Review: PANDORA Melds Melodrama and Fukushima Fears

Though not a new phenomenon in Korean cinema, the disaster drama has been particularly popular in 2016 and just as we wind down the year the local industry is preparing to launch one final assault on multiplexes with the release...

Review: JACKIE, A Sublime And Intimate Look At An American Tragedy

Star-driven biopics are a dime a dozen in the annual awards race yet Pablo Larrain's searing new drama Jackie stands head and shoulders above the more conventional fare that flood theaters around this time of year. A deeply intimate story...

London Korean 2016 Review: DONGJU, THE PORTRAIT OF A POET Offers Sober and Compelling Look at Modern Korean History

During the last year, the floodgates have opened for the Japanese Occupation Period in mainstream Korean cinema, yet The King and the Clown (2005) helmer Lee Joon-ik, arguably Korea's top purveyor of commercial period fare, has opted to tackle the...

London Korean 2016 Review: OUR LOVE STORY Offers Authentic, Modern and Compelling Romance

2016 has seen Korean cinema make a big push to focus its narratives on characters from all walks of life, and particularly of different sexual orientations, with several major queer films bowing at festivals from Berlin to Busan. In between...

Review: THE HANDMAIDEN, Park Chan-wook's Deeply Engrossing and Highly Sexual Tale of Female Sexuality

Following his Hollywood foray Stoker, Park Chan-wook returns to (mostly) home soil for his sumptuous and sensual adaptation of Sarah Waters' Fingersmith. Transposing the novel's setting from Victorian England to 1930s Korea and Japan, when the former was a colony...

Now on Blu-ray: Enjoy Some Halloween Screams From CHOPPING MALL, BLOOD DINER, TALES OF HALLOWEEN, THE MIND'S EYE, THE WAILING

Every horror fan knows that October is the best month of the year, but it's not only because the stores finally fill up with quality home decor, it is also the flood of new home video releases that appear every...

Review: UNDER THE SHADOW, Jump Scare Terror in the Middle East

A well-executed jump scare can deliver one of the strongest physical reactions possible in a theater, but by and large, horrors that go bump in the night rely on little more than technical scares. This leads to a parade of...

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...

Korea's Big Year Will Shine at 11th London Korean Film Festival

The London Korean Film Festival has revealed the full lineup for its 11th edition, which cherrypicks several top films from what has been a stellar year for Korean film. The festival announced its closing film, which will be Hong Sang-soo's...

Fantastic Fest 2016 Preview: ScreenAnarchy Writers Choose Our Top 10 Most Anticipated Films

This is our favorite time of the year. It's Fantastic Fest time when our enormous group of ScreenAnarchy writers descends on the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar to watch a ton of great movies and eat and drink way too much....

Toronto 2016 Review: ASURA: THE CITY OF MADNESS Unleashes Unbridled Machismo in Brooding Noir

It's a man's world in Asura: The City of Madness, and a rotten one at that. Cops, prosecutors and politicians jostle about with unbridled machismo in a noirish caricature of corruption in the latest thriller to balk at the irresponsible...

Toronto 2016 Review: YOURSELF AND YOURS Finds Hong Sang-soo in Wry and Perplexing Mood

Celebrated indie auteur Hong Sang-soo returns to Toronto with his 18th film Yourself and Yours. Once again featuring artists boozing their way through a series of eateries as they lament over their personal woes, his latest work echoes the themes...

Venice 2016 Review: THE NET Is a Simple Catch from Kim Ki-duk

Complex issues get a facile treatment in The Net, the latest work from Korean provocateur Kim Ki-duk. More coherent than his last two outings but a far cry from his best work, Kim's film comes off as little more than...

Venice 2016 Review: THE AGE OF SHADOWS, Kim Jee-woon's Dazzling Period Spy Thriller

Korean theatres have become inundated with films set during the Japanese Colonial period over the last year or so but all are put to shame by The Age of Shadows, Kim Jee-woon's mesmerising return to home soil after directing Arnold...

Review: OPERATION CHROMITE, A Soulless, Calculated Cashgrab

Summer in Korea guarantees a few things, hot humid days, the loud whir of cicadas and the guaranteed release of a jingoistic cashgrab. The last few years have gifted us with Roaring Currents and Northern Limit Line and this season...

Locarno 2016 Review: THE TUNNEL Excavates Thrills, Drama and Politics Galore

The peak summer box office season is winding down in Korea, but not before unearthing The Tunnel, a new disaster film from A Hard Day (2014) director Kim Seong-hun. Featuring superstars Ha Jung-woo and Doona Bae in a powerful tale...

Fantasia 2016: Screen Anarchy Wraps The Fest With Our Reviews, Interviews, and Top Picks

  The king-sized 20th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival has come to a close, and thus ends another year of 'summer-camp' for lovers of genre and intrepid explorers of the weird, and wild, undiscovered corners that lie...

BiFan 2016 Review: INSANE, Kinda Lame

Released earlier this year, the surprise hit Insane is the sixth film from versatile director Lee Cheol-ha. Employing a less than original premise, this new thriller turns out to be a middle-of-the-road attempt that pales in comparison to a slew...

BiFan 2016 Review: UNDER THE SHADOW Scores with Strong Scares and Social Sting

A well-executed jump scare can deliver one of the strongest physical reactions possible in a theater, but by and large, horrors that go bump in the night rely on little more than technical scares. This leads to a parade of...

Melbourne 2016: ScreenAnarchy Does MIFF

Celebrating its 65th edition, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has revealed its full program. With the festival now less than a week away, let's take a look at the highlights, some personal recommendations, and ScreenAnarchy reviewed gems from festivals...