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Review | Honest Candidate film review: limp South Korean political satire sees Ra Mi-ran play a habitual liar cursed to tell the truth

A remake of a Brazilian film, Honest Candidate stars Ra Mi-ran as a politician used to lying who, overnight, becomes a truth teller. Sadly, it pulls its punches.

25 May 2020 - 4:41PM

A remake of a Brazilian film, Honest Candidate stars Ra Mi-ran as a politician used to lying who, overnight, becomes a truth teller. Sadly, it pulls its punches.

Honest Candidate film review: limp South Korean political satire sees Ra Mi-ran play a habitual liar cursed to tell the truth
Review | Bikeman 2 film review: Thai romantic comedy sequel is high on energy, but low on laughs

Thai romantic comedy Bikeman 2 is a silly and hyperactive sequel to the 2018 hit Bikeman that falls painfully short of delivering any legitimate entertainment, despite its theme of the importance of family.

22 May 2020 - 9:58PM

Thai romantic comedy Bikeman 2 is a silly and hyperactive sequel to the 2018 hit Bikeman that falls painfully short of delivering any legitimate entertainment, despite its theme of the importance of family.

Bikeman 2 film review: Thai romantic comedy sequel is high on energy, but low on laughs
Review | It Feels So Good film review: erotic Japanese movie has lots of nudity but is otherwise boring and forgettable

A wannabe tribute to Japan’s ‘roman porno’ films, It Feels So Good is disappointing and dull. Audiences will be bored long before its apocalyptic and navel-gazing finale.

20 May 2020 - 12:39PM

A wannabe tribute to Japan’s ‘roman porno’ films, It Feels So Good is disappointing and dull. Audiences will be bored long before its apocalyptic and navel-gazing finale.

It Feels So Good film review: erotic Japanese movie has lots of nudity but is otherwise boring and forgettable
Review | Tootsies & the Fake film review: LGBT Thai comedy is short on laughs as remake of hit TV show disappoints

Based on the hit Thai TV show Diary of Tootsies, LGBT comedy Tootsies & the Fake is a disappointing outing that’s short on laughs and won’t have fans flocking back to the cinema.

12 May 2020 - 6:22PM

Based on the hit Thai TV show Diary of Tootsies, LGBT comedy Tootsies & the Fake is a disappointing outing that’s short on laughs and won’t have fans flocking back to the cinema.

Tootsies & the Fake film review: LGBT Thai comedy is short on laughs as remake of hit TV show disappoints
Every Ang Lee film ranked: from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – now 20 years old – to Gemini Man, Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi

From Brokeback Mountain’s cowboys in love to Life of Pi’s technical wizardry to the erotic Lust, Caution, we rank all 14 Ang Lee feature films from the past 30 years.

13 May 2020 - 7:35PM

From Brokeback Mountain’s cowboys in love to Life of Pi’s technical wizardry to the erotic Lust, Caution, we rank all 14 Ang Lee feature films from the past 30 years.

Every Ang Lee film ranked: from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – now 20 years old – to Gemini Man, Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi
Review | The Half of It film review: gay Chinese teen romance on Netflix marks belated return of Alice Wu, director of Saving Face

Cyrano de Bergerac gets a new spin in Alice Wu’s film about a Chinese migrant to the US who ghostwrites a slow-witted jock’s love letters to a girl she also has a crush on.

8 May 2020 - 7:10PM

Cyrano de Bergerac gets a new spin in Alice Wu’s film about a Chinese migrant to the US who ghostwrites a slow-witted jock’s love letters to a girl she also has a crush on.

The Half of It film review: gay Chinese teen romance on Netflix marks belated return of Alice Wu, director of Saving Face
Review | Tora-san, Wish You Were Here film review: long-running Japan movie series reaches beautiful conclusion

In Tora-san, Wish You Were Here, the long-running Tora-san Japan movie series reaches a beautiful conclusion, 50 years after Kiyoshi Atsumi’s hapless, wandering salesman first appeared on cinema screens.

6 May 2020 - 4:20PM

In Tora-san, Wish You Were Here, the long-running Tora-san Japan movie series reaches a beautiful conclusion, 50 years after Kiyoshi Atsumi’s hapless, wandering salesman first appeared on cinema screens.

Tora-san, Wish You Were Here film review: long-running Japan movie series reaches beautiful conclusion
Review | Time to Hunt film review: stylish Netflix Korean thriller explores near-future world of violence and machismo

Time to Hunt on Netflix is a stylish South Korean science fiction thriller that explores a futuristic world of violence and machismo that’s let down by a contrived narrative and lack of female characters.

