• Review

    Women on the Run

    Bigger budget, though no less sleazy a Cat III effort from directors Corey Yuen and David Lai, who should have known better…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Men On The Dragon

    Four guys get a second chance to grab life by the horns and the audience get one of the best films of the year…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Letter from Masanjia

    When Julie Keith discovers an SOS letter in a Kmart product, she begins a chain of events exposing Chinese forced labour…

    5 stars
  • Review

    Ms. Meili

    Return to the rough realism and character’s doomed fate, a pity the alternative way to survive seems to be out of the question…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Still Human

    A Filipino carer and a disabled old man bond to find their purpose in life…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Buffalo Boys

    Pretensions of historical depth aside, an adventure yarn with plenty of action and interesting hybrid styles…

    3 stars

COMING SOON...

  • Review: Distinctive
  • Review: A Chinese Torture Chamber Story 2
  • Review: Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll

Latest news

All the latest news from Asian cinema...

  • News

    An Elephant Sitting Still has its London premiere at the ICA

    Bo Hu’s first and last feature has been making waves across the festival circuit, now coming to UK cinemas…

  • News

    Netflix unveils Anime highlights for 2019

    Supernatural themes and classic franchises to mark the new Netflix’s Anime season…

  • News

    Films to look out for at the 29th Singapore International Film Festival

    Some highlights to look forward to at SGIFF 2018…

  • News

    12th Five Flavours Asian Film Festival closes with winners announced

    The Polish Asian film festival announces competition winners voted by the People’s Jury…

  • News

    1st Chinese Arts Now Festival full programme has been announced!

    Filming East Festival and Chinese Visual Festival will be showcasing the best of Chinese films at the end of January next year…

  • News

    FILMASIA returns for its 14th edition this winter in Prague

    The festival will return with 4 days of screening ranging from classics to new releases

Five Flavours Asian Film Festival 2018

Now in its 12th edition, the Five Flavours Asian Film Festival once again brings the best in Asian cinema to Warsaw from 14 to 21 November…

  • Review

    On Happiness Road

    Combines animation, political context and rich relationships to create a whimsical and poignant family drama…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Operation Red Sea

    Aimed at Chinese audiences, Dante Lam’s big budget film offers a proud and patriotic presentation of a heroic rescue…

    2 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
  • News

    12th Five Flavours Film Festival reveals their full programme!

    A full-week filled with awesome Asian films will be held from 14 to 21 November…

  • Review

    Suburban Birds

    Qiu Sheng’s debut is at times non-linear and experimental, at others a heart-warming coming-of-age drama…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    A Land Imagined

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

    5 stars
  • Review

    Girls Always Happy

    Yang Ming Ming’s debut is certainly from the left field, and wears that badge with pride…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Da Hu Fa

    Once Upon a Time in Peanut Town…

    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…

Singapore International Film Festival 2018

The 29th edition returns this year, running from 28th November to 9th December, screening over 103 films from 44 different countries across 10 different programmes…

  • News

    Films to look out for at the 29th Singapore International Film Festival

    Some highlights to look forward to at SGIFF 2018…

  • Review

    Asako I & II

    Love is questioned when Asako starts dating her disappeared boyfriend’s doppelganger…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Long Day’s Journey Into Night

    A sumptuous, meandering fever-dream of love, loss and regret…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Ash Is The Purest White

    Zhao Tao plays one of the finest performances of her career so far, the return to form we’ve been waiting for from Jia Zhangke…

    4 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

    Asako I & II

    Girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl meets boy’s doppelgänger – but who loves who the most?…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    A Land Imagined

    The Golden Leopard winner takes us on a journey through the darker side of Singapore…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    A Family Tour

    Exiled Chinese filmmaker Ying Liang offers an empathetic, personal portrayal of how exile and oppression affect individuals…

    4 stars
  • Review

    A Land Imagined

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

    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

2018 San Diego Asian Film Festival

The 19th SDAFF returns with an incredible packed line-up, and audiences in store for a cinematic treat. Running from 8 to 17 November…

  • Review

    Buffalo Boys

    Pretensions of historical depth aside, an adventure yarn with plenty of action and interesting hybrid styles…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Asako I & II

    Love is questioned when Asako starts dating her disappeared boyfriend’s doppelganger…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Origin Story

    Kulap Vilaysack documents her journey from LA to Laos, in an attempt to find the father she didn’t know she had…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Go-Go Sisters

    A joyous Vietnamese remake of a modern Korean classic, that’s simply way, way better than it has any right to be…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Long Day’s Journey Into Night

    A sumptuous, meandering fever-dream of love, loss and regret…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Ash Is The Purest White

