The easternKicks.com Podcast

A regular magazine programme about East Asian film, with the latest news, reviews and interviews

Episode 32 - Spotlight on… A Tale of Two Sisters

September 13th, 2021

This episode we look back on Kim Jee-woon's classic Korean horror more patterned wallpaper than John Lewis, A Tale Of Two Sisters, with help from Stephen Palmer and Yonah Sichrovsky. We also announce a new association with Gweilo Beer! Don't forget to get your discount! But most importantly, will someone explain what's going on to Yonah? Find out!

This episode's timecodes   

00:45 - Episode introduction
03:43 - An introduction to A Tale of Two Sisters
07:50 - The house of William Morris
13:18 - A very British Asian horror?
16:07 - The perfect moment
24:10 - When did the American Remakes start?
27:16 - The legacy of Two Sisters
33:56 - A good time to revisit
37:26 - Does it hold up?
44:33 - We finally work out the ending for Yonah (spoilers!)
48:27 - What else would we like to see getting the special edition treatment? 
56:59 - Outro

A Tale Of Two Sisters is available now on Blu-ray from Arrow Video.

Episode 29: PTU and Johnnie To’s crime drama years

July 9th, 2021

In this episode contributor Kaj van Zoelen joins James and Andy to revisit PTU and the classic crime dramas of Johnnie To. Will we ever see its like again? Meanwhile Stephen Palmer shares thoughts on a decidedly different example from To, My Left Eye Sees Ghosts

This episode's timecodes   

00:00:35 - Episode introduction
00:01:38 - PTU review
00:24:01 - PTU and the HK crime drama resurgence of 2000s
00:52:10 - Stephen Palmer on My Left Eye Sees Ghosts
00:58:54 - James and Kaj share some easternKicks Picks
01:06:08 - Outro

PTU is available now on UK Blu-ray from Eureka Entertainment. 

Episode 28 - The World of Wong Kar-wai

June 25th, 2021

In this special edition, we celebrate the return of Wong Kar-wai's classic in newly remastered versions to cinemas. Special guest Bede Cheng, Managing Director at L’Immagine Ritrovata Asia, the laboratory responsible for the new editions, joins us for a chat about the restoration process. Meanwhile, contributors Colette, Theo, Phillip, Yonah, Ethan and Stephen share their thoughts on the filmmakers work. We also have the perfect podcast fuel from Bun House / Wun's Tea Room & Bar.

This episode's timecodes   

00:00:56 - Episode introduction
00:02:08 - Phillip on As Tears Go By
00:07:19 - Bede Cheng interview part one - What is restoration?
00:26:30 - Ethan on Wong Kar-wai
00:30:49 - Bede Cheng interview part two - Working with WKW
00:33:23 - Theo on Fallen Angels
00:35:57 - Bede Cheng interview part three - More on working with WKW
00:47:11 - Yonah on 2046
00:48:13 - Colette on Wong Kar-wai
01:01:55 - Stephen on Chungking Express
01:07:26 - Outro

Wong Kar-wai films screen at the BFI Southbank and ICA Cinema throughout July. 

Episode 27: Time & Tide & Tsui

June 15th, 2021

On this episode James and Andy are joined by easternKicks contributors Phillip O'Connor and Fedor Tot to chat about the new release of Tsui Hark's 2000 action classic Time and Tide, and the director's career at point, with his fleeting dalliance with Hollywood and USA films, pairing with Jean-Claude Van Damme on Double Team and Knock Off

This episode's timecodes   

00:00:33 - Episode introduction
00:03:50 - Time and Tide review
00:37:05 - Enter JCVD
00:40:52 - Double Team review
00:45:26 - Knock Off review
01:13:33 - easternKicks Picks
01:22:50 - Outro

Time and Tide is available now on UK Blu-ray from Eureka Entertainment. Double Team and Knock Off are available on Uk Blu-ray from 88 Films.

Episode 25: Cliff Walkers and Zhang Yimou

May 8th, 2021

We look at the acclaimed director's latest film, Cliff Walkers, as well his genre work over the last decade. While easternKicks regulars Phillip O'Connor, Maja Korbecka and Stephen Palmer join us for their thoughts on Zhang's work.

This episode's timecodes   

00:00:32 - Episode introduction
00:02:50 - Cliff Walkers review
00:28:10 - Other works
00:30:10 - Stephen Palmer on the 2008 Olympics
00:36:03 - A Simple Noodle Story aka A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop aka 'Zhang Yimou's Blood Simple' (sigh)
00:41:20 - Maja Korbecka on The Road Home
00:47:40 - The Flowers Of War
00:51:00 - Phillip O'Connor on The Great Wall
00:53:05 - The Great Wall
00:57:30 - Shadow
01:00:15 - One Second and Under The Light
01:09:30 - Outro

Cliff Walkers is released in cinemas now, screening in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand via CMC Pictures. 

