• Review

    The Benny Chan Cops & Robbers Rundown Part 2: Man Wanted

    More notable for length and violence than narrative strength or cohesion, there’s still a lot of classic HK packed here…

    2.5 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
  • Podcast

    Episode 26: One-Armed Jimmy

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

  • Review

    Flowers of Shanghai

    All that glitters is not always gold in the tea rooms of 19th century Shanghai…

    4 stars
  • Review

    One-Armed Boxer

    Before having one arm was cool, the kung fu film that started it all…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Fallen Angels

    Wong Kar-wai’s oneiric and vivacious journey to the Hong Kong underworld…

    4 stars

COMING SOON...

  • Review: Encounter of the Spooky Kind
  • Undercover Punch and Gun interview: Philip Ng and Van Ness Wu
  • Review: PTU
Asian Cinema Education

Latest news

All the latest news from Asian cinema...

  • 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…

  • News

    Full programme for Taiwan Post New Wave Cinema has been announced!

    Screenings of the underrated Taiwanese filmmakers will take place from 21 to 30 June 2021…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • News

    The biggest European festivals launch online Asian Cinema Education platform

    A new online international platform for Asian cinema enthusiasts with BIG opportunities…

  • News

    Young journalist applications open for the 2021 FEFF Campus! #FEFF23

    The Far East Film Festival returns for their 23rd year in Udine, and campus scheme applications are open now for young journalists

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…

  • 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
  • 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…

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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…

  • 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
  • Review

    A Witness Out of the Blue

    A superb performance from Louis Koo elevates this intriguing thriller…

    3 stars

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

The easternKicks Podcast

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

  • 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…

  • Podcast

    Episode 19: Spotlight on…The Bride with White Hair

    We celebrate the classic starring Brigitte Lin and Leslie Cheung..

  • Podcast

    Episode 18: Hungry Ghost Halloween!

    We rediscover some unsung horrors from the 2000s…

  • Podcast

    Episode 17: Into the Leijiverse!

    We talk to Helen McCarthy about her new book on manga legend Leiji Matsumoto…

The best in film festival coverage, year after year

Coverage of Five Flavours Film Festival 2018
Coverage of New York Asian Film Festival 2019
Coverage of Toronto Japanese Film Festival 2019
Coverage of CinemAsia Film Festival 2019
Coverage of Fantasia 2019

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

cineXtremes

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

  • 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
  • Review

    Helter Skelter

    A nightmarish, hallucinogenic exploration of the excesses of the Japanese fashion industry…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Cold Fish

    A typically wild and offbeat take on the serial killer genre from Japanese auteur Sion Sono…

    5 stars
  • Review

    Battle Royale II: Requiem

    Hardly well-received on its original release, the overlong and muddled 2003 sequel hasn’t held up well…

    2 stars
  • 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

    Raped by an Angel 3: Sexual Fantasy of the Chief Executive

    The third instalment of the infamous Category III sleaze series, and the strangest yet…

    3 stars
  • Review

    All Night Long 3: The Final Chapter

    Katsuya Matsumura moves away from revenge for the third in the series, and into even nastier territory…

    4 stars

Interviews

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

  • 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…

  • Interview

    Norris Wong interview: “We’re slowly re-establishing Hong Kong filmmaking”

    My Prince Edward writer-director shares her thoughts on marriage, migration, human connection and filmmaking…

  • Interview

    Wang Jing interview: The Best Is Yet To Come

    After working as an assistant director for Jia Zhang-ke, Wang Jing makes his impressive directorial debut…

  • Interview

    Tiffany Hsiung interview: Sing Me a Lullaby

    The award-winning Asian Canadian filmmaker offers a deeply personal and revealing story about her own family in Sing Me a Lullaby…

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

Filmmaker Focus: Bong Joon-ho

With various award nominations and wins, including a record-breaking six nominations for a Korean film at the Oscars, we celebrate the director’s career…

  • Review

    Snowpiercer

    Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 fantasy sci-fi thriller finally receives a proper UK Blu Ray release through Lionsgate…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Parasite (Black & White Version)

    With the Oscar-winner still in UK cinemas, a new version is already here, but do we really need it?…

    2 stars
  • News

    Parasite Makes History At 2020 Oscars With 4 Wins!

    Bong Joon-ho picks up 4 Oscars in a record-breaking history-making night

  • News

    Parasite wins at 2020 BAFTAs

    Don’t count the Bong Joon-ho favourite out of the Oscars race yet, as it swept up two awards at the BAFTAs

  • Review

    Parasite

    Bong Joon-ho’s latest is a scathing, though uneven, take on the complexities of the modern class war…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Parasite

    A smart and snappy black comedy with a surprisingly dark denouement…

    4 stars
  • Podcast

    Episode 2: A Parasite special

    In a special episode, we look at the film on everyone’s lips…

  • News

    Golden Globes 2020: Asian cinema makes big waves with 2 historic wins!

    The first Korean film to win a Golden Globe…

  • Feature

    Top 10 Films of 2019: 1 – Parasite

    Here it is, the prestigious easternKicks FILM OF THE YEAR… coming in at #1 on our Top 10 Films of 2019 is PARASITE

  • Feature

    Bong Joon-ho at BAFTA Screenwriters’ Lecture Series: “I first saw Hitchcock’s Psycho...

    The award-winning Korean filmmaker discusses screenwriting at Curzon Mayfair, London

Geonbae! the cinema of Hong Sang-soo

With The Woman Who Ran coming to Curzon cinemas and Curzon Home Cinema from 11 December, and debuting on MUBI from 20 December, we toast one of Korea’s most idiosyncratic filmmakers…

  • Podcast

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

    We discuss the Korean director’s latest film…

  • Review

    The Woman Who Ran

    What’s left unsaid and the spaces between the conversations are what make this film so compelling…

    4.5 stars
  • News

    Hong Sang-soo’s The Woman Who Ran hits the UK December 11th

    The latest award-winning film from the acclaimed Korean auteur comes to Curzon and Curzon Home Cinema via CMC…

  • Review

    Grass

    Indie director Hong Sang-soo’s latest film is short, sparse and (bitter)sweet…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Hotel by the River

    Hong Sang-soo’s new drama sees the director defiantly changing nothing at all about his methods…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Woman is the Future of Man, Tale of Cinema: Two Films by...

    On UK Blu-ray for the first time, Hong Sang-soo’s fifth and sixth films provide a double dose of relationship missteps and woe…

    3 stars
  • Review

    The Day After

    A publisher’s adultery is revealed in surprisingly linear tale of duplicity and mistaken identity from Hong Sang-soo…

    3 stars
  • Review

    On the Beach at Night Alone

    A young actress tries to get over a break-up in this latest musing on love, etc. from Hong Sang-Soo…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Yourself And Yours

    Hong Sang-soo returns with a recognisable mix in one of his most romantic films yet…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Right Now, Wrong Then

    The master of unreliable narrative returns with a different but familiar take…

    4 stars