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Review | Detention film review: Taiwan’s White Terror evoked in adaptation of fantasy horror video game

Gingle Wang Ching and Tseng Jing-hua star in horror film that won best new director and best adapted screenplay prizes at Golden Horse film awards.

2 Dec 2019 - 5:12PM

Gingle Wang Ching and Tseng Jing-hua star in horror film that won best new director and best adapted screenplay prizes at Golden Horse film awards.

Detention film review: Taiwan’s White Terror evoked in adaptation of fantasy horror video game
10 of the best Asian films about weddings, from Monsoon Wedding to Raise the Red Lantern

Weddings combine happiness, sadness, chaos and family dynamics, making them ideal for cinema. Here are 10 of our favourite wedding-themed Asian films, from China, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Korea.

30 Nov 2019 - 5:12PM

Weddings combine happiness, sadness, chaos and family dynamics, making them ideal for cinema. Here are 10 of our favourite wedding-themed Asian films, from China, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Korea.

10 of the best Asian films about weddings, from Monsoon Wedding to Raise the Red Lantern
Ranked: every film by Bill Condon, from Twilight and Beauty and the Beast to The Good Liar

American director’s films have grossed US$3 billion worldwide, and he won an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for Gods and Monsters in 1999.

27 Nov 2019 - 5:44PM

American director’s films have grossed US$3 billion worldwide, and he won an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for Gods and Monsters in 1999.

Ranked: every film by Bill Condon, from Twilight and Beauty and the Beast to The Good Liar
Review | Special Actors film review: One Cut of the Dead director returns with another comedy about oddball performers

Shinichiro Ueda’s second film Special Actors, starring Kazuto Osawa and Hiroki Kono, again focuses on a troupe of oddball performers and their efforts to stage an elaborate performance, but the context couldn’t be more different.

25 Nov 2019 - 5:00PM

Shinichiro Ueda’s second film Special Actors, starring Kazuto Osawa and Hiroki Kono, again focuses on a troupe of oddball performers and their efforts to stage an elaborate performance, but the context couldn’t be more different.

Special Actors film review: One Cut of the Dead director returns with another comedy about oddball performers
11 must-see movies at Macau international film festival, including Judy, The Truth, and Derek Tsang’s hit Better Days

Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland, Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe in a singular horror, Derek Tsang’s hit Better Days and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s first foreign-language film – there’s a lot worth catching at the six-day festival.

20 Nov 2019 - 8:26PM

Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland, Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe in a singular horror, Derek Tsang’s hit Better Days and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s first foreign-language film – there’s a lot worth catching at the six-day festival.

11 must-see movies at Macau international film festival, including Judy, The Truth, and Derek Tsang’s hit Better Days
Review | Stand by Me film review: Mason Lee stars in heart-warming Taiwanese romance drama

Lee – son of two-time Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee – stars as a university student infatuated with his classmate, played by Ivy Shao in film that balances maturity and humour and has plenty of laughs.

6 Nov 2019 - 11:12AM

Lee – son of two-time Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee – stars as a university student infatuated with his classmate, played by Ivy Shao in film that balances maturity and humour and has plenty of laughs.

Stand by Me film review: Mason Lee stars in heart-warming Taiwanese romance drama
Review | Fortuna’s Eye film review: Kasumi Arimura, Ryunosuke Kamiki play star-crossed lovers in fantasy romance weepie

This tale of a young man who knows when people are going to die has great potential. However, as the plot unfolds, it turns out as predictable as it is tedious.

29 Oct 2019 - 5:00PM

This tale of a young man who knows when people are going to die has great potential. However, as the plot unfolds, it turns out as predictable as it is tedious.

Fortuna’s Eye film review: Kasumi Arimura, Ryunosuke Kamiki play star-crossed lovers in fantasy romance weepie
Review | Romang film review: Korean marital drama muses on dementia and resentment

Strong performances from veteran leads Lee Soon-jae and Jung Young-sook help sell this emotional roller coaster, and in its final act Romang has a message that will resonate with older generations from any background.

25 Oct 2019 - 6:00PM

Strong performances from veteran leads Lee Soon-jae and Jung Young-sook help sell this emotional roller coaster, and in its final act Romang has a message that will resonate with older generations from any background.

Romang film review: Korean marital drama muses on dementia and resentment
10 of the best Asian films that challenge gender stereotypes, from My Sassy Girl to Dangal

Michelle Yeoh, Jun Ji-hyun and Fan Bingbing are among the women who star in strong female roles that show women as empowered characters, not merely window dressing.

