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Brillante Mendoza to Head Jury at Malaysia Festival

Brillante Mendoza to Head Jury at Malaysia Festival
Filipino star director Brillante Mendoza has been named as president of the competition jury at next year’s Malaysia International Film Festival. The second edition of the festival will run Feb. 25 – Mar. 2, 2018.

Earlier this year at the festival’s first edition, Mendoza won the best director award with his film “Ma Rosa.” “Mendoza’s gritty, powerful socially-conscious films are proof that cinema can play a vital role in illuminating and eliminating the social ills that plague our modern societies,” said Joanne Goh, MD of MIFFest.

Other jurors at the second edition will include directors Dain Iskandar Said (Interchange”), Tran Anh Hung (“Scent of the Green Papaya,” “Norwegian Wood”), Patrick Tam (“After This Our Exile”), actor-producer Lee Lieh (“Jump Ashin!,” “Monga”), and actor-writer-director, Suhasini Maniratnam (Bandhana, Suprabhata”).

Award-winning Malaysian actress Angelica Lee Sinje (“The Eye,” “Murmur of the Hearts”) continues her involvement with the festival as MIFFest Ambassador. MIFFest is supported by the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia
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Hey, Australia! Check Out This Lineup Of Upcoming Hong Kong Films Hitting Our Screens!

If you live in Australia and love Asian cinema, you will probably be very excited about the lineup of Hong Kong films that will be brought to our screens by Magnum Films in the second half of 2013. These include a sex comedy, two omnibus horror films and two action thrillers from a group of well-known filmmakers including Pang Ho Cheung (Love In A Puff, Vulgaria), Fruit Chan (Made In Hong Kong, Three... Extremes), Gordon Chan (Beast Cops, Painted Skin), Dante Lam (Beast Stalker, The Viral Factor) and the Pang Brothers (The Eye, The Detective). You can check out the details for each film in the gallery below. Please note that this is a preliminary program only and there may well be other gems added to...

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The Ten Best: Scariest Foreign-Language Films

With Dark Water and Ringu director Hideo Nakata’s The Complex making its UK debut at this years Edinburgh Film Festival (review here), we thought we’d take a look at the ten best scariest foreign language films. Read on… If you dare!

The Orphanage (El orfanato) – 2007

The Orphanage centers on Laura who purchases her beloved childhood orphanage with dreams of restoring and reopening the long abandoned facility as a place for disabled children. Once there, Laura discovers that the new environment awakens her son’s imagination, but the ongoing fantasy games he plays with an invisible friend quickly turn into something more disturbing.

Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in) – 2008

A fragile, anxious boy, 12-year-old Oskar is regularly bullied by his stronger classmates but never strikes back. The lonely boys wish for a friend seems to comes true when he meets Eli, also 12, who moves in next door to him.
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The 2000′s: A Vital Decade in Horror Cinema

Many film websites published “decade’s best horror films” lists in late 2009/early 2010. While these lists collectively provided a rough snapshot of the genre’s ups and downs during that time, with more time to reflect, it becomes increasingly clear what an important period the 2000’s were for the horror genre on a global scale.

Not only did this decade easily and obviously eclipse the comparatively arid 1990’s in both volume of production and overall quality, the 2000’s can also be looked at as a crucial one for horror cinema despite the justified outrage about the American film industry’s widespread strip-mining of classics and foreign films for remakes/re-boots and its saturation of the market with teen-friendly PG-13 rated horror films.

While by no means as groundbreaking as the 1970’s or as sentimentally regarded as the 1980’s, the 2000’s will be recalled as the decade that, despite well-founded criticisms
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Fairy Tale Killer (2012) Movie Review

Danny Pang, still best known as one half of the brotherly directorial duo responsible for the 2002 hit “The Eye”, takes another shot at recapturing his past form with “Fairy Tale Killer”, which as its title suggests follows the police hunt for a murderer who bases his methods around children’s fables. As with any Pang production, the film is a glossy affair with slick visuals, and this time has a couple of big headlining stars in Lau Ching Wan (“Life Without Principle”) and Wang Baoqiang (“Mr. Tree”), with support from the likes of Elanne Kwong (“Love Lifting”), Elena Kong (“A Simple Life”), Joey Meng (“All About Love”), and ultra prolific Hong Kong character actor Lam Suet (“The Great Magician”). The film opens with a strange, stammering young man with white face makeup called Ng (Wang Baoqiang) turning up at the police station of Inspector Wong (Lau Ching Wan) and confessing to a murder.
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Review: Fairy Tale Killer is Another Pang Nightmare

