Pierce Conran
Seoul, South Korea

Pierce Conran is a film journalist based out of Seoul, where he tries to get the lowdown on the latest and greatest from the Korean peninsula for Twitch and runs the website Modern Korean Cinema. Irish by birth, he has lived in Dublin, Switzerland, New York and Los Angeles. When he's not going to film festivals, writing about and reporting on films or rambling on Twitter (@pierceconran), he mostly stares wistfully out the window.

Review: INTIMATE ENEMIES Marks Low-Point For Im Sang-soo

In a bid to branch out to a wider audience following the tepid critical and commercial response to 2012's The Taste of Money, director Im Sang-soo returns with the spirited but borderline incoherent action-comedy Intimate Enemies. Though desperately trying to... More »
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Review: THREE SUMMER NIGHT Strips Down To Bikinis And Cheap Jokes

Bikini bods, thugs and knuckleheads cross paths under the summer sun in the latest from Korean comedy maestro Kim Sang-jin. Just as chaotic as his earlier output but with less of an edge, Kim brings his trademark cause-and-effect comedy brand... More »
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Review: THE SILENCED Charms With Slick Thrills

Following last year's slew of male-driven thrillers, 2015 has so far been a good year for actresses in Korean cinema. Kim Hye-soo and Kim Go-eun went head to head in gangster thriller Coin Locker Girl, Seo Young-hee and Kwon So-hyun... More »
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Review: THE PIPER, A Satisfyingly Grimm Fairy Tale

Step away from the city and it isn't long before you fall in with bad company or into a mystery in Korean cinema, with remote islands and mountains being among the favored haunts of the country's more macabre filmmakers. Taking... More »
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Melbourne 2015: Program Guide Reveals An Electric Array Of Cinematic Gold

The Melbourne International Film Festival media and MIFF members program guide launch happened last night, and it happened big with easily the best launch event of its kind since the current artistic director took curator-ship. The wait for the printed... More »
  

Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of The First Half Of 2015

As mentioned before, the year 2015 is moving on with breakneck speed, it seems. Currently we're already at the halfway point, and can look back at what's been a pretty surprising cinematic six months. So we asked ourselves what we... More »
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Review: TED 2 Boasts Few Laughs In Awkward Mix Of Lewd Humor And Classic Drama

Seth MacFarlane and Mark Wahlberg team up once again for Ted 2, an outing that is just as bawdy as its hit predecessor, but more scattershot, even by the standards of the mind who brought us Family Guy. Ted 2... More »
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Oh In-chun Back At The Helm For Action-Comedy CHASING

Genre helmer Oh In-chun is proving to be a busy bee behind the camera following his feature debut horror Mourning Grave last year. His omnibus 12 Deep Red Nights: Chapter 1 is set to bow this year and next month... More »
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Melbourne 2015: A Relief But No Surprises; MIFF's Cannes Line-Up

The Melbourne International Film Festival Cannes line-up was announced recently. It has become a tradition now that the films MIFF has acquired from La Croisette are announced a month before the full line-up is unveiled.The list contains many films we... More »
  

BiFan Unleashes Powerful 2015 Lineup

The recently renamed BiFan (formerly PiFan) is set to return with a scorching lineup for its 19th edition next month. The Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival will open with Antoine Bardou-Jacquet's Moonwalkers (with Ron Perlman and Rupert Grint) on July 16th... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: Third Window Films Does HAN GONG-JU Right

Lee Su-jin's Han Gong-ju was a surprise critical hit when it premiered at the Busan International Film Festival back in 2013. In the intervening time, the film has managed to make the festival circuit and gather an impressive load of... More »
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NAFF Loads Up 8th 'It Project'

The Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) has selected finalists for the 'It Project' of its upcoming 8th edition, which will take place during this summer's Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan). The genre film project market fielded its largest... More »
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Review: SPY, McCarthy Shines In Uproarious Espionage Send Up

Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig team up once again for a wickedly funny send-up of the James Bond series with charm and wit in ample supply. Jude Law and Jason Statham add to the fun as, respectively, a suave, painfully... More »
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Jeonju 2015 Review: UNWANTED BROTHER Puts Onus On Characters In Familiar Setting

After nearly a decade away from the director's chair, Shim Kwang-jin returns with an unhurried take on a common tale of a lowlife manipulating those around him to pay a debt. Propped up by a few fresh spins on the... More »
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Cannes 2015 Review: MADONNA, A Riveting Tale Of Sorrow And Redemption

Following her accomplished sophomore film, the absorbing high school revenge tale Pluto (2012), Shin Su-won returns in glorious fashion with the searing Madonna. Meticulous, layered and yet seemingly effortless, this rewarding tale of mingled sorrow and redemption should go a... More »
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Cannes 2015 Review: OFFICE Works Up An Intriguing Salaryman Chiller

Life is hard for the average Korean salaryman, and sometimes that engenders a need to blow off a little steam. For many that involves drinking to excess, but for others it can spill over into the homestead. New Korean horror-thriller... More »
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Cannes 2015 Review: COIN LOCKER GIRL Offers New Perspectives On Standard Thrills

Against a parking lot bursting with saturated colors, a person lies on the ground, at the mercy of another standing above them who wields a sashimi knife still dripping red from its last kill. Dark, bloody and stylish, this could... More »
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Cannes 2015 Review: THE SHAMELESS Delivers Hardboiled Melodrama With Top Drawer Performances

"Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist." -Pablo Picasso Today's Korea, whether looking at its entertainment, fashion or culinary scenes, is a society awash with fusion. Nowhere is this more true than in... More »
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Jeonju 2015 Review: ISLAND, An Elegiac Arthouse Mystery

A man travels to Jeju Island, planning to kill himself in his grandparents' abandoned home, in the most intriguing Korean film to grace the Jeonju International Film Festival this year. A lushly filmed and thoroughly engrossing mystery channeling local family... More »
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Cannes 2015 Preview: Un Certain Regard & Out Of Competition Official

Our Cannes previews wrap up today with a quick look at a few of the films playing under the Un Certain Regard banner and a quick tour of the official out of competition selections. You can check back a few... More »
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