19 Oct 2019 - 2:00PM

Michelle Yeoh, Jun Ji-hyun and Fan Bingbing are among the women who star in strong female roles that show women as empowered characters, not merely window dressing.

10 of the best Asian films that challenge gender stereotypes, from My Sassy Girl to Dangal
Review | You Shine in the Moonlight film review: Takumi Kitamura, Mei Nagano in tender terminal romance

Takumi Kitamura and Mei Nagano are genuine and likeable in this story of a dying teenager who falls in love with a classmate. Its positive message about never giving up may resonate with audiences in the current climate.

16 Oct 2019 - 11:06AM

Takumi Kitamura and Mei Nagano are genuine and likeable in this story of a dying teenager who falls in love with a classmate. Its positive message about never giving up may resonate with audiences in the current climate.

You Shine in the Moonlight film review: Takumi Kitamura, Mei Nagano in tender terminal romance
Review | My People, My Country film review: jingoistic anthology of communist China’s biggest achievements offers competently made vignettes

The founding of the People’s Republic, China’s atomic bomb, Olympic Games, and its space programme all feature; segment on Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule features Simon Yam, Kara Wai, and Du Jiang as a flag-raising soldier.

1 Oct 2019 - 8:04PM

The founding of the People’s Republic, China’s atomic bomb, Olympic Games, and its space programme all feature; segment on Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule features Simon Yam, Kara Wai, and Du Jiang as a flag-raising soldier.

My People, My Country film review: jingoistic anthology of communist China’s biggest achievements offers competently made vignettes
Review | Knives Out film review: Daniel Craig leads investigation in The Last Jedi director’s star-studded whodunit

A classic in the Agatha Christie mould, Craig plays brilliantly against type in a role that perfectly channels legendary detective Hercule Poirot. The star-studded ensemble cast includes Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Plummer.

1 Oct 2019 - 4:35AM

A classic in the Agatha Christie mould, Craig plays brilliantly against type in a role that perfectly channels legendary detective Hercule Poirot. The star-studded ensemble cast includes Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Plummer.

Knives Out film review: Daniel Craig leads investigation in The Last Jedi director’s star-studded whodunit
Review | Pee Nak film review: Thai horror comedy is a zero-star abomination from beginning to end

Possibly the worst film of 2019, this poorly conceived, badly executed effort is damned by its crude gay stereotypes. The story of a trio of would-be monks who encounter a handsome ghost, it is a car crash from the start.

25 Sep 2019 - 6:05AM

Possibly the worst film of 2019, this poorly conceived, badly executed effort is damned by its crude gay stereotypes. The story of a trio of would-be monks who encounter a handsome ghost, it is a car crash from the start.

Pee Nak film review: Thai horror comedy is a zero-star abomination from beginning to end
Review | Sadako film review: Hideo Nakata gives J-horror classic Ring a reboot for the digital age, and it’s a noble effort

Japanese director tries to recapture Ring’s creeping sense of threat by tapping into the popularity of supernatural online reality shows. It channels the chills of the original to a degree, and may yet help get this franchise back to its terrifying best.

24 Sep 2019 - 6:00PM

Japanese director tries to recapture Ring’s creeping sense of threat by tapping into the popularity of supernatural online reality shows. It channels the chills of the original to a degree, and may yet help get this franchise back to its terrifying best.

Sadako film review: Hideo Nakata gives J-horror classic Ring a reboot for the digital age, and it’s a noble effort
Review | Jojo Rabbit film review: Taika Waititi’s Nazi comedy is hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking

New Zealander Taika Waititi channels Charlie Chaplin and Mel Brooks with story of a struggling Hitler Youth trainee and his imaginary best friend Adolf Hitler. It’s the most irreverent anti-war satire in years.

23 Sep 2019 - 12:19PM

New Zealander Taika Waititi channels Charlie Chaplin and Mel Brooks with story of a struggling Hitler Youth trainee and his imaginary best friend Adolf Hitler. It’s the most irreverent anti-war satire in years.

Jojo Rabbit film review: Taika Waititi’s Nazi comedy is hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking
Review | Ossan’s Love: Love or Dead film review – Japanese gay office comedy piggybacks on success of TV series

The story of the homosexual awakening of a thirty-something estate agent, the film is rough going for anyone unfamiliar with TV series Ossan’s Love; for those already bewitched, this big-screen bonus is a hoot.

