Satan’s Slaves

Over a year ago I was lucky enough to chat to Joko Anwar for easternKicks, and he was talking enthusiastically about just finishing up his latest film, a remake of the first film he ever saw, “Pengabdi Setan”, a mostly forgotten Indonesian horror film that holds the distinction of being probably one of the few…

One Cut of the Dead

Everyone over easternKicks.com have been talking about this one for a while, and let’s face it, a comedy Zombie film is always going to get interest from me. What I wasn’t expecting was an outrageously brilliant micro-budget Japanese comedy that has a scope and execution that belies the financial resources behind it. And there is…

Daughter of the Nile

I am a big fan of Taiwanese New Wave Cinema, but I have to admit I have a bit of a blind spot when it comes to one major director of this school – Hou Hsiao-hsien. I may well have adored “The Assassin”, but his significant back catalogue has been something I have failed to…

Origin Story

Another review over at easternKicks.com! This time it’s actually an American film, a documentary about comedian Kulap Vilaysack’s journey to her Laotian roots in “Origin Story”. There is probably going to be a glut of posts in the next couple weeks, as I desperately try to get through the shortlist for easternKicks’ film of the…

Go-Go Sisters

Over at easternKicks, I take a look at rather fabulous remake of the already fabulous South Korean movie “Sunny”. Go check out my review of “Go-Go Sisters” here. It might be my film of the year!

Asian Cinema Film Club #21 – The Night Comes For Us

This episode Elwood and I look at the Netflix release of Timo Tjahjanto’s “The Night Comes For Us”, starring a lot of “The Raid” alumni. But which of us likes this showreel of violence more? We also ponder the question of what happened to Thai action cinema, and I tell the story of Just Who Murdered…

The Human Goddess

88 Films, and more specifically their 88 Asia Collection is a funny old label. They tend to specialise in a quite random and esoteric collection, quite often from the deeper reaches of the Shaw Bros. catalogue. They tend to be light on extra features, but generally nice packages with lovely restored HD pictures on Blu-Ray….

Dangan Runner

I talk a lot about Takeshi Miike and Sion Sono both here and with Elwood on the Podcast, but there are other significant ‘cult’ Japanese directors with significant CVs worth exploring. One of these is SABU, the nom de plume of actor/director Hiroyuki Tanaka, who I am ashamed to say I have seen very little…

Minbo: the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion

So whilst investigating potential subjects for my Dark Tales segment over on the podcast, I stumbled over the story of Jûzô Itami, the director of the wonderful “Tampopo”. Now without giving too many spoilers, Itami lost his life potentially in large part due to this movie. So I had to check it out. ..And I…

Cinema Recall Podcast: Movies We Hate That Everyone Loves

So a few weeks ago you heard about Films us thatmomentin-ers loved that everyone else hates. This time, Vern hosts the opposite discussion with Zoe and myself. You can find the results on the main site, or go directly to podomatic, and pretty much anywhere else podcasts are set free!