• Review

    Green Fish

    Fire, grit and powerful visuals fuel one of the first Korean Noir films…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Shoplifters

    Warm and empathetic look at a family surviving on the fringes of society…

    5 stars
  • Review

    Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings

    The third instalment in Hark’s CGI-heavy blockbuster series is a surprisingly fun romp. With added giant albino gorilla…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Mind Cage

    An interesting psychological thriller that eschews supernatural tropes, but falls just short of the mark…

    3 stars
  • Review

    The Bride With White Hair

    A watershed 90s Hong Kong movie, one of the most visually striking of its kind…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    The Tailor

    Vietnamese fashion comes under the spotlight in this costume drama about time travelling gone awry…

    3 stars

COMING SOON...

  • Review: Burning
  • Review: Silent Mist
  • Review: The Angry River

Latest news

All the latest news from Asian cinema...

  • News

    Asian Pop-Up Cinema returns for its 7th Season in Chicago

    Chicago’s only pan-Asian film series to make its return on September with a 17-movies-long programme

  • News

    ‘A Land Imagined’ first Singapore film to win Locarno Festival top prize

    Yeo Siew Hua’s film Wins the Golden Leopard At 71st Locarno Festival…

  • News

    China’s Top Online Streaming Platforms and Production Companies to Cap Actors’ Pay

    Major Chinese companies are taking action to crack down on tax evasion and actors’ sky-high pay…

  • News

    Horror spectacular GONJIAM: HAUNTED ASYLUM screening coming to London

    South Korea’s 2nd biggest horror movie comes to London in August with a special screening from the LKFF

  • News

    Jackie Chan’s PROJECT A & PROJECT A PART II released for the...

    2K restoration of Chan’s classics on 2-disc Special Limited Edition is coming out on 22nd October…

  • News

    Ten Years and Trivisa director Jevons Au’s new film banned in China...

    Hong Kong media is reporting that Au’s new film Distinction did not get approved by Chinese sensors…

2018 New Zealand International Film Festival

Now in its 50th year, NZIFF has put together a programme that is eclectic and colourful, including some of the hottest Asian films on the festival circuit…

  • Review

    Mirai

    Engaging fantasy about family and siblings…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Ash is Purest White

    Bitter and sweet look at two lives unfulfilled…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Shoplifters

    Warm and empathetic look at a family surviving on the fringes of society…

    5 stars
  • News

    A Guide to the Asian Films at the 2018 New Zealand International...

    We take a look at the Asian films screening at this year’s NZIFF…

  • Review

    An Elephant Sitting Still

    A four-hour odyssey, director Hu Bo’s first and last film is a philosophical triumph…

    5 stars
  • Review

    Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

    An intimate portrait of one of the great musical legends…

    4 stars

22nd Fantasia International Film Festival

North America’s largest genre festival returns with over 130 films from across the globe, including 69 from Asia…

  • Review

    Wilderness Part One and Two

    Masaki Suda and Yang Ik-june amaze in this awe-inspiring two-part boxing epic…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    One Cut of the Dead

    A refreshing new ‘take’ on the zombie film which combines horror and comedy in equal measure…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Da Hu Fa

    Once Upon a Time in Peanut Town…

    4 stars
  • Review

    River’s Edge

    Successfully evoking the complexity of adolescence in a crude, unflattering and straightforward way…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Microhabitat

    A young Seoul-ite engages in some forcible downsizing as prices for all her basic luxuries rise…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Tremble All You Want

    An intelligent romantic comedy with a ‘twisted’ central character…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Satan’s Slaves

    Tales from the Muslim graveyard…

    4.5 stars
  • Interview

    Akiko Ooku interview: “I’m trying to give these people a push to...

    We talk to the director of Tremble All You Want…

  • Review

    One Cut of the Dead

    A low budget Japanese comedy horror that’s bloody good farcical fun…

    5 stars
  • Review

    Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum

    Does South Korea have a found-footage film that gives The Blair Witch Project ample competition?…

    3.5 stars

Japan Cuts 2018

Celebrating this year its 12th edition, Japan Cuts will screen 28 feature-length films and 9 shorts, with titles spacing from blockbusters to independent productions and new restorations…

  • Review

    Outrage Coda

    Kitano’s yakuza trilogy’s final chapter gets elegantly chaotic…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Tremble All You Want

    A truly heart-warming experience full of honest and heartfelt emotions…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Abnormal Family: Older Brother’s Bride

    A fairly tame pinku, but an interesting glimpse into the future for director Masayuki Suo…

    2.5 stars
  • Review

    Blank 13

    A family drama turned comedy explores a tormented father-son relationship…

    3.5 stars
  • News

    Japan Society reveals the full line-up for its upcoming JAPAN CUTS Film...

