The easternKicks.com Podcast

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

Episode 39 - The Sadness special

May 11th, 2022

To celebrate the global release of gruesome horror The Sadness on Shudder, James and Andy chat through the film, with an exclusive interview with the films director, Rob Jabbaz.

This episode’s handy timecodes

00:31 - Episode introduction
01:54 - The Sadness, a quick explainer
08:39 - Rob Jabbaz interview
28:11 - Reactions to the interview
34:52 - easternKicks Picks!
42:40 - Outro

The Sadness is available to exclusively stream on Shudder from 12th May. 

Episode 36 - The End of the Year Show

December 23rd, 2021

This episode is a real meeting of minds, as Panos Kotzathanasis of Asian Movie Pulse joins James and Andy to chat about the trends and topics of the year, all bizarrely summed up by titles of soul and funk songs (?) Meanwhile easternKicks regulars Niina and Theo share thoughts on their favourite films of the year. 

This episode's handy timecodes   

00:00:44 – Episode introduction
00:02:39 – What's in Santa's hat (don't ask!)
00:03:33 – Smoke.Netflix.Chill
00:18:26 – (Get on the) Partyline 
00:34:55 – Niina on Howling Village
00:37:43 – Sitting in Limbo
00:45:07 – East West Shuffle
00:53:54 – Theme For "Five Fingers Of Death"
01:05:03 – Spice Of Life (Oh Yes, You're the Best)
01:06:21 – Theo on Drive My Car
01:19:56 – 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 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 4: Who is King Hu?

March 3rd, 2020

Stephen joins us for an in-depth discussion about all things King Hu, while the Director of Culture Division at the Taipei Representative Office's Dr Chen Pin-Chuan puts his legacy in context and Niina tells us why you should watch Raining In The Mountain. Japan Times film critic Mark Schilling tells us How he got into easternFlicks. James reports back about Berlinale 2020, and Ant has a pick for us. What is it? Listen to find out!

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