International: Asia

Rotterdam 2024 Review: 13 BOMBS Brings Fire And Noise

The International Film Festival Rotterdam is know for its slant towards new talent, often featuring low-budget arthouse cinema from all over the world. But the festival sometimes also shows the big-budget blockbusters from countries of which the output almost never...

Rotterdam 2024 Review: LA LUNA, Naughty In The Nicest Way

This year, the International Film Festival Rotterdam started with the fairly inoffensive comedy-drama Head South (reviewed here), and it closed with an equally inoffensive film: M. Raihan Halim's Singaporean small-town comedy La Luna. In it, we see the daily life...

BABY ASSASSINS 2: Watch The New Trailer For Hit Japanese Slacker Action Comedy. Coming Soon from Well Go USA And HI-YAH!

After being suspended from their agency due to a rules violation, two highly skilled teenage assassins are forced to get "real" jobs to make ends meet. But while the elite duo is forbidden from executing targets or enemies under any circumstances, two aspiring rival hitmen decide to eliminate the competition while they're vulnerable--leading to a lightning-fast showdown between trained killers.

FilmSharks Signs Deals For NINE QUEENS 4K, BOOGEYMAN: THE ORIGIN OF THE MYTH, And THE RESTLESS WATERS, SHIVERING LIGHTS

With a couple more days left in this year's EFM our friends at FilmSharks have let us know about more deals they've secured in their time there. Two titles we've spoken about in recent months the other is the return...

THE HEROIC TRIO / EXECUTIONERS 4K Review: Hong Kong Action Symphony in Two Movements

Maggie Cheung, Anita Mui and Michelle Yeoh star; Johnnie To and Ching Siu-tung direct. Now in 4K from the Criterion Collection.

HOUSE OF NINJAS Review: Shinobi Stealth Success

Kento Kaku, Yosuke Eguchi, Tae Kimura, Kengo Kora, Aju Makita, and Nobuko Miyamoto star in Dave Boyle's Japanese-language action series.

Criterion in May 2024: Ousmane Sembène, ANATOMY OF A FALL, GIRLFIGHT, Ozu Goes Blu, PEEPING TOM in 4K

The Criterion Collection follows an auteur-based diet of cinema, offering a wondrous variety of films from all over the world to sate your appetite. Case in point, consider what May 2024 will bring from the home video label. (All verbiage...

COBWEB Exclusive Clip: Kim Jee-woon's "Genre-Defying Drama" Out Now

In the 1970s, Director Kim is obsessed by the desire to re-shoot the ending of his completed film Cobweb, but chaos and turmoil grip the set with interference from the censorship authorities, and the complaints of actors and producers who can't understand the re-written ending. Will Kim be able to find a way through this chaos to fulfill his artistic ambitions and complete his masterpiece?

Rotterdam 2024 Review: BLUE GIANT Hits All Notes

The Japanese anime director Tachikawa Yuzuru isn't quite a household name yet, despite having directed the stylish Death Parade series and the totally (and tonally) bonkers series Mob Psycho 100. But his film adaptation of Ishizuka Shinichi's famous manga Blue...

Rotterdam 2024 Review: KISS WAGON Proves That Liking A Movie Isn't All Black And White

Kiss Wagon, by director Midhun Murali is an epic, 3 hour shadow play animation, that is at the same time both minimalist and maximalist. It is also, somehow, undercooked and overbaked, too convoluted and holding the viewers hand too much;...

Rotterdam 2024 Review: TENEMENT, A Haunted House With A Weak Foundation

Tenement proves that a good ghost story can't get by on visuals alone. This Cambodian genre film by Inrasothythep Neth and Sokyou Chea deserves some praise because it is the rare horror effort out of that country. But when...

Rotterdam 2024 Review: HUNGRY GHOST DINER Offers A Feast For The Eyes And Soul

Bonnie is the sole employee of a food truck, having fallen in love with cooking after a slightly magical-realist experience she had as a child. When she meets up with her estranged uncle, lines between life and death, dream...

RIVER Exclusive Clip: Streaming on AsianCrush February 16th

Cineverse's AsianCrush will be releasing River, the latest from Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes' Junta Yamaguchi, on AsianCrush starting one two weeks from today, February 16th. Seeing as both of Yamaguchi's movies have been big favorites of mine I'm pleased to...

HOUSE OF NINJAS Trailer: MAN FROM RENO's David Boyle Directs New Series For Netflix

The Tawara family, the last ninja clan. It had abandoned its roots after an incident in the past, but now the family must take on the greatest crisis in Japanese history, one that threatens to shake the nation to its core.

ONE-PERCENT WARRIOR Official Trailer: Tak Sakaguchi Action Comedy Coming From WellGoUSA

After his devastatingly fast, samurai-style combat approach sets filmmakers against him, a legendary action star (Tak Sakaguchi) films his own movie--on turf claimed by feuding yakuza gangs, including Japan's deadliest martial arts assassin.

Rotterdam 2024 Review: STEPPENWOLF, No Country for Sane Men

Kazakh filmmaker Adilkhan Yerzhanov delivers his most nihilistic work to date.

Rotterdam 2024 Review: FULL RIVER RED Is A Million Shades Of Grey

Chinese director Zhang Yimou is a superstar and there is no mistaking that when watching his latest film Full River Red. It's an almost impossibly lush film in its production values, with money bleeding off of the screen in every...

Sundance 2024 Review: BRIEF HISTORY OF A FAMILY, Trenchant, Perceptive Character Study

The outsized demands inherent in familial expectations can weigh heavily on children. It’s all the heavier when those expectations fall on the shoulders of a child born and raised without siblings. That’s compounded even further when authoritarian governments strictly limit...

Friday One Sheet: MOTHER SAIGON (Má Sài Gòn)

Quebec/Vietnamese filmmaker Khoa Lê's documents a portrait of the LGBTQ+ in modern Vietnam in Má Sài Gòn (Mother Saigon). The hazy orange and pink key art offers its own kind of public intimacy, and sends out a strong core visual on...

ALIENOID: RETURN TO THE FUTURE Review: A Worthy Sequel to 2022's Korean Sci-Fi Action Extravaganza

Time-traveling aliens team up with ancient sorcerers to save the planet once again in this year’s Alienoid: Return to the Future, the hotly anticipated sequel to 2022’s Korean sci-fi blockbuster Alienoid. Attempting any kind of efficient synopsis of either of...