International Interviews - Foreign, Overseas

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 »
By Diva Vélez   

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 »
By Diva Vélez   

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 »
By Diva Vélez   

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 »
By Diva Vélez   

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 »
By Diva Vélez   

Kazuaki Kiriya Talks LAST KNIGHTS As He Brings His 47 Ronin Tale Home

With Last Knights, Kazuaki Kiriya retells Japan's treasured story of loyalty, revenge and sacrifice, 47 Ronin. Moving the action away from his native country to a medieval European land, the masterless samurai of the true life story have become disavowed... More »

Interview: Director Sono Sion Talks TOKYO TRIBE

Before releasing the crazy amount of six films in only one year, master filmmaker Sono Sion adapted the manga Tokyo Tribes into a unique and fun hip hop musical about several rival gangs (all but one very violent) that are... More »

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 »
By Diva Vélez   

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 »
By Diva Vélez   

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 »
By Diva Vélez   

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 »
By Diva Vélez   

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 »
By Diva Vélez   

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 »
By Diva Vélez   

New York Asian 2015 Interview: In CHASUKE'S JOURNEY, Sabu Reveals That Heaven Is Full Of Hacks

The often-emulated mix of rapid-fire, kinetic energy, sharp, dark humor, characters tossed about by the vagaries of fate, and a heart full of homegrown truths has made Sabu one of Japan's most revered modern filmmakers. The director brought Chasuke's Journey,... More »
By Diva Vélez   

New York Asian 2015 Interview: THE WHISTLEBLOWER Director Yim Soon-rye Talks Changes For Women In Korean Film Industry

As part of the New York Asian Film Festival's celebration of female Korean filmmakers, South Korea's most successful female director, Yim Soon-rye screens her latest, The Whistleblower. Director Yim spoke with me about the changes in the industry landscape since... More »
By Diva Vélez   

New York Asian 2015 Interview: Boo Ji-young And Shim Jae-myung Talk CART, Casting K-Pop Stars, And Advice For Women Filmmakers

Director Boo Ji-young's Cart, shines a light on the real life story of a shopworkers' strike against unfair labour practices that lasted over a year. As part of the New York Asian Film Festival's focus on Myung Films, the production... More »
By Diva Vélez   

Interview: Director SS Rajamouli On BAAHUBALI, An Epic Undertaking

This Friday sees the domestic release of Baahubali: The Beginning, touted as the most expensive Indian film ever made. Directed by SS Rajamouli (Eega, Magadheera) and boasting a cast that includes such talents as Prabhas, Anushka Shetty and Rana Daggubati,... More »
By James Marsh   

Interview: Billy Christian Talks TUYUL: PART 1, His Indonesian Horror Film

Tuyul: Part 1 will be released in Indonesian cinemas nationwide this week, and before that we got a chance to talk briefly with director Billy Christian about his film, specifically, and Indonesian horror films in general. What's so interesting about... More »
By William Chandra   

Interview: Bong Joon-ho Looks Back At MOTHER While Looking Forward To OKJA

The Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, New York, hosted a 3-week long retrospective of the feature films of Korean auteur, Bong Joon-ho.  After the screening of the haunting Mother, remastered into black and white, Bong and producer, Choi Dooho... More »
By Diva Vélez   

Osaka 2015: VIOLATOR's Dodo Dayao Talks Demons, Saints And The State of Filipino Horror

The winner of Manila's Cinema One Originals Film Festival in November of last year, director Dodo Dayao's astounding directorial debut Violator is now spreading it's dark shadow over the Competition at Osaka Asian Film Festival.Travis Bickle said, "Someday a real... More »
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