PARASITE Interview: Choi Wooshik on His Second Time Around with Bong Joon-ho

In the two years since Choi Wooshik made his appearance in Bong Joon-ho’s Okja, the sky has been the limit.  Choi has rocketed from bit parts in television dramas, to award-winning feature performances in Set Me Free and co-starring in...

PARASITE Interview: Park So-dam on Failure, Family, and "Appa" Song Kang-ho

After facing the rejection of 17 failed auditions a month, Park So-dam held to her dream, and is now one of South Korea’s most sought-after actresses.  Receiving worldwide acclaim for her role as the crafty, whipsmart baby sister of Parasite’s...

PARASITE Interview: Acting Legend Song Kang-ho on his "Relentless" Relationship with Bong Joon-ho

The term “God of Acting” gets thrown around pretty freely these days.  However, LMD got to meet the real deal.  In his fourth collaboration with Bong Joon-ho (after Memories of Murder, The Host and Snowpiercer), South Korea’s superstar, Song Kang-ho,...

Interview: Miike Takashi on FIRST LOVE, Yakuza Subtypes, and the Joy of Not Evolving

After over 100 projects over 30 years, Miike Takashi has more than earned his status as one of the world’s most celebrated and fascinating directors.  Unrestrained by style, or genre, or the limits of “good taste,” Miike has fearlessly made...

Japan Cuts 2019 Interview: BLUE HOUR's Shim Eun-kyung on Crossing Into Japanese Cinema

Debuting at age nine, Shim Eun-kyung went on to become one of South Korea’s most bankable actresses, starring in hit television dramas, and box office blockbusters like Sunny and Miss Granny.  Moved by her love of Japanese cinema, Shim immigrated...

Japan Cuts 2019 Interview: Director Toyoda Toshiaki Talks Quiet Rebellion in THE MIRACLE OF CRYBABY SHOTTAN

The films of Toyoda Toshiaki are known for their brash and exciting style, laced with acid takes on society.  Returning to the big screen after four years with The Miracle of Crybaby Shottan, director Toyoda shows his quieter, more contemplative...

Japan Cuts 2019 Interview: Director Tezka Macoto on Rediscovering THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS

In 1985, director Tezka Macoto released a singular send-up of the Japanese entertainment industry.  The Legend of the Stardust Brothers was a moussed and glittering New Wave-tastic mélange of mediums; from music, to fashion, to animation -- with zombies!  So...

Japan Cuts 2019 Interview: Cut Above Winner Tsukamoto Shinya Talks KILLING and TETSUO: THE IRON MAN

From his beginnings as a 14-year-old with a Super 8 camera, to his latest film, KILLING; a twist on the classic samurai movie, Tsukamoto Shinya has always blazed his own cinematic path.     Receiving Japan Cuts 2019 Cut Above award...

Japan Cuts 2019 Interview: HIS LOST NAME Director Hirose Nanako Uncovers Dark Truths

His Lost Name is the story of a young man whose mysterious presence in a small town engenders willing deceptions, and reveals uncomfortable truths.  At Japan Cuts 2019, director Hirose Nanako spoke exclusively with LMD about creating her first feature...

Japan Cuts 2019 Interview: DEMOLITION GIRL Director Matsugami Genta, Star Kitai Aya Talk Teenage Crushing

Demolition Girl places a coming-of-age story against the backdrop of the sketchy world of fetish videos.  At Japan Cuts 2019, LMD had an exclusive chat with director Matsugami Genta and actress Kitai Aya, who has a standout performance as the...

New York Asian 2019 Interview: Ryu Jun-yeol Talks the Seduction of MONEY

One of the most captivating actors in South Korea, Ryu Jun-yeol grabbed audiences’ attention in supporting roles in films like The King, A Taxi Driver, and Believer; so much so that the New York Asian Film Festival honoured Ryu with...

New York Asian 2019 Interview: Kim Yoon-seok Talks Directing Debut ANOTHER CHILD, Plus Latest Thriller DARK FIGURE OF CRIME

After receiving the New York Asian Film Festival’s Star Asia award last year, actor Kim Yoon-seok returns, this time as the director of his first feature, Another Child, the sensitive tale of two teenagers caught in a web of domestic...

New York Asian 2019 Interview: 5 MILLION DOLLAR LIFE Director Moon Sung-ho and Producer Endo Hiroshi on What a Life is Worth

In his feature debut, director Moon Sung-ho ponders the value of a human life. 5 Million Dollar Life is a unique road trip / coming-of-age story of one Japanese teenager’s bumpy journey toward self-discovery.     At the New York Asian...

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

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...