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 »

PiFan 2012 Preview Part 3: Vision Express

There is so much to discover at this year's PiFan that the mind boggles. Here are my fifteen picks from the Vision Express section, from a total of 27. A very wide selection of films from an even wider range... More »

PIFAN 2012 Preview Part 2: World Fantastic Cinema

With just over a fortnight to go until the 16th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival gets underway, we stop to take a look at the main section of the programme, World Fantastic Cinema. 47 of the best genre films from... More »

Chilling Trailer For Korean Anthology HORROR STORIES

Soon to open the upcoming PIFAN festival, Korean anthology project Horror Stories gathers together the best and brightest young horror talents in the nation. Here's how the festival describes it:The opening film of the 16th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival(PiFan)... More »
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Noboru Iguchi's DEAD SUSHI to Debut at Fantasia

This announcement somehow managed to slip through the cracks here at Twitch Towers, but news that a new Noboru Iguchi film will be having its world premiere at one of our very favourite film festivals simply cannot pass without comment... More »

First Teaser For Atmospheric Indonesian Horror BELENGGU

Soon to premiere as part of the PIFAN festival in Korea, Indonesian director Upi looks to put an eerie spin on atmospheric horror with her upcoming offering Belenggu. The festival describes the film like this:Elang, who lived in the flat,... More »
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PiFan 2012 Preview Part I: Puchon Choice (Main Competition)

Yesterday PiFan unveiled its official lineup and boy is it packed to the brim with some great films! Here is an overview of the main competition section, there really isn't any film I don't want to see here though I... More »

PIFAN 2012 Full Line-Up Announced!

The 16th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) has just released its full line-up, and it comes as no surprise to see that it is to be another fun-packed year of thrilling entertainment and some of the world's very best... More »

PiFan 2012 to Hold Myung Films Retrospective

The lineup for next month's 16th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival will not be revealed for another week but we now have our first indication of some of the films that will screened at the event. PiFan will be holding... More »

16th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) Launches a Teaser Trailer

Things are starting to heat up for the 16th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (which will be taking place July 19-29) now that a brand new teaser trailer has been released. It's a well-designed and whimsical little montage but does... More »

New Trailer for Korean Western BLOODY FIGHT IN IRON-ROCK VALLEY Squares Up

The Korean indie western Bloody Fight in Iron-Rock Valley, which won awards for Best Korean Indie Feature and Best Asian Genre Film at last year's Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, is getting ready to debut in Korean theaters on July... More »

PiFan 2012 Showcasing Classic Anime SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO Film Series

With just over a month until the 16th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) kicks off in South Korea, we get the first news of what to expect from this year's film programme. Space Battleship Yamato, known to audiences in... More »

PiFan's Network of Asian Fantastic Films Selects Indonesia for Spotlight

Well this is a pretty neat and interesting development, the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival's (PiFan) Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) has selected Indonesia as for its spotlight this year. Following Taiwan, China, Singapore and Japan, this is a... More »

Review: ALWAYS

Apparently someone told Song Il-Gon (Flower Island, A Feather, Magicians) that exquisite lo-fi indie character studies are all very well, but they don't pay the bills. Try a melodrama, they must have said. Try something so syrupy it'll have Koreans... More »


There's a terrific story lost somewhere inside Lee Hyun-Seung's Hindsight. That's part of the problem, really - there's enough different ideas for an epic, even a miniseries. An amiable jopok enforcer trying to go straight. A hotly contested last will... More »


If you're going to make a movie that relies heavily on symbolism, you need either a particularly light touch, or to be bold enough about it people get swept away by your vision, no matter how daft it might come... More »
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