Interview: A New Mother of Dragons? GAME OF THRONES' Ellie Kendrick On Fan Theories and "The Door"

Fans of HBO’s blockbuster Games of Thrones have embraced Ellie Kendrick’s portrayal of the tough as nails Meera Reed, one of the self-appointed protectors of the youngest Stark siblings. Celebrating the release of the show’s sixth season on home video,...

Interview: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM NY Press with Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Director David Yates and More

The filmmakers behind Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first spinoff of the incredibly successful Harry Potter series, apparated in New York City to meet the press.  I knew exactly where to find stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston,...

Interview: The Legendary Nakadai Tatsuya on Counterculture Cinema and Japan's Current Nationalism

At 83 years young, Nakadai Tatsuya is one of the lions of the Golden Age of Japanese cinema, still at the top of the bill after over 160 films.  Selling out his recent appearance at New York’s Japan Society, the...

Interview: ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM Creator Matsui Yusei on Movie Adaptations and Saying Goodbye to Koro Sensei

After drawing the final chapters of ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM, one of Japan’s most successful recent manga, creator Matsui Yusei visited the US for the first time for New York Comic Con.  As the only English-language interview granted during his first stop...

Japan Cuts 2016 Interview: Cut Above Award Winner Lily Franky on THE SHELL COLLECTOR

Novelist, illustrator, scriptwriter, radio host, and even as a singer, Lily Franky mastered many arts before his muse called him to become one of Japan’s most popular character actors.  Receiving Japan Cuts’ Cut Above award, Franky spoke with me about...

Japan Cuts 2016 Interview: THE ACTOR Director Yokohama Satoko on Walking the Tightrope Between Art and Entertainment

After her surreal exploration of country life, Bare Essence of Life (aka Ultra Miracle Love Story) screened at Japan Cuts in 2010, director Yokohama Satoko visits this year’s festival with The Actor, a triptastic peek into the mind and soul of...

Japan Cuts 2016 Interview: NAGASAKI: MEMORIES OF MY SON Composer Sakamoto Ryuichi on Oshima and Bertolucci

Artist, innovator, Oscar-winner, and genius are only some of the words used to describe Sakamoto Ryuichi. Since his groundbreaking debut in 1977 with his group, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Sakamoto has changed the face of modern music. He has lent his...

Japan Cuts 2016 Interview: One Hitoshi on the Mysterious World of Mangaka with BAKUMAN

After his exuberant hit Love Strikes excited the 2012 festival, director One Hitoshi visited Japan Cuts with Bakuman, his rousing and heartfelt take on the mysterious, misunderstood world of the manga artist.  One spoke with me about CG battles and...

Japan Cuts 2016 Interview: Maeda Atsuko Talks THE MOHICAN COMES HOME

Graduated from her best-known role as the first breakout star of Japan’s phenomenally popular all-girl singing group, AKB48, Maeda Atsuko has gone from strength to strength in the acting world, in films directed by the likes of Miike Takashi, Nakata...

Japan Cuts 2016 Interview: THE MOHICAN COMES HOME Director Okita Shûichi on Celebrating the Everyman

The director of such award-winning films as The Woodsman and the Rain and A Story of Yonosuke, Okita Shûichi brings his latest, The Mohican Comes Home, a warm and unexpectedly humourous story of a family coping with illness, to the...

New York Asian 2016 Interview: Sakaki Hideo on KIYAMACHI DARUMA, VERSUS and the Rules of Bad Taste

In 2000, Sakaki Hideo made his mark on Japanese cinema by costarring as the ruthless yakuza in the seminal zombie actioner, VERSUS.  Since then, Sakaki has worked steadily in both features and television.  He comes to the New York Asian...

New York Asian 2016 Interview: Lee Joon-ik and Shin Yeon-shick on DONGJU: THE PORTAIT OF A POET's Unflinching Look at Japan's War Crimes

For someone who claimed retirement during our interview back in 2011, director Lee Joon-ik, has been one busy man.  Returning to the New York Asian Film Festival with Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet, his third film since his break,...

New York Asian 2016 Interview: THE BOYS WHO CRIED WOLF Director Kim Jin-hwang on Real Life Inspirations

Clocking in at a taut 79 minutes, director Kim Jin-hwang’s The Boys Who Cried Wolf is a sharp whodunit with engaging twists and fine performances. Before its screening at the New York Asian Film Festival, director Kim spoke with me...

New York Asian 2016 Interview: HK Superstar Miriam Yeung and Director Adam Wong on SHE REMEMBERS, HE FORGETS

Beloved in her native Hong Kong for a singing career encompassing more than 40 albums and for appearances in over 30 films, Miriam Yeung has come to the New York Asian Film Festival to receive their Star Asia award.  ...

New York Asian 2016 Interview: TEN YEARS Creators on Running Afoul of Mainland Chinese Government and Future of Hong Kong

The mainland Chinese government labelled Ten Years a “virus of the mind” and accused its creators of “spreading anxiety.”  After the film, a collection of shorts pondering Hong Kong’s future, was nominated for Best Picture by the Hong Kong Film...

New York Asian 2016 Interview: Ayano Go on Acting, Awards and Otaku

After making his bones on the acting scene for a dozen years, appearing in films by esteemed directors like Sabu, Takashi Miike and Sion Sono, Ayano Go has finally had a breakthrough. His dramatic range and innate ability to transform...

New York Asian 2016 Interview: TWISTED JUSTICE Director Shiraishi Kazuya Talks Corrupt Cops and Comedy

With an attraction to capturing the seamier side of life, director Shiraishi Kazuya came to the New York Asian Film Festival with his darkly comic tale of a corrupt cop, Twisted Justice.  Director Shiraishi spoke with me about his star,...

New York Asian 2016 Interview: Jelly Lin, Stephen Chow's Newest Muse, on THE MERMAID

After beating out 120,000 other actresses for the part, newcomer Jelly Lin made her film debut as the title character in comedy legend Stephen Chow’s latest box-office record breaker, The Mermaid. In town to receive the New York Asian Film...

New York Asian 2016 Interview: Superstar Lee Byung-hun Talks INSIDE MEN, Fatherhood and the Hollywood Balancing Act

With a career that has included some of South Korea’s biggest hits, including Joint Security Area, A Bittersweet Life, The Good, the Bad and the Weird and his latest record-breaker, Inside Man, Lee Byung-hun is simultaneously carving a place for...

Interview: Director Xu Haofeng Mixes Philosophy, Politics And Knives In THE FINAL MASTER

A director who’s won awards as a screenwriter, martial arts choreographer and literary novelist, Xu Haofeng seriously believes in multitasking.  The writer of Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster and Chen Kaige’s Monk Comes Down the Mountain, Xu sits in the...