• Review

    The Way We Keep Dancing

    Dancers, stars and influencers participate in a publicity stunt to transform an area into a “Dance street”…

    2.5 stars
  • Review

    Wild Search

    Ringo Lam crafted a tighter composite of Golden Age Hong Kong and Chow Yun-fat’s talent than probably thought possible…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Plurality

    A stylish and effective Taiwanese psychological thriller…

    3 stars
  • Review

    The Benny Chan Cops & Robbers Rundown Part 8: Divergence

    Looks great and draws you into its world and story, but ends up all dressed up with nowhere to go…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Get the Hell Out

    High energy zombie romp with plenty of blood…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Traffickers

    Organ smugglers target an unfortunate woman on a cruise ship while her husband tries to track her down…

    4 stars

COMING SOON...

  • Review: Madalena
  • Review: Alone (2007)
  • Review: Just 1 Day
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Latest news

All the latest news from Asian cinema...

  • News

    Asian American International Film Festival announces opening film

    The 44th edition of the festival will take place in-person and on digital platform

  • News

    Mondo drop Godzilla exclusives at [email protected]

    Godzilla and Hedorah glow-in-the-dark soft vinyl figures, posters and more…

  • News

    Fantasia International Film Festival offers impressive array of Asian cinema

    Festival will take place in-person and on digital platform from 5th till 25th August

  • News

    Made in Hong Kong: Shaolin Jazz salutes Sammo Hung

    As part of their Can I Kick It? series, Shaolin Jazz performs live with a bone-crunching martial arts extravaganza…

  • News

    20th New York Asian Film Festival announces line up!

    From 6th till 22nd August the festival takes on a hybrid form featuring over 60 latest Asian films in the programme…

  • News

    Mamoru Hosoda’s BELLE launches at Cannes with World Premiere

    BELLE will receive its World Premiere at the 74th Cannes Film Festival on Thursday July 15th in the Cannes Premiere section

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…

  • 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…

  • Review

    As Tears Go By

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

    3.5 stars

Udine Far East Film Festival 2021

FEFF returns for its 23rd edition in 2021, with both physical and online screeings…

  • Review

    The Way We Keep Dancing

    Dancers, stars and influencers participate in a publicity stunt to transform an area into a “Dance street”…

    2.5 stars
  • Review

    Blue

    A heartfelt and astute depiction of the lives of three friends in and out of the boxing ring in Japan…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Limbo

    Soi Cheang returns to Hong Kong for a hardcore noir crime thriller, shot in stunning monochrome…

    4 stars
  • Interview

    Cornelio Sunny talks Death Knot and new directions in horror

    Exploring Indonesian horror with a unique debut film…

  • News

    Awards Announced for the 23rd Far East Film Festival 2021! #FEFF23

    The 2021 edition of the Udine Far East Film Festival concludes with award announcements and record audiences!

  • Interview

    Soi Cheang trains his cameras on a city in Limbo

    ‘Everyone is abandoned … and looking for redemption,’ says Hong Kong director…

  • Review

    Death Knot

    City dwellers travel to the countryside and fall foul of black magic in this familiar Indonesian horror…

    3 stars
  • Review

    The Goldfish: Dreaming of the Sea

    A tale about vulnerabilities and emotions in the inner world of two young girls in search of freedom and salvation…

    3 stars
  • Interview

    How Ryusuke Hamaguchi turns fantasy into reality

    An experimental anthology that portrays the stories of three unconventional women who discover something about themselves…

  • News

    Udine FEFF23 unveils packed programme for online and in-cinema audiences

    The upcoming FEFF will take place at Udine and online from 24 June to 2 July…

cineXtremes

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

  • Review

    Bedevilled

    A look back at one of the most brutal Korean revenge thrillers in recent memory…

    5 stars
  • Review

    Traffickers

    Organ smugglers target an unfortunate woman on a cruise ship while her husband tries to track her down…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Limbo

    Soi Cheang returns to Hong Kong for a hardcore noir crime thriller, shot in stunning monochrome…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Ichi the Killer

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

    5 stars
  • Review

    I Saw the Devil

    Kim Jee-woon’s Grand Guignol masterpiece remains one of the most brutal Korean films of the last few decades…

    5 stars
  • Review

    Himizu

    Another dark, though less surreal offering from Sion Sono, meditating on impact of the 2011 tsunami…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Big Tits Zombie

