• Review

    Offbeat Cops

    Uchida delivers what very well might be the feel-good movie of the year…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Space Monster Wangmagwi (Fantasia 2022)

    Long thought lost, the 1967 Korean kaiju film finally rampages onto the screen at Fantasia…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Ox-Head Village

    Melancholic end to Takashi Shimizu’s “haunted village” trilogy…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Okja

    This super pig of a Criterion releases is packed full of meaty and fulfilling extras to gorge on…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Tomie: Forbidden Fruit

    The fourth in the series of adaptations of Junji Ito’s manga sadly doesn’t offer much in the way of horror…

    2.5 stars
  • Review

    Legendary in Action!

    Less a celebration of the golden era of Hong Kong cinema than a nail in the coffin…

    2 stars

COMING SOON...

  • Review: Next Sohee (Fantasia 2022)
  • Review: The Broken Commandment
  • Review: Diary
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Latest news

All the latest news from Asian cinema...

  • News

    China’s FIRST International Film Festival announces full line-up for 2022

    Running from July 27 to August 4, the mecca for Chinese indie cinema welcomes its 16th edition – without an audience…

  • Competitions

    Win Okja on Criterion Collection Blu-ray!

    We have three copies to giveaway!…

  • News

    BFI continues its retrospective of Satyajit Ray

    The two-month season featuring three 4K restorations concludes in August…

  • News

    BFI begins two-month Kinuyo Tanaka season in August

    Celebrating the work of the actor and director who played an essential role in Japanese cinema…

  • News

    Five Flavours’ International People’s Jury announces open call!

    Warsaw’s premier Asian Film Festival welcomes jury participants from across Europe…

  • News

    More Asian films among the final wave of titles announced for Fantasia

    The 26th edition announces its final wave of programming, with July Jung’s Next Sohee revealed as Closing Film…

Fantasia 2022

The 26th edition of Fantasia International Film Festival, which runs in-person July 14 through August 3 in Montreal. Including a Career Achievement Award for John Woo and the works of Satoshi Miki being showcased…

  • Review

    The Killer (Fantasia 2022)

    A hitman on the verge of retirement has to protect a teen girl, leading to familiar but fun thrills…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Seire (Fantasia 2022)

    Eerie Korean folk horror about the belief that no taboos should be broken in the three weeks after a baby’s birth…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Dr. Lamb (2K Restoration) (Fantasia 2022)

    The Cat III classic gets a new 2K restoration, making its madness and depravity all the more jaw-dropping…

    5 stars
  • Review

    Chorokbam (Fantasia 2022)

    A family disintegrates after dark secrets come to light in this occasionally eerie slow cinema Korean indie…

    2 stars
  • Review

    Space Monster Wangmagwi (Fantasia 2022)

    Long thought lost, the 1967 Korean kaiju film finally rampages onto the screen at Fantasia…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Legendary in Action!

    Less a celebration of the golden era of Hong Kong cinema than a nail in the coffin…

    2 stars

NYAFF 2022

The 20th Anniversary edition of the New York Asian Film Festival takes place from July 15th to 31st, with in-person screenings, guests and special events…

  • Review

    Ox-Head Village

    Melancholic end to Takashi Shimizu’s “haunted village” trilogy…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Legendary in Action!

    Less a celebration of the golden era of Hong Kong cinema than a nail in the coffin…

    2 stars
  • Review

    Lesson In Murder

    A visual elegant examination of the desire that drives us all…

    3.5 stars
  • Guests and full line up revealed for NYAFF 2022

    The 20th Anniversary edition takes place from July 15th to 31st…

  • News

    NYAFF returns with first wave of line up for 2022

    New York Asian Film Festival celebrates it’s 20th anniversary, running from July 15 – 31…

  • Review

    Finding Bliss: Fire and Ice – Directors’ Cut

    Hong Kong star Josie Ho and friends look for inspiration in Iceland…

    3.5 stars
  • Feature

    Wei Shujun interview: “The deepest impression on me was a letter from...