When discussing the careers of the Pang Brothers, it doesn't take long before you start repeating yourself. After a couple of promising Thai thrillers, Danny and his twin brother Oxide scored a massive international hit with 2002's The Eye - and, whether working together or separately, have been struggling to match that success ever since. They have come close on occasion. I think there's a fair amount to appreciate in 2006's re-teaming with Oxide's off-screen partner Lee Sinje, Re-Cycle, and their Bangkok-based cop thriller The Detective, starring Aaron Kwok, also has plenty going for it. Outside of these few entries, however, the brothers' prolific back catalogue is largely devoid of pedigree. Despite all this, I still find myself giving the Pangs the benefit of the doubt,...
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Trailer, First Art From Asian 'Fairy Tale Killer'

Trailer, First Art From Asian 'Fairy Tale Killer'
Inside we've added the official poster and international trailer for The Eye co-director Danny Pang's Fairy Tale Killer. "Jun confesses five murders at police station, but he fails to illustrate the details. The Police believe Jun is mentally deranged as his claims of murder just dont match the facts. Soon after, a cold-blooded murder unveils a series of mysterious deaths in the district where Detective Han (Ching Wan Lau) stations resides. Each of the victims is executed by different but equally brutal ways. Instinct tells him Jun is the suspense after he goes over all recent statements. But when his team goes and searches Jun's apartment, they find nothing except a pile of old fairy tale books." Both films were being sold at Efm.
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Trailer and One-Sheet for Danny Pangs New Hong Kong Horror Fairy Tale Killer

Danny Pan, one half of directing duo The Pang Brothers ('The Eye', 'Bangkok Dangerous'), will hopefully return to horror form with his new thriller 'Fairy Tale Killer'. Currently in post-production the Hong Kong helmer's new story, penned by Kam-Yuen Szeto, is based around a serial murderer who appears to using a collection of old fairy tale books as his influence. Ching Wan Lau, Ken Lo, Elanne Kwong, Baoqiang Wang, Yee-Man Man and Kelly Fu all star and you can check out a new poster and trailer from the production below!...
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First Official Trailer for Director Danny Pang’s Fairy Tale Killer

What happens when violent crimes start to resemble fairy tales? You put a seasoned cop in charge of the investigations. I first read about director Danny Pang’s upcoming thriller “Fairy Tale Killer” (aka “Perfect Fairy Tale”) way back in 2010, though everything has been strangely quiet since then. Until now, that is. Below you’ll find the first creepy trailer for the flick, as well as a fairly nifty poster to help promote the flick’s May release date. Pang usually does good work — “The Eye 10″ and the remake of “Bangkok Dangerous” being the clear exceptions to that statement — so it will be interesting to see how this visionary filmmaker tackles a subject that seems to be quite popular right now. Here’s hoping he does something cool with it. The trailer for “Fairy Tale Killer”, which stars Ching Wan Lau, resides below. It’s worth a look, I think
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Trailer for Lau Ching Wan's New Film Fairy Tale Killer

Lau Ching Wan, one of the best actors working in Hong Kong today, is back with the new film Fairy Tale Killer. The film is directed by Danny Pang, who is most famous for the films in which he collaborated with his older twin Oxide Pang, in particular the classic 2002 horror film The Eye. While many of the films from the Pang brothers over the years were disappointing, Fairy Tale Killer may fare better thanks to a strong cast including Lau and award-winning co-star Wang Bao Qiang (Blind Shaft, Assembly, A World Without Thieves), as well as a screenplay from Szeto Kam Yuen who wrote the scripts for some of the best Milkyway Image productions (Exiled, A Hero Never Dies, Expect The Unexpected, The Longest...
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Sleepwalker (2011) Movie Review

