Category Archives: Hello Asia!

Film Review: A Silent Voice (Japan, 2017) is an authentic and delicate coming-of-age story

Naoko Yamada’s A Silent Voice is an authentic and delicate coming-of-age story exploring a tale of romance and redemption. The animation is based on the manga series of the same name from 2013-2014 by Yoshitoki Ōima. A Silent Voice provides a fruitful outlook on the future of Japanese anime, and its success in western markets, particularly with the end of the legendary Studio Ghibli (See My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Monoke, Spirited Way) nearing.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) (Japan, 2016) will leave you spellbound

The Japanese Anime genre has a long history of producing masterpieces. Makoto Shinkai‘s Your Name is no exception. Ahead of its release in Australia, the film has enjoyed rave reviews around the world – and deservedly so. The film centres on Mitsuha (Mone Kamishiraishi) and Taki (Ryunosuke Kamiki), two people with nothing in common except a connection through their dreams. Cutting a long story short, a bizarre twist of fate brings them together so they can save each other.... Continue Reading

Win a copy of HBO Asia’s Halfworlds Complete First Season on DVD

In the bustling streets and back alleys of Jakarta, a parallel world of bloodthirsty creatures from Indonesian mythology has lived alongside humans for generations. Taking on the appearance of humans themselves, the true identity of these “Demit” has been carefully concealed for centuries by a powerful family of mortals. ... Continue Reading

Film Review: The Age of Shadows (MA15+) (South Korea, 2016) is a brilliant, gripping, must-see experience

South Korean Director Jee-woon Kim’s film credits comprise an impressive catalogue of thrilling action films. His balls to the wall 2005 film A Bittersweet Life is still one of my favourite action movies; he’s payed homage to Sergio Leonne with The Good, The Bad, The Weird and in 2013 he teamed with Arnold Schwarzenegger for his Hollywood debut The Last Stand. Now he’s back in his home land, joined by some familiar faces for a 1920’s spy thriller.... Continue Reading

Korean actor Lee Byung Hun talks about his role in the upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven

Korean actor Lee Byung Hun is one of Asia’s most accomplished film stars. On July 5, he was honored at the New York Asian Film Festival for his portrayal of a gritty gangster for Inside Men. We sat down with Lee Byung Hun to discuss his selection criteria for new roles, including his highly anticipated Hollywood flick, The Magnificent Seven.... Continue Reading

Madman presents their Anime Festival 2016 in Melbourne!

This year, Madman will showcase their Madman Anime Festival for two days, celebrating anime and Japanese Culture at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The festival has been organised by Madman Entertainment and AnimeLab.... Continue Reading

Donnie Yen joins the cast of xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

It was announced on Tuesday that international martial arts star, Donnie Yen will be joining the cast for xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. Yen will be playing an alpha-warrior character named Xiang in this hotly anticipated sequel, with shooting to begin in Toronto and the Dominican Republic this month for Revolution Studios Roth Kirschenbaum Films, One Race Films and Paramount Pictures.... Continue Reading

Sydney Underground Film Festival: One on One (South Korea, 2015)

Oh you like Korean cinema? Me too! You like violent Korean cinema? Yes please, me too! Have you seen any of Kim Ki-Duk‘s films? Me neither. When I read that he had directed 20 features and had received the Cannes Lion a couple of years back, I felt like I might be missing out on something good. Some of my favourite films from Korea have already been adapted so they’re hardly the avant garde. I was hoping for the new new thing, or an old new thing that I missed when it was a new new thing. It was great to pick this one out of the program guide not knowing anything about it. Thank you SUFF – the pleasure I got flicking through the program gave me those feels that I once got in comic book shops and record stores. Continue reading Sydney Underground Film Festival: One on One (South Korea, 2015)