    We chat with one of the most important representatives of the young generation of Chinese filmmakers…

  • Review

    Ripples of Life

    Wei Shujun’s sophomore feature is a sharp look into the filmmaking process and the pursuit of realism…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Terrorizers

    Ho Wi Ding returns to the Toronto International Film Festival with another standout directorial effort…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Happy Together

    Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Leslie Cheung star masterpiece of melancholia…

    4 stars

The easternKicks Podcast

A regular magazine programme about East Asian film, with the latest news, reviews and interviews.

  • Podcast

    Episode 40 – Making Waves

    An exclusive preview of an upcoming Hong Kong screening programme…

  • Podcast

    Episode 39 – The Sadness special

    We interview director Rob Jabbaz exclusively…

  • Podcast

    Episode 38 – Spotlight on… Zatoichi

    We chat in depth about everyone’s favourite blind swordsman…

  • Podcast

    Episode 37 – The Long Walk special

    We chat to the film’s director Mattie Do and screenwriter Chris Larsen…

  • Podcast

    Episode 36 – The End of the Year Show

    easternKicks x Asian Movie Pulse as titans unite to chat about the year in Asian film!…

  • Podcast

    Episode 35 – All Aboard… for Hellbound!

    We chat about Train To Busan director Yeon Sang-ho’s new series on Netflix…

  • Podcast

    Episode 34 – The horror of Hong Kong!

    A Halloween special on modern HK horror, from the 80s to now…

  • Podcast

    Episode 32 – Spotlight on… A Tale of Two Sisters

    A look back at a Korean horror classic…

  • Podcast

    Episode 31 – Spotlight on… Daimajin

    We unravel Daiei Film Studios very particular take on Kaiju…

  • Podcast

    Episode 30 – The best of NYAFF 2021

    We look at the New York Asian Film Festival line up, including an extended chat about Raging Fire

Udine Far East Film Festival 2022

Europe’s biggest Asian film festival returns online and in-person for its 24th Edition – from 22nd – 30th April…

  • Review

    Legendary in Action!

    Less a celebration of the golden era of Hong Kong cinema than a nail in the coffin…

    2 stars
  • Interview

    Fanatic goes behind the scenes in Korean fan culture

    Korean director Oh Se-yeon digs deep into the world of Korean fandom…

  • Review

    Incantation

    Kevin Ko’s Taiwanese horror universe is being nurtured by the renaissance of the local horror genre…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Kingmaker

    Political intrigue and layered drama lifts the lid on Korean history…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Return to Dust

    The story of the arranged marriage, set in the dying Chinese village, showing the beauty of rural life…

    5 stars
  • Feature

    How Sino-Italian films are looking for the right recipe

    Can an Italy-set romcom with Chinese social satire reignite film collaboration?…

  • Review

    My Small Land

    A subtle and complex view of life as a young refugee caregiver, dextrously balancing social issues with personal perspective…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Leonor Will Never Die

    Philippine actioner combines playful worlds with meaningful conversations…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Mama Boy

    A quirk romantic comedy about a submissive son who falls for the maîtresse of a brothel…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Finding Bliss: Fire and Ice – Directors’ Cut

    Hong Kong star Josie Ho and friends look for inspiration in Iceland…

    3.5 stars
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Shawscope Volume One

Arrow Video present the first collection of classics from the famed Shaw Brothers Studio, with 12 films spread across eight discs, jam-packed with extras, and two discs of soundtrack selections pulled from music library De Wolf.

