The New York Asian Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, boasting an impressive array of selections from the best of Asian Cinema past and present. Below I’ve collected together my reviews of any films screening, but I can also recommend Little Big Master, Partners in Crime, The President’s Last Bang and Solomon’s Perjury. This year’s festival also features some fantastic spotlights on Ken Takakura, Bunta Sugawara, Shota Sometani and Ringo Lam.
The Udine Far East Film Festival is currently ongoing in its idyllic Italian setting. Unfortunately I am not there this year (in fact I have never been), but I have reviewed a number of the films playing at this year’s fest. You can find links to those reviews below, which are published either at ScreenDaily.com or TwitchFilm.com:
Dragon Blade (dir. Daniel Lee, China)
Breakup Buddies (dir. Ning Hao, China)
Women Who Flirt (dir. Pang Ho Cheung, China)
Kung Fu Jungle (dir. Teddy Chen, Hong Kong)
Helios (dir. Longman Leung/Sunny Luk, Hong Kong/China)
Meeting Dr Sun (dir. Yee Chih-yen, Taiwan)
Port of Call (dir. Philip Yung, Hong Kong)
The Taking of Tiger Mountain (dir. Tsui Hark, China/Hong Kong)
Parasyte – Completion (dir. Takashi Yamazaki, Japan)
Tsui Hark scores a resounding success with his spirited adaptation of classic adventure novel Tracks in the Snowy Forest. Again exploring the visual possibilities of 3D, while eschewing the typically austere tone of most wartime epics, The Taking of Tiger Mountain proves consistently entertaining.