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...

Review: TRAIN TO BUSAN Rides the Rails With the Undead

For his live-action debut Train to Busan, indie animation director Yeon Sang-ho, whose films The King of Pigs and The Fake have drawn international acclaim, has taken the zombie thriller, stuck it into the claustrophobic confines of a train, and...

BiFan 2016 Review: THE LURE, The Polish Mermaid Horror-Musical You Never Knew You Wanted

In the crowded world of cinema, many filmmakers set out to try something different. However, it's one thing to be novel, which normally means stretching a thin gimmick over other recycled bits of past films, but another thing entirely to...

BiFan 2016 Preview: Recommendations and Anticipated Delights

This Thursday ScreenAnarchy is heading to Korea for the 20th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, the largest celebration of genre cinema in all of Asia. A grand-scale championing of everything cinematic and fantastic on a normal year, this 20th anniversay...

Australia Korean Fest 2016: Genre Rules KOFFIA's Strong Lineup of Cinematic Treats

How time flies on the festival calendar, as one of the most exciting (and prominent) Asian film events is about to land yet again; the Korean Film Festival in Australia, or KOFFIA as its lovingly known, has just released its...

Kim Jee-woon's THE AGE OF SHADOWS Gets Gorgeous, Brooding Trailer

Back for his first Korean film since 2010's brutal I Saw the Devil, filmmaker Kim Jee-woon recently shot the violent 1930s resistance fighter action drama The Age of Shadows (previously known as Secret Agent). Along for the ride are ace...

ScreenAnarchy's Top Movies Of The First Half Of 2016

One year ago, we arrived at the mid-year point in high spirits. We all marveled at the new Mad Max, got turned Inside Out by Pixar, and were seduced by Ex Machina. So we published our favorites as a nice...

Review: THE TRUTH BENEATH Unearths Dark, Stylish Mysteries

A great year for Korean genre cinema keeps getting better with the release of Lee Kyoung-mi's long time coming sophomore feature, the riveting The Truth Beneath, a sumptuous and anarchic political thriller, kidnap drama, suspenseful whodunnit and kaleidoscopic descent into...

Review: SUNRISE, Breathless Film Noir, Burning With Anger and Bursting With Style

Indian cinema provides another jolt of electricity to the thriller genre with Sunrise, a tight, punchy neo-noir about child trafficking in Mumbai. Taking place at night, frequently under heavy rain and driven forward by a pulsating minimalist electro score, the...

Review: RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN, Gawky Characters and Awkward Conversations Equal Pure Delight

Following Hong Sangsoo's career guarantees for viewers, at the very least, one thing - developing a keen eye for detail. The auteur's films are remarkably similar to one another, from their lecherous male director/professor characters and conversations over bottles of...

BiFan Goes All Out with Mouthwatering 20th Edition

Humidity is in the air in Seoul which means BiFan is just around the corner! This evening, the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival unveiled its big 20th edition lineup, which is sure to get local genre film fans salivating. BiFan...

Review: INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE Should Have Stayed Dead

The first movie I remember renting was Independence Day, and during the 48 hours I had it, I probably watched it six or seven times. For a young kid, the charisma of its leads, the iconic imagery of its set...

Interview: THE WAILING's Na Hong-jin, Questions For A Mastermind Of Evil

Out now in North America, Na Hong-jin's blistering new thriller The Wailing is making waves like few other Korean films have in the past decade. The film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last month, where we were able to...

Opening: THE WAILING Cranks Up Tension To Unbearable Levels

After turning the Korean thriller on its head with The Chaser and The Yellow Sea, director Na Hong-jin has reinvented himself again, aggressively pushing against the boundaries of genre cinema with The Wailing. A deafening descent into hell, it may...

Cannes 2016 Review: THE HANDMAIDEN, A Breathtaking And Twisted Lesbian Thriller

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...