• Podcast

    Episode 42 – London Film Festival roundup

    We look at Asian films coming to the festival, and have an exclusive chat with Liquor Store Dreams director So Yun Um…

  • Review

    On the Run

    An exquisitely cold, dark, and nihilistic crime thriller that there’s nothing else like to this day…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Liquor Store Dreams

    A deeply personal and moving take on the American dream…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Fast & Feel Love

    Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit returns with a comedy about the high-octane sport of stacking…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Deserted House (aka The Haunted House Project)

    A 2010 Korean ‘found footager’ following the usual doomed group of documentary filmmakers…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Goddamned Asura

    Complex, multi-character crime drama that studies modern Taiwanese society with a “What If?” twist…

    4.5 stars

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    All the latest news from Asian cinema...

    • News

      5th Taiwan Film Festival Berlin returns to cinema

      From 23rd to 2nd October the festival will challenge contemporary fantasies and the audience’s imagination about Taiwan and its cinema…

    • News

      10 Films to watch at Camera Japan 2022

      Highlights from the festival, which returns this week to Rotterdam and Amsterdam for its 17th edition…

    • News

      Your guide to Asian films at the BFI London Film Festival 2022

      Taking place from 5 to 16 October, here’s what to look out for…

    • News

      The Fighting Spirit Film Festival Returns For 2022!

      The 7th edition of the martial arts festival comes to the Stratford East Picturehouse from 10th to 11th September

    • News

      Korean mini-film programme comes to Prince Charles cinema!

      The Good, The Bad, The Weird and The Yellow Sea return to the big screen…

    • News

      Flying Fighters Of Taiwan comes to Manchester HOME in August!

      Catch a film season of Wuxia excellence in Manchester throughout August, running Sat 6th – Wed 31st…

    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

      One and Four

      Jigme Trinley treats audiences to guns, poachers, police, and more in a Tibetan film like you’ve never seen before…

      4 stars
    • Review

      Next Sohee (Fantasia 2022)

      July Jung returns with another scathing look at Korean society and the exploitation of its youth…

      4 stars
    • 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

    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

      #LookAtMe

      Topical LGBTQ drama taking a satirical look at the hypocrisy of Singaporean legal system…

      4 stars
    • Review

      Grown-ups

      Whose baby? The big question distinctly and grippingly explored through a contemporary Japanese lens…

      4 stars
    • Interview

      Kim Hye-yoon interview: “My mom said, if you keep changing dreams, why...

      We talk to the K Drama superstar and NYAFF award winner about her new film The Girl On A Bulldozer…

    • Review

      The Sales Girl

      Janchivdorj Sengedorj’s award-winning film is thoroughly enjoyable, especially if you don’t speak Mongolian…

      3.5 stars
    • Review

      One and Four

      Jigme Trinley treats audiences to guns, poachers, police, and more in a Tibetan film like you’ve never seen before…

      4 stars
    • Interview

      Jang Hyuk and Choi Jae-hoon interview: “We choreographed the fights like a...

      We speak to The Killer director Choi and NYAFF award winner Jang Hyuk on their follow up to The Swordsman

    • 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
    • News

      Guests and full line up revealed for NYAFF 2022

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

    The easternKicks Podcast

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

    • Podcast

      Episode 42 – London Film Festival roundup

      We look at Asian films coming to the festival, and have an exclusive chat with Liquor Store Dreams director So Yun Um…

    • 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…

    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

    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

      Haunters

      Two damaged men with superpowers try to kill each other in this dark take on the superhero genre…

      4 stars
    • Review

      Black Ransom

      Keung Kwok Man and Wong Jing reteam for a Simon Yam-starring thriller that’s way more bizarre than its premise suggests…

      3.5 stars
    • Review

      Deserted House (aka The Haunted House Project)

      A 2010 Korean ‘found footager’ following the usual doomed group of documentary filmmakers…

      3.5 stars
    • Review

      Still

      Another 2000s Thai horror anthology, this time with a ‘torn from the headlines’ gimmick…

      4 stars
    • Review

      Bullet and Brain

      Anthony Wong and Francis Ng team up in this madcap Wong Jing-produced 2007 thriller…

      3 stars
    • Review

      Sector 7

      A big budget, all-star post-The Host Korean creature feature throwback from 2011…

      3.5 stars
    • Review

      Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp

      The 2010 follow-up to the high-concept hit Korean supernatural teen slasher delivers more of the same…

      4 stars
    • Review

      St. John’s Wort

      A young woman inherits a creepy abandoned mansion in this 2001 Japanese video game adaptation…

      3 stars
    • 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

    The best in film festival coverage, year after year

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

    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…

    ▶︎ Visit Five Flavours site

    • 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

    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

      Kim Hye-yoon interview: “My mom said, if you keep changing dreams, why...

      We talk to the K Drama superstar and NYAFF award winner about her new film The Girl On A Bulldozer…

    • Interview

      Jang Hyuk and Choi Jae-hoon interview: “We choreographed the fights like a...

      We speak to The Killer director Choi and NYAFF award winner Jang Hyuk on their follow up to The Swordsman

    • 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…

    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…