A stark, beautiful debut from cinematographer Sonthar Gyal. Could we be looking at the start of a true Tibetan cinema scene…? Continue reading
We take a look at the latest version of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. This time with barely-clad high school girls – hang on, say what?… Continue reading
We welcome dakkar as a regular reviewer to our site, specialising in Anime. Enough: let’s just allow the fella to introduce himself… Continue reading
A playful, knowing comedy from Cannes favourite Hong Sang-soo (HaHaHa, Oki’s Movie)… Continue reading
A simple tale, beautifully filmed and acted, and a rare insight into Muslim life in Kerala… Continue reading
…And boy, what a lovely cover it has too.
(Now who could have been responsible for that, do you think?)
Our friends over at Screen Power Publishing have just released the latest issue of their official Jackie Chan magazine Screen Power. The lead feature is on Jackie’s 100th movie, 1911. Other features include: Shaolin, Cine-Asia DVD and Blu-ray examined; Armour of God 2: Operation Condor revisited; JC Character Study: Fearless Hyena; JC Evolution; Chan Files; JC Stuntman Allen Keng Remembers Highbinders; Reviews; Previews; Competitions; Readers Letters; Industry News and much more!
To get yourself a copy, head on over to Screen Power’s website for more info…
Swedish company MovieScore Media will be releasing French composer Nicolas Errèra’s epic orchestral score from Shaolin digitally online on 25 October, 2011, with a very limited CD release following on 1 November… Continue reading
You’d never guess it was almost Halloween as this week’s Korean Film night features, oh, well, yet another horror. This time it’s Yun Jae-yeon’s Yoga, concerning a girl who visits a mysterious yoga institute run by an ex-actress where her radically changed friend recommended for her to go. At the intensive training course the young yoga master, Nani, explains to her and four other girls that only one person can master the course and successfully discover the secret of immortal beauty. Of course, there has to be a catch…
The film stars Eu-gene, Cha Soo-yeon, Park Han-byul, Jo Eun-ji, Lee Young-jin, Kim Hye-na, and Hwang Seung-eon, and will be screened this Thursday evening at 7pm, 20 October. Screenings are free but places must be booked in advance. Note that visitors cannot be admitted after 7.10pm.
See the official KCCUK website for more information.
There won’t be any free screenings during November, but that’s because the London Korean Film Festival gets under way from 3 November, opening with screening of one of the biggest Korean box office successes, War of The Arrows aka Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon with Director Kim Han-min at the Odeon West End, Leicester Square.
The festival then moves onto the ICA with a look at the special relationship between the North & South with The Front Line, Dance Town, Yellow Sea and Poongsan as well as a number of great family and comedies in Sunny, Suicide Forecast, Leafie a Hen Into The Wild, Detective K and the Mise-en-scene Short Film Section. As well as the ICA the festival will host a number of free events at the KCCUK and a complete retrospective of director Ryoo Seung-wan which includes the Closing Gala The Unjust.
» You can find out more on the festival and book tickets at koreanfilm.co.uk.
Saw meets University Challenge in this effective horror debut from South Korean director Yoon Hong-Seung (aka Chang)… Continue reading
In honour of the UK screening of Park Chan-wook’s Paranmanjang (Night Fishing), filmed entirely on an iPhone, the London Korean Film Festival are running a competition or anyone to enter a one minute short film, shot on a mobile phone… Continue reading
The likeable OVA series designed by Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira, Memories) and co-written by Katsuhiko Chiba (Blue Dragon, Slayers), Yuuichi Nomura (Xam’d: Lost Memories) and Dai Sato (Casshern, Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex) finally makes it onto UK DVD and Blu-ray, but are we on too familiar ground?… Continue reading
Despite ongoing issues from the Sony DADC Warehouse that’s rocked the UK’s independent music and film distributors to their very core, the first release from Terracotta’s offshoot Terror-cotta, Death Bell, will be on release from today despite previous reports.
The first feature from the director described as Korea’s equivalent to Michel Gondry or Spike Jonze, Yoon Hong-Seung (aka Chang), concerns a group of students at an elite high-school who get locked-in and forced into a series of sadistic games and quizzes where one student will die in a gruesome manner for each incorrect answer. Yep, not exactly Bob Holness on Blockbusters… (can I have a ‘P’ please?)
Joey from Terracotta is keen to point out that copies will be very limited, so make sure you order yours today!
You can also catch the film at the Korean Cultural Centre, London, as their Korean Film Night screening. As always the screening is free, but places must be booked in advance. Note that visitors cannot be admitted after 7.10pm. See their official site for more information and how to book.
Review coming soon… when Terracotta stop trying to catch me out on release dates!
Another popular manga and anime series gets the live-action makeover in a promising treatment by director Shinsuke Sato (The Princess Blade, Sand Chronicles) co-starring the ever popular Kenichi Matsuyama (Norwegian Wood, Kamui: The Lone Ninja) – and yes, the sequel is already on the way!… Continue reading
(And that very special letter opener! Now don’t go using that on the postman when this arrives!)
It’s been another bumper virtual postbag, with over 200 entries, so thanks to everyone who entered. If you didn’t win this time keep you eyes on easternKicks, as there’ll be another competition very soon!
This week’s Korean Film night features horror Possessed (aka Living Death). Directed by Lee Yong-ju, it stars Nam Sang-me, Ryu Seung-ryong and Kim Do-yeon.
A college student named Hee Jin (Nam Sang Mi) returns home when her 14-year-old sister So Jin (Shim Eun Kyung) goes missing. Her mother, a fanatic churchgoer, resorts to prayer and refuses to work with the lazy police to find So Jin. Meanwhile, a neighbor commits suicide and leaves a will for So Jin, and Hee Jin hears rumours that her sister had been possessed. The whereabouts of So Jin become increasingly elusive and the dead neighbour begins appearing in Hee Jin’s dreams.
The film will be screened this Thursday evening at 7pm, 8 September. Screenings are free but places must be booked in advance. Note that visitors cannot be admitted after 7.10pm.