• Review

    Rebirth of Mothra (Original Motion Picture Score)

    Toshiyuki Watanabe’s score for the 1996 reboot comes to special edition vinyl…

  • Review

    Mama Boy

    A quirk romantic comedy about a submissive son who falls for the maîtresse of a brothel…

    3.5 stars
  • Podcast

    Episode 39 – The Sadness special

    We interview director Rob Jabbaz exclusively…

  • Review

    Crossfire

    An explosive Japanese horror from 2000 which goes the Firestarter route rather than Ringu

    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
  • 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

COMING SOON...

  • Review: All About Ah-Long
  • How Sino-Italian films are looking for the right recipe
  • Review: Intruders

Latest news

All the latest news from Asian cinema...

  • News

    Asian films at the 75th Cannes Film Festival vol. 2

    From 17 to 28 May 2022 Cannes Film Festival features 9 short films and 4 classics from East/Southeast/South Asia…

  • News

    UK-China Filmcollab Presents “ODYSSEY: a Chinese cinema season” From May 10th to...

    60+ Films in 8 curated sections, 10 discussion panels, exclusive Q&As and 4 awards…

  • News

    Asian films at the 75th Cannes Film Festival vol. 1

    From 17 to 28 May 2022 Cannes Film Festival premieres 7 full-length fiction features from East/Southeast/South Asia…

  • News

    Queer East Film Festival announces full 2022 edition programme

    Returning from May 18th – 29th in London, expect to see a huge programme with premieres and a follow-up UK tour

  • Competitions

    Win The Funeral on Criterion Collection Blu-ray!

    We have two copies to giveaway of Juzo Itami’s (Tampopo) debut…

  • News

    Asian titles and John Woo among the first wave of Fantasia 2022...

    The 26th edition announces its first wave of programming for July, including a career achievement award for the legendary John Woo…

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

    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
  • 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…

  • Review

    The Assistant

    Malaysian director Adrien Teh takes on another action film, this time with a neck-snapping twist…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Nice View

    A rags-to-riches dramedy with a mix of entertainment and didacticism…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Incantation

    Disturbing a folk ritual unleashes havoc in Kevin Ko’s effective found footage horror…

    4 stars
  • News

    Udine Far East Film Festival 2022 unveils a star-studded 24th edition and...

    The Cannes of Asian Cinema returns with an incredible line-up of 72 films for 2022, plus TAKESHI KITANO! From 22nd – 30th April

  • Review

    Caught in Time

    A cop hunts a particularly violent robber in this old school Hong Kong China true crime thriller…

    3 stars

Close-Up on Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

A close-up look at the work and career of Oscar-winning writer-director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi…

  • News

    Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival returns online for January 2022!

    Free from 17 to 23 January, featuring films from Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Naomi Kawase…

  • 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!…

  • Review

    Drive My Car

    Could Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Murakami adaption be his best yet?

    5 stars
  • News

    Close-Up on Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

    Close-Up Film Centre presents a season dedicated to the director of Drive My Car and Happy Hour

  • Review

    Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    Three vignettes about the lies we tell ourselves and each other…

    4.5 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…

The Paths of Zatoichi book

Asian Cinema Education

We showcase the best in new writing with our partnership with Asian Cinema Education. An international project to encourage discussion and writing on Asian Cinema…

  • Review

    Chaos

    Escape From New York, Herman Yau-style…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Horror of the queer, terror of the West

    Toshio Matsumoto’s Funeral Parade of Roses…

  • Feature

    Restoring poetry: Xiao Wu’s ballad of loneliness

    Jia Zhangke’s debut feature is a cosmic hymn to solitude…

  • Feature

    Looking for hope in modern China

    Can it be found in Hu Bo’s An Elephant Sitting Still?…

  • Feature

    Mr. Suave and the Absurdity of the Macho Man

    A look back at Joyce E. Bernal’s 2003 comedy…

  • Feature

    A look back at In the Mood For Love

    Wong Kar-wai’s timeless classic…

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

The easternKicks Podcast

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

  • 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…

  • Podcast

    Episode 30 – The best of NYAFF 2021

    We look at the New York Asian Film Festival line up, including an extended chat about Raging Fire

