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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 [...]

THE FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE in Imax 3D

Indomina Releasing partners with IMAX Theatres to provide limited exclusive IMAX 3-D engagements of this Fant-Asia fantasy film from producer-director Tsui Hark, the man behind A CHINESE GHOST STORY and so many other Asian fantasy epics. One of China’s biggest box office hits, THE FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE is a first for that country, [...]

PAINTED SKIN: THE RESURRECTION theatrical engagements

PAINTED SKIN: THE RESURRECTION theatrical engagements

Well Go Entertainment opens this Fant-Asia film in limited U.S. engagements. PAINTED SKIN: THE RESURRECTION is a sort of semi-sequel to PAINTED SKIN (2008): most of the original cast members (except for star Donnie Yen) return, although not necessarily in the same roles. The theatrical trailer looks gorgeous, and frankly it’s been too long since [...]

Ghost Story of Yotsuya (Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan)

Ghost Story of Yotsuya (Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan)

There is a tradition in Japan to present ghost stories during the warm summer months. An 18th century kabuki play by Nanboku Tsuruya provided the most popular and durable storyline – that of an ambitious, would-be samurai named Iemon who marries and then murders Iwa, whose ghost returns to wreak revenge on her faithless [...]

Yogi Bear, Original Tron, & Best Laid Plans: CFQ Post-Mortem Podcast 1:44.1

Yogi Bear, Original Tron, & Best Laid Plans: CFQ Post-Mortem Podcast 1:44.1

So, in the place of a CINEFANTASTIQUE PODCAST in which we discuss our top ten lists for 2010, we give you a CINEFANTASTIQUE POST-MORTEM in which we discuss doing a show in which we discuss our top ten lists for 2010. Who knew a little thing like a holiday weekend was going to interfere with [...]

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 [...]

The Warrior's Way Review

The Warrior’s Way Review

In many ways, there’s no movie concept more juvenile, more basic, or more ridiculous than Cowboys Vs. Ninjas. They come from opposite sides of the globe, of course, and certainly the loose, devil-may-care murderin’ style of a cowboy’s gun is no match for the stealthy throat-slitting sword of a trained assassin. On top of all [...]

What's Coming from Anchor Bay - New York Comic Con Special Podcast

What’s Coming from Anchor Bay – New York Comic Con Special Podcast

We wrap up our sadly-too-brief coverage of New York Comic with a quick duck into the floor booth of Anchor Bay Entertain- ment. There, after gorging ourselves on copious free buttons and fliers (we’re all about the gimmes), we sat down with the company’s Kevin Carney and Erin Carter to find out what’s in store [...]

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 [...]

The Last Airbender – TV spot #4

Here is the fourth television spot for THE LAST AIRBENDER, M. Night Shyamalan’s feature film adaptation of the popular cartoon series.
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