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TJFF 2017 Review: Hime-Anole

7 Jul , 2017  

Hime-Anole’s flips the switch from slice-of-life romantic drama to violent and murderous thriller almost effortlessly and makes it work.

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SFF 2017 Review: Motherland

29 Jun , 2017  

Filmed in the busiest maternity hospital in the world, Motherland is a profoundly humane documentary about Manila’s disadvantaged mothers.

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SFF 2017 Review: Rage

28 Jun , 2017  

Featuring a huge all-star cast of Japanese acting talent, Lee Sang-il’s Rage is more than just a multi-narrative murder mystery.

Features

Interview: Director Bong Joon-ho talks ‘Okja’

27 Jun , 2017  

Brooke Heinz caught up with one of South Korea’s modern masters, director Bong Joon-ho, at Sydney Film Festival where they talked about his new film, Okja.

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SFF 2017 Review: Okja

22 Jun , 2017  

Bong Joon-ho’s (Memories of Murder, Snowpiercer) much buzzed about new film, Okja, is the acclaimed filmmaker’s most ambitious project to date.

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SFF 2017 Review: Mrs K

14 Jun , 2017  

Hong Kong veteran Kara Hui stars in her final action film, Mrs K, a playful and fun fusion of Asian action-thriller and American crime cinema.

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MGFF 2017 Review: One Night and Two Days Trilogy

21 Feb , 2017  

South Korea’s foremost queer filmmaker, Leesong Hee-il, directs the One Night and Two Days Trilogy, premiering in Australia for the first time at MGFF 2017.

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JFF 2016 Review: The Actor

20 Nov , 2016  

Rising female filmmaker, Satoko Yokohama, glimpses into the life of small-time actors in Japanese film and theatre with her slice-of-life film, The Actor.

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Review: Reach for the SKY

6 Oct , 2016  

Reach for the SKY is a Korean-Belgian documentary that examines the cruel reality of South Korea’s highly competitive education system.

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Review: Train to Busan

23 Aug , 2016  

All aboard the South Korean zombie thrill ride, Train to Busan, the live action debut of filmmaker Yeon Sang-ho and the country’s first zombie blockbuster.

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KOFFIA 2016 Review: Fourth Place

15 Aug , 2016  

Jung Ji-woo’s Fourth Place is an indictment of South Korea’s competitive culture which doesn’t just belong in sports but in all young Korean lives.

Features

Feature: The Host and the commentary traditions of ‘kaiju’ cinema

28 Jul , 2016  

More than just a monster movie, Bong Joon-ho’s landmark film, The Host, was a biting commentary on society and a continuation of ‘kaiju’ cinema traditions.