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REVIEWS

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.

Hello Asia! New Music Video Review: CL Feat Diplo, RiFF RAFF & OG Maco "Doctor Pepper " (South Korea, 2015)

We've always known CL of 2NE1 would one day expand her kingdom to America and fearlessly rule the world with her raps. Now she's swept clean Korean pop charts and awards, that day has finally come. The biggest, baddest K-Pop heroine showed the world what she's made of with her first full English rap track titled "Doctor Pepper".

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2015 Film Review: Love Forecast (오늘의 연애) (South Korea, 2015)

Familiar faces such as Jung Joonyoung and Lizzy star alongside Lee Seung-Gi and Moon Chae-Won in this rom-com which many claim to be about escaping the 'friend-zone', though perhaps it would not be too far off to suggest the film is moreso about realising that being friends with the person you love isn't a bad thing at all.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2015 Film Review: Kundo: Age of the Rampant (군도:민란의 시대) (South Korea, 2014)

Feudal Joseon historical film meets Western. That is exactly the genre I’d describe for Kundo: Age of the Rampant, with all the bandits, duels and rough humour you could want from a Western. Just think Gats instead of cowboy hats.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2015 Film Review: The King of Jokgu (족구왕) (South Korea, 2014)

Walk alongside the newly discharged Hong Man-Sup (Ahn Jae-Hong) as he returns to the world outside army life! We’re invited to watch him attempt to re-gain the past two years of his life as he decides that he wants to make the most of his youth: he is going to spend it both doing what he loves, and also - if he can manage it - being in love.

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

Have you ever tried to interpret your dreams? Have you ever felt that unsure feeling like you know you’ve seen something before, but perhaps feel that you only dreamt it? Or perhaps other people have tried to interpret your dreams for you, only to have you think something completely different to what you initially thought bore no consequence. When you think about it dreams are all a very curious and perplexing matter- and it’s that feeling exactly that exists in A Matter of Interpretation.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2015 Film Review: Factory Complex (위로공단) (South Korea, 2015)

The winner of the Silver Lion at this year’s La Biennale di Venezia, Im Heung-soon’s documentary film Factory Complex is an ode to the female working poor. The film provides a lens into the often unseen world of working women’s rights and serves as a historical record that highlights their ongoing struggle, as hard-won changes are swallowed up in a rapidly modernising world.