Macau 2016 Review: THE MOLE SONG: HONG KONG CAPRICCIO Sees Miike Find His Sweet Spot

Bursting with anarchic energy and awash with lurid colours, The Mole Song: Hong Kong Capriccio surpasses its 2013 predecessor in sheer entertainment value as a consistently ridiculous crime caper.    Prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike again takes the helm, with...

THE WASTED TIMES, Cheng Er's Shanghai Noir Finally Arrives With New Trailer

It was a solid year and a half ago when we shared the first trailer fo Cheng Er's period noir The Wasted Times, but the announced October 2015 release date came and went without any sign of the film, neither...

Review: SWORD MASTER Honours Wuxia Tradition Through Bold Reinvention

Nearly 40 years after Chor Yuen launched his acting career in the Shaw Brothers classic Death Duel, director Derek Yee returns to Gu Long’s source novel for a ravishing new adaptation. With Tsui Hark producing and action choreography from Yuen...

The Many Faces Of Mifune Toshiro

This week sees the American premiere of Steven Okazaki's documentary Mifune: The Last Samurai, about probably the most famous Japanese actor of all time: Mifune Toshiro. In his review Patryk Czekaj calls it "...a perfectly informative and well-researched documentary that...

COVER GIRL and A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS to Join the Masters of Cinema in February

Eureka! Entertainment has announced that Charles Vidor's Cover Girl, starring Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly, together with Fred Zinnerman's Oscar-winning A Man for all Seasons, will be joining the Masters of Cinema series in February. The British home video label also announced...

Scorsese Answers our Prayers with Astonishing First SILENCE Trailer

Martin Scorsese leaps right into this year's Oscar race with Silence, his epic new adaptation of Shûsaku Endô's novel. Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver star as Portuguese Jesuit missionaries sent to Japan in the 17th Century. Their mission is to track...

Review: SKY ON FIRE Goes Down in Flames

Last year saw Ringo Lam, the acclaimed Hong Kong director behind such action spectaculars as City on Fire and Full Contact, stage a comeback with his first feature film in more than a decade. Wild City was a rather modest...

Review: YOUR NAME, a Body-Swap Animated Romance with Brains and Heart

Body swapping, time displacement and comets of mass destruction all feature prominently in Makoto Shinkai’s heart-wrenching adolescent romance. Boasting an infectious soundtrack by RADWINGS and luminous animation, Your Name proves a winning combination of laughter, tears and occasionally mind-bending concepts...

International Film Festival and Awards Macao Unveils First Programme Amid Mueller Exit Controversy

The inaugural edition of the International Film Festival and Awards Macao unveiled its full programme yesterday, at an event overshadowed by the surprise resignation of Festival Director Marco Mueller, announced just the day before.   “Ongoing creative differences” between Mueller...

The Many Faces Of Benedict Cumberbatch

Last week saw the premiere of Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange in all sorts of places worldwide, and today the sorcerer supreme projects himself on screens across the USA and Canada. I thought the film to be a fun and spectacularly...

Choose Life Again, it's the T2: TRAINSPOTTING Trailer

20 years on from one of the most iconic British films of all time, director Danny Boyle has reunited Renton, Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie for a long overdue comeback tour - and the first full trailer for T2: Trainspotting...

Review: I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY, Feng Xiaogang's Acerbic Civil Service Satire

As its title proclaims, Feng Xiaogang’s bureaucratic satire I Am Not Madame Bovary has no direct connection to Flaubert’s adulterous heroine. Madame Bovary does, however, share some common traits with Pan Jinlian, the fictional 17th century character from Chinese literature...

BFI Brings Early Scorsese, THE CRYING GAME, Lino Brocka and More to Blu-ray

On Friday the British Film Institute unveiled their upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release slate, and it promises to be a wealth of riches, including the early Scorsese classics Who's That Knocking at my Door? and Oscar winner Alice Doesn't Live...

Eureka Unveils FROM CALIGARI TO HITLER, CREEPY, VARIETÉ and More for January

One of our favourite distributors, Eureka! Entertainment, has announced its January slate of home releases, and as usual it boasts an eclectic and enticing range of diverse titles from around the world. Five new titles were announced, three of which...

Watch the Stunning New Trailer for Osamu Tezuka's METROPOLIS, Coming to UK Blu-ray in 2017

Inspired by Fritz Lang's seminal 1927 masterpiece, adapted by Akira director Katsuhiro Otomo from the manga by Astro Boy creator Osamu Tezuka, and directed by Rentaro (Galaxy Express 999), Metropolis is hailed as one of the most beautiful Japanese animes...

DOCTOR STRANGE: Cumberbatch & Co in Hong Kong with Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme

Earlier today, Marvel Studios kicked off the global promotional tour for Doctor Strange with their Asia press junket in Hong Kong. President Kevin Feige was in attendance, together with director Scott Derrickson, but all eyes were on the film’s two...

Kôji Fukada's HARMONIUM Coming to UK Cinemas - Watch the Trailer

Eureka Entertainment has announced plans to release Kôji Fukada’s Harmonium in UK cinemas on 5 May 2017, following a string of festival engagements beginning with its UK premiere at the first London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) on 24 October...

The Many Faces Of Emily Blunt

This week sees the premiere of Tate Taylor's The Girl on the Train, which our Jim Tudor kindly called "a manipulative wreck". However, it stars Emily Blunt, and that immediately decided who to choose for this week's quiz. For Emily...

Fantastic Fest 2016 Wrap: Screen Anarchy's Massive Team Picks The Best

Goodness gracious Fantastic Fest has been over for nearly a week and we're all still recovering. But the show must go on and that begins by looking back on the amazing festival that was. You've seen this before, what...

Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: RE: BORN Hails the Bloody Return of Tak Sukiguchi

Japanese action star Tak Sakiguchi makes a welcome return to the screen in this stripped-down action thriller that sees a deadly super soldier forced out of seclusion and back to his old ways of precision destruction. After a somewhat sluggish...