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 »

Blu-ray Review: TYRANNOSAUR

The opening sequence in Paddy Considine's brilliant Tyrannosaur is a model of cinematic efficiency so concise they ought to teach it in film school. Revisiting the events of Considine's original short Dog Altogether and turning them into a full-blown feature,... More »

LIFF 2011: BREATHING review

A young man desperately in need of a purpose ends up taking a job dealing with the recently deceased, collecting the dead and making them look the best they can for their final journey - in the course of which... More »

ETRANGE 2011: DEAD BALL review

So is Yudai Yamaguchi's micro-budget horror-comedy Dead Ball a good film? The temptation is to say technically no... but you have to remember most people don't make the effort to watch a film where physical FX maestro Yoshihiro Nishimura is... More »

PIFAN 2011: RABIES Review

The first thing to clarify regarding RABIES, the debut feature film from Israeli writer-directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, is that this is not a viral outbreak film, nor in any way related to that particularly nasty contagion forever associated... More »


As its title might suggest, BLOODY FIGHT IN IRON-ROCK VALLEY is a stripped-down, low budget Korean revenge thriller that resembles a sand blown spaghetti western more closely than the ultra stylish heroic bloodshed epics for which the country has become... More »
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