    New York’s annual highlight for Japanese cinema to screen over 30 titles for its 12th edition

  • Review

    Tremble All You Want

    An intelligent romantic comedy with a ‘twisted’ central character…

    4 stars
  • Interview

    Akiko Ooku interview: “I’m trying to give these people a push to...

    We talk to the director of Tremble All You Want…

  • Review

    Tourism

    Two friends travel to Singapore and explore the delights of tourism after a big lottery win…

    2 stars
  • Interview

    Masaaki Yuasa interview: “I thought great, I don’t have to stop watching...

    We chat to the popular animation director about The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl and Lu Over the Wall…

  • Interview

    Daisuke Miyazaki interview: “I felt I need to film my hometown before...

    The director of Yamato (California) sits down with us to talk cultural identity, communication failures, history and more…

17th New York Asian Film Festival

The NYAFF returns for the 17th time, featuring four world premieres, three international premieres in the rich programme showcasing up to 60 titles from all around East Asia…

  • Interview

    Crossroads One Two Jaga interview: Nam Ron and Ario Bayu

    We talk to the director and star of the Malaysian thriller…

  • Interview

    Wrath of Silence Interview: Xi Yukun and Jiang Wu

    We chat to the director and star about the impressive thriller…

  • Interview

    Dong Yue interview: “Although he treats himself as a hero, the reality...

    We talk to the director about his debut The Looming Storm

  • Review

    BuyBust

    One squad. One notorious criminal. One mission gone terribly wrong. One film that will leave you completely breathless…

    4 stars
  • Review

    River’s Edge

    Successfully evoking the complexity of adolescence in a crude, unflattering and straightforward way…

    4 stars
  • Interview

    1987: When the Day Comes interview: Kim Yoon-seok and Jang Joon-hwan

    We talk to the star and director of the political drama based on true events…

  • Interview

    Stephy Tang interview: “I was boxing 2-3 times a week, training my...

    We talk to the Hong Kong actress about her role in Chapman To’s The Empty Hands

  • Review

    Respeto

    Boyz n the Slums… of the Philippines…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Sad Beauty

    The beauty and the drama…

    3 stars
  • Interview

    Harata Masado interview: “Sekigahara, I have been dreaming about making it for...

    The director talks about his work…

20th Far East Film Festival 2018

Udine’s Far East Film Festival celebrates its 20th edition with European and World premieres, events and superstar visits including Brigitte Lin…

  • Review

    The Tailor

    Vietnamese fashion comes under the spotlight in this costume drama about time travelling gone awry…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Love Education

    The love philosophies of three generations of Chinese women come to a head in Sylvia Chang’s latest…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Sad Beauty

    The beauty and the drama…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Little Forest

    A feel-good foodie flick about the simple pleasures in life…

    4 stars
  • Review

    The Scythian Lamb

    A weird dark comedy mixing different genres while tackling rural depopulation in an unusual fashion…

    4 stars
  • Review

    The Portrait

    Drama and nostalgia dominate the scene in front of the portrait of the artist as Filipino…

    3 stars
  • Interview

    Akihiro Toda interview: “I really liked mixing these unknown characters together to...

    We talk to the director of The Name

  • Review

    Tremble All You Want

    An intelligent romantic comedy with a ‘twisted’ central character…

    4 stars
  • Review

    The Tailor

    Ao dai designs and multiple modernities…

    3 stars
  • Interview

    Moon So-ri interview: “I wasn’t relaxed enough for us to improvise!”

