Review: HARDKOR DISKO Hides Shallow Critique Behind Luscious Visuals

"Be intense or be nothing", says one of the characters in Marcin Skonieczny's dazzling yet ultimately flavorless debut feature Hardkor Disko. Generalizations aside, it's merely a statement that aspires to characterize the youngest generation and its relation to the overpowering... More »
  

First Footage For Kitamura's LUPIN THE THIRD Unveiled!

Versus and Azumi director Kitamura Ryuhei's live action adaptation of the popular manga and anime series Lupin The Third is now in post-production. Filming took place in Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines and Hong Kong. The film tells the story of Lupin,... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

Mickle, Takahata and du Welz Headline Director's Fortnight Lineup

Sundance hits Whiplash and Cold In July along with Melbourne winner These Final Hours feature prominently in the lineup for this year's Director's Fortnight sidebar in Cannes, a selection that also includes the latest from Studio Ghibli co-founder Takahata Isao... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Hey London! Zipangu Fest Returns With FRANK CHICKENS, GOOD WIFE And More!

Arguably the most unique and eclectic of film festivals in the UK to throw its focus on Japanese cinema, Zipangu Fest returns this 1st June, for an evening of weird and wonderful cinematic delights, curated and hosted by acclaimed Japanese... More »
  

First Images From Kim Ki-duk 'Trauma Film' ONE ON ONE

When writing about Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk's upcoming One On One recently HanCinema referred to the picture as a 'trauma film'. And while I can't be certain whether they're quoting the director himself on that front or if they picked... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Check Out The Trailer For BEYOND: The First Horror Film Ever From Kyrgyzstan

Who's up for a bit of horror from Central Asia? Well, you've got it with the first trailer for Beyond (По ту сторону), the first ever horror film from Kyrgyzstan. As has been the case with first horror efforts from... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Small Country, Good Films. HOFF, The Genre Festival In Estonia, Announces Lineup

On the 24th of April, this year, the only genre film festival in the Baltic countries, Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (HOFF) will start, opening with Adam Wingard's You're Next. Now, when the small festival has revealed it's line-up,... More »
  

Check The Trailer For Korean POINT BLANK Remake THE TARGET

An official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, where it will screen in an out of competition slot, single named Korean helmer Chang remakes Fred Cavaye's French action flick Point Blank with The Target.Once a skilled mercenary, Yeo-hoon now leads... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Arnby's WHEN ANIMALS DREAM Anchors Critics Week Lineup

The normally arthouse Critics Weeks lineup at this year's Cannes Film Festival is getting a little bit bloody with the inclusion of Jonas Alexander Arnby's Danish werewolf picture When Animals Dream and David Robert Mitchell's coming of age creature story... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

First Trailer For CG/3D Animated Film STAND BY ME DORAEMON

For most children aged between 3-12 in Japan and other parts of Asia, there is no manga/anime character more enduringly beloved and recognizable than Doraemon, the futuristic robotic cat who travels back in time to aid the young boy Nobita... More »
By Al Young   
  

Here's Your First Look At Michael Ironside In TURBO KID

Does Michal Ironside look like he had a heck of a good time on the set of Turbo Kid? Why yes. Yes he does. Ironside concluded filming his role as Zeus, the sadistic and self-proclaimed leader of the devastated world created... More »
  

Tribeca 2014 Review: DER SAMURAI Giveth (Head) and It Taketh (Head) Away

Der Samurai is the type of film I live for: well made and weird. I count myself lucky if I come across a film like this once every festival or so (unless that festival happens to be Fantastic Fest, in... More »
  

First Teaser For Alan Mak and Felix Chong's OVERHEARD 3

Directors Alan Mak and Felix Ching are headed back to Hong Kong screens with the third installment of their Overheard thriller series. True to form with the shift from the first film to the second - in which the cast... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

THE SAND STORM, A New Sci-fi Short Starring Chinese Artist And Political Activist Ai Wei Wei

Ai Wei Wei is China's most influential contemporary artist, active in numerous fields (sculpture, installation, architecture, photography, and more...), as well as a major political activist for democracy and human rights, making him one of the leading critical voices against... More »
By Uri Aviv   
  

Review: Lav Diaz's NORTE: THE END OF HISTORY is a Masterpiece That Tackles Human Strife

History is often written to objectify the past into a series of related events that lead to the present. As a result, it tends to glorify milestones to the point of neglecting the humanity that is the very soul... More »
By Oggs Cruz   
  

Tribeca 2014 Review: Ivan Kavanagh Dumps All of His Fears into THE CANAL

Take one part Lynchian weirdness, one part Polanski paranoia, toss in a hefty dose of J-Horror, mix 'em and cook 'em in a pot like gumbo, as the noted American poet Ice Cube once said, add just a smidgen of... More »
  

Poster, Trailer And Images For Koike's LUPIN THE THIRD Anime

While Versus director Kitamura Ryuhei has been making headlines with his upcoming live action adaptation of hugely popular and long running manga and anime series Lupin The Third, his is not the only high profile new Lupin project in the... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Full Trailer For HENTAI KAMEN Director's Sentai Comedy JOSHI ZU

After releasing three features on Japanese screens  in 2013 Kids Police and Hentai Kamen director Fukuda Yuichi is showing no signs of slowing down in 2014 with another two films already scheduled for release in the first half of the... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

VANISHING WAVES Duo Receives Development Funding For Upcoming EMERGENCE

What, exactly, is Kristina Buožytė and Bruno Samper's Emergence? Nobody is saying just yet but given the impact that the Lithuanian duo made with their previous effort, Vanishing Waves, expect something exceptional. All we have been able to garner thus... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Miike Takashi Going Back To His Roots With New Film YAKUZA APOCALYPSE

Miike Takashi has started shooting his new film Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War Of The Underworld, reports Screen Daily. While the announcement of any new project by the prolific director automatically brings a great deal of anticipation, what he promises to... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  
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