1 May 2020 - 6:43PM

Time to Hunt on Netflix is a stylish South Korean science fiction thriller that explores a futuristic world of violence and machismo that’s let down by a contrived narrative and lack of female characters.

Time to Hunt film review: stylish Netflix Korean thriller explores near-future world of violence and machismo
Review | The Forest of Love film review: carnage and debauchery in Netflix crime epic from Sion Sono

This Japanese film is 150 minutes of mayhem and murder, a sex- and blood-soaked story of teenagers under the influence of a sadistic older con man that, despite its length, manages to appear rushed.

24 Apr 2020 - 8:08PM

This Japanese film is 150 minutes of mayhem and murder, a sex- and blood-soaked story of teenagers under the influence of a sadistic older con man that, despite its length, manages to appear rushed.

The Forest of Love film review: carnage and debauchery in Netflix crime epic from Sion Sono
Review | Tigertail film review: engaging Netflix drama recalls immigrant experience of Taiwanese-American family

Alan Yang, the Emmy Award-winning writer and producer of Master of None and Parks and Recreation, makes an impressive directorial debut in this Netflix drama about the immigrant experience of a struggling Taiwanese-American family.

17 Apr 2020 - 10:01PM

Alan Yang, the Emmy Award-winning writer and producer of Master of None and Parks and Recreation, makes an impressive directorial debut in this Netflix drama about the immigrant experience of a struggling Taiwanese-American family.

Tigertail film review: engaging Netflix drama recalls immigrant experience of Taiwanese-American family
Review | A Sun film review: grief and violence in slow-burn Golden Horse awards winner

Suicides, pregnancies and gangland violence punctuate a two-and-a-half hour examination of unaddressed grief and unspoken expectations in A Sun, an award-winning film by director Chung Mong-hong.

10 Apr 2020 - 7:37PM

Suicides, pregnancies and gangland violence punctuate a two-and-a-half hour examination of unaddressed grief and unspoken expectations in A Sun, an award-winning film by director Chung Mong-hong.

A Sun film review: grief and violence in slow-burn Golden Horse awards winner
Review | Dead Kids film review: Netflix’s first Filipino feature is slickly executed but doesn’t do enough in tackling social issues it raises

A cash-strapped, socially awkward teen is drawn into a plot to kidnap a wealthy classmate that goes very wrong in Dead Kids, Netflix’s first original feature from the Philippines.

10 Apr 2020 - 7:37PM

A cash-strapped, socially awkward teen is drawn into a plot to kidnap a wealthy classmate that goes very wrong in Dead Kids, Netflix’s first original feature from the Philippines.

Dead Kids film review: Netflix’s first Filipino feature is slickly executed but doesn’t do enough in tackling social issues it raises
Beyond Home Alone: 12 films about social distancing, from Robert Pattinson in The Lighthouse to a Roman Polanski chiller

The coronavirus pandemic has left billions in lockdown. Many are turning to films for distraction. These films, from comedy to horror to plain weird, explore the theme of isolation.

26 Mar 2020 - 4:00PM

The coronavirus pandemic has left billions in lockdown. Many are turning to films for distraction. These films, from comedy to horror to plain weird, explore the theme of isolation.

Beyond Home Alone: 12 films about social distancing, from Robert Pattinson in The Lighthouse to a Roman Polanski chiller
Review | Kampai! Sake Sisters film review: Japanese documentary on three women making it in a men’s world

Mirai Konishi’s film shows the progress of Miho Imada, Marie Chiba and Rebekah Wilson-Lye in the sake business but shies away from exploring the industry’s long-standing lack of female representation.

27 Mar 2020 - 8:47PM

Mirai Konishi’s film shows the progress of Miho Imada, Marie Chiba and Rebekah Wilson-Lye in the sake business but shies away from exploring the industry’s long-standing lack of female representation.

Kampai! Sake Sisters film review: Japanese documentary on three women making it in a men’s world
Review | Happy Old Year film review: cold-hearted declutterer sees error of her ways in Thai drama

Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, known to fans as Aokbab, excels as a would-be interior designer who sets out to give the cluttered family home a minimalist remake. Rarely can such a sociopath have kindled so much joy in an audience.

24 Mar 2020 - 6:47AM

Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, known to fans as Aokbab, excels as a would-be interior designer who sets out to give the cluttered family home a minimalist remake. Rarely can such a sociopath have kindled so much joy in an audience.