  • Podcast

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

    We revisit one of the director’s classics…

cineXtremes

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

  • Review

    Buttonman

    Francis Ng stars in an early crime thriller from Taiwanese horror director Joe Chien…

    4 stars
  • Podcast

    Episode 39 – The Sadness special

    We interview director Rob Jabbaz exclusively…

  • Review

    Crossfire

    An explosive Japanese horror from 2000 which goes the Firestarter route rather than Ringu

    5 stars
  • Review

    Dorm

    A creepy boarding school provides the backdrop for this 2006 Thai horror classic…

    5 stars
  • Review

    Arang

    Detectives investigate a series of familiar supernatural deaths in another mid-2000s Korean horror…

    4 stars
  • Review

    In Love with the Dead

    A man caring for his cancer-stricken wife starts to suspect that she might be a ghost in this 2007 Danny Pang outing…

    3 stars
  • Review

    49 Days

    A mid-2000s Hong Kong horror throwback which is at its best when serving up spooky nonsense…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Midnight FM

    A DJ is stalked by a crazed fan in this 2010 Korean serial killer thriller…

    4 stars
  • Review

    I Love Maria

    A classic of 80s Hong Kong madness, mixing Robocop, Metropolis and more…

    5 stars
  • Review

    Antarctic Journal

    Song Kang-ho leads an ill-fated Antarctic expedition in this 2005 mystery thriller, co-written by Bong Joon-ho…

    2.5 stars

The best in film festival coverage, year after year

Coverage of Udine Far East Film Festival 2019
Coverage of CinemAsia Film Festival 2019
Coverage of Five Flavours Film Festival 2018
Coverage of Fantasia 2019
Coverage of Nippon Connection Film Festival 2019

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

London Korean Film Festival 2021

The LKFF returns to cinemas from 4 to 19 November, with a special focus on 2021 Academy Award winner Youn Yuh-jung…

  • 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

    Sister J

    A decade of struggle chronicled in intense detail…

    2.5 stars
  • Review

    In Front of Your Face

    The master of the mundane continues his current interest in female protagonists…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Limecrime

    Making sense of their own name is but one of many challenges from school to the streets for two aspiring rappers…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Climbing

    Paranoia reigns supreme in a visually striking debut feature…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Aloners

    A slow-burning drama offering engaging character study and meditation on social isolation…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Recalled

    Waking up after an accident, an amnesiac woman is haunted by disturbing visions of the near future…

    2.5 stars
  • News

    London Korean Film Festival has announced its full programme

    Screenings will be back in the cinemas, from 4th to 19th November…

  • Review

    The Book of Fish

    An exiled civil servant finds meaning in composing a new book on marine life in Korea…

    2 stars
  • Review

    Canola, aka Grandmother Gye-choon

    A wayward girl returns to live with her doting grandmother on Jeju Island…

    3 stars

BFI London Film Festival 2021

London’s premier international film festival returns retaining the hybrid format of last year, from 6 to 17 October…

  • Review

    Hellbound

    Will Train to Busan director Yeon Sang-ho’s new streaming horror series be the next Squid Game?

    4 stars
  • 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…

  • Review

    History of Ha

    A profound exploration of the purpose of art and the quest to find a meaning of life when everything seems lost…

    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
  • News

    Asian films coming to BFI London Film Festival 2021

    The BFI LFF has announced their programme…

  • Review

    Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    Three vignettes about the lies we tell ourselves and each other…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Money Has Four Legs

    A cynical but realistic drama that uses cinema as a metaphor for society…

    4 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…

  • Review

    Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    In between coincidences and fate…

    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

    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…

  • Interview

    Takahiro Horie interview: “The root of revenge is love”

    We talk to the Sensei, Would You Please Sit with Me? director…

  • Interview

    Ann Hui interview: “I tried to find work whenever I could. I...

    We chat to the celebrated Hong Kong filmmaker about her career and the documentary Keep Rolling

  • Interview

    How Anima echoes director Cao’s hope for homelands

    Chinese director Cao Jinling’s debut is an impassioned plea for nature…

  • Interview

    Cornelio Sunny talks Death Knot and new directions in horror

    Exploring Indonesian horror with a unique debut film…

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…