OzAsia Festival 2016 now on in Adelaide!


It’s already started, and I’m sorry I didn’t see it earlier and post it, but we’re not too late!

There’s a great program of films showing as part of the OzAsia Festival currently running in Adelaide (17 Sep – 2 Oct), including an event this weekend that will probably be of great interest to HK film buffs: a short program of Johnnie To films and a masterclass with the director himself.

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Jackie Chan’s First Strike (1996)

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Jackie Chan's First Strike

The original title positions this as the fourth in Jackie’s Police Story series, but apart from Stanley Tong returning as director after Police Story 3: Supercop and Bill Tung appearing in a few brief scenes as Jackie’s senior in the Hong Kong police, there is no connection to the previous movies. This is surely deliberate, allowing Jackie’s first American release post Rumble in the Bronx to build on the momentum begun by that film, without being billed as the fourth … (read more)

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The Japanese Film Festival 2016 is coming

JFF 2016

It’s the time of year when the Japanese Film Festival in Australia rolls around again, this year for the twentieth time!

The hardworking JFF crew have released their festival dates for all six cities, plus their initial slate of films, with more info to come as we get closer to the dates. The schedule looks like this:

  • Canberra: 14-23 Oct
  • Adelaide: 21-30 Oct
  • Brisbane: 26-30 Oct
  • Perth: 2-6 Nov
  • Sydney: 17-27 Nov
  • Melbourne: 24 Nov-4 Dec

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Millionaires Express (1986)

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Millionaires Express

This movie is ridiculous. I mean that in the best sense of the word, as in over-the-top silliness, expertly crafted to make you grin with glee or cringe with incredulity depending on your familiarity with Hong Kong’s special filmic sauce — equal parts broad visual gags, verbal comedy that doesn’t quite translate, kinetic action and a pinch or two of political incorrectness, all boiling down to a bubbling broth of good old fashioned fun.

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This week in cinemas: ‘Train to Busan’ (South Korea)

Train to Busan

Speeding through Australian cinemas right now is South Korean hit zombie film Train to Busan, which has been garnering accolades both in Korea and abroad: ten million tickets sold domestically, an American cinema release and a bidding war over Hollywood remake rights. It’s safe to say that director Yeon Sang-ho has done well with his first live-action feature.

Kim Su-an in Train to Busan

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Train to Busan (2016)

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Train to Busan

Korean film watchers might have spotted the news that zombie film Train to Busan screamed past the 10 million domestic tickets mark on Sunday, becoming the fourteenth Korean film to do so, ever. From all accounts, it seems to have been a bit of an unexpected hit, too: the zombie genre hasn’t been explored (even done to death?) in South Korea as it has in Hollywood, and it’s the first live action film from director Yeon Sang-ho, whose previous … (read more)

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Korean Film Festival (KOFFIA) 2016


Film festival season is in full swing, with SFF having rolled through Sydney and MIFF up and running right now in Melbourne, but my personal favourite of the more focused festivals has arrived: The Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) has released their dates and program for this year, and it looks great!

The festival comes to six cities this year, and the dates are:

  • Sydney: Aug 10-18
  • Brisbane: Aug 23-29
  • Melbourne: Sep 1-8
  • Canberra: Sep 3-4
  • Adelaide: Sep 15-18
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The Boy and the Beast (2015)

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Mamoru Hosada has in some respects done what it seemed next to impossible to do a decade ago — make a name for himself in the Japanese animated feature film space. With the glut of it’s-a-movie-of-the-series films — understandably because that’s where the money’s at domestically — features that find their way beyond Japan’s borders and onto our cinema screens are a little few and far between and there are only a handful of directors known in the mainstream¬†outside … (read more)

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