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Film Review: Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota by Vasan Bala

Festival favourites tend to have a reputation for not doing well at the Indian box-office, as they come with a preconceived notion of being artsy and catering to a niche audience. “Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota”, however, has a lot going for it that could entice a larger, mainstream audience. For starters, its promos make it seem like a superhero or a martial arts film, unlike any Bollywood has seen thus far. Secondly, it features a fresh, young cast in film that’s infused with nostalgic retro sounds and look. Finally, it is the sophomore directorial feature from writer/director Vasan Bala, who, along with Anurag Kashyap, wrote the excellent character study that was the serial killer film “Raman Raghav 2.0”. The film had its premiere in the Midnight Madness section at the Toronto International Film Festival 2018, winning the People’s Choice Award.

“Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota” is screening
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Panel Discussion “A Fear of Monsters: Folklore and Horror in Cinema” to Take Place in Singapore

Four of the most renowned genre filmmakers in the Southeast Asian region – Eric Khoo from Singapore, Joko Anwar from Indonesia, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang from Thailand, and Ho Yuhang from Malaysia – come together in this session to discuss the creation and their involvement in the HBO Asia series “Folklore“. How does folklore inspire and inform horror in each of the directors’ works? What are the research processes and responsibilities of representing their cultures in an internationalised genre film market?

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A Fear of Monsters: Folklore and Horror in Cinema

9 June 2019

3 – 4.30pm

Oldham Theatre. Free admission with registration

Speakers:

Eric Khoo (Singapore), director of “Folklore: Nobody“

Joko Anwar (Indonesia), director of “Folklore: A Mother’s Love“

Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (Thailand), director of “Folklore: Pob“

Ho Yuhang (Malaysia), director of “Folklore: Toyol“

Moderator:

Wardah Mohammad, Management Assistant Officer (Outreach) at Nus Museum

Wardah Mohamad (b. 1991) graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2011. Since then
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Film review: Fly By Night (2018) by Zahir Omar

Zahir Omar’s directorial debut feature “Fly by Night” takes us to a familiar territory of a genre cinema, but in a less threadbare setting of Kuala Lumpur’s underworld. Visually engaging, with a good job of the ensemble cast, it puts the viewer in a proper mood straightaway: catchy blues tunes flow, and the camera gives us a dynamic ride through the nighttime streets of the city, illuminated by the neon lights of the opening credits.

Fly By Night” is screening atUdine Far East Film Festival

Tailo is the head of a low-key extortion gang. He drives a taxi and, along with his fellow cabbies: younger brother Sailo (Fabian Loo) and his best pal Gwailo, he fishes for potential targets. Kuala Lumpur airport is their hunting ground. Michelle (Ruby Yap), Sailo’s wife, who works at a taxi booking counter, filters potential well-off victims, and Gwailo takes them to the right vehicle.
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Film Review: Samui Song (2017) by Pen-ek Ratanaruang

Pen-ek Ratanaruang is a name already recognized and respected inside Asian cinema culture. His filmography has gone from less to more, and lately, his level has remained at a very appreciable level. Samui Song is the new film that he directs after “Headshot” from 2011, and “Samui Song” maintains the good stylized quality that film had. It has been 6 years of patient waiting for us to see a new movie of his, but to be honest, it was worth it.

“Samui Song” screened at San Diego Asian Film Festival

Pen-ek Ratanaruang is sometimes known for mixing different genres, like in “6ixtynin9” or in Last “Life in the Universe”, where he mixes drama with comedy. Here, Pen-ek Ratanaruang is more focused and tells the story in a stylized noirish way with some thriller elements, as it occurred with his previous film “Headshot”.

Samui Song is about Viyada (or Vi), a well-known soap
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Trailer for New Martial Arts Film “Triple Threat”

England born director Jesse V. Johnson has completed production on his most recent production “Triple Threat”. The film boasts an iconic international casts of action stars and professional martial artists. The cast includes standouts among Asian action film fans in Tony Jaa and Iko Uwais.

