Review: Tokyo Idols

10 Nov , 2017  

Kyoko Miyake’s award-winning documentary, Tokyo Idols, offers unique insight into Japan’s pop idol culture and critiques its many problems.


Reel Asian 2017 Review: Bad Genius

1 Nov , 2017  

The high-octaine thrills of a heist caper mixed into a high school setting results in one of the most fun films of the year. This is Thailand’s Bad Genius.


Review: Claire’s Camera

10 Oct , 2017  

Kim Min-hee and Isabelle Huppert team up for Hong Sang-soo’s Claire’s Camera, a film that once more ruminates on familiar themes from the Korean auteur.


Sundance 2017 Review: Free and Easy

23 Jan , 2017  

Geng Jun’s casts a satirical eye over the daily struggles of dealing with reality in Hong Kong & Chinese tragicomedy, Free and Easy.


Review: Behemoth

3 Nov , 2016  

Visually striking Chinese documentary Behemoth is an artistic critique of China’s industrial consumption of energy, resources and people.


MIFF 2015 Review: Hill of Freedom

5 Aug , 2015  

More soju and unrequited love abound in Hong Sang-soo’s Hill of Freedom which sees a Japanese teacher arrive in Korea in search of an old flame.


Interview: Director Jin Mo-young talks My Love, Don’t Cross That River

29 Jul , 2015  

Hayley Inch chats with Korean director Jin Mo-young who reveals the secret to undying love in his gorgeous documentary My Love, Don’t Cross That River.


Review: Ai Weiwei – The Fake Case

22 Jun , 2015  

An unofficial sequel to one of 2012’s best documentaries, Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case sees the renowned Chinese artist fight China’s bogus charges on him.


Review: Giovanni’s Island

4 Jun , 2015  

Japanese animated film, Giovanni’s Island, follows two young boys forced to leave their home after Russain soldiers storm their fishing village in WW2.


Review: Coming Home

11 Mar , 2015  

One of China’s greatest filmmakers, Zhang Yimou’s continues his cinematic relationship with actress Gong Li in romantic melodrama, Coming Home.


Review: The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

30 Dec , 2014  

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness is a documentary that charts the creative process behind Studio Ghibli’s masters, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.


JFF 2014 Review: Kiki’s Delivery Service

26 Nov , 2014  

With the spectre of the Studio Ghibli classic looming large, can the new live-action adaptation of Kiki’s Delivery Service stand on its own? We find out.