films,... More »
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Japan Cuts 2015 Interview: THE VOICE OF WATER, Director Yamamoto Masashi Explores The Lure Of Cults, And Blending Fact And Fiction

Having appeared at Japan Cuts previously with his film, Three☆Points, director Yamamoto Masashi returns with his look at the lure of cults and spiritual awakening in his latest film, The Voice of Water. Director Yamamoto spoke with us about blending... More »
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Japan Cuts 2015 Interview: OUT OF MY HAND Director Fukunaga Takeshi Explores The Liberian Immigrant Experience

One of Japan Cuts' more unusual offerings is the story of a Liberian immigrant living in New York, directed by a Japanese immigrant living in New York. Already fêted at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film... More »
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Japan Cuts 2015 Interview: ROUND TRIP HEART, Director Tanada Yuki Goes Off The Beaten Path

The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky was one of Japan Cuts 2013's most-buzzed about offerings. The director of that film, Tanada Yuki, visits the festival this year with her latest feature, Round Trip Heart, a beautiful road trip around... More »
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Japan Cuts 2015 Interview: Director Irie Yu Talks HIBI ROCK And JOKER GAME

Since his 2009 love letter to hip-hop, 8000 Miles screened at Japan Cuts, director Irie Yu has remained a festival favourite. This year, Irie brings us two films, Hibi Rock: Puke Afro and the Pop Star, starring the excellent Nikaido Fumi,... More »
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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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