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Sydney Film Festival Review: A Quiet Dream (Korea, 2016) wakes up an invisible side of Seoul

June 21, 2017

Placing itself somewhere between the genres of mumblecore and slice of life, A Quiet Dream directed by Zhang Lu, is an almost observational look into the invisible world of lower class Seoul.... Continue Reading

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

April 10, 2017

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

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

November 25, 2016

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

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

November 12, 2016

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

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

October 31, 2016

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

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Japanese Film Festival announces 2016 dates and program highlights

August 29, 2016

The 20th Japanese Film Festival will return nationwide later this year, showcasing the latest in Japanese film, alongside a Classics program in Sydney.... Continue Reading

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

July 12, 2016

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

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Madman presents their Anime Festival 2016 in Melbourne!

March 24, 2016

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

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We caught up with Attack on Titan voice actor Trina Nishimura to talk past roles and tales from the recording booth

March 19, 2016

From beginnings as Namiko in Desert Punk to her much anticipated appearance as Mikasa Ackerman in Attack on Titan, Trina Nishimura’s agile voice has brought her critical acclaim.... Continue Reading

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

February 18, 2016

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

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