The film will be showcased in a one night release event on March 19, 2019, and will be followed by a release in select theaters and VOD on March 22. A trailer for the film can be viewed below.

Synopsis

A down-and-out team of mercenaries must take on a group of professional assassins and stop them before they kill their target: a billionaire’s daughter intent on bringing down a major crime syndicate. This breakneck thriller teams over half a dozen of the world’s biggest action stars for the martial arts event film of the year. (Well Go USA)
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The 10 Best Asian Action / Martial Arts Movies of 2018

After the Best Asian Asian Films of 2018, we felt that we should also compile more specific lists about the best of the year, since there were a lot of great 2018 films that were left out, inevitably. The first list in that regard includes the Best Action Films of 2018, in a collection of movies, which, in contrary to the aforementioned, where most entries were from Japan, has much more diversity, since the only country that is represented thrice is China, which probably has to do with the legacy Hk action films have left.

Some films are not genuine entries of the category, like “One Two Jaga” for example. which is a social drama at least as much as an action movie, but in every case, there was enough to justify the inclusion in the category, at least partially.

Without further ado, here are the Best Asian action films of 2018, in random order.
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Teaser for Indonesian Horror film “Dreadout”

Indonesian director Kimo Stamboel is working on his most recent project “DreadOut”. The director makes his second solo directorial debut outside of the “Mo Brothers” who made a name for themselves within horror and action with films such as “Killers“, “Macabre“, and “Headshot”. The film is based off of the cult indie horror game of the same name, developed by Digital Happiness in Bandung, Indonesia.

A teaser for the film has been released by Goodhouse along with cast information. We are awaiting more details and full plot synopsis. It is yet to be seen how closely the film will follow the content with the game as director Kimo Stramboel commented that the film will be aimed towards a more teenage audience and he wants to ensure the concepts within the game transfer well to the big screen, while respecting both mediums. Given the directors talents “Dreadout” has the potential to
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Film Review: May the Devil Take You (2018) by Timo Tjahjanto

Currently one of the hottest directors working in Asia, director Timo Tjahjanto has offered a slew of explosive and engaging efforts that are placing him at the forefront of international success. Not only has the man broken away being part of ‘The Mo Brothers’ with Kimo Stamboel, Timo followed up his previous action highlight ‘The Night Comes For Us’ with his standout horror film ‘Sebelum Iblis Menjemput,’ or streaming on Netflix under the title ‘May the Devil Take You.’

Fearing for her father, Alfie arrives at the hospital to meet him only to find her stepsiblings Maya, Ruben (Samo Rafael), Nara, (Hadijah Shahab) and their mother Laksmi there as well. As they engage in their usual bickering, the group is forced by circumstances beyond their control to investigate his house in order to find out what happened to him. Almost immediately, they realize that their father awakened a great evil
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English-subbed ‘Dreadout’ Trailer Enters the Tower of Hell!

As one half of the hot Indonesian filmmaking duo, the Mo Brothers, along with Timo Tjahjanto, Kimo Stamboel has credits including the Bloody Disgusting release, Macabre, as well as Killers, co-produced by Nikkatsu, and Headshot, which premiered in Toronto 2016. Next up is the sci-fi horror Dreadout: Tower of Hell, based on an Indonesian smash hit indie video game. Dreadout is about a group of […]
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Poster for ‘Dreadout’, Indonesia’s Live-action Video Game Adaptation

As one half of the hot Indonesian filmmaking duo, the Mo Brothers, along with Timo Tjahjanto, Kimo Stamboel has credits including the Bloody Disgusting release, Macabre, as well as Killers, co-produced by Nikkatsu, and Headshot, which premiered in Toronto 2016. Next up is the sci-fi horror Dreadout, based on an Indonesian smash hit indie video game. Dreadout is about a group of […]
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Interview with Bront Palarae and Namron: Nobody wants to take this responsibility of showing political and social issues, so I take it for my society and my nation

