Coming soon*...

  • Mifune: The Last Samurai | Coming on 28 February, 2017
  • The Spring River Flows East | Coming on 1 March, 2017
  • One Night Only | Coming on 2 March, 2017
  • Seoul Station UK Digital and DVD/Bluray Release Announced | Coming on 2 March, 2017
  • Yun Jun-hyeong interview: “It’s took six or seven years to make the film!“ | Coming on 7 March, 2017
*Dates may change

Latest news

All the latest news from Asian cinema...

  • News

    Headshot to be Screened in UK Cinemas and VOD on 3rd March

    Arrow Films released UK trailer before UK cinema and VOD release at the end of this week

  • News

    Asian Film News Weekly Roundup: February 18 to February 24

    News this week: Kim Min-hee wins Silver Bear, The Raid ‘US’ remake, India bans Lipstick Under My Burkha

  • News

    Japanese director Momoko Ando brings UK Premiere of ‘0.5mm’ to London

    As part of Japan Now, writer and director Momoko Ando screens the UK premiere of her film on Saturday 25th February

  • News

    12th Osaka Asian Film Festival Full Line-Up Has Been Announced!

    The Osaka Asian Film Festival 2017 celebrates city’s culture and Asian films…

  • News

    Asian Film News Weekly Roundup: February 11th to 17th

    China filmmakers took away Berlinale awards, In This Corner of The World crossed two billion yen in Japan box office followed by North America release…

  • News

    Tharlo gets US release on DVD & VOD from Icarus Films

    Coming to US DVD and Video-on-demand today, February 14th, Icarus Films release award winning THARLO

12th Osaka Asian Film Festival 2017

  • Review

    Her Mother

    A different approach to both Japanese indie film and the theme of crime and punishment…

    4 stars
  • Review

    By The Time It Gets Dark

    A beguiling meditation on Thailand’s troubled history, but this second feature from Anocha Suwichakornpong is disaffecting in its convolution…

    3 stars
  • Interview

    Shanjhey Kumar Perumal interview: “Jagat is my revenge to the system”

    We talk to the director about his debut feature film, masculinity and production difficulties in Malaysia…

  • Interview

    Dain Iskandar Said interview: “A script is not a picture. We all...

    We talk to the director about his latest film, cinema in general, and the differentiability of people…

  • Interview

    Apocalypse Child Cast Interview – Part 2: “Our sex scene was on...

    Director Mario Cornejo and his cast discuss the horrors of filming on a beach, in Part 2 of our extended interview with the cast of 5***** film APOCALYPSE CHILD

  • Review

    I Am Not Madame Bovary

    Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Especially when she’s Fan Bingbing!…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Interchange

    Dain Said moves from rural kampong village to modern Southeast Asian city, a take on Malaysian film noir…

    4 stars
  • Review

    SoulMate

    A wonderful, romantic, coming-of-age drama about the choice between friendship and love…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Mrs B., A North Korean Woman

    Jero Yun’s observation of a North Korean woman’s struggle for a ‘normal’ life traces the political climate through a fundamentally human story…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Apocalypse Child

    Fun-filled, escapist, adventures of myth, weaving a lingering multi-narrative surfing escapade of emotional turmoil and personal connections…

    5 stars

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017

The Japan Foundation presents “Odd Obsessions: Desires, Hopes and Impulses in Japanese Cinema”, a touring programme starting in London at the ICA from 3rd February.

  • Interview

    Shuichi Okita interview: “I’d try genres like mystery films, but even then...

    We talk to the director of The Mohican Comes Home and A Story of Yonosuke

  • Review

    Flying Colors

    Success beats failure in Nobuhiro Doi’s motivational high school comedy…

    3.5 stars
  • News

    The 2017 Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme line-up is announced!