10 Sep 2019 - 1:00PM

The story of the homosexual awakening of a thirty-something estate agent, the film is rough going for anyone unfamiliar with TV series Ossan’s Love; for those already bewitched, this big-screen bonus is a hoot.

Ossan’s Love: Love or Dead film review – Japanese gay office comedy piggybacks on success of TV series
Review | Anna film review: Luc Besson revisits Nikita formula in sexy action thriller

The once-great pioneer of France’s ‘Cinéma du look’ can still do eye-catching action with a dash of European glamour, this time starring model Sasha Luss, and with a flamboyant performance from Helen Mirren.

3 Sep 2019 - 7:00PM

The once-great pioneer of France’s ‘Cinéma du look’ can still do eye-catching action with a dash of European glamour, this time starring model Sasha Luss, and with a flamboyant performance from Helen Mirren.

Anna film review: Luc Besson revisits Nikita formula in sexy action thriller
Review | Exit film review: Cho Jung-seok, Yoona in skyscraper-set action comedy

This tale about a gas attack in Seoul defies logic, and the action takes a back seat to the comedy. Director Lee Sang-geun tries for a laugh at every turn, which destroys any sense of danger.

3 Sep 2019 - 12:19PM

This tale about a gas attack in Seoul defies logic, and the action takes a back seat to the comedy. Director Lee Sang-geun tries for a laugh at every turn, which destroys any sense of danger.

Exit film review: Cho Jung-seok, Yoona in skyscraper-set action comedy
2019 autumn films preview: from Joker to new Terminator, Frozen and Maleficent movies – 12 Hollywood must-sees

Autumn means awards season, with major studios jostling to make the biggest splash, while Halloween signals the start of horror season. Other blockbusters to look out for include Brad Pitt sci-fi Ad Astra and a Charlie’s Angels reboot.

28 Aug 2019 - 8:00PM

Autumn means awards season, with major studios jostling to make the biggest splash, while Halloween signals the start of horror season. Other blockbusters to look out for include Brad Pitt sci-fi Ad Astra and a Charlie’s Angels reboot.

2019 autumn films preview: from Joker to new Terminator, Frozen and Maleficent movies – 12 Hollywood must-sees
Review | The Dude in Me film review: Jung Jin-young, Park Sung-woong in entertaining body-swap comedy

Stuffed with action, romance, humour and heart, The Dude in Me is one of the better Korean comedies in recent memory, gently poking fun at outdated societal models that could well use a fresh perspective of their own.

26 Aug 2019 - 5:13PM

Stuffed with action, romance, humour and heart, The Dude in Me is one of the better Korean comedies in recent memory, gently poking fun at outdated societal models that could well use a fresh perspective of their own.

The Dude in Me film review: Jung Jin-young, Park Sung-woong in entertaining body-swap comedy
Review | Angel Has Fallen film review: Gerard Butler is back as tables turn in series’ third instalment

After Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen, Gerard Butler’s world-weary secret service agent is back to foil another villainous plot in a film that is unlikely to disappoint its target audience.

23 Aug 2019 - 4:55AM

After Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen, Gerard Butler’s world-weary secret service agent is back to foil another villainous plot in a film that is unlikely to disappoint its target audience.

Angel Has Fallen film review: Gerard Butler is back as tables turn in series’ third instalment
From Mr Six to Tokyo Story – the best Asian films about growing up and getting old

Cinema is filled with stories about journeys, and none more so than the long, slow march towards death that each of us must travel. Ageing and mortality are inevitable facts of life, and, as such, have inspired many wonderful films.

20 Aug 2019 - 6:22PM

Cinema is filled with stories about journeys, and none more so than the long, slow march towards death that each of us must travel. Ageing and mortality are inevitable facts of life, and, as such, have inspired many wonderful films.

From Mr Six to Tokyo Story – the best Asian films about growing up and getting old
Review | A Rainy Day in New York film review: Woody Allen’s dated shtick should have stayed buried

Comedy of romantic misadventures starring Timothée Chalamet and Elle Fanning and set in New York is full of classic Allen tropes. Yet director’s understanding of romance is woefully out of date, and the film is stilted and phoney.

17 Aug 2019 - 3:37AM

Comedy of romantic misadventures starring Timothée Chalamet and Elle Fanning and set in New York is full of classic Allen tropes. Yet director’s understanding of romance is woefully out of date, and the film is stilted and phoney.

