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June 20th, 2014, 02:40 PM
John Woo's A Better Tomorrow to be Restored in 4K (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=14290)

The Organizing Committee of the Shanghai International Film Festival has announced that acclaimed director John Woo's classic action film A Better Tomorrow (1986) will be restored in 4K in 2015. According to ChinaDaily, the restoration will be completed at Cineteca di Bologna with the financial support of Swiss watch maker Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Sounds good to me!

June 20th, 2014, 02:50 PM
Is there a 4K Hard Boiled or The Killer?

June 20th, 2014, 02:51 PM
Is there a 4K Hard Boiled or The Killer?

Not as of yet.

June 20th, 2014, 03:09 PM
Takashi Miike’s “Over Your Dead Body” Gets a Poster! | Film Smash (http://www.filmsmash.com/?p=17922)


Based on the 1825 kabuki play "Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan" by Tsuruya Nanboku.

Oh, **** yes.

Check out a teaser trailer and some images here: Over Your Dead Body - AsianWiki (http://asianwiki.com/Over_Your_Dead_Body)

June 20th, 2014, 03:12 PM
review of Kim Ki-Duk's "Moebius" | Film Smash (http://www.filmsmash.com/?os_reviews=moebius)

This is the sort of art-house cinema that no doubt will be labelled pretentious by those who can’t stand having the message open for interpretation, who require it all spelled out for them in bitesize chunks and wrapped up in a happy conclusion. Hollywood fans should turn back now, for this is brutal, violent and bleak, but also one of the most bizarrely beautiful and poetic slices of cinema to have been made for years. A masterpiece in every sense of the word.

I want to see this soooooooooooooooooooooo baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad.

June 23rd, 2014, 05:27 PM
New Plot Details Revealed For Wong Kar-Wai's Next Film|The Playlist (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/new-plot-details-revealed-for-wong-kar-wais-next-film-20140623)

I predict a release in about 5 years.

June 25th, 2014, 06:35 PM
Japanese Zombie Film “Z ~Zed” Gets a Trailer and Image Gallery! | Film Smash (http://www.filmsmash.com/?p=17995)


Uh, yeah, I'll be watching that.

June 26th, 2014, 02:43 PM
Primer: 10 Essential Films Of The Korean New Wave|The Playlist (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/primer-10-essential-films-of-the-korean-new-wave-20140626?page=3#blogPostHeaderPanel)

I've seen all but one of these and they're all great films.

July 3rd, 2014, 08:52 AM
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance Ultimate Revenge Edition Blu-ray (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=14370)

The Blu-ray release will be available for purchase on July 22.

If you don't have this already... get busy!

July 3rd, 2014, 08:54 AM
Watch: Bong Joon-Ho’s 4-Part Student Film 'Incoherence' | The Playlist (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/watch-bong-joon-hos-4-part-student-film-incoherence-20140701)

The Seventh Art has dug up Bong’s four-part student film, “Incoherence.” The nearly-half-hour 1994 short film finds the “Mother” director beginning to refine his style with his trademark black humor and sudden tonal shifts already bubbling up, as well as some social commentary about moral authority figures.

Bookmarked that **** to come back to later...

July 3rd, 2014, 03:00 PM
Sion Sono’s “Tokyo Tribe” Poster and Detailed Synopsis! | Film Smash (http://www.filmsmash.com/?p=18023)


Tokyo. A multitude of tribes exist, with resident youth ruling the streets through violence while protecting their own turf. Shibuya Saru, Shinjuku Hands, Kabuki GiraGira Girls, Musashino Saru and…Bukuro Wu – Ronz. Until now, crossing territorial lines has led to riots and rumbles.

In Bukuro, Big Buppa (Big Daddy), his son Nkoi and Wu – Ronz leader Mera have local politicians in their pockets, taking control of the neighbourhood while expanding their power. Even within tribal rivalries, Mera holds a particular grudge against Musashino Saru.

One day, Tokyo Tribe’s lead character Kai, a Musashino Saru member, enters Bukuro turf with fellow gang member Hasheem and Musashino Saru leader Tera to help out their abducted comrade, Kim. There, Kai meets a mysterious girl named Sunmi. Kai and Mera face off. Why does Mera regard Kai with such hostility? What is Sunmi’s true identity? Who is the “Archbishop” that Big Daddy’s crew revere?

The tribes are on the verge of exploding. Tonight, Tokyo is about to be enveloped

God, I love Sion Sono. I just bought three of his movies on Region B blu-ray without even having a compatible player (but I'm buying one soon). Can't wait to see this already.

July 3rd, 2014, 03:05 PM
Blood Spilled In Teaser For Vietnamese Thriller SCANDAL: THE COMEBACK | Twitch (http://twitchfilm.com/2014/06/blood-spilled-in-teaser-for-vietnamese-thriller-scandal-the-comeback.html)

After the box-office hit Vengeful Heart became the highest-grossing film ever in Vietnam, veteran director Victor Vu once again explores scandalous showbiz with some touches of horror.

Scandal: The Comeback is the story of Bella, a once-famous actress trying to recapture her old glory days with the help of plastic surgery. Unfortunately, the surgery fails and Bella dies on the operating table. But a few months later, Bella suddenly comes back.


July 3rd, 2014, 03:08 PM
Imagine 2014 Review: YOUNG DETECTIVE DEE: RISE OF THE SEA DRAGON 3D | Twitch (http://twitchfilm.com/2014/06/imagine-2014-review-detective-dee-rise-of-the-sea-dragon-3d.html)

All in all this is silly entertainment on the grandest of scales, a Chinese counterpart to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. But make no mistake: this film easily wipes the floor with all but the first film in that series. I was surprised with how much I enjoyed myself. And I wasn't the only one, as the film ended high in the Imagine Festival's audience rating list.

The first Detective Dee movie was a lot of fun. Glad to see the sequel is the same.

July 9th, 2014, 04:47 PM
24Framespersecond.net - RIGOR MORTIS lands on U.S DVD (http://www.24framespersecond.net/index.php?/24frames/news_details/rigor-mortis-lands-on-us-dvd/#When:18:21:45Z)

Released yesterday on DVD and Blu.


Venice 2013 Review: RIGOR MORTIS Pays Eerie Homage To Hong Kong Vampires | Twitch (http://twitchfilm.com/2013/09/venice-2013-review-rigor-mortis-pays-eerie-homage-to-hong-kong-vampires.html)

The result is a film that will no doubt surprise many viewers, both in its maturity, technical competence and host of uniformly excellent performances. Mak has refused to go easy on himself with his latest artistic endeavor, venturing even further into the moody darkness that his earlier work, Revenge: A Love Story, suggested, while also embracing CGI and local horror iconography. Rigor Mortis is a slowburn by typical vampire movies standards, and never attempts to resurrect the humour of Mr. Vampire and its contemporaries, but proves a brave, confident and assured debut from a new independent voice in Hong Kong Cinema.

July 16th, 2014, 11:24 AM
Full trailer for Sion Sono's live-action "Tokyo Tribes" movie (http://eigapedia.com/movie/tokyo-tribe#videos)


Holy jeez. I want to have Sion Sono's babies.

July 16th, 2014, 07:17 PM
Rigor Mortis (Blu-ray / DVD) Review - Dread Central (http://www.dreadcentral.com/reviews/rigor-mortis-blu-ray-dvd#axzz37gi1jWuL)

Rigor Mortis is an incredibly fun haunted house film that is sure to spark inspiration across all points of horror creation as it pushes conventions and breaks out of a mold we may have thought represented the furthest this genre could go. Fans who have been following Asian horror cinema for years will have plenty to gush over as the film nods to their favorite creeps while your everyday horror fan will be dragging friends home for repeated viewings much like fans of comic book-inspired films do with Brotherhood of the Wolf. Grab your friends and see this film!

Read more: Rigor Mortis (Blu-ray / DVD) Review - Dread Central (http://www.dreadcentral.com/reviews/rigor-mortis-blu-ray-dvd#ixzz37gjQmzhV)
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July 23rd, 2014, 03:46 PM
Olive Films to Release Two Sion Sono Films on Blu-ray (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=14511)

U.S. distributors Olive Films have announced that they will release on Blu-ray directed by Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono: Guilty of Romance (2011), starring Miki Mizuno, Makoto Togashi, and Megumi Kagurazaka, and Himizu (2011), starring Sh?ta Sometani, Fumi Nikaid?, and Tetsu Watanabe. The two releases are scheduled to arrive on the U.S. market in October.

Naturally, this gets announced shortly after I broke down and bought the UK Blu-rays. Still good news, though.

EDIT: this release of Guilty has the international cut (almost 30 extra minutes) and the UK Blu does not. ****! Guess I'm double dipping.

July 29th, 2014, 10:27 AM
Teaser for Takashi Miike's "As the Gods Will" | NipponCinema (http://eigapedia.com/movie/kamisama-no-iutoori#videos)


Oh, hells yes.

July 29th, 2014, 11:34 AM
Fantasia Review: Takashi Miike's Enjoyably Wacky 'The Mole Song – Undercover Agent Reiji' | The Playlist (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/fantasia-review-takashi-miikes-enjoyable-wacky-the-mole-song-undercover-agent-reiji-20140719)

While not of his finest efforts, 'The Mole Song' nonetheless makes the case that at 53 years old, Miike is still one of Japan's most fascinating and exciting directors. But he alone doesn't earn the credit for the success of this one. That falls on the shoulders of T?ma who makes look easy, what is a very tricky comedic performance that's not only difficult to pull off, but to sustain for an entire movie, particularly when you're on screen for nearly all of it. The carnival universe of 'The Mole Song' rotates entirely about Reiji, and T?ma makes his principled Reiji heroic, sweet-natured, relentless and go-for-broke all at once, infusing the character with such youthful conviction, that it's impossible not to root for him. And for the film too. [B]

July 29th, 2014, 01:46 PM
Fantasia Review: Award-Winning South Korean Indie 'Han Gong-Ju' Is Damaged And Beautiful | The Playlist (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/fantasia-review-award-winning-south-korean-indie-han-gong-ju-is-damaged-and-beautiful-20140728)

Woo-hee's performance is nothing short of extraordinary; fierce, gentle, brave, and vulnerable all at once. Young-lan Lee’s invests Ms. Lee with color and insight, but she’s sadly not given nearly enough attention as the character warrants. Image and sound fluidly convey the mystery at the heart of the film, and alongside Woo-hee's lead performance, they remain the highlight of "Han Gong-ju." How the puzzle pieces fit in the third act leave a satisfying feeling, alongside some of the most brutal cinema you'll see this year. Yet the gnawing sense of failed potential is inescapable. Similar to its title character, "Han Gong-ju" is beautiful, brave and ambitious but ultimately too damaged to blossom into greatness. [C+]

July 29th, 2014, 01:49 PM
TIFF Trailer: Takashi Miike's Vanguard Entry 'Over Your Dead Body' | The Playlist (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/tiff-trailer-takashi-miikes-vanguard-entry-over-your-dead-body-plus-teaser-for-as-god-says-20140729)


July 30th, 2014, 04:14 PM
New trailer for Kazuo Umezu's directorial debut "Mother" | NipponCinema (http://eigapedia.com/movie/mother#videos)

A publishing company is working on a book about Umezu’s life. The lead editor, Sakura, knows that Umezu’s late mother Ichie was very influential to his work. As the investigation continues, bizarre incidents begin occurring one after another. Soon, the grudge of a mother who should be dead sparks mounting fear around Umezu.


Umezu is one of the biggest names in horror manga. Interesting to see he's stepping into film.

July 30th, 2014, 04:17 PM
24Framespersecond.net - FIRESTORM arrives on U.S DVD (http://www.24framespersecond.net/index.php?/24frames/news_details/firestorm-arrives-on-u.s-dvd/#When:19:23:11Z)

A storm is heading toward the city of Hong Kong, threatening the lives of everyone in its path. As citizens scramble for cover, a crew of seasoned criminals stage a series of armoured car heists in broad daylight, showing no mercy to anyone who gets in their way. Hardboiled police inspector Cao Nam (Andy Lau) has had enough. He vows to take back his city, but quickly learns that regular police tactics are no match for the thieves’ unmerciful brutality. The more Nam pursues them, the more unhinged he becomes - and the savage confrontation brewing in the streets may leave an aftermath even more horrifying than the devastating effects of nature itself.


24Framespersecond.net - In a Nutshell: FIRESTORM (http://www.24framespersecond.net/index.php?/24frames/news_details/in-a-nutshell-firestorm/)

Firestorm does take itself too seriously at times, and the overblown action sequences don't always compliment the moody tone. Fortunately, Firestorm avoids the pitfalls of sentimentality, often a hindrance of Hong Kong cinema. If anything, Andy Lau's latest gets darker and more grisly the longer it goes on, taking some of its characters down surprising - and more engrossing - routes. Firestorm is ablaze with huge explosions, pulsating gun battles and electrifying chase sequences. If you take the standout bank heist from Heat and multiply it by ten you won't be far off the mark. Unlike the gunmen in Firestorm, who couldn't hit an elephant's bum with a banjo.

Andy Lau delivers another solid turn in a fairly routine action movie, were it not for the quality of its gun battles. Get past the earnest tone and Firestorm is ludicrously cool high-octane fun. Recommended.

July 30th, 2014, 04:20 PM
The Protector 2 Blu-ray review | BluRayDefinition (http://www.blu-raydefinition.com/reviews/protector-2-blu-ray-review.html)

Never mind that the plot and subplots in this film are too confusing to even follow, the real story here is the action, and The Protector 2 does deliver on that. From the first act with an extended chase and fight scene involving motorcycles on a rooftop, over a bridge, a big explosion and more, to an amazing fight in the middle of a room on fire in act three, The Protector 2 takes it all over the top. Unfortunately, the use of CGI is overdone and much of it looks very artificial. This is unlike many of Tony Jaa’s previous films where the visual effects were practical and looked realistic. That being said, anyone looking for an adrenalin rush won’t be disappointed in the nonstop action this film presents them with and the amazingly choreographed fight sequences.

July 30th, 2014, 04:30 PM
Trailer for South Korean film Roaring Currents (http://www.wildgrounds.com/2014/07/17/trailer-for-south-korean-film-roaring-currents/)

First, there’s actor Choi Min-sik as a determined admiral unwilling to lose hope even in the worst case scenario. Secondly, there’s the war historical epic background, a naval battle opposing the Japanese army against the Korean. Then, there’s director Kim Han-min at the helm of this big budgeted South Korean blockbuster.

Roaring Currents is set during the Korean-Japanese war in the late 16th century, depicting the famous Battle of Myeongryang — the Japanese navy had the upper hand, coming with more than a hundred ships… when the Korean navy had only 12 ships. A typical Goliath and David story.


July 30th, 2014, 04:32 PM
Teaser for Donnie Yen’s Kung Fu Jungle! (http://www.wildgrounds.com/2014/07/21/teaser-for-donnie-yens-kung-fu-jungle/)

In this film, Yen plays the role of a martial arts instructor imprisoned after killed someone by accident. But when a killer (Wang Baoqiang) starts murdering martial arts masters around the city, the Police is letting the instructor take care of the killer.


July 30th, 2014, 04:57 PM
Waaaaaaaah! Too much stuff. Not enough time.

August 1st, 2014, 03:56 PM
24Framespersecond.net - 14 BLADES finally arrives in the USA (http://www.24framespersecond.net/index.php?/24frames/news_details/14-blades-finally-arrives-in-the-usa/#When:18:39:19Z)

The phrase “better late than never” does spring instantly to mind, but if you’re a Donnie Yen fan in the US, who didn’t get bored of waiting and picked it up from pretty much anywhere else in the world, the Donmeisters 2010 Wuxia fight fest 14 Blades is finally landing on your shores. It’s in (no doubt a very limited number) theatres August 22, then it drops onto DVD in September.

Got there in the end! Watch it, its gooooood.


Heard lots of good stuff about this. Will try to see it in a theater if I can.

14 Blades - Rotten Tomatoes (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/14_blades/)

August 1st, 2014, 04:34 PM
Marshy's Favourite Asian Movies Of 2014 Part 1 | Twitch (http://twitchfilm.com/2014/07/marshys-favourite-asian-movies-of-2014-part-1-gallery.html)

August 5th, 2014, 01:27 PM
Tsui Hark’s “The Taking of Tiger Mountain” Teaser Now Online! | Film Smash (http://www.filmsmash.com/?p=18516)

Prolific director Tsui Hark has released an early teaser for what is sure to be one of China’s biggest films of the year, The Taking of Tiger Mountain. A famous Peiking opera, the story centers on a Communist scout who disguises himself as a bandit. Infiltrating the cadre of criminals to gain intelligence, he eventually enables the Communist forces to wipe out the enemy. The film is set to hit Chinese cinemas in late December.


August 19th, 2014, 02:58 PM
24Framespersecond.net - New trailer for KILLERS (http://www.24framespersecond.net/index.php?/24frames/news_details/new-trailer-for-killers/#When:18:30:16Z)


From Gareth Evans, the director of The Raid movies!

August 21st, 2014, 10:38 AM
Japan's most-killed samurai stuntman wins immortality at last | Film | The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/aug/12/japan-most-killed-samurai-stuntman-seizo-fukumoto-prize)

He's made a career playing henchmen and underlings in thousands of Japanese samurai movies, always in the role of the kirareyaku, a swordsman whose job is to die spectacularly on film. Now, at the age of 71 and after a reputed 50,000 on-screen deaths, Seizo Fukumoto has won a prize for his first ever lead role in a semi-autobiographical movie.

The veteran actor plays an ageing samurai stuntman in Uzumasa Limelight, which references his own career as one of the country's best known kirareyaku. The performance won Fukumoto the best actor prize at the Fantasia International film festival in Montreal and the movie won the Cheval Noir for best film.

"I still can't believe this," Fukumoto reportedly said after winning the award. "I do not feel like myself. I still feel like I'm being deceived."

August 21st, 2014, 11:47 AM
Trailer: Ann Hui's THE GOLDEN ERA Is A Tragedy Of Epic Proportions | Twitch (http://twitchfilm.com/2014/08/trailer-ann-huis-the-golden-era-is-a-tragedy-of-epic-proportions.html)

Ann Hui's The Golden Era is set to have it's world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, where it will screen as the official closing film early next month. It stars Tang Wei (Lust, Caution, Finding Mr. Right) as the prominent female writer Xiao Hong, who garnered acclaim for her novels, poetry and memoirs detailing her experiences in China in the 1930s, during the Japanese Occupation.


August 21st, 2014, 02:57 PM
14 Blades (2010) Movie Review (http://filmschoolrejects.com/reviews/fantastic-review-14-blades.php)

August 21st, 2014, 03:07 PM
The Admiral (2014) Movie Review (http://filmschoolrejects.com/reviews/admiral-review.php)

August 21st, 2014, 04:29 PM
The Admiral (2014) Movie Review (http://filmschoolrejects.com/reviews/admiral-review.php)

Hoping to be able to see this this weekend.

September 2nd, 2014, 03:54 PM
Kim Ki-Duk's Moebius Heading to Blu-ray (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=14897)

Independent U.S. distributors RAM Releasing, Film Movement's genre label, will bring to Blu-ray acclaimed South Korean director Kim Ki-Duk's film Moebius (2013), starring Jo Jae-Hyeon, Lee Eun-Woo, and Seo Young-Ju. The release will be available for purchase on October 28th.


September 3rd, 2014, 10:59 AM
Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Penance Gets U.S. Release Date (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=14899)

Chicago-based independent distributors Music Box Films will release on Blu-ray Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's (Tokyo Sonata, Cure) serial drama Penance. The two-disc set will be available for purchase on October 14th.

Official synopsis: Master of Japanese horror Kiyoshi Kurosawa's eerie, intense psychological thriller Penance (Shokuzai) unfolds on a sleepy small town playground, when a mysterious stranger approaches a group of young friends, then kidnaps and brutally murders one of the girls. Wracked with grief, the victim's unhinged mother Asako (Kyoko Koizumi) demands that the shaken survivors identify the killer or face a penance of her choosing. Growing up in the shadow of this tragic debt, each of the four girls cultivates a warped survival mechanism – avoidance, desperation, fear, obsession.

A disturbing, sensitively helmed chronicle of post-traumatic stress from a female perspective, Penance offers Kiyoshi Kurosawa's trademark creepy twists as well as a subtle commentary on Japanese society and gender expectations. This gripping long-form serial drama highlights a new facet of renowned auteur Kurosawa and features absorbing performances from a stellar line-up of award-winning, up-and-coming young actresses.

Recently picked up an HK DVD release of this, but haven't watched it yet. Heard good things.

September 5th, 2014, 03:44 PM
3D Version Of Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmaster' Coming This Fall With Unseen Footage | ThePlaylist (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/3d-version-of-wong-kar-wais-the-grandmaster-coming-this-fall-with-unseen-footage-20140829)

Variety reports that "The Grandmaster 3D" will hit cinemas in China this October. And yes, Wong Kar-Wai himself looked over the conversion process, and claims this is the way he's always wanted it to be seen. “We had originally planned to film ‘The Grandmaster’ in 3D not only for the cinematic sensation, but also for the subtlety of the expression of this beautiful story,” the director said. “We now have the opportunity to show the film as it was always intended – searching for a brand new aesthetic or cinematic language in the 3D format.”

And oh yeah, this cut will apparently have new material in it. You might recall that "The Grandmaster" was released in a much shorter version in the U.S. (in an edit put together by Wong Kar-Wai himself), and the 3D version is said to utilize that cut but with more added. “This is likely to be a special edition, probably resembling the so called U.S.-cut, but with added unseen footage,” said Jeffrey Chan of distributors Bona Film Group. “Now that many people have seen the film everyone can tell that that there is far more material, and a broken narrative.”

Go **** yourself.

September 5th, 2014, 03:57 PM
TIFF Review: Korean Thriller 'Haemoo' Co-Written By 'Snowpiercer' Director Bong Joon-Ho | ThePlaylist (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/tiff-review-korean-thriller-haemoo-co-written-by-snowpiercer-director-bong-joon-ho-20140905)

South Korea’s peculiar brand of cinema is doubtlessly thrilling when done right. Similarly though, it can tip the genre scales a little too forcefully at times, making for a nauseous ride. "Haemoo" is bit of mixed bag in that sense, and a certain time-jumping decision at the end will leave many international audiences scratching their heads, while it may very well resonate with a more understanding South Korean crowd. In any case, "Haemoo" is a picture worth seeing for its thrills, scrupulous tension-building and mischievous genre twists that will have you gasping one second, and laughing the next.

September 6th, 2014, 10:55 AM
Haemoo Review - TIFF 2014 from Director Sung-Bo Shim (http://collider.com/haemoo-review/#more-358332)

His film walks a delicate line between visceral cinematic thrills and complex emotional trauma, yet never seems to struggle at balancing the two. It’s a remarkably effective debut and if my description of precisely why seems vague, that’s purely because it deserves to be experienced through unfamiliar eyes. That’s when you’re putty in Shim’s hands and by the time he’s done, you’ll stumble out of the theater an emotional wreck. But at least you’ll know you’ve seen something special, vital, and of the moment. Hopefully Shim will be just as productive a filmmaker as his preceding countrymen, because he already added a welcome and fresh flavor to the South Korean cinematic stew.
Grade A-

September 11th, 2014, 04:13 PM
Review: Tsai Ming-Liang's 'Stray Dogs' Is A Must-See Masterclass In Directing (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/review-tsai-ming-liangs-stray-dogs-is-a-must-see-masterclass-in-directing-20140911)

Still, these are high standards to set for anyone, and of all the films we saw in Venice, this is the one that most demands a second viewing: there's an awful lot to unpack here, and another go-round could probably see our view go way up, or a fair way down. But if nothing else, you're left with a masterclass in directing, and a film that anyone who's serious about cinema needs to make the time to see. [A-/B+]

September 23rd, 2014, 11:57 AM
Tokyo Tribe Review and Trailer: The Best Hip Hop Gang Musical Ever (http://www.slashfilm.com/tokyo-tribe-review-fantastic-fest/)

September 30th, 2014, 05:55 AM
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2 Images & Netflix Release Details (http://collider.com/crouching-tiger-hidden-dragon-2-netflix-images/)

The Weinstein Co. and Netflix have signed a deal to release Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend simultaneously in IMAX theaters and on Netflix on August 28, 2015. Netflix previously won a bid for the streaming rights to TWC movies, and the two companies joined forces for the original series Marco Polo. The Green Legend deal ramps up the partnership and is the logical next step of Netflix’s growing plan to disrupt the traditional distribution model.
Read more at http://collider.com/crouching-tiger-hidden-dragon-2-netflix-images/#Fpv8fvJ36WOoZId3.99

September 30th, 2014, 03:53 PM
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2 Images & Netflix Release Details (http://collider.com/crouching-tiger-hidden-dragon-2-netflix-images/)


September 30th, 2014, 05:36 PM

Just read that this may fail due to Imax allowing theaters to decide yay or nay as opposed to forcing them to carry the movie. As usual, the theaters are balking at showing a same day release because it will cut into their take. Something like Crouching 2...that's a great test case. Those who would want to see that art displayed on an Imax canvas are gonna go regardless, and I find it hard to believe others on the fence are gonna jump into the deep end for pricey tickets to a foreign(in more ways than one to some) film. I know my man Adgy sees Weinstein and goes red, but in this instance, they seem to be trying to do the right thing.

October 7th, 2014, 11:32 AM
Lupin The Third Interview: Ry?hei Kitamura Talks Movie Adaptation Journey (http://collider.com/ryuhei-kitamura-lupin-the-third-interview/)

October 17th, 2014, 04:19 PM
Drafthouse Films to Release on Blu-ray Sion Sono's Why Don't You Play in Hell? (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=15257)

The release will be available for purchase on January 27th.


October 25th, 2014, 01:03 AM

October 27th, 2014, 09:42 AM

So awesome.

October 29th, 2014, 01:26 PM
Kaiju Shakedown: 31 Asian Horror Movies for Halloween (http://www.filmcomment.com/entry/kaiju-shakedown-31-asian-horror-movies-for-halloween)

If Grady Hendrix says it's good, it probably is.

November 11th, 2014, 01:26 PM
Tokyo Film Festival Review: Audience Award Winner ‘Pale Moon’ (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/tokyo-film-festival-review-audience-award-winner-pale-moon-20141031)

Neither a convincing parable of self-empowerment, nor the kind of ripe ethics drama that really involves itself in the moral ramifications of its characters’ actions, “Pale Moon” is, as its name suggests, and as its desaturated palette and indifferent photography confirm, a wan drama, drained to the point of bloodlessness. The audience that embraced it here presumably found something more vital at its heart, but try as we might, we couldn’t even locate a pulse. [C]

November 12th, 2014, 11:29 AM
Busan 2014 Review: KABUKICHO LOVE HOTEL, A Raunchy Charmer (http://twitchfilm.com/2014/10/busan-2014-review-kabukicho-love-hotel-a-raunchy-charmer.html)

Hiroki ensures that each interaction is meaningful and entertaining; running the gamut from hilarious to heart-breaking. It has been somewhat of a hiatus since Japan has tackled a multi-strand film, and although Kabukicho Love Hotel is not epic, it certainly is ambitious. The film is informed by Japanese cinema of the early 2000's; it has a message, but it is the characters and near-slapstick level encounters that really drive the plot.

Kabukicho Love Hotel is in many ways a fresh start for Hiroki. His more conventional fare and his soft-core background come to a head, creating not only an entertaining drama, but a hybrid production that has positive attributes of both old and new Japanese cinema.

November 13th, 2014, 04:18 PM
Watch the trailer for Takeshi Kitano’s new Yakuza comedy! (http://www.cityonfire.com/watch-the-trailer-for-takeshi-kitanos-new-yakuza-comedy-ryuzo-and-his-seven-henchmen/)

Following 2010′s Outrage and its 2012 sequel, Outrage Beyond, Takeshi Kitano is back for another round of Yakuza action. Only this time, it’s a comedy called Ryuzo and His Seven Henchmen, which is a playful nod to Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

According to Film Business Asia, Ryuzo and His Seven Henchmen is about a retired crime boss (Tatsuya Fuji) who calls up his old gang after he becomes the victim of a scam. The film also stars Masaomi Kondo, Akira Nakao, Akira Onodera, Toru Shinagawa, Ben Hiura, Yoshizumi Ito and Ken Yoshizawa.

Kitano wrote, directed and edited the film. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a solid role, but he does have a cameo appearance. Ryuzo and His Seven Henchmen opens domestically on April 25th, 2015.


November 14th, 2014, 12:46 PM
Joshua Reviews Sion Sono’s Why Don’t You Play In Hell? [Theatrical Review] (http://criterioncast.com/reviews/theatrical/joshua-reviews-sion-sonos-why-dont-you-play-in-hell-theatrical-review)

Truly cinema’s great punk rock auteur, Sion Sono has created what may very well be not only the best action film of this still very young decade, but one of its better all around feature films. Why Don’t You Play In Hell is about as great as cinema can get. Funny, energetic, action packed, jaw dropping, thematically rich and even emotionally dense, Sono’s film is just the bee’s knees. I’ve seen the top of the mountain. And it’s deliciously bloody.

Available from a ****load of services for streaming right now. $7 rental, $10 buy. So tempted.

November 14th, 2014, 01:25 PM
Are you kidding ADGE...I gotsta see that. Any word on a domestic release? By the way have you seen that Sono 3 hr + flick about the panty/crotch shooters yet? I gotta watch that again. SO frikking odd and awesome...oddsome?

November 14th, 2014, 01:38 PM
Are you kidding ADGE...I gotsta see that. Any word on a domestic release? By the way have you seen that Sono 3 hr + flick about the panty/crotch shooters yet? I gotta watch that again. SO frikking odd and awesome...oddsome?

Physical release on Blu and DVD is January 27th. Do I wait, or just buy it now digitally? Hmmm...

Are you talking about Love Exposure? If so, yes, and it is one of my favorite movies of all time after only one viewing.

November 19th, 2014, 12:01 PM
Arrow to Release Two Classic Gangster Films with J? Shishido on Blu-ray (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=15460[/url)

Independent distributors Arrow Video USA confirmed today that they will release on Blu-ray two classic Japanese gangster films directed by Yasuharu Hasebe: Massacre Gun (1967), starring J? Shishido, Tatsuya Fuji, and Jir? Okazaki, and Retaliation (1968), starring J? Shishido, Akira Kobayashi, and Hideaki Nitani.

The two films have been recently remastered by Nikkatsu Studios and will feature new English subtitle translations. Supplemental features to be included on the upcoming releases are yet to be revealed.

The releases are expected to arrive on the U.S.market in early 2015.

I love you, Arrow. Neither of these films is even available on DVD in Japan, let alone on Blu-ray with English subs.

November 28th, 2014, 12:58 PM
Arrow Video to Release Takashi Miike's The Happiness of the Katakuris on Blu-ray (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=15531)

Arrow sure knows how to get me going. Very excited for this.

December 16th, 2014, 09:01 PM
Cinefamily Calendar:Sion Sono's WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL

Putting the call out to Adgy and LetTigerIn...

BUY TICKETS ($12/free for members. Showtimes subject to change):
Thursday, December 18th: 7:30pm
Friday, December 19th: 7:30pm
Saturday, December 20th: 2:45pm, 9:00pm
Sunday, December 21st: 7:30pm
Monday, December 22nd: 10:30pm
Tuesday, December 23rd: 10:30pm
Friday, December 26th: 9:50pm
Saturday, December 27th: 9:15pm
Sunday, December 28th: 3:30pm, 10:20pm
Monday, December 29th: 10:40pm
Tuesday, December 30th: 7:30pm, 10:30pm - See more at: http://www.cinefamily.org/films/why-dont-you-play-in-hell/#sthash.PA2fMSG4.dpuf


December 23rd, 2014, 10:59 AM
R100 Gets U.S. Release Date (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=15707)

Cinedigm and Drafthouse Films will bring to Blu-ray Hitoshi Matsumoto's black comedy R100 (2013), starring Mao Daichi, Lindsay Kay Hayward, and Hairi Katagiri. The release will be available for purchase on March 10, 2015.

Official synopsis: In this audaciously kinky, meta-comedic thriller, a lonely father with a secret taste for S&M (Nao Ohmori, best known for his titular turn in Takashi Miike's Ichi the Killer) hires a boutique dominatrix agency that specializes in guerilla acts of public degradation.

Although the rough treatment and humiliation Takafumi Katayama receives from these leather-clad women––in caf?s and on the street––drives him to ecstatic pleasure, he soon finds himself over his head during a surprise house call by one of the mistresses. After a freak and fatal accident, Takafumi is forced into action with a slew of vengeful dominatrices chasing him down. With the help of his son, he'll have to devise a plan to take on the relentless femmes fatales, who each possess a unique S&M talent by which to exact painful revenge.

R100—the title a riff on the Japanese movie rating system, whose equivalent to NC-17 is R18—is directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto (Big Man Japan, Symbol), one of Japan's most preeminent and beloved comedic talents.


Trailer is borderline NSFW.

I desperately need this movie in my life.

December 23rd, 2014, 01:32 PM
John Woo's 'Chinese Titanic', The Crossing, a triumph over adversity (http://www.scmp.com/magazines/48hrs/article/1663213/john-woos-chinese-titanic-crossing-triumph-over-adversity)

Long, but a good read.

December 27th, 2014, 09:06 PM
wow. Vurt du Furk????

John Cusack, Jackie Chan and Adrien Brody Get Ancient In DRAGON BLADE Trailer, Images, and Character Posters

Read more at http://collider.com/dragon-blade-trailer-poster-images/#Wc1TOyXxsHml3KdD.99


December 30th, 2014, 10:42 AM
Why Don't You Play in Hell? Blu-ray (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=15740)

Cinedigm and Drafthouse Films have announced the Blu-ray release of Japanese director Sion Sono's Why Don't You Play in Hell?. The film stars Jun Kunimura, Fumi Nikaid?, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Hiroki Hasegawa and Gen Hoshino, and arrives on Blu-ray on January 27, 2015.
Why Don't You Play in Hell? is presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround. Extras and bonus content includes:

Press conference with director Sion Sono
11?17-inch fold-out poster by comic artist James Callahan
24-page booklet
Theatrical trailers
Digital download

Knew this already, but thought it'd be worth mentioning again.

December 30th, 2014, 05:56 PM
Epic War Movie ‘Japan’s Longest Day’ To Be Reworked (http://variety.com/2014/film/news/epic-war-movie-japans-longest-day-to-be-remade-1201374659/)

The film, which details the events leading up to Japan’s unconditional surrender on August 15, 1945 following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, stars Koji Yakusho as army minister Anami, a role originally played by Toshiro Mifune.

The director is Masato Harada, whose 2011 “Chronicle of My Mother,” which starred Yakusho as a best-selling writer with mother issues, won a slew of domestic and international prizes, including the jury prize at the Montreal World Film Festival.

Okamoto’s movie was based on a 1965 best-selling novel by Kazutoshi Hando about diehard militarists plotting a coup to stop the Emperor’s surrender announcement on August 15. Anami is caught between his loyalty to the Emperor, who wants to stop the killing, and his reluctance to admit defeat, even at the cost of more Japanese lives.

December 30th, 2014, 09:27 PM
Why Don't You Play in Hell? Blu-ray (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=15740)

Knew this already, but thought it'd be worth mentioning again.

Never made it to that. I will be buying.!!!!!!

January 8th, 2015, 12:35 PM
Kaiju Shakedown: Taking Tiger Mountain Review (http://www.filmlinc.com/film-comment/entry/kaiju-shakedown-taking-tiger-mountain)

Like his characters, Tsui’s Taking Tiger Mountain is all playacting: the story of a director pretending to make a nationalist blockbuster which is based on the white-washed official history sold to the young people of China, but is actually a Trojan Horse critiquing their understanding of history. And in an ironic twist worthy of an opera, the very same young people who are being criticized are the ones who have bought the tickets that made this film a hit.

This is getting a lot of good reviews.

January 8th, 2015, 12:38 PM
The best Japanese films of 2014 (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2014/12/24/films/critics-crossfire/#.VK1DWsZUDS8)

January 8th, 2015, 12:39 PM

This should be hitting US theaters in certain areas tomorrow.

January 21st, 2015, 01:31 PM
“No Tears For The Dead” on Blu-ray & DVD February 17, 2015! (http://www.filmsmash.com/?p=20527)

Director Lee Jeong-Beom (The Man From Nowhere) brings us a tale of an assassin’s fatal mistake in No Tears For The Dead. Lead actor Jang Dong-gun apparently underwent training for four months at a film action school in Seoul and additional combat training in the U.S. The release is set for February 17th, 2015 on Blu-ray & DVD from CJ Entertainment.

After immigrating to America and being abandoned by his own mother, Gon is raised to become a hit man. One day during a job, Gon accidentally kills a young girl and is plagued by guilt over killing an innocent child. His boss gives the despondent hit man a new job – to kill the young girl’s mother. Gon’s new target, Mo-gyeong, works as a risk manager at an investment firm. The grief-stricken mother buries herself in her work without knowing that she is in the heart of a dangerous conspiracy. Then, she meets a man who wants to tell her the truth behind the death of her child.

Heard the action stuff in this movie is pretty great.

January 21st, 2015, 03:00 PM
Trailer for Sion Sono’s Love & Peace! (http://www.wildgrounds.com/2015/01/20/trailer-for-sion-sonos-love-peace/)


What’s the plot anyway? A man (Hiroki Hasegawa, seen in Why Don’t You Play in Hell! — will be one of the lead of the live-action Attack on Titan too!) who once dreamed of becoming a punk rocker, is working as a low salaryman at a musical instrument parts company. He’s secretly in love with his colleague. One day, he finds a little turtle on the rooftop, naming it Pikadon…


January 26th, 2015, 01:33 PM
TWF: Restored Takeshi Kitano Films Heading to Blu-ray (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=15910)

Gonna be making good use of that all-region Blu-ray player I bought.

February 16th, 2015, 04:43 PM
Watch: First Teaser Trailer For Sion Sono's 'Shinjuku Swan' (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/watch-first-teaser-trailer-for-sion-sonos-shinjuku-swan-20150130)

Starring Go Ayano, Erika Sawajiri, Takayuki Yamada and Yusuke Iseya, and based on the manga series by Ken Wakui, the story follows an unemployed man who winds up recruiting women for the sex industry in Tokyo's red light district. And as you'll see in the trailer below, rival scouts and more get tossed in the mix and things get violent and strange and...well, this is a Sion Sono movie, so what do you expect?

No word yet on a stateside distributor or release date. The film opens in Japan on May 30th.


Watched 'Why Don't You Play In Hell?' this weekend. It was awesome.

February 16th, 2015, 05:06 PM
Watch: New Trailers For Takashi Miike's 'Yakuza Apocalypse' & 'Lion Standing Against The Wind' (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/watch-new-trailers-for-takashi-miikes-yakuza-apocalypse-lion-standing-against-the-wind-20150209)

"Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld," which is probably the one most fans are waiting for. It's another gangland pic from Miike, but with a twist. The story focuses on Akira, who enters the crime world, attracted by its lifestyle. But he becomes disappointed when he discovers it's not like in the movies, and oh yeah, the most powerful yakuza of them all just happens to be a vampire.


"Lion Standing Against The Wind," which is based off of a book, which in turn was based off of a song. Anyway, it tells the story of a doctor who goes to work in Kenya and, judging from the trailer, has a life-changing, heart-warming, golden-sunshiney experience.


February 24th, 2015, 04:03 PM
The Mo Brothers Bring Killers into Your Home Video Collection


A series of horrific murders just went viral, posted anonymously by the handsome and seductive Nomura (Kazuki Kitamura), a predator with a taste for torture. Thousands of miles away, disgraced journalist Bayu (Oka Antarra) can’t stop watching – and in a reckless moment discovers he, too, can kill. One man in Tokyo. One in Jakarta. A serial killer and a vigilante. As the posts multiply and the body count rises, a bizarre and psychotic rivalry begins – and the face-to-face showdown that’s coming will paint the city in blood.

Hearing good things...

March 3rd, 2015, 11:35 AM
Wong Kar-Wai Will Direct ‘Blossoms’ (http://www.slashfilm.com/wong-kar-wai-blossoms/)

Depicting chores and trifles of urban life, such as grocery shopping and hosting a dinner party, Blossoms provides a vivid image of the daily life of ordinary Shanghai people. Focusing on a hundred characters, and several main ones, the whole story is carried out over two time-lines: from the 1960s to the mid-1970s, the end of the Cultural Revolution; and from the 1980s to the start of the 21st century. As the two time periods alternate, the book unveils the two faces of the city: the Shanghai of old and the modernized metropolis it is today.

March 12th, 2015, 09:18 AM

XLrator Media Joins the Tokyo Tribe

Remember that bat-****-crazy sounding flick Tokyo Tribe we told you about a while back? Well, strap in, kids, because we have some good news for you! It now has domestic distro!

From the Press Release:
XLrator Media (Jimi: All Is by My Side, The Machine) has acquired North American distribution rights to the street-gang/martial arts action/hip-hop musical epic TOYKO TRIBE, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). XLrator Media will release the film in fall 2015 on its “TURBO” action label.

TOKYO TRIBE was written and directed by Sion Sono, whose previous film Why Don’t You Play in Hell? won TIFF’s People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award. TOKYO TRIBE stars Ryohei Suzuki and Young Dais and is based on the manga by Santa Inoue. It was produced by Yoshinori Chiba, Kinya Oguchi, and Nobuhiro Iizuka.

“Audiences have never seen anything like TOKYO TRIBE and will be blown away by its originality, energy, and mind-blowing action and musical sequences that pay homage to everything from Quentin Tarantino to Scarface to West Side Story,” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.

In a futuristic, alternate Tokyo made up of ghetto slums and nightclub playgrounds, territorial street gangs rule the city. The opposing factions – each with their own distinctive style — control different neighborhoods, and crossing territorial lines leads to riots and rumbles. When a megalomaniacal gang leader tries to invade the other gangs’ turf, the city explodes into an all-out war.

The deal was negotiated by XLrator Media’s Barry Gordon with XYZ Films’ Nate Bolotin for Nikkatsu Corporation.

March 12th, 2015, 09:20 AM
Gun Woman Blasting Her Way to DVD and Blu-ray

Review: http://www.dreadcentral.com/reviews/53585/gun-woman-2014/

March 13th, 2015, 12:34 PM
Gun Woman Blasting Her Way to DVD and Blu-ray

Review: http://www.dreadcentral.com/reviews/53585/gun-woman-2014/

Pre-ordered. Thank you.

March 23rd, 2015, 10:49 AM
This is how legendary director Akira Kurosawa made his films feel so alive (http://www.theverge.com/2015/3/23/8277195/kurosawa-analysis-video-amazing-filmmaking)

April 8th, 2015, 03:44 PM
Watch: First International Trailer For Hirokazu Koreeda's 'Umimachi Diary' (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/watch-first-international-trailer-for-hirokazu-koreedas-umimachi-diary-20150312)


I assume this will make everyone cry like all his other movies do.

April 24th, 2015, 01:23 PM
Tsui Hark's The Taking of Tiger Mountain Gets U.S. Release Date (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=16539)

Texas-based distributors Well Go USA have officially announced that they will release on Blu-ray acclaimed director Tsui Hark's latest film, The Taking of Tiger Mountain (2014). The release will be available for purchase on June 2.

April 27th, 2015, 01:36 PM
Watch: New Trailer For Takashi Miike's 'Yakuza Apocalypse,' Possibly The Weirdest Movie Playing Cannes (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/watch-new-trailer-for-takashi-miikes-yakuza-apocalypse-possibly-the-weirdest-movie-playing-cannes-20150422)

Playing in the Cannes Directors' Fortnight, the story focuses on Akira, who is excited to enter the crime world he's long admired, but he becomes disappointed when he discovers it's not like in the movies. But there's one other thing, the most powerful yakuza of them all just happens to be a vampire.




April 29th, 2015, 12:04 PM
Watch: New Trailer For Takashi Miike's 'Yakuza Apocalypse,' Possibly The Weirdest Movie Playing Cannes (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/watch-new-trailer-for-takashi-miikes-yakuza-apocalypse-possibly-the-weirdest-movie-playing-cannes-20150422)

That headline makes it seem like we should be surprised.

May 12th, 2015, 10:18 AM
Watch: Bonkers And Bloody Trailer For Sion Sono's 'Tag' (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/watch-bonkers-and-bloody-trailer-for-sion-sonos-tag-20150512)


Holy ****in ****!

May 12th, 2015, 10:46 AM
Don't know bout you, but Sono's name on a film makes me immediately want to see it at this point. He's wacky. Kind of like Miike used to be.

May 12th, 2015, 11:52 AM
Don't know bout you, but Sono's name on a film makes me immediately want to see it at this point. He's wacky. Kind of like Miike used to be.

He supplanted Miike as my favorite director alive some time ago. Partially because for some reason Miike's films don't seem to be as readily accessible over here (which didn't use to be the case), but also because Sono has yet to make a movie I didn't like.

May 12th, 2015, 11:57 AM
Drafthouse Films descends into The World of Kanako (http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2015/04/02/drafthouse-films-descends-into-the-world-of-kanako)

The World Of Kanako will screen in select theaters across North America and will be released on a variety of VOD platforms and digital, DVD, and Blu-ray formats.

No date announced yet, but I was *this* close to importing a copy of this.

"This movie is an all out depraved and constant assault on your morality and your senses and I loved every second of it."

From the guy that directed "Confessions"? Yeah, I need that.

May 12th, 2015, 12:11 PM
More Tony Jaa Versus Wu Jing In Second SPL 2 Trailer! (http://twitchfilm.com/2015/04/more-tony-jaa-versus-wu-jing-in-second-spl-2-trailer.html)


After busting a local gangster Hong in an undercover operation, hard-boiled cop Kit is captured by Hong's men and wakes up in jail in Thailand facing a life sentence. While in police custody, Hong strikes a deal with Kit's supervisor Wah to trade his freedom for Kit's. Wah traces Kit to Thailand and manages to convince to new prison guard Chai to help save Kit because Kit is one of the few eligible bone marrow donors who can save Chai's daughter, who's suffering from leukemia. Hong breaks out of jail and flees to Thailand and order Kit's executive. When Kit learns of Hong's jailbreak, he's determined to bring him to justice.

Hard to get excited about something just because Tony Jaa is in it anymore, but this looks like it has potential. Also, apparently has nothing to do with the first SPL movie (released as Kill Zone out here).

May 12th, 2015, 01:14 PM
FIRES ON THE PLAIN: Watch The Trailer For Tsukamoto's War Picture (http://twitchfilm.com/2015/05/fires-on-the-plain-watch-the-trailer-for-tsukamotos-war-picture.html)


New Shinya Tsukamoto. This is gonna be ****ed up!

May 13th, 2015, 12:08 PM
Cannes Review: Hirokazu Kore-eda's 'Our Little Sister' (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-hirokazu-kore-edas-our-little-sister-20150513)

"Our Little Sister" feels like "Kore-eda lite." Not that he was ever the heaviest of filmmakers: a lullaby of sweet but repeated notes; a cool hand stroking a brow long after the fever has passed. [B-]

May 15th, 2015, 04:23 PM
Police Story: Lockdown trailer (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=16767)


Other than some bad CGI, this looks like it might be worth watching.

May 17th, 2015, 04:51 PM

May 21st, 2015, 10:31 AM
Cannes Review: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 'The Assassin' Is An Epic Visual Poem (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-hou-hsiao-hsiens-the-assassin-is-an-epic-visual-poem-20150520)

But it isn't really about the people as much as about the pictures, and for once that does not seem to be a trade off that compromises the power of the resulting film at all. These are pictures that feel like time (which will make them hard to sit through for the impatient) — they feel steeped, marinated in time, as though Hou has waited, not 25 years, but eleven centuries with his camera parked on this hillside or beside that thatched barn, to get just exactly the right combination of light and cloud and movement and stillness, just the right fall of a sleeve or tremble of a drape in the breeze. It has been seven years since Hou's last film, "The Flight of the Red Balloon," and I hope it won't be as long till his next, but "The Assassin" is the literal embodiment of the rewards, for the film and for the viewer, of patience and held breath. [A-]

May 21st, 2015, 10:33 AM
Cannes Review: South Korean Horror-Thriller 'Office' Brings Murder To The Workplace (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-korean-horror-thriller-office-brings-murder-to-the-workplace-20150521)

It all culminates in a final twist that's both heavily telegraphed, and somewhat nonsensical, leaving a muddled feel to the film's wrap up. And it's a shame, because Hong does so well at the ordinary character drama and interplay that you can glimpse something special that the film could've been. It's unusual that we'd say this, given our love of Korean genre film, but perhaps the director could have better served the issues he wanted to examine by leaving out the horror altogether. [C]

May 21st, 2015, 11:17 AM
Cannes Review: South Korean Horror-Thriller 'Office' Brings Murder To The Workplace (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-korean-horror-thriller-office-brings-murder-to-the-workplace-20150521)


Cannes 2015 Review: OFFICE Works Up An Intriguing Salaryman Chiller (http://twitchfilm.com/2015/05/cannes-2015-review-office-works-up-an-intriguing-salaryman-chiller.html)

An intriguing workplace chiller that works up a few good ideas before converting them into commonplace scares, Office is an uneven but mostly solid addition to the crowded Korean thriller and horror fields.

May 22nd, 2015, 03:13 PM
Cannes Review: Takashi Miike Buys License For Next Five Duds With Transcendently Bat***** 'Yakuza Apocalypse' (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-takashi-miike-buys-license-for-next-five-duds-with-transcendently-bat****-yakuza-apocalypse-20150522)

At 125 minutes, "Yakuza Apocalypse" is overlong —Miike could easily lose any random 20 minutes from the middle, and a) it would be much snappier and b) no one would notice. But other than that and two brief instances of sexual violence that strike a needlessly sour note, the film is a pure blast of pop pleasure. This bucking bronco will be too much, too loud, too violent, too messy, too dumb for some, but I'm proud to be dumb enough to have enjoyed the hell out of feeling five years old again, as if nothing that can be imagined cannot come true. [A-]

May 26th, 2015, 04:38 PM
Cannes Review: The Afterlife Is Deathly Dull In Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 'Journey To The Shore' (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-the-afterlife-is-deathly-dull-in-kiyoshi-kurosawas-journey-to-the-shore-20150525)

There is a deeply beautiful Japanese minimalist tradition, in decor, in literature and in filmmaking, which often acknowledges the co-existence, and interdependence of the natural and the supernatural. And clearly that is where Kurosawa is positioning himself with 'Journey' -- a long way from the horror and genre thriller titles that made his name. But seldom has a matter of life and death been less involving than here -- not wondrous enough to be likened to a ghost, "Journey to the Shore" is the corpse of a film: lifeless, bloodless, insensate. [C-]

Note: Kurosawa won Best Director at Cannes for this movie.
Note 2: this website usually loves his stuff

June 16th, 2015, 04:29 PM
Kaiju Shakedown: Kim Jee-*Woon (http://www.filmlinc.com/film-comment/entry/kaiju-shakedown-kim-jee-woon)

Hidden in this excellent article about one of the best directors in cinema today (A Tale Of Two Sisters, I Saw The Devil, The Good, The Bad, The Weird) is some talk about his earlier features that have been overshadowed by his later stuff. Including The Quiet Family, which Takashi Miike remade as Happiness Of The Katakuris. And there is this bit:

* Arrow Video tried to license The Quiet Family to include as a special feature on this set, but they were not able to make it happen for reasons that are unclear, though not for lack of trying.

Whoever is responsible should be killed.

June 19th, 2015, 11:33 AM
Watch: Energetic, Action Packed Trailer For Korean Thriller 'A Hard Day' (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/watch-energetic-action-packed-trailer-for-korean-thriller-a-hard-day-20150619)


Twisty, Inventive, Hilarious Korean Cop Thriller ‘A Hard Day’ Is A Total Blast (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-twisty-inventive-hilarious-korean-cop-thriller-a-hard-day-is-a-total-blast-20140518)

Obeying the thriller law of ending multiple times (we counted five separate finales, including one bravura extended fight) through various reversals and resurrections, even that often irritating trope is rendered as a positive as each successive finale has a different kind of entertainment value. And by that stage anyway, we’d have happily watched the film for the rest of the day. “A Hard Day” knows exactly what it is, and while undoubtedly influenced by Tarantino and John Woo and the Hong Kong school of action filmmaking, this isn’t postmodern deconstruction or referentialism and the film is never too busy being ironic to be a sincerely great time all by itself. It’s hard to justify giving a high grade to such unapologetically genre fare in the midst of the most prestigious festival of film in the world, but in a fit of **** ‘em all iconoclasm we’re going to. Hardly great cinema, or even an important or meaningful film, “A Hard Day” is still probably the best movie we’ll see in Cannes. [A-]

Cannes Film Review: ‘A Hard Day’ | Variety (http://variety.com/2014/film/reviews/cannes-film-review-a-hard-day-1201185578/)

Though punctuated with skull-cracking combat scenes and propulsive chases, the pic doesn’t indulge in the stomach-churning gore that saturates so many Korean actioners; in fact, it’s the nerve-racking situation that faces our hard-luck protag, with its heady black humor, social satire and a touch of surrealism, that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.

'A Hard Day': Cannes Review | Hollywood Reporter (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/a-hard-day-cannes-review-705244)

Kim Seong-hun's A Hard Day offers a masterclass in throat-squeezing, stomach-knotting suspense.

Opens in select US heaters on July 17.

June 24th, 2015, 03:01 PM
China Lion Bringing ONLY YOU, THE WASTED TIMES And MR. SIX To N.America & Australia (http://twitchfilm.com/2015/06/china-lion-bringing-only-you-the-wasted-times-and-mr-six-to-namerica-australia.html)

In North America, Only You will be theatrically released on July 24th, The Wasted Times will be theatrically released October 3rd and Mr. Six will be theatrically released in December, with a specific date to be announced.

Wasted Times is definitely of interest, but it'd probably be wise to wait for reviews to come out.

June 28th, 2015, 09:07 PM

More American Indie than "Asian," I guess...

But still...Rinko Kikuchi!!!

I liked this movie, even though it was basically just a re-telling of Don Quixote.

June 29th, 2015, 02:39 PM
A couple older Stephen Chow comedies just showed up on Netflix

God Of Cookery (http://www.netflix.com/title/80020818)

King of Comedy (http://www.netflix.com/title/60003714)

HIGHLY recommended.

July 7th, 2015, 04:29 PM
Watch: First Trailer For Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Cannes Award-Winning 'The Assassin' (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/watch-first-trailer-for-hou-hsiao-hsiens-cannes-award-winning-the-assassin-20150704)

Can't embed.


July 7th, 2015, 04:36 PM
Marshy's Favourite Asian Movies Of 2015 Part 1 (http://twitchfilm.com/2015/07/marshys-favourite-asian-movies-of-2015-part-1-gallery.html)

July 8th, 2015, 03:07 PM
Yakusho Koji Anchors All Star Cast Of Japanese War Film THE EMPEROR IN AUGUST, Watch The Trailer Now! (http://twitchfilm.com/2015/07/yakusho-koji-anchors-all-star-cast-of-japanese-war-film-the-emperor-in-august-watch-the-trailer-now.html)


July 17th, 2015, 11:31 AM
Shout Factory to Release Takashi Miike's Over Your Dead Body on Blu-ray (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=17184)

Shout Factory will release on Blu-ray Japanese auteur Takashi Miike's (Ichi the Killer) film Over Your Dead Body a.k.a. Kuime (2014), starring Ko Shibasaki, Hitomi Katayama, and Ebiz? Ichikawa. The release will be available for purchase on October 6.



August 3rd, 2015, 10:41 AM
CANNES: Mike Tyson Confirms Role in Kung Fu Biopic ?Ip Man 3? (http://variety.com/2015/film/asia/mike-tyson-joins-ip-man-3-1201491872/)

I liked the first two, but this one sounds a little wierd.

August 3rd, 2015, 04:55 PM
Fantasia Review: Sion Sono's 'Shinjuku Swan' (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/fantasia-review-sion-sonos-shinjuku-swan-20150801)

"Shinjuku Swan" makes an unsuccessful attempt to say something about the connection between class, ambition, and loyalty, but the message is as unclear as any other of the thematic elements of the movie. It's this feeling of a lack of commitment that pervades much of film, as it swings from comedy to drama with little rhyme or reason from moment to moment, and stylistically, remains mostly un-noteworthy, except when there is a random burst of rear projection work or a fight scene to choreograph. While it's not quite an ugly duckling, "Shinjuku Swan" never takes flight into something memorable. [C-]

Fantasia 2015 Review: SHINJUKU SWAN, Sono's Glossy Yakuza Melodrama (http://twitchfilm.com/2015/08/fantasia-2015-review-shinjuku-swan-sonos-glossy-yakuza-melodram.html)

Much more positive.

August 5th, 2015, 11:53 AM
Watch New Trailer For Tsukamoto Shinya's A SNAKE OF JUNE (http://twitchfilm.com/2015/08/watch-new-trailer-for-tsukamoto-shinyas-a-snake-of-june.html)

A Snake of June, as we previously reported, will be presented for the first time anywhere in HD with some exclusive bonus features. The new transfer, supervised by Tsukamoto, will be in the director's preferred "blue version" (the only way I've ever seen it, for what it's worth). In addition to the new transfer, the disc will also include a brand new interview with the director, a feature length commentary from Tom Mes, author of Iron Man: The Cinema a Shinya Tsukamoto, a 20 minute documentary regarding the film's original release in Japan, and this brand new trailer. Oh, and for the collector geeks out there, this disc will feature a slipcover like Third Window's previous Tsukamoto Blu-rays.

Thank **** for region-hackable Blu-ray players!!!!!!!!!!!

August 13th, 2015, 05:36 PM
Arrow to Release Wake Up and Kill and Battles Without Honor and Humanity on Blu-ray (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=17385)

Arrow Video has announced that it will release on Blu-ray Kinji Fukasaku's Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973) and Carlo Lizzani's Wake Up and Kill (1966). The two releases will be available for purchase in the U.S. and UK.


This Limited Edition collections features Kinji Fukasaku's (BATTLE ROYALE) original five films in the series with brand new extras, the never-before-seen in the west 'Complete Saga' and a 150-page hardback book! Limited to just 2000 copies (UK) and 3000 copies (USA). Individual editions of each of the five films (the Saga and book remain exclusive to this collection) will become available in 2016!

Special Features:

Limited Edition Blu-ray Collection
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of all five original films
Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
Optional English subtitles for all five films
Remembering Kinji – a new featurette about director Kinji Fukasaku and his work, featuring interviews with Kenta Fukasaku and film critic and Fukasaku biographer Sadao Yamane
Secrets of the Piranha Army – a new documentary about the troupe of supporting actors who appeared throughout the series, featuring new interviews with original Piranha members Masaru Shiga and Takashi Noguchi, plus second-generation Piranha, Takashi Nishina and Akira Murota
All the Bad Guys – a new, comprehensive video guide to the actors in the films
Fukasaku Family – a new interview with Proxy War and Police Tactics assistant director Toru Dobashi
Man of Action – a new interview with series fight choreographer Ryuzo Ueno
Tales of a Bit Player – a new interview with supporting actor and stuntman Seizo Fukumoto
Last Days of the Boss – a new interview with Final Episode screenwriter Koji Takada
Yakuza Graveyard – a new interview with Takashi Miike about Kinji Fukasaku and the yakuza film genre
Original trailers for the series
Original poster gallery for the series
Limited Edition packaging and reversible sleeves for all five films including original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist


English-subtitled premiere of the 224-minute compilation edition of the first four films, previously screened only as part of a limited Japanese theatrical release in 1980 and on the Toei cable channel
Introduction by Complete Saga editorial supervisor Toru Dobashi


150-page hardback book featuring writing on the history of the yakuza film genre, the background and continuing importance of the Battles series, and additional essays on the men who made them, including a newly-reprinted and fully annotated edition of Paul Schrader's classic 1974 Film Comment essay Yakuza-Eiga: A Primer, a new, exclusive English translation of screenwriter Kazuo Kasahara's 1974 Scenario magazine essay on his writing process for the first four films, as well as new essays and interviews from critics and authors Chris D., Grady Hendrix, Patrick Macias, Tom Mes, Mark Schilling, and Jasper Sharp.

HOLY ****ING ****.

August 14th, 2015, 07:49 AM
Review: Sion Sono’s Fantasia Fest Winner ‘Tag’ (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/review-sion-sonos-fantasia-fest-winner-tag-20150808)

However, it’s worth being reminded that this is a movie that starts with extreme violence, not high drama. It’s also quite lighthearted as well, a bat**** comedy of sorts, which makes Sono’s ability to weave a social message throughout, and keep it present but understated, quite admirable. For those just looking for straight out madness, “Tag” gets the job done, and the Explosions In The Sky-esque score is also another surprising, creative touch that manages to work quite well.

One of a reported half-dozen movies Sono will release this year, it’s inevitable that some will miss (read our review of “Shinjuku Swan”), but from what I’ve seen so far, none of these projects feel rushed or tossed off. Sono is investigating a variety of cinematic languages at the moment, and in that sense, “Tag” is somewhat primitive on the surface (the VFX seem to have been done on a modest budget, but their lo-fi quality only helps the movie) but with some serious smarts the deeper you look. [B]

August 14th, 2015, 12:34 PM
Arrow to Release Wake Up and Kill and Battles Without Honor and Humanity on Blu-ray (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=17385)

HOLY ****ING ****.

Thank you, Arrow.

August 14th, 2015, 04:58 PM
COLLECTIVE INVENTION: Meet The Sad Fish Man In Trailer For Korean Oddity (http://twitchfilm.com/2015/08/collective-invention-meet-the-sad-fish-man-in-trailer-for-korean-oddity.html)


Apparently, Korea has been too close to Japan for too long.

August 14th, 2015, 05:02 PM
THE PIPER: Deliciously Grim Trailer For Korean Reimagining Of The Classic Tale (http://twitchfilm.com/2015/08/the-piper-deliciously-grim-trailer-for-korean-reimagining-of-the-classic-tale.html)



Review: THE PIPER, A Satisfyingly Grimm Fairy Tale (http://twitchfilm.com/2015/07/review-the-piper-a-satisfyingly-grimm-fairy-tale.html)

As sound and convincing as the build to the meat of the story is, The Piper is at its best in the moments that it slowly strips its characters of their humanity and foists them on to somber paths. Ultimately, the iniquity of the many actuates the gruesome retribution of the few in a final act that comes to life through striking images and which boasts a powerful and emotional climax. With a promising first feature that stands apart from its Korean peers, director Kim has marked himself as a talent to watch.

August 31st, 2015, 11:09 AM
Toshiro Mifune Gets Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/08/29/toshiro-mifune-gets-star-on-the-hollywood-walk-of-fame/)

Just symbolic for sure, but I still like the idea.

September 8th, 2015, 12:51 PM
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 15th Anniversary Blu-ray Edition (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=17534)

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has revealed that it plans to celebrate the 15th anniversary of acclaimed director Ang Lee's Oscar-winning film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon with a brand new Blu-ray release. Advertised as Mastered in 4K, the release will be available for purchase on April 5, 2016.

In addition to the standard release, Sony will have available for sale a Limited Edition Blu-ray which will street on the same date.

No word on specs yet.

September 21st, 2015, 06:19 PM
TIFF: Watch The Trailer For Johnnie To's Musical 'Office' Starring Chow Yun-Fat (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/tiff-watch-the-trailer-for-johnnie-tos-musical-office-starring-chow-yun-fat-20150916)

That’s right, folks: “Office,” his crazy-looking new picture, is a straight-up, unapologetic musical, all filtered through that distinct Johnnie To lens. And it’s… about the financial crisis of 2008? And it’s in… wait, it’s in 3D? Don’t take my word for it: a new trailer has just landed online, so feel free to check it out for yourself.


Chow Yun Fat in a musical!

September 21st, 2015, 06:54 PM
COLLECTIVE INVENTION: Meet The Sad Fish Man In Trailer For Korean Oddity (http://twitchfilm.com/2015/08/collective-invention-meet-the-sad-fish-man-in-trailer-for-korean-oddity.html)


Apparently, Korea has been too close to Japan for too long.


September 28th, 2015, 04:04 PM
Sion Sono's Tokyo Tribe Gets U.S. Release Date (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=17631)

Millennium Media has revealed that it plans to release on Blu-ray Japanese auteur Sion Sono's film Tokyo Tribe, starring Sh?ko Nakagawa, Akihiro Kitamura, Denden, Ry?ta Sat?, and Nana Seino. The release will be available for purchase on December 1.

Another X-Mas present for myself. I'm spoiled.

September 28th, 2015, 04:12 PM
The Assassin Official U.S. Trailer (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=17640)


Hsiao-hsien is one of those directors that I've never really connected with. His movies look gorgeous, but they're just... too... slow.

But this looks great.

October 2nd, 2015, 04:56 PM

Mike Tyson?

October 5th, 2015, 03:53 PM
Takashi Miike To Direct Blade Of The Immortal (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/10/05/takashi-miike-to-direct-blade-of-the-immortal/)

Well, alright.

October 5th, 2015, 04:09 PM
Nikkatsu Diamond Guys: Vol 1 Blu-ray (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=17682)

Arrow Video will release on Blu-ray Nikkatsu Diamond Guys: Vol 1. The release will be available for purchase in the United States on January 26, 2016.

Nikkatsu, the oldest film studio in Japan, inaugurated a star system in the late 1950s, finding talent and contracting to their Diamond Line for a series of wild genre pictures. This collection celebrates these "Diamond Guys" with three classic films from directors Seijun Suzuki (Branded to Kill), Toshio Masuda (Rusty Knife) and Buichi Saito (Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril).

Arrow Video is just the best.

October 5th, 2015, 04:57 PM
‘Okja': Bong Joon-ho’s Monster Movie Adds Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, and Bill Nighy

After Tilda Swinton recently reaffirmed that should would be reuniting with Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-ho for his next film, a new report has confirmed just which project that is along with four new cast members who are expected to star in it. As was presumed for a while, Bong Joon-ho’s next movie will be the multilingual monster movie Okja, which is expected to feature a Korean female lead and a cast of English-speaking supporting actors, whose scenes will be set in New York.

The Wrap reports that a foursome of the aforementioned English-speaking actors are in various stages of discussions to join the film, though the news comes before offers have officially been extended. The actors in question include Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Bill Nighy, and Kelly Macdonald. Swinton is currently the only actor confirmed to be on board. Very little information on the film’s plot, characters, or setting has been revealed yet, but that should change relatively soon since Okja is expected to go into production in early 2016.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/NEW%20ALBUM%202015/ed_zps6mqoobrw.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/NEW%20ALBUM%202015/ed_zps6mqoobrw.jpg.html)

October 16th, 2015, 03:15 PM
Review: Takashi Miike's 'Yakuza Apocalypse' Is Bone Crunchingly, Bloodily Brilliant (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/review-takashi-miikes-yakuza-apocalypse-is-bone-crunchingly-bloodily-brilliant-20151006)

This bucking bronco will be just too much, too loud, too violent, too messy, too dumb for some, but I'm proud to be dumb enough to have enjoyed the hell out of feeling five years old again, and like nothing that can be imagined cannot come true. [A-]

Just found out this was playing at the Laemmle in Pasadena. Up until yesterday. :(

October 18th, 2015, 03:59 PM
Review: Takashi Miike's 'Yakuza Apocalypse' Is Bone Crunchingly, Bloodily Brilliant (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/review-takashi-miikes-yakuza-apocalypse-is-bone-crunchingly-bloodily-brilliant-20151006)

Just found out this was playing at the Laemmle in Pasadena. Up until yesterday. :(

Aw, man. :(

November 3rd, 2015, 02:56 PM
Hana-Bi Blu-ray (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=17871)

Independent British distributors Third Window Films have detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of Takeshi Kitano's film Fireworks a.k.a. Hana-Bi (1997), starring Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren ?sugi, Susumu Terajima, and Tetsu Watanabe. The release will be available for purchase on January 11.

Special Features and Specs:

30-minute documentary from the film's original release
Interview with Takeshi Kitano
Audio commentary by film critic Mark Schilling
New trailer
5.1 Surround Sound
Removable subtitles
Cardboard slipcase with new illustrated design (limited to 1000 units only)

For me, Kitano's best work by a mile. Gonna import the fuuuuuuuuuuuck out of this.

November 13th, 2015, 05:55 PM
Ip Man 3 Official U.S. Teaser Trailer (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=17950)


November 13th, 2015, 10:49 PM
Ip Man 3 Official U.S. Teaser Trailer (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=17950)


Outside of a couple of amazing fights sequences, didn't think Ip Man was all the great. Could care less about Ip Man 2, but not gonna lie here, the Mike Tyson gimmick might get me to watch Ip Man 3. It looks so bad, it might be good.

November 16th, 2015, 11:40 AM
Outside of a couple of amazing fights sequences, didn't think Ip Man was all the great. Could care less about Ip Man 2, but not gonna lie here, the Mike Tyson gimmick might get me to watch Ip Man 3. It looks so bad, it might be good.

Really? I thought the first Ip Man was pretty fantastic. Mostly because of the fight sequences, natch.

December 11th, 2015, 04:42 PM
Grady Hendrix On The Korean Film Archive’s 116 Free Classic Movies On YouTube (http://www.filmcomment.com/blog/kaiju-shakedown-korean-film-on-youtube/)


December 11th, 2015, 06:57 PM
Grady Hendrix On The Korean Film Archive’s 116 Free Classic Movies On YouTube (http://www.filmcomment.com/blog/kaiju-shakedown-korean-film-on-youtube/)


I am all over this! :good:

December 15th, 2015, 12:36 AM


December 31st, 2015, 11:05 AM
Hong Kong Movies, Even From As Recently As The ’90s, Are Disappearing (http://www.filmcomment.com/blog/kaiju-shakedown-disappearing-in-plain-sight/)

Think about that. One of the biggest hits of the mid-Nineties, when Hong Kong cinema was at its zenith. A movie starring the legendary Leslie Cheung and four other major stars. A movie directed by one of China’s most successful directors, from one of Hong Kong’s most famous production companies. And there is maybe one 35mm print left in existence. But that’s the story of Hong Kong cinema: it’s disappearing.

This is, for real, Not Good.

December 31st, 2015, 11:11 AM
Stephen Chow releases first poster for "The Mermaid" (https://sg.news.yahoo.com/stephen-chow-releases-first-poster-mermaid-032400731.html)



January 2nd, 2016, 12:46 PM

January 5th, 2016, 04:46 PM
RAN 4K Restoration Trailer (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=18222)


The restoration: The film has been restored based on a 4K scan by the French laboratory ?clair, under StudioCanal's supervision. Based on an original negative, the majority of the restoration work was done manually, frame by frame, with the film's Director of Photography, Mr. Ueda, approving the color grading. (Technical information courtesy of StudioCanal).

Probably too much to hope that the eventual blu-ray release of this will be Criterion...

January 21st, 2016, 03:27 PM

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Expectations are not high, but I feel like I have to see a Sadako (Ring) Vs Kayako (Ju-On) movie.

January 21st, 2016, 05:48 PM
BTW, Miike's Yakuza Apocalypse (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016D5Y9JI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B016D5Y9JI&linkCode=as2&tag=oneofgodsownp-20&linkId=VRB4NQDKZZVZJW6K) is on Amazon Prime now.

Was going through Amazon prime listings the other day... lots of really good Asian stuff in there buried.

January 22nd, 2016, 11:09 AM
Asian + entertainment = buried

Okay. Got it.

January 22nd, 2016, 04:09 PM
Asian + entertainment = buried

Okay. Got it.

Yeah, if you're looking through a web browser at Amazon.com, you can kind of get an idea by looking through the "People who viewed this also viewed" stuff. I just kept clicking around. Some good ****, though.

I'll go through my list here.

Personally recommend:

JSA: Joint Security Agency (English Subtitled) (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YFZQV9U/ref=pd_cbs__19) (IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THIS, WATCH IT IMMEDIATELY!)
Why Don't You Play in Hell? (English Subtitled) (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00O9SDR4A/ref=pd_cbs__8)
Untold Story (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A9MHBQE/ref=dv_web_wtls_list_pr_11_ba)
The Mission (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A9MGXIG/ref=dv_web_wtls_list_pr_13_ba)
Failan (English Subtitled) (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L8P1VZY/ref=dv_web_wtls_list_pr_15_ba) (Depressing as ****, but excellent)
Doppelganger (English Subtitled) (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013G1GCAQ/ref=dv_web_wtls_list_pr_29_ba)
Soong Sisters (English Subtitled) (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IEU7M22/ref=dv_web_wtls_list_pr_31_ba)
Nameless Gangster (English Subtitled) (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011MFDPWQ/ref=pd_cbs__4)
Black Vengeance (English Subtitled) (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IRX2JN8/ref=pd_cbs__5) (Haven't seen it in AGES, but remember liking it)
My Sassy Girl (English Subtitled) (http://www.amazon.com/My-Sassy-Girl-English-Subtitled/dp/B00DUYF38W/ref=sr_1_235?s=instant-video&rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1453503303&sr=1-235&keywords=asian&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011) (One of the best rom-com's I've ever seen)
Ju-on (http://www.amazon.com/Ju--Okina-Megumi/dp/B000WCGH6W/ref=sr_1_38?s=instant-video&rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1453503857&sr=1-38&keywords=japanese&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011)
Dumplings (English Subtitled) (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009W4D4Y4/ref=pd_cbs__4)
Gojira (English Subtitled) (http://www.amazon.com/Gojira-English-Subtitled-Akira-Takarada/dp/B003MUW7NI/ref=sr_1_115?s=instant-video&rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1453504030&sr=1-115&keywords=japanese&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011)

Heard good things about:

Hwayi: A Monster Boy (English Subtitled) (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VTPO38U/ref=dv_web_wtls_list_pr_17_ba)
Arirang (English Subtitled) (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R9TUD8Y/ref=dv_web_wtls_list_pr_19_ba)
Oasis (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009ELCNJ2/ref=dv_web_wtls_list_pr_14_ba)
The President's Last Bang (English Subtitled) (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SWRSA50/ref=dv_web_wtls_list_pr_21_ba)
Crocodile (English Subtitled) (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SX2FJYE/ref=dv_web_wtls_list_pr_24_ba)
Caterpillar (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BAK5KBS/ref=dv_web_wtls_list_pr_57_ba)
Fight Back To School (English Subtitled) (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HF32E0Y/ref=dv_web_wtls_list_pr_0_ba)
Be With Me (English Subtitled) (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B9MHVGY/ref=dv_web_wtls_list_pr_5_ba)
The Land of Hope (English Subtitled) (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KC11EDO/ref=dv_web_wtls_list_pr_9_ba) (Sion Sono!)
Friend (English Subtitled) (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B9NUR1E/ref=dv_web_wtls_list_pr_11_ba)
Unbowed (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FJID64A/ref=dv_web_wtls_list_pr_12_ba)
3 Seconds Before Explosion (English Subtitled) (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004O26NMO/ref=dv_web_wtls_list_pr_15_ba)
Rough Cut (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B78AF7W/ref=dv_web_wtls_list_pr_25_ba)
Detective Bureau 2-3: Go To Hell Bastards! (English Subtitled) (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004D1AQOM/ref=dv_web_wtls_list_pr_27_ba)
When the Last Sword is Drawn (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B8PZUGU/ref=dv_web_wtls_list_pr_29_ba)
United Red Army (English Subtitled) (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006Y5HBCA/ref=dv_web_wtls_list_pr_30_ba)
Longest Night (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A9MGHFA/ref=pd_cbs__15)
Love in The Buff (English Subtitled) (http://www.amazon.com/Love-English-Subtitled-Miriam-Yeung/dp/B00RJBUHJM/ref=sr_1_60?s=instant-video&rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1453502477&sr=1-60&keywords=asian&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011)
The Bullet Vanishes (English Subtitled) (http://www.amazon.com/Bullet-Vanishes-English-Subtitled/dp/B00O0HBEO0/ref=sr_1_69?s=instant-video&rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1453502646&sr=1-69&keywords=asian&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011)
Time Traveller: Girl Who Leapt Through Time [Subtitled] (http://www.amazon.com/Time-Traveller-Leapt-Through-Subtitled/dp/B00C4FYB18/ref=sr_1_99?s=instant-video&rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1453502961&sr=1-99&keywords=asian&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011)
Welcome to Dongmakgol (English Subtitled) (http://www.amazon.com/Welcome-Dongmakgol-English-Subtitled-Ha-kyun/dp/B00B9D5QJC/ref=sr_1_321?s=instant-video&rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1453503599&sr=1-321&keywords=asian&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011)

There's a ****load of stuff that I'm not familiar with and might need to research, too, but... my WatchList has plenty on it for now.

January 25th, 2016, 01:45 PM

January 25th, 2016, 05:44 PM
StudioCanal to Release Newly Restored Ran on Blu-ray (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=18348)

Not Criterion, but... still gotta have it.

February 1st, 2016, 03:26 PM

Tokyo Tribe is now on Netflix (https://www.netflix.com/title/80018992)

February 1st, 2016, 03:36 PM

Just watched this on Netflix. Pretty entertaining

February 4th, 2016, 05:36 PM
Exploring The Hollow Rewards Of Revenge In Toshiya Fujita's Influential 'Lady Snowblood' Films (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/exploring-the-hollow-rewards-of-revenge-in-toshiya-fujitas-influential-lady-snowblood-films-20160204)

I'll just leave this right here.

February 17th, 2016, 11:55 AM
Main Trailer Now Up For Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid (http://www.filmsmash.com/news/trailers/main-trailer-now-up-for-stephen-chows-the-mermaid/)


February 17th, 2016, 11:58 AM
Trailer Now Up For Noboru Iguchi’s Upcoming Lesbian Themed Devotion to Cinema (Kinema Junjo) (http://www.filmsmash.com/news/trailers/trailer-now-up-for-noboru-iguchis-upcoming-lesbian-themed-kinema-junjo/)

Prepare yourself for a lot of kissing in Noboru Iguchi’s upcoming Devotion to Cinema (Kinema Junjo) which will have it’s world premiere at this years upcoming Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival this month. Noboru Iguchi has brought us such classic films as (The Machine Girl, RoboGeisha, Mutant Girls Squad, Karate-Robo Zaborgar, Tomie Unlimited, Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead, Dead Sushi, and Nuigulumar Z) expect anything in this all girl themed film.

SYNOPSIS – It is a teen lesbian film depicting how a secret shared by highschool girls that belong to a drama club is uncovered, with their appearance at an independent film of a female director.An idol girl group named “No-makes” (meaning no-makeups) especially formed for this film through auditions, starred in this film.

Record breaking number of kisses between girls brought a sensation to viewers. What the girls witnessed after kisses * another masterpiece from Noboru Iguchi, reflecting this director’s aestheticism and lyricism.

So, uh... this is a thing.

February 26th, 2016, 04:23 PM

February 26th, 2016, 04:27 PM
Ran New 4K Restoration Trailer and Blu-ray (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=18568)


April 4th, 2016, 09:56 AM
Official U.S. Trailer for Kill Zone 2 with Tony Jaa and Wu Jing (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=18781)



Hope this is good. :(

April 13th, 2016, 10:24 AM
Watch: Family Comes Together In New U.S. Trailer For Hirokazu Kore-eda's 'Our Little Sister' (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/watch-family-comes-together-in-new-us-trailer-for-hirokazu-kore-edas-our-little-sister-20160412)


April 14th, 2016, 11:21 AM
Cannes First Look: Park Chan-Wook's 'The Handmaiden' (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-first-look-the-dardennes-the-unknown-girl-andrea-arnolds-american-honey-plus-poster-for-park-chan-wooks-the-handmaiden-20160414)


http://cdn.indiewire.psdops.com/dims4/INDIEWIRE/3d007a9/2147483647/thumbnail/680x478/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fdl9fvu4r30qs1.cloudfront.net%2Fb 6%2Fe9%2Fc85637d14d1ca5f139df1e7bd612%2Fcgaou19xia qt8ib.jpg

http://cdn.indiewire.psdops.com/dims4/INDIEWIRE/3928912/2147483647/thumbnail/680x478/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fdl9fvu4r30qs1.cloudfront.net%2F1 7%2F8f%2Fd5c23d3a4a54b4e8c620c508adef%2Fcgaou86xea as2ni.jpg

April 18th, 2016, 04:09 PM
Watch: First International Teaser Trailer For Park Chan-Wook's 'The Handmaiden' (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/watch-first-international-teaser-trailer-for-park-chan-wooks-the-handmaiden-20160415)


April 21st, 2016, 05:00 PM
The Mermaid Blu-ray (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=18900)

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced and detailed its upcoming Blu-ray release of director Stephen Chow's new film The Mermaid (2015), starring Chao Deng, Kitty Zhang Yuqi, Show Luo, Tsui Hark, Kris Wu, and Pierre Bourdaud. The release will be available for purchase on July 5.

June 2nd, 2016, 01:26 PM
Can we please rename this thread All Things: Adgy-san

Wong Kar-Wai Is Directing an 18-Part Online Drama

June 17th, 2016, 07:32 AM
Watch: Family Comes Together In New U.S. Trailer For Hirokazu Kore-eda's 'Our Little Sister' (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/watch-family-comes-together-in-new-us-trailer-for-hirokazu-kore-edas-our-little-sister-20160412)


The Japan Foundation in Los Angeles will be screening this film next Wed, June 22 at 7pm. For free!!

July 29th, 2016, 11:58 AM

Damn Adgy...not since April. Come on back kid! You are missed.

July 29th, 2016, 09:33 PM
Where did Adgy go? http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/images/smilies/shakeshead.gif

I blame Mitchrock. And coconut milk. Always coconut milk.

August 22nd, 2016, 09:23 AM
Where did Adgy go? http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/images/smilies/shakeshead.gif

I blame Mitchrock. And coconut milk. Always coconut milk.

He is alive and well...just a very busy man. Nobody misses him as much as I do, he was the yin to my yang on these pages.

New Artwork for First 88 Asia Blu-ray Releases

September 13th, 2016, 02:17 PM
‘Sadako vs. Kayako’ (The Ring Vs. The Grudge) Review: A Goofy, Ghostly Grudge Match | TIFF 2016

‘The Handmaiden’ Review: Sex, Lies, and Books | TIFF 2016

...an incredibly ambitious work that also tries to tackle identity, nationalism, language, deception, and gender. The Handmaiden is an incredibly rich work of cinema with a lovely score, gorgeous cinematography, and captivating performances from Tae Ri Kim, Jung-woo Ha, and Min-hee Kim. It’s also a movie that would fit in nicely with Park’s trio of revenge pictures, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, and Lady Vengeance.

The Handmaiden is best viewed knowing none of the twists and turns, and it’s a film I imagine will improve on repeat viewings. It’s thoughtful and complex while also being immensely entertaining, funny, dark, and disturbing. It’s the kind of masterful work we’ve come to expect from Park Chan-wook, and while the subtext can be a bit uneven at times with regards to the sex scenes, The Handmaiden still casts an enchanting spell.

Rating: B+

September 28th, 2016, 12:41 AM
‘Godzilla: Resurgence’ Review: The Biggest Monster Is Bureaucracy

March 11th, 2017, 08:45 AM
Haven't seen this thread around in a while, so here is this:


I believe this was shown for one weekend only last year, in order to qualify for oscar consideration. So many people might have missed it. If you get the chance, please check it out.
Bring tissue, as there wasn't a dry eye when it was over.

September 20th, 2017, 02:26 PM
TIFF Journal: ‘Vampire Clay’

Been a while since we knocked the dust offa this one.
shout out to you...Brother-san!!!!!

September 27th, 2017, 09:48 AM
‘Blade of the Immortal’ Review: Takashi Miike’s 100th Film Is Samurai Insanity

November 2nd, 2017, 01:15 PM
‘Blade Of The Immortal’ Shows Takashi Miike Hasn’t Run Out Of Surprises After 100 Movies

March 1st, 2018, 01:44 PM
There’s a Japanese Show About a Samurai and the Adorable Cat He Wouldn’t Assassinate



March 1st, 2018, 05:38 PM
There?s a Japanese Show About a Samurai and the Adorable Cat He Wouldn?t Assassinate



You got me at cat! :coolcat:

December 20th, 2018, 09:47 PM

No wonder Adgy left. He saw the writing on the wall.

March 7th, 2019, 07:15 AM

November 5th, 2019, 08:44 PM
Bong Joon-Ho Does a Reddit AMA, Is an Objective Treasure

June 7th, 2020, 01:58 PM

June 8th, 2020, 03:36 PM

Is that real? I'm soooo in

June 8th, 2020, 05:19 PM
Basically a live-action remake of Kung Fu Panda.