The Many Faces Of Takeuchi Riki

This week, UK distributor Eureka released Tokyo Tribe on Blu-ray. James Marsh reviewed that release and found it to be much to his liking. In it, veteran actor Takeuchi Riki plays Boss Buppa, a performance which makes Asano Tadanobu's turn... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite Studio Ghibli Film?

This week (yesterday on June 15th to be precise) it was exactly 30 years ago that Studio Ghibli was founded, and work on its first film started. Which was not Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, as many people... More »
By Ard Vijn   

L'Immagine Ritrovata Asia Opens For Business In Hong Kong

Fans of classic cinema may be familiar with L'Immagine Ritrovata, one of the world's leading film restoration and preservation laboratories, based in Bologna, Italy. Well, yesterday saw the organisation spread its wings further afield, as L'Immagine Ritrovata Asia opened for business right... More »
By James Marsh   

New York Indian Film Festival 2015: TwitchFilm Picks 8 Must-See Titles

The 15th annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) kicks off on Monday, May 4th and this year's lineup is a doozy. The festival features everything from brand new independent features to North American premieres of Bollywood critics' darlings, to a... More »
By J Hurtado   

Udine 2015: TwitchFilm's Most Anticipated Picks

We've been waiting for this moment for a whole year now: Thursday, April 23rd marks the grand opening of the 17th Udine Far East Film Festival, without a doubt one of the world's most important cultural events dedicated exclusively to... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   


TwitchFilm's tiniest film reviewers continue their coverage of TIFF Kids Film Festival, currently wrapping up at Toronto's Lightbox Cinema. Willem (age 12) and Miranda (age 10) break down this 'new era' of Studio Ghibli film now that Miyazaki and Takahata have... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Tribeca 2015: TwitchFilm Raises The Curtain With 10 Must-See Films

The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, which runs through April 26, kicked off with its opening night presentation at the Beacon Theater of Live From New York!, Bao Nguyen's documentary on Saturday Night Live, that venerable 40-year old comedy institution. The... More »

Have Your Say: Does GHOST IN THE SHELL Still Have A Future?

There sure is no shortage of Ghost in the Shell news lately. After many a false start, a live-action version by Dreamworks seems to be pretty much underway, starring Scarlett Johansson in the lead role. Meanwhile, on the animated front,... More »
By Ard Vijn   

The Many Faces Of Rinko Kikuchi

This week sees the premiere of Kumiko - The Treasure Hunter, the film based on the bizarre tale of a Japanese woman who thought the bag of money from the Coen Brothers' Fargo was real, and who went looking for... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Have Your Say: The Battle Of The Bingbings!

Almost every Friday, we here at TwitchFilm run our weekly celebrity screenshot quiz, and last week the celebrity was Chinese actress Li Bingbing. Interestingly, on Facebook, Twitter and in comments beneath the article itself, comparisons were drawn with Chinese actress... More »
By Ard Vijn   

The Many Faces Of Li Bingbing

Last week saw the premiere of Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal in China. Our editor of Asian Affairs James Marsh saw it, and had plenty of good to say about it, especially concerning lead actress Li Bingbing.... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Drafthouse Films' Obscure Objects Of Desire: Matsumoto Hitoshi's R100

The astonishingly surreal work of Japanese comedian-turned-filmmaker Matsumoto Hitoshi has long been championed here at TwitchFilm, and in some ways his fourth feature film - R100 - transcends anything he has yet produced. Positioned not as a comedy, but rather... More »
By James Marsh   

Osaka 2015 Preview: Most Anticipated Movies

Beginning life in 2005 as the Korea Entertainment Film Festival, the Osaka Asian Film Festival broadened its outlook in its sophomore year to cover all East Asian cinema, quickly rising to become Japan's premier festival solely covering Asian film. Based... More »

Pretty Packaging: GIOVANNI'S ISLAND Ultimate Edition Hits The Soul

Nishikubo Mizuho's film Giovanni's Island is picking up awards by the truckload all over the world, and is currently a nominee in the upcoming Japan Academy Prizes. And rightly so, if our man-in-Japan Christopher is to be believed. He called... More »
By Ard Vijn   

The Best Masters Of Cinema Blu-ray Releases Of 2014

We are huge fans of the Masters of Cinema series here at TwitchFilm, and their commitment to bringing masterpieces of world cinema to modern audiences in sparkling new editions. At one time viewed as simply "Criterion for the UK", MoC... More »
By James Marsh   

Ard's Dozen Of Musings About 2014

When we discussed the "Best of 2014" lists here at Twitchfilm, the first thing I asked was: "Can I do mine in February or March, please?". I'm so hopelessly behind on 2014's theatrical releases that it isn't even funny. Yes,... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Best of 2014: A Top 10 Of Japanese Films

As we say sayonara to 2014 it's time to take a look back on the films that lit up the Japanese cinematic landscape over the past year. Dominating the box-office top ten was the usual mix of animation (including two... More »

Best of 2014: Top 15 Filipino Films

2013 was the year when Erik Matti released On the Job, showing the world that there was more to the Philippines than the suffering and dolor most of its films so valiantly depict. It was also the year when filmmakers Siege... More »
By Oggs Cruz   

Marshy's Favourite Asian Movies Of 2014 Part 2

While the first half of 2014 produced a number of genuinely impressive Asian films, including The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya, The Raid 2 and Black Coal, Thin Ice, the second half of the year felt a little lacklustre to... More »
By James Marsh   

J Hurtado's Top 10 Movie Memories Of 2014

Here we go again!My standard admonition about my own lists is that these are, in no way AT ALL, the best movies of the year. They are the ones that gave me the biggest thrills, made me think, made me... More »
By J Hurtado   
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