    A cult favourite, which achieved a mainstream breakthrough of sorts thanks to its title and AV cast…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Guilty of Romance

    The third part of Sion Sono’s ‘Hate Trilogy’ is a twisted tale of true crime depravity and murder…

    5 stars
  • Review

    Our Town

    Two maniacs for the price of one in this grisly Korean serial killer mystery…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Homunculus

    For his latest, Takashi Shimizu adapts a supernatural mystery manga, with mixed results…

    2 stars
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The easternKicks Podcast

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

  • Podcast

    Episode 29 – PTU and Johnnie To’s crime drama years

    We revisit one of the director’s classics…

  • Podcast

    Episode 28 – The World of Wong Kar-wai

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

  • Podcast

    Episode 27: Time & Tide & Tsui

    We revisit Tsui Hark’s 2000 action classic, and the JCVD US films that came before it…

  • Podcast

    Episode 26: One-Armed Jimmy

    We look back on kung fu classic One Armed Boxer and star Jimmy Wang Yu…

  • Podcast

    Episode 25: Cliff Walkers and Zhang Yimou

    We review the director’s latest film and look back on his work…

  • Podcast

    Episode 24: Spotlight on… Battle Royale

    We revisit Kinji Fukasaku’s classic…

  • Podcast

    Episode 23: Indonesian Folk Horror special

    We chat to Kimo Stamboel about The Queen Of Black Magic…

  • Podcast

    Episode 22: Tokyo Dragon Chef vs Crazy Samurai

    We discuss the latest from Yoshihiro Nishimura and Tak Sakaguchi…

  • Podcast

    Episode 21: The Woman Who Ran and Hong Sang-soo

    We discuss the Korean director’s latest film…

  • Podcast

    Episode 20: The Gift Guide

    Naughty or nice, we select the perfect gifts for every Asian film fan…

The best in film festival coverage, year after year

Coverage of Five Flavours Film Festival 2018
Coverage of Nippon Connection Film Festival 2019
Coverage of BFI London Film Festival 2019
Coverage of Fantasia 2019
Coverage of New York Asian Film Festival 2019

HKIFF45

The Hong Kong International Film Festival returns for it’s 45th edition, running from 1-12 April 2021…

  • Review

    Yellow Cat

    Quirky sweet fun with a bitter ending…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Me and the Cult Leader

    A life-affirming take on a difficult subject…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    In between coincidences and fate…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Radiograph of a Family

    An evocative and poignant look at family…

    5 stars
  • Review

    Underdog

    Take shows that the heroism of boxing lies in the subjective meaning that propels jabs, hooks and uppercuts…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Luginsky

    Bizarre yet mesmerising experimental animation…

    3 stars

Glasgow Film Festival 2021

Glasgow Film Festival goes online this year with their new online viewing platform but the same mix of films from across the globe…

  • Review

    Minari

    A warm drama about the power of family in the face of adversity…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    The Drug King

    A solid but overly familiar true-life crime drama from Inside Men director Woo Min-ho…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Back to the Wharf

    Actions from 15 years ago haunt a man returning to his hometown…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Dreams on Fire

    A luminously kinetic run through Tokyo’s street dance scene and fine vehicle for dancer Bambi; nothing more nothing less…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Spring Tide

    Acclaimed director Yang Lina’s second fiction feature explores the lives of women in modern China…

    4 stars
  • Review

    The Swordsman

    A familiar-looking Joseon drama, redeemed by fantastically overblown fight sequences…

    3 stars

Interviews

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

  • Interview

    Cornelio Sunny talks Death Knot and new directions in horror

    Exploring Indonesian horror with a unique debut film…

  • Interview

    Soi Cheang trains his cameras on a city in Limbo

    ‘Everyone is abandoned … and looking for redemption,’ says Hong Kong director…

  • Interview

    How Ryusuke Hamaguchi turns fantasy into reality

    An experimental anthology that portrays the stories of three unconventional women who discover something about themselves…

  • Interview

    Taiki Sakpisit interview: “She’s fighting her way from death back to being...

    Director Taiki Sakpisit spoke to easternKicks about his award-winning feature debut film…

  • Interview

    Kimo Stamboel interview: “Joko and me were friends, but this was the...