“Sleepwalker” is the latest solo effort from Oxide Pang, one half of the twin brother directorial duo still best known for their hit 2002 ghost story “The Eye”. The film sees him reteaming with that film’s leading lady, his wife Angelica Lee, this time in a plot dealing with kidnapped children and the always creepy subject of sleepwalking. The film also stars Charlie Young, working for the director again after the ill-advised “Bangkok Dangerous” remake in 2008, along with Huo Siyan (“My Name is Fame”) and Li Zonghan (“Reign of Assassins”), plus Hong Kong character actor favourite Kent Cheng (who memorably starred in a long string of 1980s and 90s classics such as “Run and Kill”, “Dr Lamb”, “Sex and Zen”, and countless others). Angelica Lee plays clothes maker Ziyi, an unfortunate woman plagued by a disturbing recurring dream about a forest where she suspects a body is buried, which finds
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Scary Foreigners: 9 Must-See Horror Flicks from Around the Globe

When it comes to horror films, Americans must humbly bow their heads and concede defeat to their international brethren. Sure, Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper, George Romero and others deserve all the accolades they've received, but as the below films prove, clever horror knows no American territoriality.

Eerie houses, ghost eyes, and sadistic doctors can be found anywhere.

Here are nine extremely scary exports every horror fan needs to see.

'The Eye' (2002)

Country: Hong Kong

Why So Scary: You'll hear this a lot from us, but skip the 2008 remake starring Jessica Alba (if you even remember it) and check out the Pang brothers' tale of a blind woman who receives a corneal transplant and begins seeing strange, dark figures everywhere she goes. It'd be a betrayal to give away any more than that. Let's just say we dug our fingers into the seat cushion more times than we'd like to admit.
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Oxide Pang's Sleepwalker 3D - New Trailer and Art

The international release of Oxide Pang's (one half of the directing duo known as The Pang Brothers who brought us The Eye franchise) new film Sleepwalker 3D is rapidly approaching, and to get you geared up, we have a new trailer and one-sheet. Dig it!

Sleepwalker 3D stars Sinje Lee, Charlie Young, and Bi Chang Zhou. The flick opens in Hong Kong on November 3rd.

Synopsis

Yi has never imagined a revolving dream haunting her every night would evolve into to a nightmare in real life. Shortly after a dream man enters her gloomy life, Yi, a sleepwalker, is set back again by a past broken relationship and becomes a suspected murderer of her ex-husband. The clearer her dream develops, the more real the accused crime appears to her. Did she really kill when sleepwalking?

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'The Child's Eye' Review

by Marcey Papandrea, MoreHorror.com

The Pang Brothers made a name for themselves with 2002’s The Eye; the lasting impression it left was for Hollywood to remake it. Unfortunately for their latest effort The Child’s Eye, it likely won’t receive such treatment. The film isn’t truly awful but it isn’t very good either, playing for real scares and atmosphere it fails on both counts. It was intended for the audience to experience it in 3D, but on DVD it is just in 2D and the gimmick is apparent and it looks laughable.

Centring on a group of friends holidaying in Thailand from Hong Kong, they get stranded there after a political uprising to over through the Prime Minister. Unable to go back to their luxury hotel they have to find somewhere else to bide their time. The taxi driver drops them off at a hotel that
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Sleepwalker in 3D trailer delivers chills, scares and really bad hair!

The latest supernatural thriller from Hong Kong director Oxide Pang sees him flying solo without twin brother and regular collaborator Danny Pang, but reuniting professionally with wife Angelica Lee Sinje. Due for release in Hong Kong on 3 November, Universe has finally released the first trailer, which appears to again combine spooky atmospherics with CG-heavy otherworldly environments that featured heavily in the earlier Pang/Lee features, The Eye and Recycle.The trailer depicts Lee sporting a rather shocking mop of hair which achieves the incredibly difficult task of making her look decidedly less than attractive. Her character appears to be a long-suffering somnabulist who may or may not have murdered her husband during one of her nighttime excursions. Huo Si Yan plays the cop out to solve...
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One-Sheet Debut for Oxide Pang's Sleepwalker 3D

A new one-sheet for Oxide Pang's (one half of the directing duo known as The Pang Brothers who brought us The Eye franchise) new film Sleepwalker 3D has made its way online, and we have every pixel of it right here for you to dig on!

