• Review

    Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji

    Tomu Uchida’s classic morality play packs in more plotlines than a whole box of Zatoichi movies…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Sway

    A tangle of modern, melancholic love stories with an international scope…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Big Brother

    Foremost a film about Hong Kong educational and societal problems with a dose of action sprinkled in…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Bloody Spear At Mount Fuji

    Without a doubt consider this narrative a forgotten masterpiece by Tomu Uchida…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Reach for the SKY

    A documentary showing the harrowing experiences of students in the South Korean education system preparing for the Suneung exam…

    1.5 stars
  • Review

    Little Red Flowers

    Beijing Bastards Zhang Yuan explores kindergarten rebellion as a political statement…

    3.5 stars

COMING SOON...

  • Review: The Thousand Faces of Dunjia
  • Review: The Pilferers’ Progress
  • Review: Surprise: Journey to the West

Latest news

All the latest news from Asian cinema...

  • News

    LINE-UP ANNOUNCED | London East Asia Film Festival 2018 returns to London…

    From 25th October – 4th November, LEAFF have released their full 2018 film programme!

  • News

    CAMERA JAPAN 2018 has announced its full programme

    More than 40 Japanese films will be screened in Rotterdam and Amsterdam…

  • News

    FULL Line-up announced of the London Korean Film Festival 2018

    Check out the full line-up for the 2018 London Korean Film Festival, taking place from 1-25th November

  • News

    Actress Kirin Kiki dies in Tokyo at age 75

    Japan’s ‘grandmother’ died early Saturday morning after cancer complications…

  • News

    Taiwanese Season comes to Kino Lumière, Bratislava!

    The Slovak Film Institute presents a season of dark comedies, romances as well as legendary martial arts films…

  • News

    easternKicks presents an evening with Tony Ching Siu-tung

    We screen classic Swordsman II and chat with the action directing legend himself…

Camera Japan 2018

The film festival returns with more than 40 recent Japanese film titles, from arthouse drama to crowd-pleasing blockbusters and comedy to out-of-bounds horror…

  • Review

    One Cut of the Dead

    A refreshing new ‘take’ on the zombie film which combines horror and comedy in equal measure…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Tremble All You Want

    A truly heart-warming experience full of honest and heartfelt emotions…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Blank 13

    A family drama turned comedy explores a tormented father-son relationship…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    River’s Edge

    Successfully evoking the complexity of adolescence in a crude, unflattering and straightforward way…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Liverleaf

    A timely reminder that Japanese society has to take bullying and its effects more seriously…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    The Scythian Lamb

    A weird dark comedy mixing different genres while tackling rural depopulation in an unusual fashion…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Tremble All You Want

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

    4 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

Asian Pop-up Cinema 2018

Chicago’s only pan-Asian film series makes its return from September 12 to November 14, with premieres and free screenings!

  • Review

    Adulthood

    Kim In-seon’s debut feature film looks into feelings of being happy and taking responsibility as ‘adults’…

    4 stars
  • News

    Asian Pop-Up Cinema returns for its 7th Season in Chicago

    Chicago’s only pan-Asian film series to make its return on September with a 17-movies-long programme

  • Review

    One Cut of the Dead

    A refreshing new ‘take’ on the zombie film which combines horror and comedy in equal measure…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Sad Beauty

    The beauty and the drama…

    3 stars
  • Review

    One Cut of the Dead

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

    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

Sitges Film Festival 2018

The Catalan film festival specializing in fantasy and horror films returns from 4 to 14 October…

  • Review

    Mirai

    Engaging fantasy about family and siblings…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings

    The third instalment in Hark’s CGI-heavy blockbuster series is a surprisingly fun romp. With added giant albino gorilla…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    One Cut of the Dead

    A refreshing new ‘take’ on the zombie film which combines horror and comedy in equal measure…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Dukun

    The investigation into supernatural and other postcolonial clashes…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    One Cut of the Dead

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

    5 stars
  • Review

    Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum

    Does South Korea have a found-footage film that gives The Blair Witch Project ample competition?…

    3.5 stars

Tony Ching Siu-tung: Action and romance

With the upcoming BAFTA Masterclass and In Conversation with easternKicks events, we look back on the career of one of the most celebrated action directors ever!…

  • Feature

    6 Fantastic Tony Ching Siu-tung Action Scenes!

    The team at easternKicks select some of their favourite scenes from the great Hong Kong action director…

  • News

    easternKicks presents an evening with Tony Ching Siu-tung

    We screen classic Swordsman II and chat with the action directing legend himself…

  • News

    BAFTA masterclass with choreographer/ director Tony Ching 程小东

    BAFTA and Asian Film Awards Academy host masterclass with renowned choreographer and director, tickets on sale now!

  • Review

    Future Cops

    It’s kind of scary that this film beats other Street Fighter films…

    2.5 stars
  • Review

    An Empress and The Warriors

    From the action choreographer on Hero, House Of Flying Daggers, The Warlords and far too many others to mention…

    3 stars
  • Review

    The Warlords

    Peter Chan’s take on the historical wuxia drama is far grittier and more grounded than we’re used to, with a fine performance by Jet Li that will surprise his critics…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Butterfly & Sword

    Just another early 80s wire-fu movie – or at least it would be if not for the performances of leads Tony Leung and Michelle Yeoh and some fine action from Ching Siu-tung…

    3 stars
  • Review

    The Curse Of The Golden Flower

    Director Zhang Yimou’s latest swordplay inspired movie is a visual delight, but this one won’t please the martial arts fans…

    4 stars
  • Review

    A Better Tomorrow II

    It’s John Woo all right, but turned all the way up to 11!…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Shaolin Soccer

    With the imminent release of Kung Fu Hustle on DVD, is there a better time to revisit this silly but fun classic?…

    4 stars

London Film Festival Highlights

The 62nd BFI London Film Festival 2018 runs from 10 to 21 October 2018. We pick some highlights from over a decade of coverage…

  • Interview

    Vivian Qu interview: “A lot of this for me is very disturbing,...