Happy Old Year film review: cold-hearted declutterer sees error of her ways in Thai drama
Review | Mr. Zoo: The Missing VIP film review – disastrously misjudged comedy featuring talking animals

Korean comedy featuring talking animals completely loses the plot – the panda at the centre of the action is portrayed by an actor in a bear suit.

20 Mar 2020 - 8:17PM

Korean comedy featuring talking animals completely loses the plot – the panda at the centre of the action is portrayed by an actor in a bear suit.

Mr. Zoo: The Missing VIP film review – disastrously misjudged  comedy featuring talking animals
Review | The Gangs, the Oscars, and the Walking Dead film review: frenetic but ill-judged oddball comedy

The Gangs, the Oscars, and the Walking Dead is technically slick, but its plot, about struggling young filmmakers who fall in with drug-dealing gangsters, is preposterous and not even very funny.

17 Mar 2020 - 6:30PM

The Gangs, the Oscars, and the Walking Dead is technically slick, but its plot, about struggling young filmmakers who fall in with drug-dealing gangsters, is preposterous and not even very funny.

The Gangs, the Oscars, and the Walking Dead film review: frenetic but ill-judged oddball comedy
Review | 4x4 film review: like Phone Booth but in an SUV, high-concept thriller is a claustrophobic allegory of Argentina’s social divisions

Story of a thief who finds himself trapped in an SUV and at the mercy of its unseen owner and his remote control is an allegory of social breakdown in Argentina, where it’s set. Peter Lanzani is brilliant as the confined crook.

13 Mar 2020 - 9:34PM

Story of a thief who finds himself trapped in an SUV and at the mercy of its unseen owner and his remote control is an allegory of social breakdown in Argentina, where it’s set. Peter Lanzani is brilliant as the confined crook.

4x4 film review: like Phone Booth but in an SUV, high-concept thriller is a claustrophobic allegory of Argentina’s social divisions
From Contagion to The Flu, 12 great viral outbreak movies that do not involve a zombie apocalypse

The Andromeda Strain, Outbreak, 12 Monkeys, Contagion – these and our other picks share a common theme of disease outbreaks. Steven Soderbergh’s 2010 thriller is the only one to depict a corona-like virus epidemic.

11 Mar 2020 - 7:31PM

The Andromeda Strain, Outbreak, 12 Monkeys, Contagion – these and our other picks share a common theme of disease outbreaks. Steven Soderbergh’s 2010 thriller is the only one to depict a corona-like virus epidemic.

From Contagion to The Flu, 12 great viral outbreak movies that do not involve a zombie apocalypse
Review | The Battle of Jangsari film review: Korean war drama starring Megan Fox is disposable and formulaic

Megan Fox’s war photographer character can’t rescue this formulaic Korean war film. Full of war movie clichés and very little character development, this historical drama fail to engage

10 Mar 2020 - 12:33PM

Megan Fox’s war photographer character can’t rescue this formulaic Korean war film. Full of war movie clichés and very little character development, this historical drama fail to engage

The Battle of Jangsari film review: Korean war drama starring Megan Fox is disposable and formulaic
Review | Impetigore film review: grisly Indonesian horror by Joko Anwar pits modernity against tradition

A young woman returns to the village of her birth, unaware that the natives blame her for a deadly curse placed upon their children. The film gets its pacing all wrong, but Tara Basro excels as the doomed heroine.

6 Mar 2020 - 8:32PM

A young woman returns to the village of her birth, unaware that the natives blame her for a deadly curse placed upon their children. The film gets its pacing all wrong, but Tara Basro excels as the doomed heroine.

Impetigore film review: grisly Indonesian horror by Joko Anwar pits modernity against tradition
Review | The Platform film review: Spanish sci-fi shows trickle-down economics at its most grotesque

A brutalist sci-fi allegory by Spanish director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, The Platform draws some painful conclusions about humanity’s primal nature and willingness to exploit the weak, all done with a brilliantly barbed sense of humour.

3 Mar 2020 - 7:05PM

A brutalist sci-fi allegory by Spanish director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, The Platform draws some painful conclusions about humanity’s primal nature and willingness to exploit the weak, all done with a brilliantly barbed sense of humour.

The Platform film review: Spanish sci-fi shows trickle-down economics at its most grotesque
Review | The Invisible Man film review: Elisabeth Moss shines as abuse victim in effective sci-fi thriller

Elisabeth Moss is superb as an abuse victim in this sci-fi thriller that reinvents H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man, successfully blending science fiction and horror genres while the tension escalates.

