YOUNG GUN IN THE TIME Gets a Flashy New Trailer!

Oh Young-doo's (Invasion of Alien Bikini) brand new time-traveling private eye flick got itself a new poster a few days ago and hot on its heels is the first full-length trailer. Young Gun in the Time will be opening in... More »

PiFan 2012 Roundup - Twitch Names Its Best of the Fest

It has been two whole weeks since the 16th Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival wrapped in South Korea, but it has taken this long for the soju and red meat to work its way out of our systems and our... More »

PiFan 2012 Review: THE CRUCIBLE

Among the Korean independent fare at this year's PiFan there were some wonderful works that will likely enjoy healthy festival runs and should find wider audiences but along with the good there is inevitably going to be some bad.... More »

PiFan 2012 Review: THE SUICIDE SHOP 3D

Animation was featured quite prominently at this year's PiFan, with Japanese works such as Gyo, Rainbow Fireflies, Blood C: The Last Dark, not to mention some retrospectives on the Space Battleship Yamamoto series and Czech animation. Sadly, by the... More »

PiFan 2012 Review: VULGARIA is Lewd, Crude & Flat-out Hilarious

[After bagging the Netpac Award at PiFan last week, and enjoying weekend previews in Hong Kong ahead of its theatrical release next Thursday, now seems the perfect time to revisit my review from HKIFF back in March] Not content with... More »

PiFan 2012 Review: SUPER VIRGIN

What is it that draws us time and again to narratives following socially-awkward men who are trying to lose their virginity? My first thought was that these provide a vicarious thrill for male cinema-goers but actually, these films tend to... More »

PiFan 2012 Review: FOR LOVE'S SAKE (AI TO MAKOTO) Is A Toe-Tapping Delight

How do you begin to describe Ai to Matoko, the new film from Miike Takashi, the prolific, ever-eclectic Japanese director behind such diverse works as Ichi The Killer, Visitor Q and 13 Assassins? Barely a month seems to go... More »

PiFan 2012 Review: OVER MY DEAD BODY

Comedy is a curious beast even at the best of times. Across the world's national film industries, thrillers, horrors, romances and action films share many common elements, while comedy tends to be fall in line with indigenously codes. I've said... More »

PIFAN 2012 Review: THE BRAT!

[As it screened last week at PiFan 2012, it seems the perfect opportunity to take another look at my earlier review from Yubari, where the film took home three awards]We all harbour certain insecurities about our appearance, upon which some... More »

PIFAN 2012 Review: ROOM 237 Takes A Deranged Axe To Kubrick's THE SHINING

There are few films that have the power to truly haunt their audience in a way Stanley Kubrick's The Shining does, and continues to do, 30 years after its initial release. Like many of Kubrick's films, it received a relatively... More »

PiFan 2012: The Week's Big Winners are SPACE BROTHERS, KING KELLY and CITADEL

Friday night witnessed the closing ceremony of this year's excellent edition of PiFan and along with it, the prize winners of the festival. A few films stood out in the Puchon Choice section, with Space Brothers, King Kelly and Citadel... More »

PiFan 2012 Review: LET ME OUT

Mu Young (Kwon Hyung Sang) is a frustrated, yet also frustrating, film student in his final year. He is opinionated, critical and easy to attack the works of his classmates and other filmmakers, but has still yet to produce anything... More »

PiFan 2012 Review: HORROR STORIES

Omnibus horrors seem to be all the rage at this year's PiFan, with the inclusion of the much-ballyhooed V/H/S and the Indonesian ghost offering Hi5teria (not to be confused with period British vibrator comedy Histeria, which is also in competition).... More »

PiFan 2012 Review: 90 MINUTES

It's a rare thing to sit down to a film and know just from the opening shot how bad it's going to be. Sadly this was the case for me at the world premiere of 90 Minutes, a new low-budget... More »


Last year's Yubari Grand Prix winner - and the only non-Japanese filmmaker to win the award - South Korean director Oh Young Doo returns to the wintry city with his follow-up to Invasion Of Alien Bikini, the time-travel detective thriller... More »

PIFAN 2012 Review: BELENGGU Brings Bunnies, Blood and Beauty

The opening of Belenggu (aka Shackled), could not be more promising. In the dead of night, a woman half hidden behind by a headscarf and sunglasses, drives down a remote stretch of country road. A panicked and bedraggled young man... More »

Pre-PiFan 2012 Review: A Look at Last Year's Big Winner BLOODY FIGHT IN IRON-ROCK VALLEY

Low-budget filmmakers love to dabble in genre fare and, despite inexperience and other shortcomings, they often wind up making more pertinent and exciting works than more established helmers, who may have lost their youthful filmmaking pizzazz. Horror is particularly popular... More »

PIFAN 2012 Preview: Twitch Reveals Its Top Picks

This is it, folks. PiFan 2012 is less than 3 days away. But before we pack our bags and head for the mysterious treasure trove that is the 16th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, it's time to reveal our most... More »

PIFAN 2012 Preview Part 5: Myung Film, 70s Korean Comedies and More!

Having gone through all of the main sections, here a few more retrospectives and sidebars that seem particularly worthwhile:Myung Films RetrospectiveA respected Korean production house that has consistently fought to give cineastes freedom in their craft, Myung Films sports one... More »

PIFAN 2012 Preview Part 4: Strange Homage, Forbidden Zone & More

As we enter the home straight of our PiFan 2012 preview coverage - the festival kicks off in just over a week's time! - there is still so much left to dig through, highlight and generally drool over ahead of... More »
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