    Zhao Tao plays one of the finest performances of her career so far, the return to form we’ve been waiting for from Jia Zhangke…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Dead Pigs

    How did Cathy Yan’s first film entice Hollywood to let her helm the latest DC Comics spinoff?…

    3 stars
  • News

    19th San Diego Asian Film Festival Launches This Week With Jam-Packed Festival

    The 19th SDAFF launched on Thursday night with an incredible packed line-up, and audiences in store for a cinematic treat

  • Review

    Asako I & II

    Girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl meets boy’s doppelgänger – but who loves who the most?…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    A Land Imagined

    The Golden Leopard winner takes us on a journey through the darker side of Singapore…

    4.5 stars

cineXtremes

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

  • Review

    Women on the Run

    Bigger budget, though no less sleazy a Cat III effort from directors Corey Yuen and David Lai, who should have known better…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    There is a Secret in my Soup

    No prizes for guessing what the secret in question is… in this true crime Cat III shocker…

    1 star
  • Review

    The Peeping Tom

    A crazed killer stalks Hong Kong, obsessed with hacking off the legs of beautiful women in this seedy Category III-rated shocker…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Naked Poison

    A downtrodden man uses a venomous aphrodisiac to take revenge the women around him, with sleazy results…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Trilogy of Lust 2

    Julie Lee writes, directs and stars in this lurid tale of rape and revenge, Category III style…

    2 stars
  • Review

    Horrible High Heels

    Infamous Hong Kong Category III sleazy shocker in which a cackling madman stalks, slashes, masked high-quality footwear and abuses an unfortunate goose…

    5 stars
  • Review

    Human Pork Chop

    The name says it all in this infamous true crime Category III shocker…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    The Eternal Evil of Asia

    Cat III-rated classic in which a group of sleazy Hong Kongers run afoul of a Thai sorcerer, with spectacularly shocking results…

    5 stars
  • Review

    Run and Kill

    Category III-rated action shocker following an unfortunate man who drunkenly hires vicious killers to carry out a hit on his cheating wife…

    5 stars
  • Review

    The Sleep Curse

    Herman Yau and Anthony Wong reunite for old school category III shocks…

    4 stars

BFI London Film Festival 2018

The UK’s largest public film festival returns with 225 features from 77 countries…

  • Review

    Believer

    Gripping and tense, it is a remake that is worth spending time on…

    5 stars
  • Review

    Asako I & II

    Love is questioned when Asako starts dating her disappeared boyfriend’s doppelganger…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Go-Go Sisters

    A joyous Vietnamese remake of a modern Korean classic, that’s simply way, way better than it has any right to be…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Long Day’s Journey Into Night

    A sumptuous, meandering fever-dream of love, loss and regret…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Ash Is The Purest White

    Zhao Tao plays one of the finest performances of her career so far, the return to form we’ve been waiting for from Jia Zhangke…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Dead Pigs

    How did Cathy Yan’s first film entice Hollywood to let her helm the latest DC Comics spinoff?…

    3 stars
  • Review

    The Spy Gone North

    A masterfully played game of twisting meticulous timing chases businessman Hwang Jung-min in this spy epic…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Asako I & II

    Girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl meets boy’s doppelgänger – but who loves who the most?…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    Burning

    Nothing short of a spectacularly shot psychological drama, lavishly stoking the frustrated rage of Korea’s entitled beta males…

    4 stars
  • Review

    May The Devil Take You

    An effective but disappointingly vapid 80s throwback demon horror from Timo Tjahjanto…

    2.5 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…

  • Review

    Seven Years Of Night

    A thriller with depth and beautiful imagery to spare, the South Korean monopoly on great modern cinema continues…

    4 stars
  • Review

    The Return

    A poignant portrait of a Korean adoptee’s search for her roots…

    4 stars
  • Review

    For Vagina’s Sake

    Talking about taboos in this light documentary from South Korea…

    2.5 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

    The Princess and the Matchmaker

    Light-hearted comedy able to poke fun at traditions in fortune telling as well as story…

    3 stars
  • 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

London East Asia Film Festival 2018

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

  • Review

    Distinction

    Ten Years and Trivisa co-director Jevons Au’s solo directorial effort is a touching and meaningful film that does not deserve its ban in China…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    A Land Imagined

    The Golden Leopard winner takes us on a journey through the darker side of Singapore…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Project Gutenberg

    A complex plot line and one of Chow Yun-fat’s best roles in years elevate this anticipated thriller…

    4 stars
  • 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

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

Interviews

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

  • Interview

    Aya Igashi interview: “I didn’t make it for the #MeToo movement. I...

    The up-and-coming filmmaker discusses A Crimson Star

  • 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

    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…