This week in cinemas: ‘Canopy’ (Australia/Singapore)

Canopy (Australian poster)

Australian/Singaporean co-production Canopy opened here in Australia yesterday, April 24.

Almost a decade in the making for writer-director Aaron Wilson and producer Katrina Fleming, it follows the story of an Australian fighter pilot (Khan Chittenden) shot down over Singapore in 1942, his struggle to survive and his bond with resistance fighter Seng (Mo Tzu-Yi). You can read Yee-Yin’s review for a more detailed take on the film.

Here’s the trailer:

Screening details are available at the film’s official site; … (read more)

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Interview: Director Arvin Chen on ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?’

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

Ed: Yee-Yin saw Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (read her review first!) at the 2013 Stockholm International Film Festival, and she interviewed the film’s director, Arvin Chen, on November 10, 2013.

Yee-Yin: First of all, I just want to say ‘congratulations’! This film was such an unexpected gem!

Arvin Chen: Thank you, I’m glad you liked it.

YY: I did! So, has this film been released in Taiwan yet?

AC: Yes, it was released in the Spring (of 2013); … (read more)

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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (2013)

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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

If you enjoyed the award-winning debut feature of writer/director Arvin Chen’s Au Revoir Taipei from a couple of years back, then chances are you will like his second feature length venture from last year, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? The same quirky, rom-com qualities are reused here somewhat, but his growth as a director is noticeable as he continues to experiment with new elements in this latest film. Accompanied by a beautiful musical score by Wen Hsu (the same … (read more)

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Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie (2012)

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One of the questions that apparently many Japanese are asked – at least if you go by the awesome pre-recorded Q&A session that ran before the Gold Coast Film Festival’s screening of Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie and featured the voice actors for both Naruto (Junko Takeuchi) and Kakashi (Kazuhiko Inoue) – is why do foreigners like anime?

It’s an interesting question, in fact. Why do we like anime (well, those of us who are fans at least)? The … (read more)

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This week in cinemas: ‘That Demon Within’ (Hong Kong)

That Demon Within

This week in Aussie cinemas we have the latest thriller from Hong Kong director Dante Lam (last year’s Unbeatable, The Viral Factor, Beast Cops).

It’s a psychologically fraught cop-vs-criminal number starring Daniel Wu and Nick Cheung — who’s just won best actor at the HK Film Awards for his role in Unbeatable, incidentally. This review from Maggie Lee at Variety suggests that it’s director Lam’s darkest work yet, which is definitely quite a call. (You don’t … (read more)

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Unforgiven (2013)

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It’s nice to see some turn about being fair play in Lee Sang Il’s Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood’s 1992 cowboy eulogy, The Unforgiven, and in some historical sense it is in fact satisfyingly apt. The samurai period film and the American western have a long history of inter-relatedness, both thematically and as a matter of record. In 1954, inspired by the early films of American western directors like Howard Hawks and John Ford, Akira Kurosawa made what is … (read more)

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Canopy (2013)

Canopy (Australian poster)

With its Australian premiere this week at the Gold Coast Film Festival, Canopy is an Australian-Singaporean co-production that was a passion project eight years in the making for director Aaron Wilson and producer Katrina Fleming.

Set during the days of the Battle of Singapore in 1942, the film opens with the plane of WWII RAAF pilot Jim (Khan Chittenden) being shot down over the island. He parachutes out to safety, only to find himself in the thick of a … (read more)

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The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)

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The Raid 2 (Australian Poster)

Three years ago, director Gareth Evans’ second film, The Raid arrived in Aussie cinemas with a bang. It’s the first Indonesian film I can remember ever getting a wide release here (and in North America, where it was first retitled The Raid: Redemption and given a soundtrack workover), and it won a great deal of attention from critics and dyed-in-the-wool action cinema fans. Evans had managed to craft a taut, focused genre film fusing well-trodden Hollywood tropes with the harder … (read more)

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