The easternKicks.com Podcast

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

Episode 34 - The horror of Hong Kong!

October 27th, 2021

Yes, it's that time of year again, and we turn our focus to modern Hong Kong horror, from the tail end of the Shaw Brothers right up to Fruit Chan's Coffin Homes. Meanwhile, Niina and Stephen share some of their favourites...

This episode's handy timecodes   

00:00:49 - Episode introduction
00:02:18 - Why Hong Kong horror?
00:08:00 - Into the 80s
00:10:34 - Niina on Seeding Of A Ghost
00:13:51 - The evolution from Shaw Brothers
00:25:01 - The glorious descent into Category III
00:27:17 - The 1990s
00:38:07 - Post-handover and the 2000s
00:46:03 - Stephen on Hex
00:49:56 - The last decade
00:56:04 - The future of Hong Kong horror...(?)
01:03:17 - Outro

Episode 30: The best of NYAFF 2021

August 17th, 2021

In this episode, we turn our eye to some picks from the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), including an extended chat about Benny Chan's final film Raging Fire. Meanwhile Maja Korbeca chats to the "Grandmother of Hong Kong Cinema" Ann Hui, recipient of the NYAFF 2021 Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award.  

This episode's timecodes   

00:31 - Episode introduction
02:16 - Back to live festivals with NYAFF and Raging Fire
15:36 - Hand Rolled Cigarette and Limbo
22:59 - Shadows and more from Hong Kong
28:59 - Maja interview with Ann Hui
41:41 - Some picks screening from  South Korea, including Spiritwalker, The Prayer and Midnight
49:38 - More picks including Three Sisters and Escape from Mogadishu
51:50 - Picks from Japan, including Last Of The Wolves and Junk Head
52:10 - Picks from Taiwan, including As You Like It, The Silent Forest and My Missing Valentine
58:13 - Outro

The New York Asian Film Festival continues with both in-person screenings and online until 22 August. 

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 26: One-Armed Jimmy

May 29th, 2021

Join Andrew, James and easternKicks contributor Yonah Sichrovsky for some mainly 'armless fun, as we chat about kung fu classic One Armed Boxer, and director and star, the notorious Jimmy Wang Yu

This episode's timecodes   

00:00:52 - Episode introduction
00:02:41 - One Armed Boxer review
00:19:20 - Jimmy Wang Yu: The main who would be Bruce?
00:34:28 - Will we ever see the popularity of kung fu films return?
00:44:09 - easternKicks Picks: James
00:54:54 - More easternKicks Picks: Yonah, including Demon Slayer
01:02:17 - Outro

One Armed Boxer is available now on UK Blu-ray from Eureka Entertainment.

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 16: A pop-up chat about Asian Pop-up Cinema!

September 7th, 2020

We talk to Sophia's Choice founder Sophia Wong Boccio about Chicago-based Asian Pop-up Cinema and the changing shape of film festivals in the Covid-19 era. We also look back on the career of the late and much-loved Hong Kong action director Benny Chan, as well hear from another of our Udine Far East Film Festival Campus correspondents.

 

This episode's timecodes

00:31 - Episode introduction
01:26 - A chat with Sophia Wong Boccio: Asian Pop-up Cinema
42:51 - A look back at Benny Chan's career
55:58 - Udine FEFF correspondent: Diego Aparicio
59:56 - Outro

Episode 11: Spotlight on… Wu Xia (Dragon)

July 3rd, 2020

In another special edition, we put the spotlight on classic martial arts film Wu Xia (aka Dragon), starring Donnie Yen, with an exclusive interview with the film's director Peter Chan. We also look at new release Enter The Fat Dragon and some discoveries on Prime Video.  

This episode's timecodes

00:00:32 - Episode introduction
00:01:29 - Wu Xia introduction
00:10:25 - Peter Chan on how the film came about
00:25:33 - Peter Chan discusses getting the best out of action stars
00:33:43 - Peter Chan on casting Jimmy Wang Yu
00:41:25 - Peter Chan on Jake Pollack's cinematography
00:48:25 - Wu Xia vs Dragon: the international cut
00:56:50 - easternKicks Picks: Enter The Fat Dragon (On digital and Blu-ray from Well Go USA)
01:04:59 - easternKicks Picks: PreyThe Spy Gone North and Savage (On Prime Video)  

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