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Studio Ghibli films on Blu-ray

For years to come, Studio Ghibli fans will no doubt remember 2013 fondly as a year that has brought two new releases from the great animation studio: Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises and Isao Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya. The last time this happened was 25 years ago when Miyazaki’s My Neighbour Totoro and Takahata’s Graves of the Fireflies were simultaneously released in Japanese theaters. So there is really no better time than now to revisit some of … (read more)

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Ace Attorney (2012)

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Regular visitors to our website would know that we just love Takashi Miike. And why wouldn’t you? From his early crazy films like Ichi the Killer and Gozu, to commercial films like Crows Zero and Ninja Kids!!!, to the more recent critically acclaimed films like 13 Assassins and Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, he has just proven himself to be one of the most prolific, imaginative and skillful directors working in the world today. Just how many … (read more)

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HKIFF 2011 News and Reviews

Our loyal readers would know that we love blogging about the Hong Kong International Film Festival, and we did so in 200204, 05, 06 and 08. I am not aware of any of us being there this year, and so I have had to satisfy my cravings for the HKIFF through reading some of the great articles posted on other blogs. You will find below the links to the most awesome articles I have read … (read more)

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An A to Z Guide to Korean Cinema – Part 2

Today, I am going to continue with part 2 of my article, picking up where we left off yesterday:

Lover’s Concerto (2002): This romantic melodrama is a tearjerker. Its main cast, including Cha Tae-hyun, Son Ye-jin and the late Lee Eun-ju (Taegukgi), all gave likeable performances. While the story is not particularly original, the film is an example of an ordinary story told well. Viewers who like crying should have some tissues ready.

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An A to Z Guide to Korean Cinema – Part 1

Since I first discovered the wonderful world of Korean cinema in 1999, I have seen an impressive number of great Korean films. So as I started working on a top 10 list to contribute to this year’s Korean Blogathon, I actually found it incredibly difficult to narrow the number down to ten. Because of this, I have decided to do something a bit different instead – a list of my favourite Korean movies from A to Z.

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Upcoming Free Movie Screenings at Japan Foundation, Sydney

(20/3/11 Update: Please note that the 23rd of March screening of ‘Millennium Actress’ has been cancelled. The Japan Foundation will advise at a later date if Japanese Cinema will go ahead in April. If you have any enquiries please contact them on 02 8239 0055 or email [email protected].)

I hope some of you made it to the free screening of LAPUTA: Castle in the Sky at the Japan Foundation in Sydney a couple of weeks ago. If … (read more)

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LAPUTA: Castle in the Sky Screening in Sydney

While anime fans in Brisbane and Melbourne are being treated with special screenings of anime classics, those living in Sydney no longer have to feel left out! Thanks to the good folks at the Japan Foundation Sydney, who of course bring us the Japanese Film Festival every year, there are going to be regular Japanese cinema nights held in their multipurpose room throughout the year. And the best thing is: admission is free! The first screening will be on … (read more)

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Samson’s Favourite Lists of 2010…

I love end-of-year lists. Writing them is fun (and you can read my list here), while reading others’ lists is a great way to learn about gems that I need to track down and watch.

Following are my favourite 2010 Asian film lists that I would like to share with you, and hopefully you’ll enjoy reading them as much as I have!

Asian Film Lists

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