Features

Feature: ‘Our Times’ and why fun commercial films by women are necessary

7 Mar , 2016  

The success of Taiwanese high school film, Our Times, makes a strong case as to why we need more light and fun commercial films by women.

Features

Feature: Why an Oscar win is important for ‘When Marnie Was There’

18 Feb , 2016  

If When Marnie Was There is to be Studio Ghibli’s final film, we look at why its potential win at the Oscars could be an important one.

Reviews

Review: Twenty

1 Oct , 2015  

South Korean coming-of-age comedy Twenty features Korean stars Kim Woo-bin, Kang Ha-neul and 2PM’s Junho and tackles the growing pains of young adults.

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KOFFIA 2015 Review: Han Gong-ju

9 Sep , 2015  

Featuring a haunting lead performance from Chun Woo-hee, indie Korean drama Han Gong-ju is essential viewing and heralds the arrival of director Lee Su-jin.

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MIFF 2015 Review: Our Little Sister

24 Aug , 2015  

Japanese auteur Hirokazu Koreeda explores the dynamics of family and sisterhood in his quietly delicate feature, Our Little Sister.

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MIFF 2015 Review: The Assassin

19 Aug , 2015  

After an eight year absence from filmmaking, Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien returns with a supremely lavish take on the wuxia genre in The Assassin.

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MIFF 2015 Review: Mountains May Depart

16 Aug , 2015  

Jia Zhangke’s, Mountains May Depart, is a multi-generational epic and an allegorical tale of capitalism in China and the future it brings to the country.

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SFF 2015 Review: Dearest

7 Jun , 2015  

Director Peter Chan returns to cinema screens with Dearest, a Chinese-language drama that takes aim at child abduction in China and its ugly ramifications.

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Review: When Marnie Was There

5 May , 2015  

Quite possibly the final film from Studio Ghibli, When Marnie Was There is a touching tale of female friendship between two lonely young girls.

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Review: A Hard Day

31 Mar , 2015  

A hit-and-run accident is only the start of Ko Gung-sun’s problems as a string of unfortunate events set him up for a wild ride in South Korea’s A Hard Day.

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Review: Gangnam Blues

10 Feb , 2015  

Korean filmmaker Yoo Ha (A Dirty Carnival) returns to the gangster genre with violent period crime epic, Gangnam Blues, starring Lee Min-ho.

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Review: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

21 Jan , 2015  

Based on a 10th century Japanese fable, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is one of Studio Ghibli’s final films and is a ravishingly artistic marvel.