International: Asia

Fantastic Fest 2021 Review: BABY ASSASSINS, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Akari Takaishi and Saori Izawa star in a killer action comedy, directed by Hugo Sakamoto.

FilmSharks Finds International Homes For LatAm Titles VIRTUAL REALITY And MACABRE

Variety reported a couple days ago that our friends at FilmSharks in Buenos Aires continued their winning ways this week, selling more rights for Latin American genre titles to more territories.    On top of selling the rights for Ghosting...

FilmSharks Closes Deals in Korea For GHOSTING GLORIA And COME PLAY WITH ME

Some news earlier this week from our friends at FilmSharks in Buenos Aires. Deadline reported that the sales company locked in deals with Korean distributors for the Uruguayan spiritual rom-com Ghosting Gloria and for the Mexican horror flick Come Play...

Blu-ray Review: THROW DOWN, Get Back Up Again, Says Johnnie To

Louis Koo, Aaron Kwok, Cherrie Ying and Tony Leung Ka-fai star in a very personal Johnnie To film, now available on a splendid Criterion Collection Blu-ray.

Review: STAR WARS: VISIONS, Undeniably Cool, Undeniably Awesome

The essential anthology series begins streaming Wednesday, September 22 on Disney+.

Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival Announces Award Winners

The 9th annual Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival wrapped up recently and the award winners have been announced. With a cross section of disciplines awards were given for feature films, documentaries, short films, screenplays, web series, VR, trailer...

Review: PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND, Leave Sanity at the Door

Nicolas Cage. Sofia Boutella. Sono Sion. Need we say more? Yes.

Toronto 2021 Review: DUG DUG Offers Lessons In Escalation

The musical montage is alive and well in Dug Dug, a profoundly amusing chronicle of the birth of a new religion in the rural backwater of India. The camera work, framing, whip panning, (crash) zooming, and often lingering for an...

Toronto 2021 Review: VENGEANCE IS MINE, ALL OTHERS PAY CASH

Petty gangster and entrepreneur, Ajo Kawir, cannot get it up. He channels his impotence into bravado and risk taking. He meets a girl. She knows kung fu. They fall in love. He goes to prison. She sets out on a...

OUIJA JAPAN Exclusive Clip: He knows nothing, that's convenient.

Here's something for all you fans of Japanese indpendant horror cinema. Leomark Studios and TokyoSHOCK Japan are releasing Masaya Kato's horror flick Ouija Japan, touted as a mix between Ouija horror flicks and Battle Royale, on Amazon Prime on October...

V/H/S/94: First Look at The Fourth Chapter in The Found Footage Horror Series

The resiliance of the V/H/S found footage anthology series is something of note. Before the fourth chapter of the series has its streaming debut on Shudder V/H/S/94 will have its world premiere at Fantastic Fest. With all the titles for this...

Cinefantasy 2021: Brazilian Genre Fest Reveals Lineup, Honored Guests and More

Our friends at Cinefantasy, the genre film festival in Brazil, have written us to let us know what their plans are for this year's edition and what films made the cut for the lineup.    The health crisis still looms...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Contemplates Kore-eda's AFTER LIFE

Ideas about any sort of existence after death are plentiful in cultures around the world; while many religions have ideas about either a heaven or hell existence, or simply being some kind of memory, there are some more secular ideas...

Fantasia 2021 Review: THE SADNESS, Topical Transgressive Terror From Taiwan

Already one of the most controversial genre films of 2021, Rob Jabbaz's Taiwanese political gorefest The Sadness is destined to divide audiences around the world with its extreme violence and no-holds-barred take on the disastrous -- and entirely avoidable --...

L'√Čtrange 2021: Paris Genre Festival Reveals Lineup, Including the Return of Horse, Cowboy and Indian!

L'Etrange Festival returns to Paris this September with a diverse and in some cases provocative lineup of films for this year's edtion. Once again our friends at L'Etrange have avoided the effects of the pandemic and once again are hosting...

Check Out This New PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND Key Art

Check out this fancy new key art for Prisoners of the Ghostland. It's been making the rounds today, and even if you have seen it already its worth another look.    Nic Cage stands, his back turned to us, head...

STAR WARS: VISIONS: Trailer Debuts, The Japanese And English Voice Casts Announced!

Oh my god! Disney+ have just debuted the trailer and announced the Japanese and English dub voice casts for the Star Wars anime anthology series, Star Wars: Visions.    Now, hardcore and dedicted anime fans will speak of the Japanese...

Rabid NEON GENESIS EVANGELION Fans: Start Your Engines...

Last year, Scottish distributor Anime Limited announced that their next Ultimate Edition Blu-ray release would be for the classic anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, to be released this year. The release of any of their Ultimate Editions is news in...

Criterion in November 2021: ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA Box Set and Some Other Films

All I read in the latest official announcement from The Criterion Collection is that a Once Upon a Time in China box set will be forthcoming in November 2021, and then I stopped to type this. Tsui Hark's films in...

New York Asian 2021 Review: SINKHOLE, Disaster Comedy Struggles to Dig Itself Out

When a new genre catches on in Korean cinema, it tends to proliferate pretty quickly, but before audiences grow tired of it, filmmakers try to find new ways to freshen things up. Take the disaster film. A perennial favourite at...