  • Review

    Five Shaolin Masters

    Chang Cheh’s manly kung fu extravaganza is as sure to please aficionados as it is to turn off genre skeptics…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Executioners from Shaolin

    A Shaw Brothers nutzoid classic – with a bit more underneath the hood…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Dirty Ho

    Another Shaw Brothers martial arts classic from Lau Kar-leung and Gordon Liu, this time on the comedic side…

    5 stars
  • Review

    The Mighty Peking Man

    The Shaw Brothers’ ambitious take on King Kong remains one of their most far-out and fun films of the 1970s…

    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 Five Venoms

    Cult? Sure. Legendary? Definitely. Kick-ass? Mostly. Any good? Depends on how cool you think venomous reptiles and stick-on beards are? Thought so…

    5 stars

cineXtremes

Celebrating the excesses of Hong Kong Category III, Asian extreme and exploitation cinema…

  • Review

    Killer Toon

    An artist’s gruesome drawings come to sinister life in this 2013 Korean webcomic themed horror…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Dr. Lamb (2K Restoration) (Fantasia 2022)

    The Cat III classic gets a new 2K restoration, making its madness and depravity all the more jaw-dropping…

    5 stars
  • Review

    Space Monster Wangmagwi (Fantasia 2022)

    Long thought lost, the 1967 Korean kaiju film finally rampages onto the screen at Fantasia…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Tomie: Forbidden Fruit

    The fourth in the series of adaptations of Junji Ito’s manga sadly doesn’t offer much in the way of horror…

    2.5 stars
  • Review

    The Closet

    Psychological thrills and chills from back in 2007, starring the inimitable Francis Ng…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Rebellion

    A boozy 2009 Triad thriller from Herman Yau, with a hungover Shawn Yue trying to figure out who killed his boss…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Dark Flight

    Passengers are stalked by evil spirits in this 2012 airborne Thai chiller…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Cinderella

    Another early 2000s Korean ghost horror, this time with a plastic surgery-themed gimmick…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Muoi: The Legend of a Portrait

    It’s Ringu with a painting in this South Korea-Vietnam chiller from 2007…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Curse of the Deserted

    A rare example of a Mainland China horror film from back in 2010, with all the caveats that brings…

    3.5 stars

The best in film festival coverage, year after year

Coverage of Udine Far East Film Festival 2019
Coverage of Five Flavours Film Festival 2018
Coverage of CinemAsia Film Festival 2019
Coverage of New York Asian Film Festival 2019
Coverage of Chinese Visual Festival 2019

Five Flavours Asian Film Festival 2021

The 15th edition of Poland’s premier Asian film festival is back with a hybrid format, returning to Warsaw cinemas with a range of films including a retrospective of Wong Kar Wai…

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  • Interview

    Maung Sun interview: “The film is about the endless pursuit of film”

    The Money Has Four Legs director talks about filmmaking and more…

  • Review

    The Story of Southern Islet

    Chong Keat Aun’s otherworldly debut…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Looking for a Lady with Fangs and a Moustache

    A slight if likeable work from filmmaker and lama Khyentse Norbu…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Dear Tenant

    A superb drama exploring LGBTQ equality against traditional gender roles…

    4 stars
  • Review

    The Medium

    Na Hong-jin (The Wailing) and Banjong Pisanthanakun (Shutter) combine forces, but is it anything new?…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash

    A refreshing throwback to 1980s kung-fu cinema with a socially conscious subtext…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Last of the Wolves

    A new rogue cop faces a new rogue yakuza amidst intrigue in both of their ranks for an ultraviolent sequel…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    As We Like It

    Fun and bright adaptation that stays true to the spirit of the original play…

    3.5 stars
  • Feature

    Ko Chen-Nien interview: “The most complex relationship is the battle between good...

    We talk to the director Ko Chen-Nien about her powerful cinematic debut, The Silent Forest

  • Review

    Money Has Four Legs

    A cynical but realistic drama that uses cinema as a metaphor for society…

    4 stars
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BFI Japan 2021

A celebration of over 100 years of Japanese Cinema. Coming to big screens UK-wide this autumn…

  • News

    Close-Up on Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

    Close-Up Film Centre presents a season dedicated to the director of Drive My Car and Happy Hour

  • News

    BFI Japan comes to big screens UK-wide this autumn

    Highlights include a cinema re-release of Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai and a major two-part season…

  • Review

    Ichi the Killer

    Takashi Miike’s blood-soaked 2001 manga adaptation remains a milestone in extreme Japanese cinema…

