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Hello Asia! Film Review: Lost in Hong Kong (China, 2015)

Best described as a Chinese crossover between the Hangover series and Due Date, Lost in Hong Kong is the sequel to director Xu Zheng’s blockbuster hit Lost in Thailand. Starring Xu Zheng, Zhao Wei, Bao Bei’er and Du Juan, the action-comedy follows painter-turned-brassiere designer Xu Lai as he embarks on a 12-hour adventure through the streets of Hong Kong unwillingly accompanied by a Zach Galifianakis-esque sidekick/brother-in-law Cai Lala.

Taiwanese film ‘Panay’ to open 2015 Singapore International Film Festival

The Taiwanese film Panay will be the opening film for this year’s upcoming Singapore International Film Festival (November 26-December 6).

Jay Chou to voice for Kung Fu Panda 3

Taiwanese singer Jay Chou will be voicing one of the characters in the upcoming, animated feature film, Kung Fu Panda 3.

Singapore Film Festival Australia to Visit Perth, Sydney and Canberra in October and November

The Singapore Film Festival is back for another year, bringing the best of Singaporean cinema to Perth, Canberra and Sydney in October and November.

Japanese Film Festival Announce 2015 Sydney Program

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) has announced the program for the Sydney leg of its 2015 national tour. Running from November 5 to 15 at Event Cinemas George St and Parramatta, and is set to once again bring the finest of Japanese culture to Australian cinemas.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2015 Film Review: My Dictator (나의 독재자) (South Korea, 2014)

Awarded and nominated for various awards worldwide, My Dictator is an inspiring, eye-opening and commendable piece of art by Director Lee Haejun. Exploring the bond and emotions of a father and son, My Dictator is a beautifully heartbreaking representation of family, love and dreams.

Japanese Film Festival 2015 returns to Art Gallery of NSW

Japanese Film Festival Classics program returns to 2015 with an array of the best Japanese films selected from the works of renowned filmmaker, Kon Ichikawa. This tribute highlights Ichikawa significance in moulding the style of 20th Century Japanese films.

8 Reasons Why You Should Catch 'How To Steal A Dog' at KOFFIA 2015

The much anticipated Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) finally kicked off in Melbourne yesterday with How To Steal A Dog. Here's 8 reasons why you should book a ticket and head down to catch the heartwarming film in your city.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2015 Film Review: Cart (South Korea, 2014)

Everyone loves a story where the little guy takes on the bigwigs, but it's especially poignant in the case of 2014 Korean film Cart - with feminist themes, it's great to see a huge thumbs up for equality so prominent in Korean media, packaged as a drama-film-turned-social critique.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2015 Film Review - The Face Reader (South Korea, 2013)

Korean historical dramas are one of my favourite genres - their insight into Korean history, royal hierarchies and language are boundless, and they provide a visually rich and compelling landscape for stories much more relatable to a western audience than you'd expect. The Face Reader is no exception - enthralling, intriguing and most certainly entertaining. I've since found myself trying to read the faces of my housemates, clients and even my cat, but I've yet to have any luck.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2015 Film Review: The Divine Move (South Korea, 2014)

Ever heard of the game "Go"? It's a board game that originated in China and was popularised in the west in the late 19th century, played with black and white stones, strategic like chess and with the ultimate goal of surrounding your opponent. They call it "baduk" in Korea, and I'd never heard of it until KOFFIA put this film on my radar. It looks innocent enough, until you've seen The Divine Move. Now I will forever associate this innocuous game with violence, bloodshed and revenge.

Hello Asia! Film Review: Attack on Titan (Japan, 2015)

There has been much anticipation surrounding the release of Madman's latest Japanese blockbuster, the first installment of the live action adaptation of cult hit manga and anime series Attack on Titan. Having screened around the country over the weekend, hundreds of anime fans flocked to theaters, many in cosplay - but while the avid lovers will avidly love, the film also left many disappointed, confused and underwhelmed.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2015 Film Review: A Matter of Interpretation (꿈보다 해몽) (South Korea, 2014)

Dreams are as mysterious and whimsical as life can be. Through A Matter of Interpretation (Hangul: 꿈보다 해몽), director, writer, and producer Lee Kwang-Kuk attempts to take the audience through a whimsical journey to explore the concept of dreams. The movie is made to be quite lighthearted and yet still intriguing. It offers a great cinematography that was a feast for the eyes, and full of symbolism that is quite a challenge to interpret, but of course that is only a part of the journey.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2015 Film Review: How To Steal A Dog (South Korea, 2014)

It’s KOFFIA time in Brisbane again, and the festivities kicked off last night – if not with a bang, then certainly with a pop. And maybe a dog whistle. While the festival’s film lineup is always exceptionally curated, traditionally KOFFIA’s opening and closing nights feature films that are particularly exceptional. This year the trend continues with 2014’s How to Steal a Dog.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2015 Film Review: Clearer Than You Think (생각보다 맑은) (South Korea, 2015)

The struggles that come hand in hand with the road to fulfilling one's dreams are explored in the most clever, humorous and bittersweet ways through this omnibus animation by director Han Ji-Won.