Review: A FOOL, A Stark Reminder That In China Nice Guys Finish Last

Based on Hu Xuewen's novel Running Moonlight, actor Chen Jianbin's directorial debut is a harsh reminder of humanity's predatory nature, as an honest farmer's efforts to help a young homeless man set of a chain of calamitous events.Chen Jianbin was... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Udine 2015 Review: Political Thriller HELIOS Aims High But Misfires

Following Cold War, an interesting and surprisingly bureaucratic action film, Sunny Luk and Longman Leung strive for bigger and louder with Helios, an overambitious and convoluted thriller that had its international premiere at the 17th Udine Far East Film Festival.... More »
  

Malaysian Thriller FULL THROTTLE Bags FURIOUS 7 DP Stephen Windon To Direct

Stephen Windon, the Australian cinematographer best known for his work on the Fast & Furious franchise, has been announced as the director of Full Throttle, a Malaysian-based action thriller produced by DragonSlate Media.This will mark the directorial debut for Windon,... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Udine 2015 Review: War Drama DRAGON BLADE Might Be The New UNESCO Representative

The Udine Far East Film Festival (FEFF) opened its 17th edition with a bang. Not only did the Italian festival hold the world premiere of the international cut of Dragon Blade, it also managed to have Jackie Chan himself introducing... More »
  

Udine 2015 Review: THE WICKED, An Effectively Thrilling Exercise In Low-Budget Filmmaking

Bolstered and braced by a wonderfully sinister performance from the relatively unknown young South Korean actress Park Ju-hui, Yoo Young-sun's The Wicked is a slow-paced but nicely modulated and effectively gripping exercise in low-budget indie filmmaking. Shot in a mere... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

Check Out The First Poster For S.S. Rajamouli's BAAHUBALI: THE BEGINNING

We are huge fans of Telugu director S.S. Rajamouli round these parts, and after a recent visit to the production offices of his latest opus, Baahubali has fast become one of our most hotly anticipated films of the year. Due... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Udine 2015 Review: MAKE ROOM Makes Perfect Use Of Its Very Limited Location

Genuinely funny, touching, and cleverly realized, Morikawa Kei's Make Room (メイクルーム) plays like a modest but deft combination between a chamber-like dramedy and well-observed ensemble piece that derives most of its energy from a wealth of enthusiastic performances and witty... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

THE THIEVES Director Delivers More High Gloss Action With ASSASSINATION Trailer

South Korea's Choi Dong-hun has arguably become the nation's most reliable purveyor of big time, high gloss popcorn cinema with just enough depth to keep even critics happy. Choi has delivered a string of big time hits in Korea -... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Crowdfund This: JIÀOLIÀN [COACH], An Inside Look At Basketball In China

It's rare on 'Crowdfund This' to feature a campaign for a documentary, which makes today an intriguing one on the outset. But wait until you take a closer look at just what Esteban Argüello's Jiàoliàn [Coach] has in store. Jiàoliàn... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Hey Australia! Win Tickets To See THE LEFT EAR In Cinemas!

The Left Ear is a coming-of-age film that marks popular Chinese actor and singer Alec Su's directorial debut. Based on the novel of the same name by Rao Xueman, the plot revolves around the relationships between four teenagers. The film... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

UPDATED: Martial Artist Darren Shahlavi: 1972 - 2015

UPDATE: Three months after the tragic death of martial artist Darren Shahlavi, on 14 January at the age of 42, his family have received the official coroner's report from the Los Angeles County Coroners Department, and would like it to... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

New York Indian Film Festival 2015: TwitchFilm Picks 8 Must-See Titles

The 15th annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) kicks off on Monday, May 4th and this year's lineup is a doozy. The festival features everything from brand new independent features to North American premieres of Bollywood critics' darlings, to a... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

DEATH NOTE: Adam Wingard Now Attached To English Version Of Japanese Manga

THR is reporting that Adam Wingard, director of festival favorites You're Next and The Guest, is now attached to the English language version of Death Note for Warner Bros. No word if longtime partner Simon Barrett is coming on board... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Udine 2015 Review: PARASYTE - COMPLETION, A Conclusion In Need Of A Pay-Off

Much like how Parasyte Part 1 suffered from being all set-up, so its sequel, Parasite - Completion, is similarly hobbled by being mostly a series of climactic stand-offs and philosophical summations, with precious little build-up or satisfactory pay-off.An unspecified yet brief amount... More »
By James Marsh   
  

More Tony Jaa Versus Wu Jing In Second SPL 2 Trailer!

While Thai martial arts star Tony Jaa may not have gotten a whole load of screen time in Furious 7 it seems like very nearly the entire population of the globe has seen at least a little bit of him... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Mattie Do's DEAREST SISTER Begins Production, Check Out The First Stills!

We have been tracking the development of Laotian director Mattie Do's sophomore feature Dearest Sister for quite some time here - actively promoting the crowdfunding campaign that helped fund the picture - and are quite pleased to announce that things... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: JASMINE, A Claustrophobic Twilight Zone Of Revenge

Dax Phelan, veteran screenwriter and producer based in Los Angeles got the Hong Kong bug on a writing research trip to the city in 2005. By his own tongue-in-cheek admission, it had become somewhat tedious being handsomely paid for writing... More »
By Ezra Emerson   
  

Studio Ghibli Co-Producing Dudok de Wit's THE RED TURTLE

While famed Japanese production house Studio Ghibli is in the midst of a major transition period with nobody seeming to be sure what - if anything - will be the studio's next steps in Japan following the retirement of co-founder... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Sono Sion Declares War On Schoolgirls With TAG

You'd think at some point that director Sono Sion would run out of crazy. But nope. Here comes a trailer for another of the whopping six titles the Japanese maverick has slated for release this year and it continues to... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

COMIC 8: CASINO KINGS Trailer Spoofs On THE RAID, HUNGER GAMES With A Big Ass Croc Thrown Into The Mix ...

Like most - I suspect - outside of Indonesia, I have never had the chance to see the original Indonesian comedy Comic 8. But based on the trailer for Anggy Umbara's upcoming sequel Comic 8: Casino Kings I really, really... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
 
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