International: Asia

Sundance 2023 Review: IN MY MOTHER'S SKIN, Filipino Folk Horror Enthralls and Disturbs in Equal Measure

The 400-year-old spectre of imperialism, colonialism, and occupation (Spanish, American, and Japanese) hovers above Filipino filmmaker Kenneth Dagatan's (Ma) second, feature-length film, In My Mother’s Skin. Set during the waning days of World War II, with the Japanese army in...

Sundance 2023 Review: JOYLAND, Pakistan's Groundbreaking Queer Love Story

Writer-director Sam Sadiq’s feature-length debut, Joyland, is a film of firsts. It's the first Pakistani film to debut at Cannes (last year), where it won the Un Certain Regard and Queer Palm awards; the first Pakistani film to be shortlisted...

STAR WARS: VISIONS: Disney+ And Lucasfilm Announce Animators And Release Date For Volume 2

Arguably one of the best things that Disney+, Star Wars and Lucasfilm released last year was Star Wars: Visions.    The collection of short films created by animation studios in Japan offered a staggering variety of animation styles and stories...

NINJA VS SHARK: Say Kon'nichiwa to Your Most Anticipated Film of 2023

We caught wind of this yesterday so we had to go looking for more information. Because you're like us. You see the words Ninja and Shark in the same title and YOU HAVE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT IT! NOW, GODSDAMNIT,...

ESCAPING PARADISE Trailer: Black Mandala Repping Deji LaRay's Action Flick

A young couple takes a trip to an exotic island for their anniversary where they befriend a foreigner name Kane. Kane shows them a great time until they discover he's actually a dangerous fugitive from the UK. Now that they...

Shudder in February: SKINAMARINK, ATTACHMENT and NOCEBO Deserve Your Love Next Month

As the first month of the new year draws to a close our attention once again turns to February and to what our friends at Shudder have in store for us.    The month kicks off with what has already...

Review: NEW GODS: YANG JIAN, Pretty, Pretty Pictures

Directed by Zhao Ji, the animated adventure from China looks very good.

WOMAN OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS: DREAD Releasing The Dramatic Horror Debut From Takeshi Kushida in Theaters This February

Dread, the specialty horror label for Epic Pictures, has announced that they acquired the rights for the Japanese dramatic horror flick, Woman of the Photographs.   The film is the feature film debut of Takeshi Kushida and toured more than...

SHIN ULTRAMAN: Cleopatra Entertainment Acquires U.S. Rights, Plans VOD And Physical Media Release This Spring

As the threat of giant unidentified lifeforms known as "S-Class Species" worsens in Japan, a silver giant appears from beyond Earth's atmosphere.   If you're unable to get out to cinemas to catch special event screenings of Shinji Higuchi's As...

Review: SHIN ULTRAMAN, Bouncy Good Fun

Director Higuchi Shinji says: Silver giants are go!

RUSTY BLADE: Watch the Trailer For This Chinese Swordplay Flick, on VOD/Digital This Month

After being released from a ten-year sentence in prison, Lin is looking to return home and leave his mistakes behind. When he reaches the village, he finds out that an old criminal acquaintance has joined with local smugglers and created...

Review: LAST RESORT, Jon Foo Saves His Family From a Gang of Dastardly Thieves

If the story of one man against an army of thieves in the upper floors of an unfinished building sounds familiar, it is because it is. Yet somehow, it still entertains.

PROJECT WOLF HUNTING: New Trailer Scratches The Surface of This Brutal, Bloody Action Flick

While under heavily armed guard, the dangerous convicts aboard a cargo ship unite in a coordinated escape attempt that soon escalates into a bloody, all-out riot. But as the fugitives continue their brutal campaign of terror, they soon discover that not even the most vicious among them is safe from the horror they unknowingly unleashed from the darkness below deck.

BACK TO THE WHARF: Find The Chinese Crime Drama on North American VOD January 17th

A man falsely ID'd for a murder he didn't commit returns to his hometown after 15 years, only to be haunted by his past, and get mixed up in a scheme involving the daughter of his victim.

Tallinn 2022 Review: AUTOBIOGRAPHY, Generations Clash Against Trauma in Indonesian Social Thriller

Debuting Indonesian director Makbul Mubarak unearths the country's collective trauma through the ramifications of the dictatorship and patriarchal oppression.

Trailer: CONNECT, An Exorcism In The Time Of Quarantine

One of India's most interesting genre filmmakers is back with his latest high concept chiller. Ashwin Saravanan impressed Tamil audiences with 2014's Maya, and made an even bigger impression with his video game themed slasher, Game Over in 2019. In...

Now Streaming: WARRIORS OF FUTURE, Bravery Amidst Alien Creatures and Robots

Louis Koo, Lau Ching-Wan and Carina Lau star in a sci-fi summer smash from Hong Kong, now streaming worldwide on Netflix.

International Genre Focused Hub 'Fantastic Pavilion' to Launch at Marche du Film at Cannes

Variety had the exclusive yesterday, an announcement of the creation of Fantastic Pavilion, "... a significant booth and exhibition space located at the Cannes Marché du Film in the Palais des Festivals".    Announced this week during Ventana Sur in...

Review: LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE, Cheerful Tribute to Classic Asian Action Movies

It's a very fine line to walk when your film is metatextual; movies about the making of a movie, particularly the movie that's being made, means understanding the language of cinema deeply enough to make the references without killing the...

Blu-ray Review: THE INFERNAL AFFAIRS TRILOGY, Magnificent Hong Kong Cinema Milestone

Andrew Lau Wai-Keung and Alan Mak Siu Fair directed the landmark trilogy, starring Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Anthony Wong and Eric Tsang, now out from Criterion Collection.