• Feature

    Wu Jing and the phenomenal success of Wolf Warrior 2

    Will Wolf Warrior 3 continue the franchises run?…

  • Review

    Always Be With You

    Horror Troublesome Night anthology series returns for a special 20th edition to mark its 20th anniversary…

    4 stars
  • Review

    The Bold, the Corrupt, and the Beautiful

    A lush crime family melodrama from director Yang Ya-che, where the women run (and steal) the show…

    4 stars
  • Feature

    The horror of the everyday in current Asian cinema

    A look at the horror trends found at the 20th Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy…

  • Review

    A Day

    A man stuck in a time-loop relives the same day over and over as he tries to save his daughter from a traffic accident…

    4 stars
  • Review

    One Cut of the Dead

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

    5 stars

COMING SOON...

  • Review: Be With You
  • Review: Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight
  • Review: The Blood of Wolves
Chinese Visual Festival 2018

Latest news

All the latest news from Asian cinema...

  • News

    Japan Society announces the return of JAPAN CUTS for its 12th edition...

    The largest festival of Japanese cinema in North America will return on July 19-29 with nearly 30 titles…

  • News

    18th Nippon Connection Film Festival Announced!

    From May 29th to June 3rd, discover more than 100 new short and feature films at the biggest festival for Japanese film worldwide…

  • News

    Asian Film News Weekly Roundup: April 28th – May 11th

    Official opening of the Oriental Film Metropolis in Qingdao, Virtual Reality in South Korean cinemas, initial plans to turn Jin Yong novels into the superhero universe…

  • News

    Jury Award Announced For Chinese Visual Festival 2018!

    The CVF jury has announced their award’s pick for the 2018 edition of the festival

  • News

    Awards Announced for the 20th Udine Far East Film Festival 2018

    FEFF20 closes with their awards presentation, 60,000 attendees and 150 guests…

  • News

    China Exchange to screen Feng Xiaogang’s YOUTH

    The China Exchange in London’s Chinatown are screening the highly acclaimed YOUTH on May 2nd

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!…

  • News

    18th Nippon Connection Film Festival Announced!

    From May 29th to June 3rd, discover more than 100 new short and feature films at the biggest festival for Japanese film worldwide…

  • Review

    One Cut of the Dead

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

    5 stars
  • Review

    Lu Over the Wall

    Yuasa uses a charming fairy tale narrative to give form to his wild visual style…

    4.5 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…

  • Review

    Bamy

    A innovative take on the Japanese yurei genre…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Top Knot Detective

    The 90’s samurai drama you never knew existed…

    4.5 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…

  • Feature

    Moon So-ri interview: “People usually run in sneakers, whereas I had to...

    We talk to the famous actress about her directorial debut…

  • Review

    The Promise

    Abandoned skyscrapers, suicide pacts and broken promises make for an effectively creepy Thai horror…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Forgotten

    After a decade-long commitment to TV, director Jang Hang-Jun returns to cinema in style…

    4.5 stars
  • Feature

    The horror of the everyday in current Asian cinema

    A look at the horror trends found at the 20th Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy…

  • Review

    One Cut of the Dead

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

    5 stars
  • Feature

    East meets West in Loy Arcenas’ The Portrait

    Period musical The Portrait goes to Udine for its European premiere…

  • Review

    The Running Actress

    A calm feature that cleverly navigates between drama and comedy, with a sympathetic main character…

    4.5 stars
  • 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

  • Review

    The Scythian Lamb

    A comedy thriller set in modern Japan presents a fresh take on the lives of ex-convicts as they become victims themselves…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Smaller and Smaller Circles

    Two Jesuit priests uncover the murders of young boys amid corruption of church and state…

    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

    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
  • 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

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

    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…

  • Interview

    Nattawut ‘Baz’ Ponpiriya interview: “Tarantino is my idol!”

    We chat with the director of the witty high school heist mash up Bad Genius

  • Interview

    Kim Dae-hwan group Interview: “Is it an independent film or low-budget? Now...

    We talk to the director of The First Lap and End Of Winter

  • Interview

    Roger Garcia Interview: “We were pioneers in bringing Asian and Hong Kong...

    We talk about the Hong Kong International Film Festival and the robust good health of Asian film…

  • Interview

    Liu Jian interview: “What some might call surrealism is often reality, and...

    We talk to the director of the controversial Chinese animation Have a Nice Day