Nam Ron (alias of Shahili Bin Abdan) was born in 1969 in Kangar, Malaysia. He graduated from the Department of Theatre in the National Arts Academy in 1994, and has since worked in theatre, television and film as a director, writer and actor. His reputation was launched by the play Misi (co-written with Faisal Tehrani), followed by many successful stage performances. He has worked with most reknowned Malaysian filmmakers such as Dain Said, Yasmin Ahmad, James Lee, Tan Chui Mui, acting in main, supporting roles not mentioning many cameo appearances. His directorial debut, “Gedebe” was a loose adaptation of “Julius Caesar” set in the underground Malaysian music scene. In his film works Nam Ron skillfully combines genres cinema with sharp social commentary.

Though he made his acting debut on television in 2000, Bront Palarae, who is a Malaysian of Pakistani-Malay-Thai descent, first gained fame by portraying two characters in Cinta Tsunami, a television series in 2005. Since then,
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Film Review: Samui Song (2017) by Pen-ek Ratanaruang (19/11)

Pen-ek Ratanaruang is a name already recognized and respected inside Asian cinema culture. His filmography has gone from less to more, and lately, the quality of his work has reached a very appreciable level. “Samui Song” is the new film that he directs after “Headshot” from 2011, and he definitely maintains the good stylized quality that one had. It has been 6 years of patient waiting for us to see a new movie of his, but to be honest, it was worth it.

Samui Song is screening at Five Flavours

Pen-ek Ratanaruang is sometimes known for mixing different genres, like in “6ixtynin9” or in “Last Life in the Universe”, where he mixes drama with comedy. Here, he is more focused and tells the story in a stylized noirish way with some thriller elements, as it occurred with his previous film “Headshot”.

Samui Song is about Viyada (or Vi), a well-known soap opera
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Action-Packed First Look at Singaporean Western Buffalo Boys [Trailer]

Earlier this year we saw there release of an Indonesian western in Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (trailer) and now we have another western from an unlikely country: Singapore.

Buffalo Boys is the directorial debut of Mike Wiluan, an actor and producer behind Crazy Rich Asians, Hitman: Agent 47 and Headshot.

The movie unfolds in 19th century Java. When the sultan is murdered by Dutch soldiers, the sultan's brother and two infant sons manage to escape to America's Wild West. Years later, the boys return to Indonesia to avenge their father's death.

The trailer for Buffalo Boys plays like an al
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Film Review: The Night Comes For Us (2018) by Timo Tjahjanto

In an interview I had with Timo Tjahjanto in 2017, in a question about the appeal of violence on screen, he stated: “Violence speaks to me easily, and I think way too easy, to the point that I find myself often fighting hard for self-restraint. I think that’s where Kimo usually comes to play, he is the guy that put breaks on my violence-throttle”. Well, let’s just say that Kimo is nowhere to be found in this movie.

At the height of its power, the South East Asian Triad controls 80% of Asia’s smuggling activities. Utilizing the notorious Golden Triangle as the main hub, the Triad profits heavily from illegal drugs, weapons and human trafficking. To keep the channels free from chaos and outside disturbance, the Triad leaders created a small formation of elite delegates called the Six Seas, which allowed them free reign to perform extreme measures, all
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Film Review: ‘The Night Comes for Us’

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Film Review: ‘The Night Comes for Us’
Action fans could hardly wish for anything more than what’s served up in “The Night Comes for Us,” a Jakarta-set Triad crime epic boasting some of the most inventive, gory, and dazzlingly choreographed screen violence in recent memory. Confidently executed by Indonesian writer-director Timo Tjahjanto, whose credits as one half of the Mo Brothers team include “Killers” and “Headshot,” this cartoonish cavalcade of carnage potently reunites “The Raid” stars Joe Taslim and Iko Uwais as former friends on a corpse-strewn collision course. Though confusing at times and a little too much of a good thing at two hours, “Night” should satisfy the target audience via Netflix, where it launches Oct. 19.

