• Review

    The Perfect Girl

    A car crash of a movie – you can’t look away for fear what is thrown in next!…

    1 star
  • Review

    Cleopatra

    Smart, titillating and visually arresting. Tezuka’s commercial failure is anything but!…

    4 stars
  • Review

    1987: When the Day Comes

    A huge chronicle of the protest movement that ended the Chun Doo Hwan regime…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    As Tears Go By

    Love and violence in the neon lit streets of Hong Kong…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Occult Bolshevism

    An innovative and effective reworking on J-horror tropes…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    The Tailor

    Ao dai designs and multiple modernities…

    3 stars

COMING SOON...

  • Review: The Vampire Doll / Lake Of Dracula
  • Review: Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms
  • Review: Cyclops

Latest news

All the latest news from Asian cinema...

  • News

    17th New York Asian Film Festival full line up announced!

    This year’s NYAFF brings the best of new Asian cinema as well as several retrospectives…

  • News

    Kim Ki-duk Files Lawsuit Against Actresses Who Accused Him of Sexual Misconduct

    The South Korean director is taking legal action against three actresses who accused him of sexual harassment and rape on Korean TV show PD Notebook…

  • 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

  • News

    Liu Yichang, writer who inspired IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, dies at...

    Liu Yichang, whose novels had inspired two of Wong Kar-wai’s most acclaimed films, has passed away at the age of 99…

  • Competitions

    North America readers: win a signed poster of Soul Mate!

    Win a poster signed by the lead stars, courtesy of Cheng Cheng Films!…

  • News

    Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival Launching in London on June 29!

    Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival showcases films from regions rarely seen on UK screens… 

18th Nippon Connection Film Festival

The biggest festival for Japanese film worldwide will once again present more than 100 long and short feature films, from 29 May to 3 June, 2018!…

  • Review

    Tremble All You Want

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

    ★★★★
  • Review

    Occult Bolshevism

    An innovative and effective reworking on J-horror tropes…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Ice Cream and the Sound of Raindrops

    Daigo Matsui’s best work yet. And it might even be the best movie of 2018!…

    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

    Ice Cream and the Sound of Raindrops

    “We are the cosmos made conscious!”…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Ramen Heads

    A look into the kitchens that produce the most acclaimed bowls of Japan’s favourite food…

    3 stars

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 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…

    ★★★★
  • 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…

  • Review

    Transcendent

    Over-ambitious and overstuffed with borrowed ideas, Zhang Linzi’s film is unlikely to bring new fans to Chinese sci-fi…

    2 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

    Ramen Heads

    A look into the kitchens that produce the most acclaimed bowls of Japan’s favourite food…

    3 stars
  • Review

    The Blood of Wolves

    Old-school yakuza thrills are back, as the police do their best to prevent gang war in Hiroshima…

    3.5 stars

Chinese Visual Festival 2018

The London festival returns with another superb line-up of contemporary Hong Kong, Chinese and Taiwanese film, with guests including Cheung King-wai and Kit Hung…

  • Review

    Alifu, The Prince/ss

    A sensitive tale of a young man torn between tribal duty and his dream of becoming a woman…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Somewhere Beyond the Mist

    A dark tale of murder and ordinary people pushed to their breaking point…

    4 stars
  • 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

    Mrs. Fang

    When Wang Bing met death, an intense documentary on the last days of an elderly woman…

    5 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

    Somewhere Beyond the Mist

    Motive for murder is explored in this utterly devastating police procedural…

    4 stars

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…

  • 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
  • Feature

    Jet Li versus…

    To celebrate the release of Jet Li latest action yarn, War, we pick out five of our favourite fights from 25 years of his movies. And offer you the chance to submit your own to our list…

Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years

To celebrate the release of Volume 2 of Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years from Arrow Video, we look back on the some of the earlier highlights from the career of the irreverent and super-cool director…

  • Review

    Tokyo Knights

    An entertaining slice of early 60’s Japanese youth cinema, directed by the master Seijun Suzuki…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Smashing The 0-Line

    Suzuki bares his teeth in this dark and gritty tale of drugs, prostitution, and the journalists who uncover them…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    The Sleeping Beast Within

    In short, an amazing narrative from Seijun Suzuki…

    4 stars
  • Review

    The Wind-of-Youth Group Crosses the Mountain Pass

    A colourful and comedic take on yakuza flicks from the master, Seijun Suzuki…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    The Boy Who Came Back

    An entertaining, heartfelt, and undeniably cool precursor to Seijun Suzuki’s legendary yakuza films…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Born Under Crossed Stars

    A noteworthy introduction to the legend of Seijun Suzuki…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    The Incorrigible

    Seijun Suzuki visits Taisho era Japan to tell a story of adolescent love and rebellion…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Voice Without A Shadow

    Seijun Suzuki directs this Hitchcock-esque crime thriller from the vaults of Nikkatsu’s golden era…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Carmen From Kawachi

    Naïve yet hard working ‘every-girl’ Tsuyuko is shoved from one impulsive scene to the next in Suzuki’s biting and comedic romp…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Youth Of The Beast

    Tough guy Jo Shishido heads up another hard-hitting Nikkatsu noir by the legendary Seijun Suzuki…

    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 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…

Interviews

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

  • Interview

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

    We talk to the director of The Name

  • 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…

  • Interview

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

    We talk to the director of Tremble All You Want…

  • Interview

    Xiao Mei interview: “Acting is like jumping off a cliff, you cannot...

    We talk in great depth to director Maren Hwang, actor-director Chen Yi-Wen, and up-and-coming actress Jao Cincin on Xiao Mei, the opening film of HKIFF 2018…

  • Interview

    Huang Hsin-yao interview: “The way they watch dashcam is how I read...

    We talk in great depth to the Taiwanese director on his narrative feature debut The Great Buddha +…

  • Interview

    Ria Limjap interview: “It’s really about peeling back layers and seeing the...

    The Filipino producer and co-writer dares viewers to look closer with Smaller and Smaller Circles

  • Interview

    Gordon Lam 林家棟 Interview: “The first time I saw Tony Jaa was...

    We interview Gordon Lam about his role in Wilson Yip’s PARADOX, and working on-set with Louis Koo, Tony Jaa and Sammo Hung

  • Interview

    Anything can happen – Nansun Shi on Chinese cinema

    Veteran Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi shares her outlook on the Chinese film industry and what the future holds…

  • Interview

    Malaysian Cinema: at the Crossroads

    Malaysian director, Namron pushes the boundaries of Malaysian storytelling with Crossroads: One Two Jaga

  • Interview

    Thoughts on Ryuichi Hiroki

    Close-up on Ryuichi Hiroki, author of post-Fukushima film Side Job, his style and approach, and being Fukushima born himself…