Asian Cinema at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016

Fans of the podcast will know my roots (Podcast on Fire), I love my Asian Cinema. Oh and I love the EIFF and yes, the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival is a BIG deal for Scotland. It’s only fair to highlight some of the Cinematic gems from the far east!



Mojin: The Lost Legend (Dir. Wu Ershan)

Chen Kun, Shu Qi and Huang Bo star as three legendary ‘Mojin Xiaowei’ tomb raiders who find themselves reunited when a cult leader hires them to return to the location of their last mission, a remote Mongolian spot where an old love was lost and protected by zombie troops.

Sounds like fun right? It’s always nice to see familiar faces like Shu Qi on the big screen – Get your tickets here!

Hong Kong


Trivisa (Dir. Frank Hui, Jevons Au & Vicky Wong)

Trivisa which takes it title from the Buddhist notion of the ‘three root poisons’ of greed, anger and ignorance, is the work of three up-and-coming filmmakers tackling three crime figures all trying to deal with the upheaval as British administered Hong Kong is set to be handed over to China in the summer of 1997.

Under the wing of mentor Johnnie To, a crime story set in 1997 focussing on three different themes tackled by three upcoming directors. Get your tickets!



Lowlife Love (Dir. Eiji Uchida)

The seedy underbelly of the Japanese independent film scene is in the spotlight in Uchida Eiji’s film, which focuses on director Tetsuo , a sleazy 39 year-old who lives with his parents and trades on one minor success from years gone by. He surrounds himself with film students (ripe for exploiting) and talentless actresses (ripe for seducing). But when he realises one of the new wannabees in his group has written a good script and another has the talent to be a good actress, he sniffs a chance for fame and redemption.

It sounds alot better after reading that plot right? I always love films and film! You can get your tickets, times, veneue – here!

South Korea


Karaoke Crazies (Dir. Kim Sang-chan)

Karaoke Crazies is about how the owner of the Addiction Karaoke bar gets his business re-started. It begins with the arrival of sullen Ha-suck (Bae So-eun) a hostess who uses unconventional sexual favours to boost business, and when he also recruits extrovert Na-ju (Kim Na-mi) the bar really starts getting busy!

IF that is not enough for you, the page subtitle will hook your attention; Sex and serial killing in a Korean Karaoke bar. – Do you want tickets now? Click here

So there you have it – those are the main highlights we’ve noticed from the EIFF line up. If you’re still hungry for more, here’s a list of the other Asian Cinema titles screening this June;


South Korea

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5 Highlights from Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 Programme

Damn, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is now in its 70th year! We always attempt to make a large impact at the festival – articles, spew out as much reviews as possible etc. Last year, we managed several – but due to the loss of our website, only one remains.

Onwards and upwards right? I’ve feverishly read through the festival programme and here’s a list of my personal “MUST SEE MOVIES” aka a top five list! Happy reading and thank you for visiting – we have a podcast!

The Library Suicides (Y Llyfrgell)


A playful murder mystery set in a Welsh library? I know, it sounds like an M.C. Beaton novel, but The Library Suicides is in the capable hands of the team behind Doctor Who and Broadchurch.  This Welsh language thriller is about twin sisters/librarians (Catrin Stewart) who are led to believe that their author mothers suicide is murder. The mothers last words points the finger her biographer! It’s being described as stylish, playful and enjoyable? Sign me up! You’ve borrowed my attention (sorry).

Where, When and What time? Click Here


The Lovers and the Despot


This is a Documentary that focusses on a famous classic film duo, Shin Sang-ok and Choi Eun-hee – director and leading lady combo, their relationship is highlighted by interviews with Choi Eun-hee and a archive of past footage. Sounds pretty straight forward, sweet actually. The hook comes from the last sentence though. Keyword? Imprisonment.

The documentary teases topics such as spies, kidnapped movie stars and the bizarre leading role for the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il.

Where, When and What time? Click Here




Slash Fiction the movie! Sort of, or is it /Fiction? I am out of touch. Anyway, in /Slash/ we follow the lives of two youths and their affection for writing about their chosen fandom. And, where you can push the limits of your fandom and when your thoughts about fictional characters go a little too far. There’s an outlet for those wanting to read those tales. It may seem bright, but I can imagine this is being a dark cautionary tale.

Where, When and What time? Click Here


The Rezort


Zombies! The trend will never tire, The Rezort follows the world following after the Zombie outbreak. Where most of the Zombies have been eradicated and the remaining numbers have been pushed into hunting resorts. Thus allowing the wealthy to hunt and kill ‘walkers for a high price!

But like all Zombie/Resort movies – things go wrong and when things go wrong – you need Dougray Scott!

Where, When and What time? Click Here


Yoga Hosers


This was an obvious one right? We all know that myself and Andy are big Kevin Smith fans (examples 1, 2 & 3). The chance of seeing his latest film in cinemas is a must – why? Smiths film making is very niche, he’s realistically making movies for his own amusement – the True North Trilogy is ideas spun from Smodcast – filled with in-jokes and references for him and his fans should/would savour. It make not get a wide cinema release in the United Kingdom, Tusk never made it further than its UK Premier in Leeds! So if there is your motivation to catch those ‘hosers on the big screen!

Where, When and What time? Click Here

And with any luck, we will attempt to view, review and podcast about a couple of these titles! Especially with Kevin Smith being in person in Edinburgh the week Yoga Hoser screens.

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EP 103 – Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)

Ladies, Ladies, Ladies, Stoo and Swearing Andy are in the hizzouse! Yes, we are in the same room, recording a podcast no less! Become chestly blessed and download the latest episode of Films & Swearing where we recite the dialogue of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)! Let us know if Joe from Marvel is treating the Diamond Robbery girls to some thick Sicilian or no!

Shout outs to Mass Moviecide UK and The Old Boys Podcast for reaching 1 year in Podcasting.