Craig D. Reid

DR. CRAIG D. REID wrote a cover story for Imagi-Movies on fantasy films from Asia before going on to write a regular column for Cinefantastique called “Fant-Asia.” He now revives the column for Cinefantasitque Online.
SDAFF 2015: THE RETURN OF FANT-ASIA, ZOMBIES AND MORE

SDAFF 2015: THE RETURN OF FANT-ASIA, ZOMBIES AND MORE

We’ve just finished Halloween, gained an extra hour on the proverbial space time continuum and El Nino is going to hit Southern California with inclemency worse than Sharknado 4. What more could possibly make So-Cal the place to be? As nature warns Pacific Coast residents to buy flood insurance, San Diego announces the arrival anon [...]

13TH San Diego Asian Film Festival:

13TH San Diego Asian Film Festival: “Real” Fant-Asia Films Have Finally Arrived

It’s taken 13 years, but now “real” Fant-Asia films are being featured at this year’s San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF). “Real,” you say? Certainly in the past, outrageous Asian horror films, Japanese Xtreme gore fests and some over the top-ish martial arts films have graced the festival’s screens, but at the end of the [...]

12th SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL: FOR JAPAN'S FILM COMMUNITY SURVIVAL

12th SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL: FOR JAPAN’S FILM COMMUNITY SURVIVAL

It’s that time of the year again, and if you’re a fan of Asian films like I am, then that eclectic far out martial skill called the 10,000 bee technique should not be bugging you but alarming you to the magnetic, electric and eccentric buzz of Fant-Asia movies that will haze, pseudo-faze and amaze you [...]

Anime Conji 2011:  It's back, and this time it's inter- and intra-personal

Anime Conji 2011: It’s back, and this time it’s inter- and intra-personal

One of San Diego’s smallest big secrets is the city’s ANIME CONJI, an annual anime and manga convention. Its inaugural gathering of all things anime was held last year, over a 3-day period at San Diego’s Doubletree Club Hotel. In 2010, the convention attracted 700+ far-out dudes and dudettes dressed in a wild menagerie of [...]

Author Signing in LA: The Ultimate Guide to the Martial Arts Movies of the 1970s

Author Signing in LA: The Ultimate Guide to the Martial Arts Movies of the 1970s

When we think of Fant-Asia films, it’s that genre of Hong Kong martial arts film made during the 1980s up to the mid-‘90s, which uniquely combined elements of sex, fantasy, sci-fi and horror with high-flying wire work and over the top martial arts choreography.  But of course most folks who have been watching these sort [...]

SDAFF 2010 – ROBOTS AND ALIENS AND NINJAS OH MY

SDAFF 2010 – ROBOTS AND ALIENS AND NINJAS OH MY

It’s that time of the year again. Starting Thursday, October 21, 2010, San Diego is not only ready to rock n’sock but the city will also flood the blood with sci-fi and hi-fi all under the eerie canvas of “Whazzat?” and “Are you kidding me?” Asian cinema, where OMG stands for “Oh My Gore.”
It’s the [...]

Alakazam the Great (1960): A 50th Anniversary Review

Alakazam the Great (1960): A 50th Anniversary Review

Let’s see, how do I compare the first movie I ever saw as a five year old to how I see it 50 years later? I’ll begin by sharing that I believe in fate; coincidence is not coincidence. The anime ALAKAZAM THE GREAT (1960) is the first movie and “martial arts” film per se that I [...]

Tokyo Gore Police: Double Disc Special Edition review

Tokyo Gore Police: Double Disc Special Edition review

“Blood, squirt, artery, homicide, gore.” These are the words pouring out of the mouth of Michael Palin during his rendition of a sadistic barber in a Monty Python skit. It also happens to be a fair description of TOKYO GORE POLICE (2008), Nishimura’s over-the-top blood lusting freak-out film that gives this Gore-Asia genre a comedic lilt with a horror tilt.

Jackie Chan Presents Gen-Y Cops

Jackie Chan Presents Gen-Y Cops

Part of the title of this sequel to GEN-X COPS (1999) basically summarizes the mindset of this film’s production: “Y”. In other words, why was this film ever made? The sham and shame of GEN-Y COPS’  June 2010, Universal Studios Home Video DVD reincarnation is the blatant title change to JACKIE CHAN PRESENTS GEN-Y COPS, [...]

Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision

Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision

Jason Scott Lee travels back in time for the same reason twice. No it’s not déjà vu; he just travels back in time for the same reason twice. The first time was with the 2003 direct-to-video release of TIMECOP: THE BERLIN DECISION; the second time is with the brand new, June 2010 release, not meant [...]