International: Asia

Blood Window Awards 2021: Óscar Martín's UPIRO Impresses LAB Jury

As Ventana Sur wraps up today in Buenos Aires the awards for each program were announced. Of particular interest to us, of course, was the winners from Blood Window LAB and Blood Window Screenings - the lineup of films presented...

Veteran Fest Pros Announce Kani Releasing, Asian Focused Boutique Home Video Label

Veteran film pros Ariel Esteban Cayer (Fantasia) and Pearl Chan (Good Move Media) today announced the launch of their new boutique home video label, Kani Releasing. The distrbutor will focus on bringing classic and contemporary Asian cinema to North American...

Friday One Sheet: SCHEMES IN ANTIQUES 古董局中局

Orange & Teal comes to China by way of this key art for Schemes in Antiques. A focus on the highly strategic and deceptively simple game of Go, and a repeating unit ("Go-Ception"? "Go-Fractal"?) is at the heart of artist...

Old School Kung Fu Fest Returning to Kick Your Seat: Pictures Included

I want to be polite in the headlines that I write, although, to be honest, the films featured in the 9th Old School Kung Fu Fest are anything but polite. They are, in point of fact, exciting, visceral, and entirely...

'Flash Forward' With Japan Society: Debut Works and Recent Films

An exciting new series of Japanese films kicks off tomorrow in New York City, which is great news for people who live there, but also great news for people who live in North America. The 20-film series, presented by the...

Blu-ray Review: ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA: THE COMPLETE FILMS, Essential Entertainment

Tsui Hark's magnificent reinvention of Wong Fei-hung, starting with Donnie Yen, gets a deluxe treatment as The Criterion Collection scores a knockout with its box set.

Trailer: AJAGAJANTHARAM, Get Ready For A Festival Of Nonstop Action

Blasting out of India's current cinema hotspot of Kerala, Tinu Pappachan's Ajagajantharam is ready to knock the action movie world on its ass. A student and collaborator of Jallikattu director, Lijo Jose Pellissary, Pappachan has worked for years as an...

Review: DRIVE MY CAR, Full of Humanity and Warmth

A new film by director Hamaguchi Ryûsuke stars Nishijima Hidetoshi, Miura Tôko, and Kirishima Reika. It opens in NYC on Wednesday, November 24, to be followed by a national roll-out in the U.S.

Coming Soon on Criterion: BOAT PEOPLE and MILLER'S CROSSING

Also due in February 2022: Leo McCarey's 'Love Affair' and Douglas Sirk's 'Written on the Wind.'

DVD Review: THE CONCUBINE

Directed by Dae-seung Kim (Blood Rain, The Servant), The Concubine is a South Korean period drama that shows us how rigid the Royal Court was in that country, or how it’s imagined, of course. The Court was as strict, brutal,...

Toronto Reel Asian 2021 Review: CODE NAME: NAGASAKI, A Genre Quest to Find the Past

Probably most of us have imagined our lives in a particular genre: sometimes we see ourselves living in a romantic comedy, other times we imagine ourselves as a noir detective, or a cowboy, or we think about how we might...

CUFF.Docs 2021: ONCE UPON A TIME IN UGANDA, WOODLANDS DARK And SATOSHI KON - THE ILLUSIONIST Highlight Lineup

CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival is returning for an in-person event for the first time in two years in Calgary, Canada. The festival is returning to the Globe Cinema for five nights, from November 24th through 28th, and will have an...

Review: DEAD & BEAUTIFUL, Lifestyles of the Rich and Bloodthirsty

David Verbeek's excellent new thriller is a classy vampire drama with some horror edges, now streaming on Shudder.

Now Streaming: DR. BRAIN, Thrilling Memories, Mysteries and Tragedies

Lee Sun-kyun stars in a sci-fi drama series, written for the screen and directed by Kim Jee-woon, now streaming globally on Apple TV+.

Review: SHOCK WAVE 2 Boils Briskly

Andy Lau and Sean Lau (Lau Ching Wan) star in an action thriller from Hong Kong, directed by Herman Yau, that snaps, crackles and pops from its first moments.

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Takes Us to Pit of ONIBABA

In fields of tall dry grass lies a pit just deep enough that escape is impossible. Not that any who fall in would think of escape, since they are already dead (or close enough) by the time they land with...

Arrow Video January '22 Means More Bava & Masumura, MANGLER, & SLEEP All Coming to Blu

Another quality month of releases awaits cult film fans this coming January from Arrow Video. First up for the US/UK/CAN territories is a long awaited Blu-ray of Mario Bava's final feature, Shock, along with Michael Venus' Sleep, and Masumura Yasuzo's...

PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND: Streaming on Shudder And AMC+ in November

Set in the treacherous frontier city of Samurai Town where a ruthless bank robber is sprung from jail by wealthy warlord The Governor, whose adopted granddaughter Bernice has gone missing. The Governor offers the prisoner his freedom in exchange for...

Grimmfest 2021 Awards: Korean Thriller MIDNIGHT, THE RIGHTEOUS And SLAPFACE Win in Manchester

Tonight in Manchester, England, Grimmfest has drawn to a close and the ‘Grimm Reaper’ awards have just been handed out in a live streamed ceremony.    Oh-seung Kwon’s Midnight was awared the Best Feature by a jury made up of...

Montreal Nouveau 2021 Review: EXTRANEOUS MATTER, Aliens Come In Strange Places

A friend of mine once wrote an essay for a university film course, discussing how it's often difficult for a viewer to fully comprehend a film from another culture; there are often too many nuances and contexts simply not understood....