International Interviews - Foreign, Overseas

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 »
  

Tokyo FILMeX 2014 - Tsukamoto Shinya Talks FIRES ON THE PLAIN

Director Tsukamoto Shinya garnered a cult following in 1989 following the release of his cyberpunk classic, Tetsuo the Iron Man. The filmmaker has subsequently released two sequels to his breakthrough hit while expressing considerable talent in a range of... More »
  

Japan Film Festival 2014 Interview: Director Keishi Otomo On The KENSHIN Trilogy

The Kenshin trilogy played in Melbourne at the Japan Film Festival on the weekend.These glorious action spectacles enamored a sold out crowd with back-to-back screenings. The fan power was in full force and all three films equally impressed.Here are... More »
  

L'Etrange 2014: Sono Sion Talks TOKYO TRIBE And All Things Etrange

This past Monday, L'Etrange Festival brought together Sono Sion and 500 hyped up fans for an absolutely electric screening of Tokyo Tribe. Though the French speaking audience learned at the last minute the print would only have English subtitles, it... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

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 »
By Diva Vélez   
  

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 »
By Diva Vélez   
  

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 »
By Diva Vélez   
  

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 »
By Diva Vélez   
  

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 »
By Diva Vélez   
  
 
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