    14 films will be presented as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017 from 3rd February – 26th March…

  • Review

    Pale Moon

    A married woman in her forties becomes an unlikely criminal in order to indulge her young lover…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Flying Colors

    Many didactic messages hiding under a heartwarming story about the “cool” girl who decides to get into university…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Kabukicho Love Hotel

    24 hours following the lives of characters connected to a love hotel in Tokyo’s red light district…

    3.5 stars
  • Interview

    Shota Sometani and Ryuichi Hiroki interview | Kabukicho Love Hotel

    As part of NYAFF2015, we talk to rising star Shota Sometani and his Kabukicho Love Hotel director…

  • Review

    Kabukicho Love Hotel

    Ryuichi Hiroki’s return to independent, erotic, pink cinema is a flaccidly dull waltz through a day at a Japanese love hotel…

    2 stars

23rd Vesoul International Film Festival

Festival International des Cinémas d’Asie de Vesoul returns for its 23rd edition, features more than 90 films to ‘discovering, defending, promoting and even remembering cinematographic masterpieces’. Running from 7 to 14 February 2017…

  • Review

    Being Born (Be Donya Amadan)

    An unplanned pregnancy puts a couple’s ability to love and compromise to the test in modern Tehran…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Going the Distance

    You can destroy your life in one act of kindness…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Lost Daughter

    The Crossing back again, second families and split identities…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Her Mother

    A different approach to both Japanese indie film and the theme of crime and punishment…

    4 stars
  • Review

    The Dark Wind

    Following the true story of the genocide of the Yazidi people by ISIS, one man sets out to save his wife from rape and slavery…

    3.5 stars
  • News

    23rd Vesoul International Film Festival Full Line-Up Has Been Announced!

    This year’s film festival tributes to Japan, Sri Lanka and Asian countryside…

  • Review

    The Tunnel

    One of 2016’s headline SK films: the ultimate disaster movie, with impressive characterisation and less CGI…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    After The Storm

    Koreeda may have struck a familiar groove, but it’s one that can play on and on…

    5 stars
  • Review

    Your Name

    From a comedy premise, a serious story full of strong feelings…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    The Bacchus Lady

    Youn Yuh-jung stars in E J-Yong’s comedy drama about elderly sex workers…

    4 stars

Korean Film Nights: Chills and Thrills

Korean Film Nights returns to London in 2017 with the first of three mini-seasons. The first, curated by Dr Colette Balmain, brings an apt wintry chill with the best of K-horror. From 16 February to 23rd March.

  • News

    Korean Film Nights come back in 2017 with South Korean Horror Films

    Korean Film Night’s first miniseason will present six selected films that will shake audience up with all good things K-Horror…

  • Review

    Fatal Intuition

    Korean supernatural thriller that makes good use of familiar themes…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Fatal Intuition

    Entertaining and suspenseful, a ghostly suspense thriller way above expectations…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Mourning Grave

    Familiar-sounding Korean film about a boy who can see ghosts, which turns out to be much better than expected…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Horror Stories Vol. 1 and 2

    A double bill of horror anthologies that offers a variety of short shockers from a collection of Korea’s top genre directors…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    A Blood Pledge (Whispering Corridors 5)

    The fifth in the popular Korean Horror series about ghostly goings-on in all-girl School brings yet another compelling film to fans of the genre…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    The Red Shoes

    Some girls will do anything for that pair of Jimmy Choo’s – but perhaps this is going to far?…

    3.5 stars

Glasgow International Film Festival 2017

‘The Silent Voice’ Makes its First UK Debut Along with ‘Mifune: The Last Samurai’ strand at this year’s film festival, running from 15 to 26 February.

  • Review

    The Age Of Shadows

    Kim Jee-woon’s direction of the first Korean Warner Bros production is as slick as Hollywood, but sadly as one-dimensional…

    3.5 stars
  • News

    Glasgow Film Festival 2017 Line-Up Has Been Announced!

    ‘The Silent Voice’ Makes its First UK Debut Along with ‘Mifune: The Last Samurai’ strand at this year’s film festival…

  • Review

    Seven Samurai

    Seven people must defend one village against a group of bandits in the greatest Japanese film of all time…

    5 stars
  • Review

    The Age of Shadows

    What is it with Gong Yoo and trains? First Train to Busan and now this?…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Old Stone

    Taxi driver Lao Shi discovers no good deed goes unpunished, in Johnny Ma’s celebrated debut feature…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Harmonium

    Tadanobu Asano shines in this dark thriller…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Shin Godzilla

    The king of the monsters makes a grand entrance once again…

    5 stars

Top 10 Asian Films of 2016

Voted on by 11 writers from the team, the easternKicks Top 10 Asian films were selected from over 600 votes, chosen out of 300+ reviews on the site this year.