    We talk to the director and producer about her latest film, Angels Wear White

  • Review

    Pop Aye

    A quietly charming road movie Singaporean filmmaker Kirsten Tan about a man and his pet elephant…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Wrath Of Silence

    An impressive Coen-esque thriller about a man desperately trying to find his son…

    4 stars
  • Interview

    Takashi Miike roundtable interview: “I feel more for the baddies than for...

    The director talks about his 100th film Blade Of The Immortal and more…

  • Review

    Manhunt

    John Woo’s throwback to the 80s, complete with camp dialogue and saxophone driven soundtrack…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Angels Wear White

    Vivian Qu’s stunning critique of attitudes towards women in China…

    4.5 stars
  • Interview

    Xin Yukun interview: “Censors are not as difficult as you might imagine…”

    We talk to the director of Coffin in the Mountain and Distance about his new film Wrath of Silence

  • Review

    Memoir Of A Murderer

    Former serial killer Sol Kyung-gu suffers from dementia in Won Shin-yun’s entertaining thriller…

    4 stars
  • Interview

    Mattie Do interview: “I’m an accidental filmmaker!”

    We chat to the director of intelligent Laos horror Dearest Sister

  • Review

    By The Time It Gets Dark

    This second feature from Anocha Suwichakornpong is a beguiling meditation on Thailand’s troubled history…

    3 stars

London East Asia Film Festival 2018

LEAFF returns from 25th October and running till the 4th November…

  • News

    LINE-UP ANNOUNCED | London East Asia Film Festival 2018 returns to London…

    From 25th October – 4th November, LEAFF have released their full 2018 film programme!

  • Review

    A Land Imagined

    Total immersion, fish tanks and the mystery of what Singapore is made of…

    5 stars
  • Review

    BuyBust

    One squad. One notorious criminal. One mission gone terribly wrong. One film that will leave you completely breathless…

    4 stars
  • Review

    River’s Edge

    Successfully evoking the complexity of adolescence in a crude, unflattering and straightforward way…

    4 stars
  • Interview

    1987: When the Day Comes interview: Kim Yoon-seok and Jang Joon-hwan

    We talk to the star and director of the political drama based on true events…

  • Review

    1987: When the Day Comes

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

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Satan’s Slaves

    Tales from the Muslim graveyard…

    4.5 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
  • Review

    The Great Buddha +

    Huang Hsin-yao’s wry social comedy and Golden Horse multi-award-winner…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    The Classified File

    A real life kidnapping tale with a twist from director Kwak Kyung-taek…

    3.5 stars

London Korean Film Festival 2018

Returns from 1 to 14 November in London before taking highlights around the country with its annual UK Tour…

  • News

    FULL Line-up announced of the London Korean Film Festival 2018

    Check out the full line-up for the 2018 London Korean Film Festival, taking place from 1-25th November

  • Interview

    Microhabitat interview: Jeon Go-woon and Ahn Jae-hong

    We chat to the debut director on her tragi-comic portrait of South Korea and leading actor…

  • Review

    Little Forest

    Yim Soon-rye’s quiet, simply film unfolds as a memory of our lives in repose…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Microhabitat

    A young Seoul-ite engages in some forcible downsizing as prices for all her basic luxuries rise…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Little Forest

    A feel-good foodie flick about the simple pleasures in life…

    4 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…

  • 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 Running Actress

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

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Mothers

    A woman loses her husband in an accident has to cope with raising her teenage stepson from his previous marriage…

    4 stars
  • Review

    The Bacchus Lady

    Youn Yuh-jung stars in E J-Yong’s comedy drama about elderly sex workers…

    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

Interviews

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

  • Interview

    Microhabitat interview: Jeon Go-woon and Ahn Jae-hong

    We chat to the debut director on her tragi-comic portrait of South Korea and leading actor…

  • Interview

    Crossroads One Two Jaga interview: Nam Ron and Ario Bayu

    We talk to the director and star of the Malaysian thriller…

  • Interview

    Wrath of Silence Interview: Xi Yukun and Jiang Wu

    We chat to the director and star about the impressive thriller…

  • Interview

    Dong Yue interview: “Although he treats himself as a hero, the reality...

    We talk to the director about his debut The Looming Storm

  • Interview

    1987: When the Day Comes interview: Kim Yoon-seok and Jang Joon-hwan

    We talk to the star and director of the political drama based on true events…

  • Interview

    Stephy Tang interview: “I was boxing 2-3 times a week, training my...

    We talk to the Hong Kong actress about her role in Chapman To’s The Empty Hands

  • Interview

    Harata Masado interview: “Sekigahara, I have been dreaming about making it for...

    The director talks about his work…

  • Interview

    Dante Lam and Candy Leung interview: “Suddenly I see Dante with two...

    We talk to the well-known filmmaker and his producer…

  • 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…