• Review

    Hiroshima

    As relevant now as it was then…

    4 stars
  • Review

    The Liquidator

    A serial killer acts according to the netizen’s will in Xu Jizhou’s Se7en-esque exhilarating action thriller…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Bleeding Steel

    Jackie Chan’s worst film since Kung Fu Yoga. No, really…

    1 star
  • Review

    The Flying Guillotine

    Kung fu craziness with a mad emperor, villainous traitors and batsh*t insane weapon…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    The Foreigner

    Do not wake the Dragon – all snakes beware…

    4.5 stars
  • 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

COMING SOON...

  • Review: A Sparkle of Life
  • Review: Poetry
  • Review: Little Red Flowers

Latest news

All the latest news from Asian cinema...

  • News

    Vesoul International Film Fest of Asian Cinemas announces 2018 line-up

    Line-up announced for the 24th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas 

  • News

    6th ‘Asians on Film Festival of Shorts’ comes to LA

    Held annually in Los Angeles, the festival will screen over 70 short films with awards in 15 categories…

  • News

    Louis Koo and Wong San-mun unite for 42nd Hong Kong International Film...

    Louis Koo has been announced to return for a 5th year as the ambassador for the 42nd Hong Kong International Film Festival

  • News

    WOLF WARRIOR 2 announced for UK DVD And Blu-ray release

    WOLF WARRIOR 2 is back on Limited Edition Blu-ray, DVD boxset and Digital Download from 29th of January…

  • News

    Asian Film News Roundup: December 16th – 5th January 2018

    News this week: Dangal nominated as Best Asian Film of 2017, Korean Film Council appoints new head

  • News

    Chinese blockbuster THE LIQUIDATOR hits UK Cinemas on January 5th

    Coming to UK Cinemas from January 5th, the debut smash hit The Liquidator from director Xu Jizhou, read more for tickets…

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…

Takashi Miike

With Blade Of The Immortal in UK cinemas, we look back on highlights from the career of the notoriously prolific director…

  • Interview

    Jeremy Thomas interview: “My choices are based on personal taste. Not on...

    The British producer talks about working with Takashi Miike and his latest film, Blade Of The Immortal

  • Review

    Blade Of The Immortal

    Gleefully gory entertainment no Miike fan should miss!…

    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

    Blade of the Immortal

    A series of colourful and bloody encounters are let down by a confused stance on violence and morality…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Dead Or Alive: Final

    The last movie of the series is a sci-fi action fest which, despite some quibbles, delivers!…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Shinjuku Triad Society

    Miike’s cinema debut is a violent trip in the world of mixed-race, criminals and homosexuality…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Audition

    Considered a classic for all sorts of reasons. Now Takashi Miike’s international breakthrough gets the presentation it deserves…

    4 stars
  • Review

    The Happiness of the Katakuris

    Strange and surreal even for Takashi Miike, with unexpected warmth and heart…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Over Your Dead Body

    Black Swan meets Imprint in Takashi Miike’s lingering – and at times gruelling – take on *the* classic Japanese ghost story…

    4 stars
  • Review

    As the Gods Will

    More classroom gore and madness from Miike Takashi in a wild and weird manga adaptation very much in his own inimitable style…

    4 stars

11th Five Flavours Film Festival 2017

This year’s film festival programme features films from Bhutan, Roman Porno Reboot segment and from well-known film directors, taking place from 15 to 22 November…

  • Review

    The Way We Are

    A boy and his widowed mother try to hold themselves together in this quiet drama…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Honeygiver Among the Dogs

    Mysticism and mystery meet in the mountains of Bhutan as a policeman investigates a murder in director Dechen Roder’s debut…

    4 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…

  • Interview

    Roger Lee interview: “Ann has become the grandmother of Hong Kong cinema!”

    We talk to the producer about working with Ann Hui on Our Time Will Come and Hong Kong cinema…

  • Review

    Soul Mate

    A moving meditation on friendship that is perfectly paced from start to finish…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Summer Snow

    A woman tries to get closer to her family in this drama that occasionally decides to be a comedy…

    3 stars
  • 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
  • News

    11th Five Flavours Film Festival full line-up announced

    2017 Five Flavours Film Festival has announced the full programme…

  • Review

    Our Time Will Come

    Celebrated director Ann Hui returns to the Sino-Japanese war of The Golden Era with a star studded cast…

    4 stars
  • Review

    KFC

    Le Binh Giang’s debut is a grotesque, bizarre mix of gore, perversion and more…

    4 stars

San Diego Asian Film Festival 2017

  • Review

    Columbus

    All buildings and relationships have a solid foundation, and this film has a durable and beautiful one…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Have a Nice Day

    Tales from Southern China: small small heist…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    No Date, No Signature

    A spiral of guilt shrouds two men in Vahid Jalilvand’s desaturated Tehran…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Claire’s Camera

    Like a milk ice tea, it’s not that filling, but it’s sweet and goes down smooth…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Kita Kita (I See You)

    Brave casting wins in Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo’s clever take on the rom-com…