    We talk to the Korean actress about her feature film debut…

Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia: A True Celluloid Icon

We celebrate the career of perhaps the most iconic actress of the 80s and 90s, ahead of a special strand as part of HKIFF and an appearance at Udine Far East Film Festival…

  • Review

    The Bride With White Hair

    A watershed 90s Hong Kong movie, one of the most visually striking of its kind…

    4.5 stars
  • Feature

    Brigitte Lin: stardom, queering gender and iconicity

    Colette Balmain discusses one of Hong Kong’s most enduring icons through her most famousnon-conforming gender roles…

  • Review

    The Bride With White Hair

    Love and loss on a battlefield…

    4 stars
  • Review

    The Peach Blossom Land

    Two theatre troupes at loggerheads when they are forced to share the same rehearsal space…

    2.5 stars
  • Review

    Outside The Window

    An engaging story of teacher-student romance made special by the mesmerising performance of a young Brigitte Lin…

    4 stars
  • Feature

    Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia – A True Celluloid Icon

    We celebrate the career of the 80s and 90s most iconic HK actress, the subject of a Filmmaker in Focus strand at this years HKIFF…

  • News

    Brigitte Lin to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 20th Udine FEFF

    The Golden Mulberry Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the 20th FEFF

  • News

    HKIFF to showcase 14 classic Brigitte Lin films

    Including Outside the Window and Ashes of Time, these classic films feature Brigitte Lin’s unforgettable performance…

  • Review

    Operation Condor

    Jackie Chan on fine form as adventuring treasure hunter, erm, Jackie, on his way to uncover lost Nazi gold…

    3 stars
  • Review

    The Eagle Shooting Heroes

    Shot back-to-back with Ashes Of Time and sharing much of the same cast, the stars get to let their hair down in a very different take on the same Louis Cha novel…

    3 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 2018: No Sleep Club

    Can a cure for insomnia be the heart of a comedy? Wong Yee Mai’s short film says yes…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Fresh Wave 2018: Jellyfish

    A jellyfish, a dog and a cold sniper call for blood in Che Chun Hei’s short film…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Fresh Wave 2018: Bright Spring Days

    A bitter and tender embrace reunites a mother and her son in Yeh Ka-lun’s short film…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Fresh Wave 2017: Affection

    This excellent short film explores the fumbling, first forays into romance of Hong Kong high school students…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Fresh Wave 2017: Hello

    A quiet and slow reflection on unlikely friendship and the struggles of the homeless…

    3 stars
  • Interview

    Wong Chun interview: “I’m the director and she writes – simply because...

    We chat to the director of multiple award-winning Mad World…

  • Review

    Fresh Wave 2017: Liu Yang He

    An illuminating glimpse into the lives of sex workers in Hong Kong’s one room brothels…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Fresh Wave 2017: Piled Cloud

    A lone, old man and ambitious young student bond despite their age, outlook and life choices…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Fresh Wave 2017: Bible of Kong Girls

    Three quirky women battle life and its challenges using the bible of a powerful secretary…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Fresh Wave 2014: The Glass City

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

    3 stars

Top Asian Films of 2017

The easternKicks team has voted for our favourite films of the year once again. Will your favourites be in there, and if so, what position will they make? All will be revealed…

  • Feature

    Top 10 Films of 2017: 1. Mad World

    Here it is, the easternKicks FILM OF THE YEAR… coming in at #1 on our Top 10 Films of 2017 is MAD WORLD

  • Feature

    Top 10 Films of 2017: 2. Bad Genius

    In the penultimate slot of the easternKicks Top 10 Films For 2017, BAD GENIUS is #2…

  • Feature

    Top 10 Films of 2017: 3. Close Knit

    CLOSE KNIT comes in at #3 on the easternKicks Top Ten of 2017

  • Feature

    Top 10 Films of 2017: 4. A Silent Voice

    A SILENT VOICE, a frank examination of bullying and the struggles faced by those with disabilities, comes in our Top 10 Films of 2017 at #4

  • Feature

    Top 10 Films of 2017: 5. Okja

    OKJA is an immersive family adventure with in depth social commentary, making #5 for our Top 10 Films of 2017

  • Feature

    Top 10 Films of 2017: 6. A Taxi Driver

    A TAXI DRIVER comes in at #6 on the easternKicks Top 10 Films of 2017

  • Feature

    Top 10 Films of 2017: 7. Survival Family

    Family comes first in our #7 slot, SURVIVAL FAMILY, for the Top 10 Films of 2017

  • Feature

    Top 10 Films of 2017: 8. On the Beach at Night Alone

    Beneath lies something much more surreal, in our #8 on the list of easternKicks’ Top Films of 2017

  • Feature

    Top 10 Films of 2017: 9. Angels Wear White

    Angels Wear White continues our easternKicks Top 10 films of 2017… coming in at #9!

  • Feature

    Top 10 Films of 2017: 10. Love and Other Cults

    Love and Other Cults starts off easternKicks’ Top 10 Film of 2017, coming in at #10 on the list…