An extremely energetic workout on the familiar tale of a criminal who turns his back on the mob following a crisis of conscience, “Night” sets things up with text information about “The Six Seas,” an elite squad of Triad enforcers.
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‘The Night Comes for Us’ Review: The Cast of ‘The Raid’ Crash Netflix with a Numbingly Relentless Action Movie

“You can’t kill what’s already dead,” someone gurgles towards the end of Timo Tjahjanto’s “The Night Comes for Us,” and while that assessment may be true, the recent onslaught of bone-crunching Indonesian action films has made it painfully, relentlessly, nauseatingly clear that you can do pretty much anything to what’s about to die. You can shoot it. You can stab it. You can impale it with a spare cow femur that you find lying on the floor of a butcher shop. And — most important of all — you can mix-and-match those methods (and hundreds more just like them) to your heart’s delight, over and over again, until the props department finally runs out of fake blood.

In a grimy beat-em-up like “The Night Comes for Us,” where fake blood appears to account for something like 80% of the shooting budget, that can take a mighty long time.
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Review: ‘The Night Comes For Us’ Carves a ‘The Raid’-Esque Tableaux of Carnage

When considering writer-director Timo Tjahjanto’s new film, it will be difficult to omit two words: The Raid. Similarities between the two certainly have their veracity, with overlapping stars and head-cracking choreography at the forefront of these comparisons. Akin to The Raid 2 in particular, Tjahjanto blends emotion and scale with close-quarter savagery to craft an experience both exhilarating and exhausting. Yet The Night Comes For Us manages to carve its own brutal path, leaving in its wake a pile of bodies and a measure of emotional heft that stand as its own achievement.

Ito (Joe Taslim) is a member of an elite Triad force known as The Six Seas. When tasked with massacring a small village for respect, Ito has a change of heart in the form of a young girl. Surrounded by the fresh corpses of her parents, she represents a glimpse of a new life, one Ito cannot resist pursuing.
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Trailer for New Indonesian Film “The Night Comes For Us”

Indonesian director Timo Tjahjanto has completed production on his latest production “The Night Comes for Us”. The action film will reunite actors Iko Uwais and Joe Taslim, who previously worked together on the cult hit “The Raid: Redemption.”

The film premiers on Netflix on October 19th, 2018. A trailer for the film has been released by Netflix.

Synopsis

After sparing a girl’s life during a massacre, an elite Triad assassin is targeted by an onslaught of murderous gangsters. (Netflix)
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Badass Trailer For The Hardcore Action Thriller The Night Comes For Us Reunites The Stars if The Raid

Netflix has dropped a trailer for a hardcore Indonesian action thriller called The Night Comes For Us and it looks like one hell of a bloody and badass flick! It also reunites Iko Uwais and Joe Taslim who starred in The Raid together. Here’s the synopsis:

The Night Comes For Us follows Ito (Taslim), a former triad enforcer, and his mission to protect a young girl while trying to escape his former gang after his mysterious disappearance setting off a violent battle on the streets of Jakarta.

I’m sold! I love a good action movie and this one is going to deliver complete awesomeness to hardcore action movie fans! I can’t wait to watch it!

The Night Comes For Us was directed by Timo Tjahjanto and it premieres on Netflix on October 19.
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‘The Night Comes For Us’ Trailer: ‘The Raid’ Stars Iko Uwais & Joe Taslim Star In New Film From ‘Headshot’ Director

Gareth Evans might have killed any hope for “The Raid 3,” but if you’re a fan of those films, and just of high-octane martial arts films, in general, then Netflix has you covered with “The Night Comes for Us.”

Read More: Gareth Evans Shoots Down The Possibility Of ‘The Raid 3’: “It Didn’t Really Appeal To Me”

In the trailer for the newest action film to hit Netflix, actors Iko Uwais and Joe Taslim, both best known for their work in “The Raid,” team up for a new action film where they find themselves on opposite sides thanks to a little girl.

Continue reading ‘The Night Comes For Us’ Trailer: ‘The Raid’ Stars Iko Uwais & Joe Taslim Star In New Film From ‘Headshot’ Director at The Playlist.
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