A Rainy Day in New York film review: Woody Allen’s dated shtick should have stayed buried
Review | The Divine Fury film review: The Exorcist meets mixed martial arts in limp Korean thriller

Kim Joo-hwan follows the excellent Midnight Runners with a flop. This supernatural thriller about a God-hating mixed martial arts fighter teaming up with an exorcist is a sluggish, pedestrian genre mishmash.

14 Aug 2019 - 5:00PM

Kim Joo-hwan follows the excellent Midnight Runners with a flop. This supernatural thriller about a God-hating mixed martial arts fighter teaming up with an exorcist is a sluggish, pedestrian genre mishmash.

The Divine Fury film review: The Exorcist meets mixed martial arts in limp Korean thriller
Review | The Third Wife film review: Vietnamese teen bride discovers sex and finds her place in sensual drama

This story of a teenager becoming a landowner’s third bride in 19th century rural Vietnam is told with elegance and grace. Newcomer Nguyen Phuong Tra My is entrancing in the title role, ably supported by Mai Thu Huong Maya as the second wife.

14 Aug 2019 - 11:15AM

This story of a teenager becoming a landowner’s third bride in 19th century rural Vietnam is told with elegance and grace. Newcomer Nguyen Phuong Tra My is entrancing in the title role, ably supported by Mai Thu Huong Maya as the second wife.

The Third Wife film review: Vietnamese teen bride discovers sex and finds her place in sensual drama
Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival 2019: 10 best films, from Woody Allen romcom to Maradona documentary

A Woody Allen romcom, an Almodovar retrospective, a Maradona documentary and Jim Jarmusch’s take on the zombie genre are among a slew of new releases and restored classics. Don’t miss Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.

12 Aug 2019 - 5:49PM

A Woody Allen romcom, an Almodovar retrospective, a Maradona documentary and Jim Jarmusch’s take on the zombie genre are among a slew of new releases and restored classics. Don’t miss Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.

Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival 2019: 10 best films, from Woody Allen romcom to Maradona documentary
Review | The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale film review – dead funny South Korean ensemble comedy

South Korean horror comedy about a zombie with restorative powers, a victim who decides to cash in, and his daughter who falls for the undead hunk offers plenty of laughs, even if sticklers for zombie lore may object.

6 Aug 2019 - 10:56PM

South Korean horror comedy about a zombie with restorative powers, a victim who decides to cash in, and his daughter who falls for the undead hunk offers plenty of laughs, even if sticklers for zombie lore may object.

The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale film review – dead funny South Korean ensemble comedy
Review | Weathering With You film review: Makoto Shinkai follows up Your Name with another fantasy youth romance

Shinkai’s tale of young love looks amazing, with photorealistic scenery and splashes of light and colour. The plot, however, is let down by loose threads and the lack of a clear vision

6 Aug 2019 - 12:19PM

Shinkai’s tale of young love looks amazing, with photorealistic scenery and splashes of light and colour. The plot, however, is let down by loose threads and the lack of a clear vision

Weathering With You film review: Makoto Shinkai follows up Your Name with another fantasy youth romance
Review | Yuli film review: like a Cuban Billy Elliott, Carlos Acosta biopic recalls the ballet dancer’s struggles and successes

Director anchors Yuli with the overbearing, combative relationship between a young Acosta and his father, Pedro, and the film breezes past some pivotal events in dancer’s life. Havana’s intoxicating energy is beautifully captured.

31 Jul 2019 - 2:45PM

Director anchors Yuli with the overbearing, combative relationship between a young Acosta and his father, Pedro, and the film breezes past some pivotal events in dancer’s life. Havana’s intoxicating energy is beautifully captured.

Yuli film review: like a Cuban Billy Elliott, Carlos Acosta biopic recalls the ballet dancer’s struggles and successes
Review | The Confidence Man JP film review: Hong Kong-set Japanese TV series spin-off is an enjoyable caper

Story of high-stakes con artists who travel to Hong Kong to steal a diamond from a triad boss is light, humorous and gets better as the action gets complicated. However, it does not make the most of the setting, with no local actors used.

24 Jul 2019 - 11:00AM

Story of high-stakes con artists who travel to Hong Kong to steal a diamond from a triad boss is light, humorous and gets better as the action gets complicated. However, it does not make the most of the setting, with no local actors used.

The Confidence Man JP film review: Hong Kong-set Japanese TV series spin-off is an enjoyable caper