  • Feature

    Top 10 Films of 2016: 1. The Wailing

    The easternKicks #1 film for 2016 is THE WAILING! Discover here why its the top of our Top 10 Films of 2016 list…

  • Feature

    Top 10 Films of 2016: 2. Train To Busan

    The best zombie-train-family drama-movie of 2016 graces #2 on the easternKicks Top Ten of 2016, and here’s why…

  • Feature

    Top 10 Films of 2016: 3. Your Name

    Impressive storytelling and intricate detail makes Your Name #3 in the easternKicks Top 10 Films of 2016

  • Feature

    Top 10 Films of 2016: 4. Creepy

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s latest film deserves its place as #4 on easternKicks Top Ten of 2016, and here’s why…

  • Feature

    Top 10 Films of 2016: 5. The Handmaiden

    In at #5 for easternKicks’ Top 10 Films of 2016; leaving audiences thrilled, amused and awed in equal pleasure…

  • Feature

    Top 10 Films of 2016: 6. Hime-Anole

    Keisuke Yoshida’s film comes in at #6 on the easternKicks Top 10 Films of 2016 as a brutal punch to the gut…

  • Feature

    Top 10 Films of 2016: 7. After The Storm

    Hirokazu Koreeda continues his legacy as the master of Japanese drama, #7 in the Top 10 Films of 2016…

  • Feature

    Top 10 Films of 2016: 8. The Mermaid

    Stephen’s favourite comes in at #8 in our Top 10 Films of 2016, the most successful Chinese language film ever…

  • Feature

    Top 10 Films of 2016: 9. The Tunnel

    Kim Seung-hun’s effective, manipulative thriller The Tunnel is #9 in the easternKicks Top 10 Films of 2016…

  • Feature

    Top 10 Films of 2016: 10. The Bacchus Lady

    The Bacchus Lady starts off easternKicks’ Top 10 Film of 2016, coming in at #10 on the list…

Shaw Brothers Classics

With the 88 Films ongoing release of Shaw Brothers classic horrors and martial arts on Blu-ray, we look at some of the finest films to come out of the Hong Kong’s world famous studio…

  • Review

    Five Superfighters

    Clash of the Titans kung fu style or a Hong Kong Dirty Almost half-a-dozen…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    The Seeding of a Ghost

    One of the Shaw Brothers’ most infamous and sleazy shockers finally gets the rerelease it deserves…

    5 stars
  • Review

    The Angry Guest

    The “iron triangle” attempts to work its magic with a different approach, but falls pretty flat…

    2.5 stars
  • Review

    Heroes of the East

    A softer version of the Chinese vs Japanese theme in this classic from director Lau Kar-Leung…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    The Killer Snakes

    A downtrodden young man finds he can communicate with snakes, and uses them to take gruesome revenge…

    2 stars
  • Review

    House Of Traps

    Chang Cheh’s action packed, and completely impractical, solution to simple home security! Definitely not sponsored by Ikea…

    4 stars
  • News

    88 Films talk about new 88 Asia Collection

    An exclusive chat with the UK distributor about plans for Shaw Brothers releases and much more beyond!…

  • Review

    Black Magic

    A little sleazy, a little gory and a lot dated. This film is everything you could want from a 1970s horror…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Killer Constable

    A dark and occasionally gory film that delivers a real punch in terms of action and storyline. An unexpected gem…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    The Teahouse

    Kuei Chi-hung’s influential crime drama…

    4 stars

Fresh Wave Wednesdays

Our weekly celebration of work from the Fresh Wave Short Film Competition that supports up and coming young talent.

  • Review

    Fresh Wave 2014: The Glass City

    Wong Hin Lik uses haunting imagery to ruminate on lost love…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Fresh Wave 2015: Definition of Art

    A high school student goes off the rails after a liaison with an abused teacher…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Fresh Wave 2015: Turbulence

    Inspired by several topical events, this smart short sees two parents looking for answers a year on from their daughters’ disappearance…

    3 stars
  • Interview

    Interview with the directors of Ten Years: “We never expected it would...

