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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 The Rescue (2020) Andrew Heskins It's Thunderbirds rebooted as Dante Lam delivers the thrills once again... EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
4/5 Days (2020) Andrew Heskins Tsai Ming-liang's minimalist take of two lonely souls meeting could hardly come at a more poignant time... EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
5/5 The Bride With White Hair (1993) Andrew Heskins A peak moment of wuxia 'wire-fu' from which there was no coming back EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
4.5/5 The Shameless (2015) James Mudge Bolstered by accomplished writing and direction, the film's success is down in no small part to Jeon Do-yeon, who again proves herself one of Korea's most talented actresses EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
4/5 The Tenants Downstairs (Lou xia de fang ke) (2016) James Mudge A great deal of mad, bad fun for the right viewer - while it might well turn off the average exploitation fan through its sheer weirdness, it's a bold slice of Grand Guignol EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
3/5 Police Story 2013 (2013) James Mudge A reasonable action film from Mainland China, and one which should just about satisfy Jackie Chan fans, if not fulfil their dreams of seeing him return to his glory days EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
3.5/5 The Throne (2015) James Mudge Bolstered by some handsome production values as well as its powerhouse lead performances, the film is another fine, if over-long period drama from Lee Joon-ik EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
4.5/5 The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale (2015) James Mudge Anchored by a fine performance from Choi Min-sik and Park Hoon-jung's accomplished direction, it's a winning marriage of the breathtakingly grand and the quietly philosophical EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
4/5 The Phone (2015) James Mudge Marking an accomplished debut for Kim Bong-joo, the film offers a slice of highly enjoyable schlock for viewers able to suspend their disbelief for a couple of hours EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
4/5 Cold War 2 (2016) James Mudge Though undeniably somewhat of a challenging watch, Cold War 2 is a superior sequel and a great, gripping film in its own right EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
3/5 The Sound of a Flower (2015) James Mudge Let down somewhat by Suzy's average performance and lacking in substance, as a look at the world of pansori it does have its charms, and Lee generally keeps things interesting EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
2/5 League of Gods (2016) James Mudge To damn the film with faint praise, League of Gods is vaguely watchable and reasonably entertaining, if only due to the fact that it could have been worse EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
3/5 My Beloved Bodyguard (2016) James Mudge There's enough here to entertain, with adjusted expectations at least, and it's always great to see Sammo Hung on screen and behind the camera EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
3.5/5 The Mobfathers (2016) James Mudge There's a great deal here to enjoy, and with Chapman To, Anthony Wong and the rest of the cast on fine form, it comes recommended, especially for fans of Triad cinema EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
3/5 A Violent Prosecutor (2016) James Mudge Perfectly watchable but imminently disposable, it's a film which should be enjoyed by Hwang Jung-min fans, though which perhaps needed a little more innovation and effort EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
3.5/5 Journalist (2015) James Mudge Though lacking in focus at times, it's nevertheless a fine sophomore offering from Roh Deok, and marks her as a director worth keeping an eye on EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
4/5 Kaili Blues (2015) James Mudge An outstanding effort from Bi Gan, and while perhaps not one for mainstream audiences, it's a wonderful piece of craftsmanship that's well-deserving of its reputation EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
3.5/5 Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016) James Mudge Van Damme and Bautista are certainly the main reasons to watch Kickboxer: Vengeance, and help make it an enjoyable piece of old fashioned martial arts fun EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
3/5 The Himalayas (2015) James Mudge While it's hard not to feel frustrated at the thought of a more tightly edited and less hysterical take, Lee nevertheless offers up a couple of hours of polished entertainment EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
3/5 Detective Chinatown (2015) James Mudge Detective Chinatown gets a lot right, and serves up effective laughs and an interesting murder mystery, Chen Sicheng proving himself a capable helmer of commercial fare EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
3.5/5 Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet (2016) James Mudge Though the film isn't the most entertaining of watches, it's one of the more even-handed explorations of Korean history and culture of late, for the right audience at least EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
3.5/5 Finding Mr. Right 2 (2016) James Mudge Well-made and benefitting from appealing leads and locations, it avoids the crassness of many other commercial Chinese romantic comedies, and makes for an entertaining watch EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
3.5/5 Like for Likes (2016) James Mudge Forgettable and the very definition of froth, it's nevertheless a couple of hours of charming fun, with its all-star cast helping to lift things up several notches EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
2.5/5 Three (2016) James Mudge Though the film is still a worthwhile watch, and works well enough as a slick, if flimsy piece of occasionally thrilling fun, it's clearly a minor offering from the director EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
5/5 Himeanole (2016) James Mudge Shocking, surprising and moving, it's a rough though rewarding ride that benefits from great character writing and some excellent performances from its cast EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2020
