Arahan (아라한 – 장풍대작전 / 아라한 장풍 대작전 )


Near the start of ARAHAN, the hero can’t believe that the old duffers surrounding him are the fabled Seven Masters. One of them punctures the moment by suggesting that maybe he thinks they’re Power Rangers instead.

Dachimawa Lee (다찌마와 리 – 악인이여 지옥행 급행열차를 타라!)


Ryu Seung-wan’s comedy DACHIMAWA LEE started life as a short film in 2000, kick-started lead actor Im Won-hee’s career and then upgraded to full feature status in 2008. Although allegedly set during the Second World War with Korea under Japanese occupation, Im Won-hee dresses like John Shaft and acts like Leslie Nielsen.

The City of Violence (짝패)


Wonder no more why the fights in Far Eastern films often seem to pause at critical moments: it’s because everybody’s really breakdancing. Director Ryu Seung-wan presents a credible reason for this by making one set of assailants in THE CCITY OF VIOLENCE body bop along the pavement before simultaneously all pulling handstands. Along with the [...]

Die Bad (죽거나 혹은 나쁘거나)


Ryoo Seung Wan’s critically revered 2000 debut, DIE BAD is yet to receive a UK release but it remains ripe for discovery as it showcases the origins of a talented young film maker. TAKE ONE will be interviewing Ryoo this weekend, when he visits Cambridge Art Picturehouse in the last leg of the Korean Film Festival. Oh, and before you ask – yes, a pointless English remake is on the cards. Step away from Korean film, lazy English film makers!

The Ides of March

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Mike Boyd reviews George Clooney’s latest offering, as both director and actor – a political drama about the dehumanisation required to win the US presidency.



Rosy Hunt reviews E.A. Dupont’s Piccadilly, which is screened on 12 November as part of Silent London’s silent film season at West London Trade Union Club.

The Future

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Jim Ross reviews Miranda July’s second feature film, THE FUTURE, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is now showing at Picturehouses nationwide

Wuthering Heights

Jim Ross reviews Andrea Arnold’s take on the classic tale of WUTHERING HEIGHTS, based on the Emily Brontë novel

Dreams of Elbidi (Ndoto Za Elbidi)


Rosy Hunt attended DREAMS OF ELBIDI, a unique fusion of community theatre and traditional cinema. It offers not only a dramatisation of Kenyan ghetto life, but a way to entertain its African audience while educating them about HIV and AIDS. Also featured: transcript from the Q&A with Kamau wa Ndung’u.

Long Road Student Reviews: The Yellow Sea


Long Road student reviewers James Doughty and Jack McCurdy offer their thoughts on The Yellow Sea, which screened at CFF2011 and is also part of this year’s London Korean Film Festival programme.

The Yellow Sea


Claire Henry reviewed YELLOW SEA, an “ambitious but very well executed bloodbath”, which was screened at CFF2011 and more recently at the London Korean Film Festival.

Notre Étrangère (The Place In Between)

Notre Étrangère (The Place In Between) | | Image from Athénaïse Productions

Jim Ross reviews NOTRE ÉTRANGÈRE, an excellent but heartbreaking film screening at the Cambridge African Film Festival on Monday November 7th

Sound It Out and Analogue Kingdom


The SOUND IT OUT Documentary tour has started. The first Picturehouse Cinemas screening is this coming Tuesday in York. Follow the film’s Facebook page to keep up to date with tour details.

Koundi And The National Thursday


The villagers of Koundi in Cameroon have created their own communally cultivated cacao plantation as a way of alleviating their poverty independently. Turning away from typical NGO filmmaking, Ariane Atodji’s debut is a strong statement that Africa exists outside of the narrow, stereotypical lens of poverty, conflict and famine so often used to invoke it.

African Cinema and the London Film Festival

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Mike Boyd was at the London Film Festival last week to take in some African cinema ahead of the Cambridge African Film Festival