    5 stars
  • Podcast

    Episode 24: Spotlight on… Battle Royale

    We revisit Kinji Fukasaku’s classic…

  • Review

    Battle Royale

    Kinji Fukasaku’s classic returns with a new edition nearly 20 years after it was first released in the UK…

    5 stars
  • Review

    The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On

    A war veteran’s single-minded search for truth in this seminal documentary…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Black Rain

    Imamura’s film is, without a doubt, one of the most important films about the atomic bomb ever made…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

    A hostess approaching 30 sees fewer days ahead in a male-dominated world, in Mikio Naruse’s understated kitchen sink drama…

    5 stars
  • Review

    Akira

    The gorgeous 4K remaster of Katushiro Otomo’s animated sci-fi classic hits UK screens…

    5 stars
  • Review

    The Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice

    Rigidity and sentimentality meet in a quiet Tokyo household in Yasujiro Ozu’s superb drama…

    5 stars

Interviews

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

  • Interview

    Wang Xiaoshuai interview: “We have to move forward little by little”

    We talk with the Sixth Generation filmmaker about his upcoming film and the current state of Chinese cinema…

  • Interview

    Fanatic goes behind the scenes in Korean fan culture

    Korean director Oh Se-yeon digs deep into the world of Korean fandom…

  • Interview

    Maung Sun interview: “The film is about the endless pursuit of film”

    The Money Has Four Legs director talks about filmmaking and more…

  • Interview

    Kim Se-in interview: “I think the film wraps up my 20s”

    We talk with the young Korean director about her full-length debut and capturing the complex mother-daughter relationship on screen…

  • Interview

    Li Ruijun interview: “The land is the cleanest and purest existence”

    The Chinese filmmaker reflects on the meaning of land, self-reliance, individual choice and China’s rapid modernization…

  • Interview

    Ananta Thitanat interview: “The pandemic accelerated the emergence of this new film...

    Documentary filmmaker discusses film culture in Thailand and the afterlife of standalone cinemas…

  • Interview

    Lav Diaz interview: “Existence is a euphemism for compromise. Period.”

    The auteur on Philippines tragic history, his fascination for vaudeville and the need for artists to compromise…

  • Interview

    Evan Jackson Leong interview: “The underdog becomes a role model and an...

    A film that took more than 14 years to make explores the world of human smugglers in NYC’s Chinatown underworld…

  • Interview

    Takahiro Horie interview: “The root of revenge is love”

    We talk to the Sensei, Would You Please Sit with Me? director…

  • Interview

    Ann Hui interview: “I tried to find work whenever I could. I...

    We chat to the celebrated Hong Kong filmmaker about her career and the documentary Keep Rolling

The wonderful world of Wong Kar-wai

With Criterion Collection’s new release of restored Wong Kar-wai classics, also coming to UK cinemas including BFI Southbank, we immerse ourselves in the auteur’s work…

  • Feature

    A look back at In the Mood For Love

    Wong Kar-wai’s timeless classic…

  • Podcast

    Episode 28 – The World of Wong Kar-wai

    We chat to Bede Cheng of L’Immagine Ritrovata Asia about the restoration process…

  • Review

    Fallen Angels

    Wong Kar-wai’s oneiric and vivacious journey to the Hong Kong underworld…

    4 stars
  • Review

    2046

    An absolute onslaught of narratives, styles, and structures makes for an infinitely rewarding opus from Wong Kar-wai…

    5 stars
  • Review

    Happy Together

    Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Leslie Cheung star masterpiece of melancholia…

    4 stars
  • Review

    In The Mood For Love

    Unrequited love never looked so good in this new version of a timeless classic…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Days of Being Wild

    Wong Kar-wai submerges us in his dream of Hong Kong and its lovers, killers, and lonely hearts…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Chungking Express

    Chance encounters in love are never quite as they seem…

    5 stars
  • Review

    In The Mood For Love (Original Soundtrack)

    Set the mood with a sultry cinematic soundscape perfect for the last days of lockdown longing…

  • Interview

    Brigitte Lin interview: “I totally forgot what I had said. Was it...

    We talk to the truly iconic actress about her career…