International: Asia

Blu-ray Review: CENTER STAGE, Stanley Kwan's Masterpiece Is a Beauty to Behold

Maggie Cheung, Han Chin and Tony Ka Fai Leung star in a breathtakingly gorgeous film, directed by Stanley Kwan. Digitally restored in 4K, it lives up to its reputation as one of the most revered masterpieces of the Hong Kong cinema.

Udine 2021: Far East Film Festival Unveils Packed Hybrid 23rd Edition

To the delight of Asian Cinema fans the world over, the Far East Film Festival has announced a packed 23rd edition, which will take place in the beautiful Italian city of Udine in a hybrid format, with all films screening...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's Massive WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI Box Set

Physical media is a beautiful thing for those who still treasure it. It can be held, viewed, borrowed, or even traded or sold, and unless something happens to it, there's never a chance that your chosen streaming service won't have...

Trailer: Gonzo Takashi Miike Is Back With THE GREAT YOKAI WAR: GUARDIANS!

It's been a while since we've seen the crazy side of legendary Japanese director, Takashi Miike. While he has slowed down his absurdly prolific pace a bit over the last decade, it's always nice to see a bit of the...

New Trailer For Mamoru Hosoda's BELLE

Eleven years ago, Japanese writer-director Mamoru Hosoda made what is in my opinion one of the best films of this century, animated or other: Summer Wars. In it, he showed, with flair, a fairly prophetic tale of the impact widespread...

ARROW's June SVOD Lineup Led by CHOPPING MALL, TWINS OF EVIL And ZOMBIE

The folks at Arrow Video continue to make a strong case for signing up for their ARROW streaming service. They consistently bring wonderful genre delights each month and June is proving to be no exception.    Next month subscribers to...

The Spice Flows Through Arrow Video: DUNE 4K UHD Leads A Busy August Lineup

Another year, another paycheck whisked away by Arrow Video's prodigious lineup. This August the cult home video juggernaut takes no pity on collector's with a robust slate that includes David Lynch's Dune (UK/US/CAN) in 4K UHD, Adam Rehmeier's Dinner in America...

2021 London Indian Film Festival Announces Sprawling Lineup for June/July Event

The 12th annual Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival has announced the lineup of events for its 2021 edition, and it looks fantastic. With films from festival favorites like A'hr from Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, current darlings like Pebbles from V.S....

Review: SWIMMING OUT TILL THE SEA TURNS BLUE, Lamentation in Love

Director Jia Zhangke's documentary tells the story of changing times, migration and coming home. And his love for literature.

Now on Blu-ray: DRUNKEN MASTER II, High Point in Hong Kong Action Cinema

Jackie Chan stars in a martial-arts masterpiece, directed by Lau Ka Leung, now available on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection.

Neuchâtel 2021: Formosa Fantastica Will Showcase Taiwan

Horror comedy 'Get the Hell Out' will be among the titles featured.

Fantasia 2021: Witches, Gamblers, Ghosts And Vampires. The First Wave Has That, And More.

Ah Summer. It's almost upon us. Nature is waking up from its Winter slumber, as do we, shedding layers of clothing and embracing the warm Spring air. Which means we can now turn our attention to the Summer festival schedule...

HAND ROLLED CIGARETTE Trailer Offers Smoke From Hong Kong

Said to be "a story of how a retired British-Chinese soldier and a marginalized young South Asian man face the plight of being abandoned by society," Hand Rolled Cigarette comes from Hong Kong and offers a smoky atmosphere that looks...

Coming Soon on Criterion: AFTER LIFE, BEASTS OF NO NATION and More Fine Titles

Also in August 2021: 'Ashes and Diamonds' and 'Company.'

Blu-ray Review: FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI, An Opium-Fogged Reverie

More Hou Hsiao-Hsien in the Criterion Collection, please.

Hot Docs 2021 Review: WUHAN WUHAN Is An Engaging Display Of Empathy

Yung Chang's quietly effective documentary Wuhan Wuhan is both a time travelling machine and an empathy machine. Straddling the cinematic line between Frederick Wiseman and Robert Altman, high praise that is both obvious and merited, Chang's film takes us back to February...

Summer Is Heating Up With Arrow Video This July: TRUE ROMANCE & CAT O'NINE TAILS UHD, DAIMAJIN, Classic Westerns & THRESHOLD

Another month, another bumper crop of Arrow Video releases. This July things are going to get very expensive for film fans with several must-own editions of classic and contemporary films for collectors on both sides of the Atlantic. First of...

Friday One Sheet: SWIMMING OUT TILL THE SEA TURNS BLUE

This minimalist key art for Jia Zhang-Ke's latest documentary on Chinese culture, Swimming Out Till The Sea Turns Blue, has almost a screen-printed look and feel to it.  Although it may look to be a prosaic respresntation of the lengthy...

Interview: RIDE OR DIE's Mizuhara Kiko and Sato Honami Test Cinema Sexuality, Gender Norms

  A combustible erotic tale of two opposites drawn together by a shocking act, Netflix’s Ride Or Die is determined from its outset to push envelopes.    Starring Japan’s It Girl, Dallas-born model, fashion designer/entrepreneur, Mizuhara Kiko, and former Gesu...

Thai GHOST LAB Heads to Streaming As Cinemas Close

As cinemas close in Thailand, "a supernatural thriller about experiments that cross the boundaries between life and death" has been acquired by Netflix, per Variety. Directed by Goff" Paween Purijitpanya, Ghost Lab stars "Tor" Thanapob Leeratanakachorn, "Ice" Paris Intarakomalyasut and...