    We chat to the directors of one of the most infamous films to be released in Hong Kong for a while…

  • Review

    Fresh Wave 2015: A Long Ride

    An accomplished look at a changing Hong Kong…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Fresh Wave 2015: Laughless

    An Orwellian future where laughing is a disease…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Fresh Wave 2015: In Silence

    A mature and impressive domestic drama…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Fresh Wave 2015: See You Once Again

    Mixed emotions and longing between father and daughter…

    4 stars
  • Interview

    Johnnie To interview: “We almost used a whole year for editing!”

    The legendary director talks Fresh Wave and the film by three of its graduates, Trivisa

  • Review

    Fresh Wave 2015: Au Revoir

    Balancing an adventurous narrative with a wistful story of youthful days gone by…

    3.5 stars

Interviews

Our interviews with filmmakers, directors, actors, composers and much more besides from the world of Asian film…

  • Interview

    Shuichi Okita interview: “I’d try genres like mystery films, but even then...

    We talk to the director of The Mohican Comes Home and A Story of Yonosuke

  • Interview

    Mattie Do interview: “I’m an accidental filmmaker!”

    We chat to the director of intelligent Laos horror Dearest Sister

  • Interview

    Koji Shiraishi interview: “There was a responsibility but I did enjoy creating...

    We talk to the director of Grotesque about uniting two J-horror franchises with Sadako vs Kayako

  • Interview

    Otto Bell interview: “I spent all my life savings, and then another...

    We sit down with the director of documentary The Eagle Huntress, ahead of its release in UK cinemas this week…

  • Interview

    Park Hong-min interview: “I didn’t plan to have it in 3D”

    The director of A Fish and Alone talks about his films, DIY 3D and much more…

  • Interview

    Shanjhey Kumar Perumal interview: “Jagat is my revenge to the system”

    We talk to the director about his debut feature film, masculinity and production difficulties in Malaysia…

  • Interview

    Dain Iskandar Said interview: “A script is not a picture. We all...

    We talk to the director about his latest film, cinema in general, and the differentiability of people…

  • Interview

    Apocalypse Child Cast Interview – Part 2: “Our sex scene was on...

    Director Mario Cornejo and his cast discuss the horrors of filming on a beach, in Part 2 of our extended interview with the cast of 5***** film APOCALYPSE CHILD

  • Interview

    Lee Kyoung-mi Interview: ” I don’t think that films can change the...

    The Truth Beneath director Lee Kyoung-mi conducted an audience Q&A on the opening night of the London Korean Film Festival, and easternKicks were there…

  • Interview

    Ado’Kaliting Pacidal Interview: “I am very determined to promote my music in...

    We talk to the popular singer about her cinematic debut in Panay

From the vaults

Some of our favourite reviews, articles and posts from over 14 years of easternKicks.com…

  • Review

    The Human Condition trilogy

    The steep path of the righteous man…

    5 stars
  • Review

    The Exclusive: Beat The Devil’s Tattoo

    An entertaining stab at media obsession with headline-grabbing stories…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Cold War 2

    The sequel to the 2012 hit follows more scheming and corruptions in the Hong Kong justice system…

    4 stars
  • Review

    The Tiger: An Old Hunter’s Tale

    An old hunter reluctantly agrees to track and kill the last tiger of Joseon…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    The Tenants Downstairs

    Perversion, madness and murder run wild in this Category III style Taiwanese shocker…

    4 stars
  • Review

    A Bride for Rip Van Winkle

    Shunji Iwai comes back to live-action film-making with a three hour epic relationship drama…

    4 stars
  • Review

    The Rambling Guitarist

    Elvis meets the Yakuza in this western inspired urban youth picture from the Japanese New Wave…

    3 stars
  • Review

    The Final Master

    I hope the word “final” in the title implies truth in advertising…

    2 stars
  • Feature

    easternKickers reacts! The Assassin

    A semi-regular series where we look at one film and give our opinions on it. First up, the marmite of wuxia, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin

  • Review

    Fatal Intuition

    Entertaining and suspenseful, a ghostly suspense thriller way above expectations…

    4 stars