Sleepwalker 3D stars Sinje Lee, Charlie Young, and Bi Chang Zhou. The flick opens in Hong Kong on November 3rd.

Synopsis

Yi has never imagined a revolving dream haunting her every night would evolve into to a nightmare in real life. Shortly after a dream man enters her gloomy life, Yi, a sleepwalker, is set back again by a past broken relationship and becomes a suspected murderer of her ex-husband. The clearer her dream develops, the more real the accused crime appears to her. Did she really kill when sleepwalking?

Visit The Evilshop @ Amazon!

Got news? Click here to submit it!

Sleepwalk into the comments section below!
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Gorgeous poster for Oxide Pang's Sleepwalker in 3D

Oxide Pang flies solo this time out, but instead of working alongside brother Danny, he's bringing his good lady Angelica Lee Sinje along for the ride. Their previous collaborations, The Eye and Re-cycle represent the very best of the Pangs output and from what I've seen of this one so far, they could well be back on winning track here. Add to the mix the angle of 3D - not a technology I'm normally a fan of - but Pang has certainly shown in the past that he knows how to use it effectively, and we have the makings of a great-looking and hopefully atmospheric little horror movie. We hope to be able to share the film's official trailer with you in the coming days,...
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Lionsgate Dropping Lots of Horror to DVD - The Sylvian Experiments, The Child's Eye, and Needle

Halloween is nearly here so of course that means Lionsgate has a bevy of new horror titles locked and loaded to celebrate the season of spooky! Read on for details on the releases of The Sylvian Experiments, The Child's Eye, and Needle!

Fans of Japanese horror films will rejoice this October 11th as Lionsgate debuts a sick and strange new tale, The Sylvian Experiments, on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand. From the creators of The Ring and The Grudge, a neuroscientist begins experimenting on the human brain and her obsession turns deadly for her family.

After discovering a reel of 16mm film in the basement of a dilapidated hospital, a neuroscientist and her husband find themselves enthralled by the film's bizarre content. The film documents underground experiments on the human brain trying to unlock the Sylvian Fissure - an invisible reality believed to be achieved between life and death.
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New Release: The Child’s Eye DVD

Rainie Yang and her pooch feel the terror in The Child's Eye.

The Child’s Eye, the fourth installment of the Hong Kong horror-thriller franchise The Eye that was launched by The Pang Brothers (Bangkok Dangerous) nearly a decade ago, is coming to DVD from Lionsgate on Oct. 11 for the list price of $26.98.

Just as they directed The Eye (2002), The Eye 2 (2004) and the bafflingly titled third film in the trilogy The Eye 10 (2005), The Pang Brothers (Oxide and Danny) are back behind the camera as the directors of 2010’s The Child’s Eye, which focuses on a group of friends who find themselves stranded in Thailand after unexpected airport closures. Unfortunately, they have no choice but to stay at the Chung Tai Hotel, an old, rundown and way-creepy building. As the group uncovers the history behind the hotel’s walls, they’re slowly drawn into its horrific past. And the more sinister,
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Lionsgate Bringing The Child's Eye and The Sylvian Experiments Home in October

Two more terror tales with some Asian flavor are coming home via Lionsgate just in time for Halloween, The Child's Eye and The Sylvian Experiments, and we've got the early scoop on both for ya!

From the Press Release: Lionsgate presents the DVD, Digital Download and On Demand releases of The Child's Eye and The Sylvian Experiments, both available on October 11th.

The Child's Eye

The Pang Brothers, acclaimed directors of Bangkok Dangerous, the original The Eye, and The Messengers, return to the screen with the fourth installment of the original The Eye franchise as Lionsgate debuts The Child's Eye on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand this October. In the film, a series of supernatural events unfold for a group of travelers stranded at an airport in Bangkok. The Child's Eye DVD includes behind-the-scenes cast and crew interviews.

A group of friends find themselves stranded in Thailand after unexpected airport closures.
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