While not as stylistically apparent as Kim Jee-woon’s The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008), Kundo: Age of the Rampant by Yoon Jong-bin is the second highest budget South Korean film, made by using western conventions. The film’s plot is firmly embedded in the late Joseon period and deals with a gang of thieves called […]

No one has ever imagined that the world would come to a stand when the coronavirus emerged in 2019. Billions of lives have drastically changed, nevertheless, the human spirit – even in the hardest times – stayed strong. Outside of an ordinary existence, the world of entertainment was also badly affected, with no concerts or […]

The Fantasia International Film Festival is proud to announce the first wave of programming for its upcoming 25th edition, set again to take place as a virtual event accessible to audiences across Canada. The festival will run from August 5 – 25, 2021 and will include scheduled screenings and premieres, panels, and workshops, with films […]

Among Asian film festivals that take place in Europe, the Udine Far East Film Festival is the cherry on the cake. Often filled with a superb film programme and unforgettable guests, the festival was defeated by the pandemic last year. Although it took place online, there were still great films to choose from, not many […]

The year is 2092. All of the forests on Earth have vanished and the planet is overrun with sprawling deserts and an acidic soil which causes plants to perish. An organisation titled UTS Corporation have stepped in to offer individuals refuge aboard their luxurious spaceship – that is, if you can afford it. UTS is […]

The London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) celebrates its fifth edition in 2020. In keeping with the times, LEAFF presents a unique approach to the festival’s programme between 10th and 13th December. LEAFF 2020 opens with the gripping Korean box office hit, BEASTS CLAWING AT STRAWS, directed by Kim Yong-hoon which was awarded the Special Jury […]

The Asian Film Awards Academy (“AFAA”) announced the winners of the 14th Asian Film Awards (“AFA14”) on the 28th of October. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the awards presentation was broadcasted online on AFAA’s website and YouTube channel and Busan’s Asian Contents & Film Market website. Photo of Lee Byung-hun © Courtesy of Asian Film Awards […]

On October 25th (Sun), the Asian Contents & Film Market announced the winners of the 2nd Asia Contents Awards online.   The Asia Contents Awards recognizes outstanding TV and OTT dramas across Asia. 10 Awards categories are: Best Creative, Best Asian Drama, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Writer, Newcomer, Technical Achievement Award, Best Rising Star, […]

The 25th Busan International Film Festival, which opened on October 21st (Wed), screens its selections School Town King (Thailand) and Sister Sister (Vietnam) simultaneously in Busan and the local countries. It also has a special event where audiences in both countries can converse together through the online GV (Guest Visit). The Busan International Film Festival creates a new type […]

The film industry worldwide was heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many international film festivals are canceled, and most films have halted their productions. Even films already finished are struggling to find screening opportunities. With the Busan International Film Festival, renowned Asian directors and actors have stepped up as Asian Film Ambassadors and sent messages […]