3/5 iGirl (2016) James Mudge Though entirely forgettable, fans of Ekin Cheng and Chrissie Chau won't feel short changed, and, for what it's worth, the film is a pleasant enough way to kill time EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2020
3/5 Sweet Bean (2015) James Mudge Anything Kawase directs is not without interest and even when offering up something more accessible and middle of the road like this, there's an artistry to her work as always EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2020
4/5 A Bride for Rip Van Winkle (2016) James Mudge Fans of Iwai Shunji will find a great deal to enjoy, and the film's length never feels unnecessary, being justified by its understated and profound ruminations on modern life EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2020
3/5 () James Mudge Though the true story behind it deserves a more substantial depiction, the film is worthwhile as an indie mystery, and patient viewers should find it rewarding EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2020
4/5 Love, Lies (2016) James Mudge Though let down by its routine love triangle narrative, Love, Lies has a lot going for it, and is a superior and really quite gorgeous-looking Korean period drama EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2020
3.5/5 Remember You (2016) James Mudge Remember You is more enjoyable than a lot of other Korean rom-dramas, and Lee makes good use of a central conceit that could in other hands have been far gimmickier EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2020
2.5/5 She Remembers, He Forgets (2015) James Mudge Though there's nothing the film really does wrong, it's let down by a lack of originality in both plot and character, and an inability to pull its various elements together EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2020
2/5 Killer Snakes (1975) James Mudge Although Kuei is due some credit for not glamorising the rape scenes and not playing them for cheap thrills, the result is still an ugly film that's quite hard to sit through EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2020
3.5/5 S Storm (2016) James Mudge Never as weighty or intelligent as David Lam seems to think it is, the film still has its moments, and should be enjoyed by fans who like a lot of shouting with their action EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
3.5/5 Phantom of the Theatre (2016) James Mudge While unlikely to challenge the spooky classics of the past, it's a very respectable genre offering from China, even more so given the situation with the anti-horror censors EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
3/5 At Cafe 6 (2016) James Mudge While not as good as pure love genre favourites like You are the Apple of my Eye and Our Times, there's plenty here to entertain the already converted EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
5/5 Seeding of a Ghost (1983) James Mudge Fully deserving of its infamy, the film is amongst the very best of its kind, and an absolute must see for fans of the Shaw Brothers' brand of gross out horror EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
3.5/5 One Night Only (2016) James Mudge Though frustratingly let down, for this reviewer at least, by a bungled and melodramatic conclusion, it's a film with plenty to enjoy EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
3/5 Operation Chromite (2016) James Mudge It's hard not to feel a little underwhelmed by the familiarity of it all, and many viewers will yearn for the day when directors might try to do something different EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
3/5 Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River (2016) James Mudge Making up for its lack of originality through the charms of its humorous script and amiable cast, the film is a reasonable offering for viewers not already tired of its ilk EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
4/5 The Last Princess (2016) James Mudge Powered by excellent performances, most notably from Son Ye-jin, it's an intelligent and moving production, whether the viewer is familiar with its source material or not EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
3.5/5 Phantom Detective (2016) James Mudge It's interesting to see an indie director like Jo Sung-hee making his way in the mainstream, and while not quite firing on all cylinders yet, he's a filmmaker worth watching EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
4/5 Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999) James Mudge Benefitting from more substance than usual along with excellent effects, the film represents everything enjoyable about the genre, and provides first-rate monster action EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
3/5 Heartfall Arises (2016) James Mudge There's enough here to make Heartfall Arises worthwhile for viewers with suitably adjusted expectations, and though by no means a great film, it is at least entertaining EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
3.5/5 One Way Trip (2016) James Mudge Amongst the many Korean films dealing with rites of passage in a grim manner, while it doesn't stand out, there's enough here to make it a worthy, if not terribly fun watch EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
4/5 Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell (2014) James Mudge Those with a taste for lo-fi gore and Japanese cult splatter should find the film a real delight, and Shinichi Fukazawa's mad opus is well-worth seeking out EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
3.5/5 Luck Key (2016) James Mudge Given a definite lift and a dash of star power by leads Yu Hae-jin and Lee Joon, the film makes up for its lack of substance with its winning sense of humour EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
4.5/5 Pandora (2016) James Mudge An important film, and one of the better big-budget Korean disaster blockbusters of late, as well as a welcome return from feisty director Park Jung-woo EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
4.5/5 Night's Tightrope (2016) James Mudge While the film's bleak tone and dark paths will mean that it's not for all tastes, it's an impressive and accomplished offering from Yukiko Mishima EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
4.5/5 Derailed (2016) James Mudge A powerful and hard-hitting debut from Lee Seong-tae as writer and director, and a well-made, if resolutely bleak and depressing indie EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020