28 Feb 2020 - 9:32PM

Elisabeth Moss is superb as an abuse victim in this sci-fi thriller that reinvents H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man, successfully blending science fiction and horror genres while the tension escalates.

The Invisible Man film review: Elisabeth Moss shines as abuse victim in effective sci-fi thriller
Review | We Are Champions film review: Fandy Fan, Berant Zhu play brothers in Taiwanese high-school basketball drama

Fandy Fan and Berant Zhu put in strong performances as brothers in We Are Champions, a Taiwanese high-school basketball drama that proves you do not need to rewrite the rule book to create entertaining cinema.

24 Feb 2020 - 4:06PM

Fandy Fan and Berant Zhu put in strong performances as brothers in We Are Champions, a Taiwanese high-school basketball drama that proves you do not need to rewrite the rule book to create entertaining cinema.

We Are Champions film review: Fandy Fan, Berant Zhu play brothers in Taiwanese high-school basketball drama
Every Guy Ritchie film ranked, from The Gentlemen and Aladdin to Snatch, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

British filmmaker Guy Ritchie, known for his marriage to Madonna, found success with his debut film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. With the release of his new film The Gentlemen, here are his 11 films ranked worst to best.

19 Feb 2020 - 9:11PM

British filmmaker Guy Ritchie, known for his marriage to Madonna, found success with his debut film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. With the release of his new film The Gentlemen, here are his 11 films ranked worst to best.

Every Guy Ritchie film ranked, from The Gentlemen and Aladdin to Snatch, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Review | The Closet film review: Korean horror, starring Ha Jung-woo, is flimsy and implausible and does not live up to the strong start

The Closet’s opening is as good as this film gets, as the talented cast try unsuccessfully to make first-time director Kim Kwang-bin’s debut a spooky affair.

17 Feb 2020 - 4:09PM

The Closet’s opening is as good as this film gets, as the talented cast try unsuccessfully to make first-time director Kim Kwang-bin’s debut a spooky affair.

The Closet film review: Korean horror, starring Ha Jung-woo, is flimsy and implausible and does not live up to the strong start
Review | Secret Zoo film review: Korean comedy’s low-brow laughs will amuse teenagers but nobody else

This Korean comedy’s low-brow laughs will amuse teenagers but nobody else, as its one-note premise revolves around a zoo with no animals, which results in a series of childish gags from characters goofing around in animal costumes.

12 Feb 2020 - 1:35PM

This Korean comedy’s low-brow laughs will amuse teenagers but nobody else, as its one-note premise revolves around a zoo with no animals, which results in a series of childish gags from characters goofing around in animal costumes.

Secret Zoo film review: Korean comedy’s low-brow laughs will amuse teenagers but nobody else
Review | Hit Me Anyone One More Time film review: Japanese comedy from Koki Mitani about an amnesiac PM is full of laughs

What if Japan’s worst ever prime minister lost his memory and became a better person? That’s the premise behind Koki Mitani’s latest big-screen farce, which stars Kiichi Nakai as the hated premier who unwittingly turns over a new leaf.

21 Jan 2020 - 2:17PM

What if Japan’s worst ever prime minister lost his memory and became a better person? That’s the premise behind Koki Mitani’s latest big-screen farce, which stars Kiichi Nakai as the hated premier who unwittingly turns over a new leaf.

Hit Me Anyone One More Time film review: Japanese comedy from Koki Mitani about an amnesiac PM is full of laughs
Adventure films: from Spirited Away to Along with the Gods, 10 of the best from Asia in the 21st century

Baahubali, Spirited Away, Ong-Bak ... there have been many great adventure films made in Asia this century. Here are 10 of the best – films that audiences worldwide have flocked to see.

18 Jan 2020 - 12:24PM

Baahubali, Spirited Away, Ong-Bak ... there have been many great adventure films made in Asia this century. Here are 10 of the best – films that audiences worldwide have flocked to see.

Adventure films: from Spirited Away to Along with the Gods, 10 of the best from Asia in the 21st century
10 of the hottest upcoming films in spring 2020, from James Bond and Black Widow to A Quiet Place Part II

Upcoming Hollywood films this spring include the 25th film outing for James Bond in No Time to Die, the return of Marvel’s Black Widow and Disney’s live-action version of Mulan. Here are 10 of the best.

15 Jan 2020 - 7:40PM

Upcoming Hollywood films this spring include the 25th film outing for James Bond in No Time to Die, the return of Marvel’s Black Widow and Disney’s live-action version of Mulan. Here are 10 of the best.

10 of the hottest upcoming films in spring 2020, from James Bond and Black Widow to A Quiet Place Part II