James Marsh
Asian Editor; Hong Kong, China

Originally from England, James has lived in Hong Kong since 2001. He is a programmer for Fantastic Fest, pretty nifty with a pair of chopsticks, yet harbours no aspirations to learn kung fu. When not attending film festivals, watching films, writing about films, or shopping online for Blurays, James is most likely out drinking somewhere, hogging the karaoke mic. Either that or he's asleep and snoring loudly, but that rarely happens. There are just too many films that remain unwatched and not enough hours in the day.

Yubari 2014: THE PINKIE Takes Grand Prix In Fantastic Off Theater Competition

The Winners of the Fantastic Off Theater Competition at this year's Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival were announced Sunday night, with Lisa Takeba's The Pinkie awarded the Grand Prix by the jury made up of Saito Takumi, Thomas Nam, Tom... More »
  

ABERDEEN And THE MIDNIGHT AFTER To Open 38th Hong Kong Int'l Film Festival

The lineup has been announced, and two films we be officially opening this year's Hong Kong International Film Festival, which runs from 24th March to 7th April. The World Premiere of Pang Ho Cheung's Aberdeen, starring Miriam Yeung, Gigi Leung,... More »
  

Yubari 2014: Catch ABCS OF DEATH 2 Runners-Up And AUDITION's Shiina Eihi

Kicking off tomorrow, the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival is a revelrous microcosm of the weird and wonderful that Japan cinema has to offer. And right at the heart of the festivities, there's always an anarchic celebration of all things... More »
  

First Trailer For Mizui Maki's Abduction Drama KEPT

Due to have its world premiere at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival later this week, before playing in competition at Boston Underground Film Festival on 28 March, we get a first look at Kept, the debut feature from Mizui... More »
  

Yubari 2014 Preview: Twitch's Most Anticipated Movies

This Thursday sees the opening of the 2014 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival way up in the wintry climes of Hokkaido, Japan. Christopher O'Keeffe and I will be pulling on our long-johns and heading out into the snow to savour... More »
  

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Tsui Hark

This year on Full Disclosure we are focusing on a different celebrated filmmaker each month and getting ourselves better acquainted with their body of work. Last week, Hong Kong institution Tsui Hark celebrated his 64th birthday, and so in recognition... More »
  

Trailer: Finally Hong Kong Will Witness The WRATH OF VAJRA!

Originally scheduled for a release back in the summer of 2013, Law Wing Cheong's martial arts/horror hybrid has finally landed a domestic release date, and is set to screen in Hong Kong from 6 March.Marking the first lead role for... More »
  

Trailer: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Are A Bunch Of A-Holes!

I gotta be honest, I had no idea who the Guardians of the Galaxy were before Marvel announced their latest cinematic venture. That clip at the end of Thor: The Dark World left me scratching my head, while news that Chris... More »
  

Diao Yinan's BLACK COAL, THIN ICE Leads Berlin 2014 Winners

Black Coal, Thin Ice - a mainland Chinese murder mystery from director Diao Yinan (Night Train) - has won the Golden Bear for best film at the Berlin International Film Festival, as well as the Silver Bear for Best Actor... More »
  

Zhang Yimou In Talks To Direct Robert Ludlum Adaptation

Zhang Yimou, the acclaimed mainland Chinese director behind such critical and commercial hits as Raise The Red Lantern, Hero and The Flowers Of War, is reportedly in talks with Universal Studios to direct an English language adaptation of the Robert... More »
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: William A. Wellman's WINGS

Dubbed the last great silent film, William A. Wellman's 1927 action-packed epic is a simple story of friendship, love and rivalry set against the colossal backdrop of the First World War. Featuring some of the most incredible aerial battles ever... More »
  

Pang Ho Cheung Comes Home In First ABERDEEN Trailer

After a dalliance on the mainland in his hugely successful sequel Love In The Buff, Hong Kong's Pang Ho Cheung has returned home for his latest directorial endeavour, Aberdeen - a comedy-drama focusing on three generations of one family as... More »
  

Review: A FIELD IN ENGLAND, A Terrifying Headtrip Into The British Countryside

Bold, beautiful and utterly bonkers, Ben Wheatley's A Field in England is a mind-bending monochrome masterpiece likely to alienate as many as it seduces with its surreal visuals and delightfully deranged performances. As a fan of director Ben Wheatley since... More »
  

NASHVILLE, IF...., HAROLD & MAUDE Head Masters Of Cinema Q2 Slate

Another raft of quality classics have just been announced as joining Eureka Entertainment's Masters of Cinema series. Lindsay Anderson's brilliant If...., Robert Altman's Nashville, Billy Wilder's Ace In The Hole and Hal Ashby's Harold & Maude will be released between... More »
  

World Premiere Of HAUSU Director's SEVEN WEEKS To Close Yubari 2014

The Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival is a favourite cinematic celebration here at Twitch, and next month we'll be heading east to snowbound Hokkaido, Japan for this year's celebration of weird and wonderful genre cinema. The official programme has now been... More »
  

Twitch Can Read: Lob & Rochette's SNOWPIERCER In English For The First Time

While most of the English-speaking world is still yet to see Bong Joon-ho's science-fiction masterpiece, Snowpiercer, the good people at Titan Books have acquired the original French graphic novel and are publishing it in English for the very first time.Written... More »
  

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Miyazaki Hayao

It's a new year and time for a renewed attack on our personal cinematic lists of shame here at Twitch. While 2013 proved something of a free-for-all in terms of our approach, Full Disclosure 2.014 is a different beast entirely.... More »
  

Review: THE MONKEY KING Is A Hot Mess From The Heavens

Soi Cheang's The Monkey King finally arrives in time for the Chinese New Year holiday, but despite a spirited central performance from an unrecognisable Donnie Yen, the film proves a chaotic maelstrom of make-up and computer-generated imagery that struggles to... More »
  

Attention Filmmakers! Nishimura Yoshihiro Wants To Screen Your SFX In Yubari!

Next month we'll be heading to the wintry climes of Hokkaido, Japan for the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival, where this year Tokyo Gore Police director and splatter effects pioneer Nishimura Yoshihiro will be hosting a special event to discover... More »
  

Review: Van Damme Goes Violently Vegan In ENEMIES CLOSER

Jean Claude Van Damme is gleefully deranged in Peter Hyams' no-frills Friday night beat-em up, in which a park ranger and vengeful ex-con form an uneasy alliance against a gang of marauding mercenaries on the Canadian border.The last decade has... More »
  
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