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Review: The Wailing by UKAnifest

The Wailing [DVD]
Starring Do-won Kwak, Jung-min Hwang, Jun Kunimura, Woo-hee Chun, Hwan-hee Kim

Hi Civilians, 

 The film that sent waves in the Korean box office and all over the world has finally come to the UK. The Korean title 'Goksung' pertains to the rural village where the film is placed, but this village is not like any other... this is the wailing.

The Sticky

"The South Korean box office smash, The Wailing, is a riveting police investigation which turns into a sensationally terrifying thriller as a likeable cop is drawn into a nightmarish hunt for a source of pure evil disturbing this quiet, rural village." Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment

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  A guy has stabbed his wife and kids to death for no premeditated reason. Jeon Jong-gu and his police unit get to the area and this is where we see the plot untangle. As more family murders happen suspects emerge and the 'so-called' killers are found to be covered within rashes and boils.  Rumors circulate about a middle aged Japanese man who arrived only when these situations occur, this only adds to the confusion and randomness in this violent, scary and suspenseful film.

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There's nothing more scary about a film that has you fearing something that you cannot see straight away or something that you cannot comprehend. The Wailing makes you want to see what happens next, it starts with a series of gruesome deaths and ends with a plot twist that you have to watch twice just to absorb the true nature of what just happened. The plot, scripted and directed by Hong-jin Na on the surface makes some sense but in its randomness gives the viewer a sense of surrealism making good use of suspense, gore and shock keeping you on the edge of your seat.
The director draws upon ancient customs to show a dark, primitive tone where story is first and violence is second. This thriller crosses the line between suspense and horror, associating itself amongst films like The Exorcist, Poltergeist and 28 days later to give you a genre crossing sublime film. The film runs at 2hrs 56minutes long keeping you engaged in the drama and yes the GORE but it does so with such elegance that this has to be the Korean film of the year. 

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This movie is the 8th biggest Korean opening of all time and has the making for being one of the best Korean films to date. It is a fun, thrilling and gory movie that has all depth of a Hollywood movie and all the guts of a indie film.  The characters are the focal point of this film and it is a better film for it. As we keep saying, we need to keep Asian film alive in the U.K. and this is an offering that you cannot refuse to watch. Powerful and mesmerising you need to purchase this NOW and watch late at night for full effect. 

This movie comes highly recommended and is definitely one to watch!

Film: ★★★★★ /Extras: ★★★☆☆ /Disc: ★★★★☆

@ukanifest

Your Name by UKAnifest

Empire Magazine ★★★★★

Empire Magazine ★★★★★

Hi Civilians, 

The Daily Telegraph ★★★★★

The Daily Telegraph ★★★★★

Your name is a Japanese anime film that has taken the Japanese box office by storm. Having grossed more than 17 billion Yen (£135m) at the Japanese box office to date, YOUR NAME tells the story of a teenage boy and girl who have never met, but who start to magically swap minds and bodies.

Total Film ★★★★★

Total Film ★★★★★

The Sticky

"Your Name is the story of a teenage boy and girl who have never met, but who start to magically swap minds and live each other’s lives. Mitsuha, a teenage girl student, lives in a small mountain town, but longs for the bright lights of Tokyo far away. Then she is astonished to wake one morning in the body of Taki, a teenage Tokyo schoolboy – who in turn wakes up in Mitsuha’s body!

Total Film ★★★★★

Total Film ★★★★★

Switching back and forth between two lives, locations and genders, Mitsuha and Taki must cope with their fantastic shared situation. At first they are outraged and mortified by what’s happening, but soon they start enjoying their double lives, though they never meet directly. Eventually, though, one of the youngsters will learn the devastating truth behind what’s happening..."

BBC Radio 1 ★★★★

BBC Radio 1 ★★★★

Released in Japan this August, Your Name was an instant hit, shooting to the top of the box-office charts. Both the modern and traditional sides of Japan are shown with extraordinary realism, the modern infrastructure of Tokyo and the ancient Shinto traditions of Mitsuha’s rural home.

  Time Out ★★★★

  Time Out ★★★★

Your Name will open in key places nationwide from 18th November with exclusive screenings at over 100 UK & Irish cinemas nationwide on Thursday, 24th November.

So you know what to do... grab your tickets here and support anime in cinemas!

Links: Book Tickets  / Website

 @ukanifest

Empire Magazine ★★★★★ Total Film ★★★★★

Empire Magazine ★★★★★ Total Film ★★★★★

 

League Of Gods by UKAnifest

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Hi Civilians, 

  Coming to a cinema near you is the film League Of Gods. Sony Pictures are pushing this film in limited cinema chains across the country on the 29th July 2016. 

The Sticky

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"A long time ago, a determined King Zhou, supported by his concubine Daji, sets his mind on conquering the Middle Kingdom. After years of slaughter, the unyielding Adept tribes have been eliminated in succession. Jiang and General Ji from Qishan are King Zhou’s longstanding opponents. Under a divinatory sign, Jiang discovers that the Sword of Light can reverse the adversity.

Jet Li is back and ready for action in the new fantasy epic League of Gods. Based on the 16th-century Chinese novel “The Investiture Of The Gods”, Jet Li is back with a big cast including Louis Koo, Fan Bingbing, Tony Leung Ka-Fai and more!" Sony Pictures Int. 

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 So book tickets here and support Asian films in the UK. This film looks like a visual feast with many starts from Angelbaby to Jet Li. This is perhaps a trial for Sony to see what the uptake is on Asian cinema in the UK therefore we have to support the cause.  

Go and book your tickets NOW!! 

@ukanifest