    4 stars
  • Review

    The First Lap

    Kim Dae-hwan revisits dysfunctional families with wry observations on a couple’s respective parents…

    3.5 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
  • News

    Full Line-up of the 18th San Diego Asian Film Festival announced

    Pacific Arts presents the new edition of the festival held in November 9 – 18…

  • Review

    Our Time Will Come

    Celebrated director Ann Hui returns to the Sino-Japanese war of The Golden Era with a star studded cast…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Bamseom Pirates Seoul Inferno

    A new doc following the exploits of controversial Korean punk duo as they kick back against society and hypocrisy…

    3.5 stars

Creative Visions London - Hong Kong Cinema

A weekend of screenings celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, from 17 to 19 November…

  • 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

    PTU

    A great reminder of why Johnnie To is considered a master…

    4 stars
  • News

    Free screenings of classic and new HK cinema in London!

    Creative Visions London: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Handover…

  • Review

    Made in Hong Kong

    Revisiting the Handover 20 years on, through Fruit Chan’s debut…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Mad World

    An impressive debut feature from Wong Chun with standout performances from leads Shawn Yue and Eric Tsang…

    4 stars

61st BFI London Film Festival 2017

The London Film Festival returns for its 61st edition, featuring the world’s best new films to cinemas across London, with a strong Asian selection…

  • 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
  • Review

    The White Girl

    Jenny Suen’s feature debut, co-directed by legendary cinematographer Christopher Doyle…

    2.5 stars
  • Review

    Columbus

    All buildings and relationships have a solid foundation, and this film has a durable and beautiful one…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Have a Nice Day

    Tales from Southern China: small small heist…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Blade Of The Immortal

    Gleefully gory entertainment no Miike fan should miss!…

    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

    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

    Manhunt

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

    3 stars

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 Flying Guillotine

    Kung fu craziness with a mad emperor, villainous traitors and batsh*t insane weapon…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    The Bride from Hell

    A rife on the vengeful ghost story from the Shaw Brothers…

    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
  • News

    88 Films talk about new 88 Asia Collection

    An exclusive chat with the UK distributor about plans for Shaw Brothers releases and much more beyond!…

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 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
  • Review

    Fresh Wave 2015: Definition of Art

    A high school student goes off the rails after a liaison with an abused teacher…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Fresh Wave 2015: Turbulence

    Inspired by several topical events, this smart short sees two parents looking for answers a year on from their daughters’ disappearance…

    3 stars
  • Interview

    Interview with the directors of Ten Years: “We never expected it would...

    We chat to the directors of one of the most infamous films to be released in Hong Kong for a while…

Interviews

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

  • 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

  • Interview

    Feng Xiaogang interview: “6-minute footage was accomplished just in one shot. Every...

    We talk to the celebrated director, screenwriter and actor about his latest film, Youth

  • Interview

    Jeremy Thomas interview: “My choices are based on personal taste. Not on...

    The British producer talks about working with Takashi Miike and his latest film, Blade Of The Immortal

  • Interview

    Wong Chun interview: “I’m the director and she writes – simply because...

    We chat to the director of multiple award-winning Mad World…

  • Interview

    Roger Lee interview: “Ann has become the grandmother of Hong Kong cinema!”

    We talk to the producer about working with Ann Hui on Our Time Will Come and Hong Kong cinema…

  • 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…

  • Interview

    Aaron Kwok interview: “I liked what Philip did so much that we’re...

    We talk to one of Asia’s biggest stars about appearing in Port Of Call and more…

  • Interview

    Hwang Dong-hyuk interview: “Who is the great Khan…. Is it Xi Jinping...

    Director Hwang Dong-hyuk and star Lee Byung-hun talk about The Fortress during the opening night of the LEAFF…

  • 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

  • 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…

From the vaults

Some of our favourite reviews, articles and posts from over 14 years of easternKicks.com…

  • Review

    The Human Condition trilogy

    The steep path of the righteous man…

    5 stars
  • Review

    The Exclusive: Beat The Devil’s Tattoo

    An entertaining stab at media obsession with headline-grabbing stories…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Cold War 2

    The sequel to the 2012 hit follows more scheming and corruptions in the Hong Kong justice system…

    4 stars
  • Review

    The Tiger: An Old Hunter’s Tale

    An old hunter reluctantly agrees to track and kill the last tiger of Joseon…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    The Tenants Downstairs

    Perversion, madness and murder run wild in this Category III style Taiwanese shocker…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Honor Thy Father

    Matti’s crime drama starring John Lloyd Cruz is much more than a successor to On The Job

    5 stars
  • Review

    A Bride for Rip Van Winkle

    Shunji Iwai comes back to live-action film-making with a three hour epic relationship drama…

    4 stars
  • Review

    The Rambling Guitarist

    Elvis meets the Yakuza in this western inspired urban youth picture from the Japanese New Wave…

    3 stars
  • Review

    The Final Master

    I hope the word “final” in the title implies truth in advertising…

    2 stars
  • Feature

    easternKickers reacts! The Assassin

    A semi-regular series where we look at one film and give our opinions on it. First up, the marmite of wuxia, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin