The Villainess

Right, officially 2017 has been my worst year for writing since I started this blog back in the blogger.com days. There have been some extenuating circumstances, and the podcasting I think does make up for it a little, but when I realised I put the shell of this review together some 24 days ago, it…

Asian Cinema Film Club #9 – Ajeossi/The Man From Nowhere

9 episodes in.. and we are still going. We finally get to look at a Korean film, and Elwood chose the Won Bin vehicle, “The Man From Nowhere”, a film I was interested to revisit after being nonplussed by it way back when. We also have a natter about some fun Asian Cinema finds on…

Love Off the Cuff

It’s been a stupidly long time since I last posted some original content here. I feel I have been delivering you all content via Easternkicks.com and the Podcast, but the lack of reviews here is something I seriously need to address. Hopefully I’ll end the year with an outpouring of reviews! Anyway, whilst it has…

Asian Cinema Film Club #8 – Halloween Draft

It’s Halloween so Elwood and I thought what better way to celebrate than sharing our favorite Asian Horror movies as we pit our selections against the queen of the grotesque Zoe (Zobo With A Shotgun)!! We also look at the origin of the long haired ghosts, differences between Asian and Western horror and genre hopping…

Joko Anwar interview: “I think it is best to be your own worst critic”

A few months ago I was lucky enough to interview Joko Anwar, who I think is one of the most important Indonesian directors working today. And even though I was pretty uncomplimentary about his HBO Asia TV show “Halfworlds”, he was charming and generous. Go over to Easternkicks to see what we chatted about!

The Saga of Anatahan

It’s been a while, but I have a new review up at Easternkicks.com! And this one is a real curates egg of a movie – come find out what happens when the man who turned Marlene Dietrich into a global phenomenon decides to make a film in Japan! It’s time to hear all about Josef…

AC Film Club – Exte

The fifth episode of the AC Film Club Podcast is up now for those of you that fancy listening to me and Elwood talking for an hour. It was my choice this month, so I decided to get over excited about Tsui Hark’s “Peking Opera Blues”.

AC Film Club – Death Note

The fifth episode of the AC Film Club Podcast is up now for those of you that fancy listening to me and Elwood talking for an hour. It was my choice this month, so I decided to get over excited about Tsui Hark’s “Peking Opera Blues”.

AC Film Club – Peking Opera Blues

The fifth episode of the AC Film Club Podcast is up now for those of you that fancy listening to me and Elwood talking for an hour. It was my choice this month, so I decided to get over excited about Tsui Hark’s “Peking Opera Blues”.

AC Film Club – Chungking Express

The third episode of the AC Film Club Podcast is up now for those of you that fancy listening to me and Elwood talking for an hour. It was my choice this month, so I took us to Thailand, to talk about a movie that I never got to review here. Wisit Sasanatieng’s “Tears of the Black Tiger” is a fun psychodelic romp that mixes up a forgotten style of Thai Melodrama with a Western…erm Western.

The Mole Song: Hong Kong Capriccio

So my work over at EasternKicks continues, this time looking at Takashi Miike’s follow-up to the hugely enjoyable ‘The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji‘. This is one of those rare beasts – a sequel that is possibly even more enjoyable that its progenitor! Go check it out!

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

More Easternkicks content.. this time I look at Steve “Hoop Dreams” James’ interesting documentary about the small Bank that seemed to take the fall for the sub-prime mortgage crisis in the USA. It’s not technically Asian cinema, but it’s very much about transplanted Chinese culture.