Episode 21: The Woman Who Ran and Hong Sang-soo

December 22nd, 2020

This episode Tania Hall joins James and Andy for a discussion on that most idiosyncratic of Korean directors, Hong Sang-soo, and his latest film The Woman Who Ran. What is it that makes his films compelling, and where should you start?

The Woman Who Ran is currently streaming on MUBI from 20 December. Sign up now with MUBI via easternKicks and get 30 days FREE!

This episode's timecodes

00:31 - Episode introduction
01:08 - Discussion on The Woman Who Ran
24:54 - Where should you start with Hong?
32:32 - The influence of Hong Sang-soo on other directors
42:21 - Outro

Episode 20: The Gift Guide

December 15th, 2020

The nights have drawn in, and Christmas is but a few sleeps away, so for this episode, Andy and James have put together a list of 12 perfect gifts for the Asian film fan in your life - even if it's just yourself! Meanwhile, our Stephen picks his own list of Christmas wishes! And stay listening, for some very special giveaways!

You can find all the selections with links at easternkicks.com/giftguide, as well as how to enter our giveaway competitions...

This episode's timecodes

00:33 - Episode introduction
01:56 - 1. Parasite soundtrack LP (Sacred Bones)
05:55 - 2. Junji Ito clothing (Crunchyroll)
09:50 - 3. The Untold Story Blu-ray (Unearthed Films)
13:58 - 4. Category III films on Blu-ray (Panorama)
17:08 - 5. Sadako Imperial Stout (Weird Beard Brew)
19:37 - 6. Godzilla 74 Tiki Mug (Mondo)
23:36 - 7. Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954–1975 (Criterion)
27:32 - 8. Akira 4k Limited Edition set (Manga UK)
30:39 - Stephen's Christmas wish list
34:54 - 9. Screen Anime subscription
37:36 - 10. MUBI subscription
41:39 - 11. Char Siu Kits (Wun's Tea Room & Bar)
43:42 - 12. easternKicks tee shirts (!!!)
45:41 - Outro

Episode 19: Spotlight on…The Bride with White Hair

November 29th, 2020

This episode author and film lecturer Colette Balman joins us for a special episode on one of Hong Kong cinemas most beloved films: Ronny Yu's The Bride with White Hair – recently released by Eureka Classics. Including some audio from star Brigitte Lin herself, we discuss the magical pairing with the late Leslie Cheung. There are some new discoveries on Netflix and Amazon prime, and we also hear from the last of our Udine Far East Film Festival Campus correspondents.

This episode's timecodes

00:00:44 - Episode introduction
00:02:23 - The Bride with White Hair discussion
00:37:17 - Brigitte Lin, translated by Sophia Wong Boccio
01:02:21 - Udine FEFF correspondent: Fan Hong
01:06:58 - easternKicks Picks
01:15:30 - Outro

Episode 18: Hungry Ghost Halloween!

October 25th, 2020

Feeling brave? This time we’re celebrating Halloween as Andrew and James find some hungry ghosts of their own with unfinished business – namely Asian horrors that were overlooked in the post-Ringu boom of the early 00s! Meanwhile, some of the easternKicks team share their own unsung ghostly classics.

This episode's timecodes

00:00:31 - Episode introduction
00:02:11 - The Asian horror 'boom' of the 2000s 
00:06:28 - The New Blood (2002)
00:12:10 - Stephen on Inner Senses
00:18:02 - The Red Shoes (2005)
00:28:21 - Noroi: The Curse (2005)
00:34:43 - Niina on Yotsuya Kaidan
00:37:54 - Rule #1 (2008)
00:42:33 - Bunshinsaba (2004)
00:47:50 - Horror Hotline… Big Head Monster (2001)
00:51:37 - Asian horror on the streaming services: might we see a return to the 00s?
00:54:58 - Picks from Netflix and Prime
01:12:07 - Ant on Queen Of Black Magic and Boxers Omen
01:14:21 - Outro

This podcast includes original audio from trailers for the films.

Episode 1: How *we* into easternFlicks

January 11th, 2020

Welcome to the easternKicks podcast, a fortnightly magazine programme about East Asian film led by Andrew Heskins, founder and grandmaster of easternKicks.com, and lead writer James Mudge. Each episode we’ll be taking a look at the latest films, news and festivals, often chatting to filmmakers and stars along the way. But for our first episode, we answer a question we get asked a lot, just what started our passion for Asian film? And then we review Ip Man 4: The Finale, lord help us.

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