    The director chats about The Queen of Black Magic and the popularity of Indonesian folk horror…

  • Interview

    Aristocrats interview: “The aim was to show discrepancies between a woman’s feelings...

    We talk to the filmmakers of Aristocrats, premiered at the 2021 IFFR…

  • Interview

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

    We talk to the truly iconic actress about her career…

  • Interview

    Takeshi Fukunaga interview: “I wanted to carry the voices of Ainu people”

    We talk to the director of the film Ainu Mosir, which recently premiered on Netflix…

  • Interview

    Popo Fan interview: “Borders are closing, it’s even more powerful to show...

    Chinese diaspora filmmaker, curator and writer speaks about upcoming film series inspired by transcultural exchange…

  • Interview

    Thop Nazareno interview: Edward

    We talk to the director of the acclaimed Filipino coming-of-age drama…

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

    The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter

    The swansong of Shaw Brothers is a true martial arts masterpiece…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Masked Avengers

    A later Venoms mob film missing some regular faces but with a superb performance from Phillip Kwok, plus a bucketload of blood…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    The Flying Guillotine

    Kung fu craziness with a mad emperor, villainous traitors and batsh*t insane weapon…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    The Oily Maniac

    Classic exploitation howler where a man transforms to enact revenge upon those who have unwisely wronged him…

    4 stars
  • 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

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2021

The winter edition programme reveals 3 Asian debuts in the Tiger Competition, cutting-edge short films and new works of emerging filmmakers…

  • Review

    Everything Is Cinema

    What starts out as an ethnographic documentary turns into a study of a failing marriage during Covid lockdown…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Decameron

    Hong Kong endures a global pandemic and a trampling of rights, but has survived tragedies before…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Time

    A stylishly melancholic, surprisingly funny elegy to Hong Kong cinema…

    4 stars
  • News

    10 Asian films to watch at the 2021 International Film Festival Rotterdam...

    The summer edition stuns with Asian film premieres, mid-length features and a selection of mainstream and art-house titles…

  • Review

    The Edge of Daybreak

    The Fall of the House of…

    3.5 stars
  • Feature

    Jun Li interview: “I was concerned about the safety of the whole...

    easternKicks catches up with the director of Tracey on his latest film Drifting

  • Interview

    Taiki Sakpisit interview: “She’s fighting her way from death back to being...

    Director Taiki Sakpisit spoke to easternKicks about his award-winning feature debut film…

  • Review

    Sexual Drive

    Promises sexual liberation through food, but is mostly a guy talking dirty to humiliate people…

    2 stars
  • Interview

    Aristocrats interview: “The aim was to show discrepancies between a woman’s feelings...

    We talk to the filmmakers of Aristocrats, premiered at the 2021 IFFR…

  • Review

    Pebbles

    Austere, impressive debut in which the landscape and nature dramatically dictate life…

    4 stars
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Focus Hong Kong

A new UK film festival celebrating the amazing cinema of Hong Kong starts its inaugural event running from 9 to 15 February…

  • Review

    Drifting

    A surprise stellar cast tell a story of Hong Kong’s downtrodden in arguably the industry’s most poignant film in years…

    4 stars
  • News

    Chinese Visual Festival returns to in-person screenings for its 10th edition in...

    The full programme for the 2021 Chinese Visual Festival has been announced, running 15-25 July in London…

  • Review

    Fresh Wave 2019: 3 Generations 3 Days

    21 minutes, 3 generations, 3 days, an unforgettable short…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Beyond The Dream

    To say that this HK social issue indie was a surprise blockbuster and delight is quite the understatement…

    4 stars
  • Review

    I Still Remember

    “Once in your life, you have to cheer for yourself!”…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Once Upon a Time in China

    Jet Li leaps into the role that had come before for others but that he was born to play!…

    5 stars
  • Feature

    Jun Li interview: “I was concerned about the safety of the whole...

    easternKicks catches up with the director of Tracey on his latest film Drifting

  • News

    Focus Hong Kong launches online UK Easter Edition

    The Easter edition runs online 31 March to 6 April, screening UK premieres and much-loved classics…

  • Review

    A Witness Out Of The Blue

    An overly ambitious film sharing many of the attributes of Hong Kong’s best crime dramas…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Memories to Choke On, Drinks to Wash Them Down

    A snapshot of contemporary Hong Kong through four short films…

    3.5 stars