New York Asian 2019 Interview: MONEY Director Park Noo-ri on Taking the Reins

After years of working in the trenches as the assistant director of blockbusters like The Unjust and The Berlin File, Park Noo-ri visited the New York Asian Film Festival with her directorial debut, Money.  Director Park chatted exclusively with LMD...

New York Asian 2019 Interview: WUSHU ORPHAN Director Huang Huang on Mixing Martial Arts and Bullying

A movie a decade in the making, director Huang Huang’s Wushu Orphan, is a darkly comic tale of misfits in a martial arts academy.  At the New York Asian Film Festival, director Huang sat exclusively with LMD to talk about...

New York Asian 2019 Interview: HAN DAN Star George Hu on Setting Fire to the Past

The career path of George Hu has been a serendipitous one:  The native New Yorker was talent scouted whilst on a family visit to Taiwan, despite being unable to fluently speak Mandarin, or Taiwanese.  That didn’t stop Hu from becoming...

New York Asian 2019 Interview: HAN DAN Director Huang Chao-liang On Sparking Rituals and Rivalries

A box office success in his native Taiwan with films like Summer Times, Love Is Sin, and Hanky Panky, director Huang Chao-liang turns his eye to the rituals of his rural hometown.  At the New York Asian Film Festival, director...

New York Asian 2019: Komatsu Nana on the East-Meets-West of SAMURAI MARATHON

Debuting at the tender age of 18 in the darkly disturbing The World of Kanako, Komatsu Nana made it clear she was serious about her transition from teen supermodel to actress.  An impressive array of films, including director Martin Scorsese’s...

Interview: HALSTON Director Frédéric Tcheng and Producer Roland Ballester Rediscover the American Fashion Icon

Halston highlights of the glittering life, stratospheric success, and tragic dismantling of an American icon.  Roy Halston Frowick, a boy from the Midwest, came to New York City to put American fashion on the international map in a way never...

SHADOW Interview: Actor Zheng Kai Embraces the Darkness

After appearing in his monster fantasy, The Great Wall, Director Zhang Yimou was so impressed with actor Zheng Kai that he brought him back for a starring role in his latest wuxia symphony, Shadow.   Zheng spoke exclusively with LMD...

SHADOW Interview: Actress Sun Li Sheds Light on Zhang Yimou's Latest

In Shadow, actress Sun Li portrays a noblewoman trapped in a deadly game of deception, as she must pass a body double off as her husband, a great and powerful commander at odds with their king.   In an exclusive...

HOTEL MUMBAI Interview: Director Anthony Maras on a Plea for Peace

On November 26, 2008, a multi-pronged attack of unfathomable destruction and carnage seized the city of Mumbai, India over three days.  Amidst the chaos, unarmed common people of all faiths and races banded together to survive the terrorist onslaught.    ...

Interview: Lee Chang-dong at MoMA, Part 2 of 2 - On Actors and Advice to Future Filmmakers

With a scant CV of a mere six feature films over 21 years, director Lee Chang-dong has carved out an immutable place in cinematic history for his brash, beautiful, raw, often disturbing explorations of the human condition.   Director Lee...

Interview: Lee Chang-dong at MoMA, Part 1 of 2 - BURNING Questions

With a scant CV of a mere six feature films over 21 years, director Lee Chang-dong has carved out an immutable place in cinematic history for his brash, beautiful, raw, often disturbing explorations of the human condition.   Director Lee...

New York Asian 2019 Interview: Han Ji-min on Challenging Society with MISS BAEK

Starting her show business career while still a teenager, Han Ji-min quickly became a familiar face in South Korean television dramas and films, beloved by audiences for her sweet, wholesome image.  Han turns that image on its head with her...

Anime NYC Interview: MOB PSYCHO 100 Voice Actor Ito Setsuo on the Anime's Long-Awaited Second Season

Splashing onto the anime scene like a bolt of psychedelic lightning, Mob Psycho 100 captivated audiences in Japan and around the world with its sensational visuals by the legendary Studio Bones, its story by One Punch Man mangaka, One, and...

THE FRONT RUNNER Interview: J.K. Simmons, Sara Paxton, and Director Jason Reitman Get Political

During the 1988 US Presidential campaign, one candidate seemed poised to win it all.  Possessed of all the credentials and bona fides any American would be proud of, Senator Gary Hart seemed like a dream candidate, poised to sail into...

THE FRONT RUNNER Interview: Hugh Jackman and Writers Matt Bai and Jay Carson Navigate Scandal

During the 1988 US Presidential campaign, one candidate seemed poised to win it all.  Possessed of all the credentials and bona fides any American would be proud of, Senator Gary Hart seemed like a dream candidate, poised to sail into...

Interview: Dolly Wells on Creating Sparks with Melissa McCarthy in CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?

A familiar face on British stage and television shows like Doll & Em, Some Girls, and frequent collaborations with The Mighty Boosh’s Noel Fielding, Dolly Wells takes a dramatic turn in Can You Ever Forgive Me?    Playing the bookish...

Interview: Richard E. Grant on CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? and the Secrecy of STAR WARS

Ever since making a splash in the indie classic, Withnail and I, Richard E Grant has been a memorable presence in over 100 films and television shows.  Appearing in virtually every genre of cinema, Grant touches hearts in Can You...

Japan Cuts 2018 Interview: BLEACH Director Sato Shinsuke on Shinigami, Samurai, and Special Effects

In the crowded world of movie adaptations of Japanese manga, Director Sato Shinsuke has carved a high place for himself, helming critically-lauded live-action versions of Gantz, I Am A Hero, 2016’s Death Note, and Inuyashiki.  Sato-san set himself quite a...

Japan Cuts Interview: Cut Above Award Winner Kirin Kiki on Living Life and Art on Her Own Terms

In a career that spans over half a century, Kirin Kiki is the epitome of the late-blooming rose.  From wild, comedic parts early in her career, to the wry, scene-stealing elder roles that won her awards later in life, Kirin-san...

Japan Cuts 2018 Interview: HANAGATAMI Star Kubozuka Shunsuke on a Story of Youth During Wartime

Hanagatami, the latest work from director Obayashi Nobuhiko, is a fever dream of youth during wartime.  Solidly surreal and sweating with sexual tension, the auteur cast his story of teenagers with actors in their twenties, thirties and forties.     At...