Ard Vijn
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Ard joined Twitch in November 2006, promising Todd to share information about the Dutch film industry. Instead, he focuses on Asian cinema and Japanese animation in particular. Once every year he nearly becomes the writer he so desperately wants to be and that is during the International Film Festival Rotterdam. He juggles his time between his wife and two sons, films, and a career-on-the-side as a financial analyst.

Trailer Alert: Check The New Red Band Trailer For Argento's DRACULA 3D!

"...In All Its Awfulness", I easily could have added. Because oh boy... does this look bad in places. Basically this trailer takes the fun bits of the old industry screener we saw years ago, it adds a few more fun... More »
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Interview: Yuasa Masaaki Talks About Anime! Part 2 of 2: Film, Music and Eroticism...

In part one of our interview with renowned animator Yuasa Masaaki, we covered the release of his new short Kick-Heart, the way it was produced and funded. In this second -- and much longer -- part, we cover pretty much... More »
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The Second ZOMBIE SHARK Trailer Arrives: Two Girls One Shark!

Cast your mind back to June, when we had a sneak trailer for Tiburón Zombie aka. Zombie Shark, featuring a pretty girl sunning next to a bathtub with a zombie shark in it. Well, that was perhaps more of a... More »
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Camera Japan 2013 Review: EVANGELION: 3.0 Has (Not) Left The Remake Arena.

(Change whatever you want, how much you want: it's all still the same in the end...) A year ago, we were only a few weeks removed from the world premiere of Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, yet so little... More »
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Full Disclosure: Twitch's Lists Of Shame - September

September has been an incredibly busy month for the Twitch collective, with many of our writers travelling the Earth seeking out cinematic delights in as far-reaching corners as Venice, Toronto and Austin. As a result, this month's Full Disclosure is... More »
  

Live Action PATLABOR News: It's A Series And Also A Movie !

Remember that in March and July, there was news about a live-action Patlabor project, with original anime-creator Oshii Mamoru personally involved in some way? Well, yesterday, in a live-streamed press conference, all was officially revealed. And the news is: it's... More »
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Edwin Will Explore War, Sex, Desire And Betrayal In EXOTIC PICTURES.

The Indonesian director known as (just) Edwin has started on a Dutch-Indonesian co-production called Exotic Pictures. Working from a script by himself and Marco van Geffen, Edwin will look at, and I quote from the press notes by production company... More »
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Coming up: The 150th Film In Our Facebook Quiz!

(UPDATE: Gozan Ija correctly guessed film #150 to be Veronika Voss. Congratulations Gozan!) Way back when Twitch had its own separate forum, the most-trafficked topic used to be the screenshot quiz. The rules were simple: someone would post a screenshot,... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2013: Tim Tickles Tiger, Keanu Calls Curses!

While the day is still young in several parts of the world, I will wager a bet that I will not see anything else today that will make me laugh as hard as the two videos posted below. Weeks ago... More »
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Interview: Yuasa Masaaki Talks About Anime! Part 1 of 2: KICK-HEART

Last month, Peter van der Lugt and I were given the chance to interview anime artist and director Yuasa Masaaki, following several festival screenings of his crowd-funded short film Kick-Heart. Saying that we are fans of his work is an... More »
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DVD Review: MONONOKE Delivers Ghostly Thrills With Both Flash And Feeling

(Featuring that most mythical of creatures: a traveling salesman you should trust!) Back in 2007, Nakamura Kenji's horror anime series Mononoke -- not to be confused with Miyazaki Hayao's film Princess Mononoke -- was aired in Fuji TV's famous noitaminA... More »
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Camera Japan Festival Reveals Full Line-up

In a few weeks time, Rotterdam will kick off the annual Camera Japan Festival. As always this is something to rejoice for local Asian film fans (like me), because while the festival celebrates several different aspects of Japanese culture, the... More »
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Camera Japan Festival 2013 Confirms First Titles (And Shonen Knife)

September marks the welcome return of the annual Camera Japan Festival in Rotterdam. For a few days there will be, and I quote their site: "A Japanese cultural festival with its main focus on film that also dives into other... More »
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SPL 2 Approved For Production By Chinese Government

Some big news coming in from China by way of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, better known over here by their catchy acronym SAPPRFT or, for broadcasted and theatrically released entertainment, SARFT. Often described as... More »
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DVD Review: HAKABA KITARO Offers Creepy Nostalgia

(This series sure doesn't make you want to poke your eye out.) In 2008, Fuji Television aired a very unusual eleven episode anime in their famed noitaminA slot. It was called Hakaba Kitaro, meaning "Graveyard Kitaro", the titular character of... More »
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Review: DRUG WAR Takes The Battle To Mainland China

Fans of Johnnie To's violent action films should have a good time with Drug War, which features some masterfully made high-octane entertainment. Heroic cops battle villainous thugs and it all looks slick and stylish. Is it a classic? Probably not.... More »
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Review: FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY, Scary Monsters And Icky Gore

Ever since he released some impressive promo's and shorts, expectations have been high for a debut feature film by Richard Raaphorst. Now, several years later, it has arrived in the form of Frankenstein's Army. And similar to its own creation,... More »
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A Short But Sweet Talk With Johnnie To About DRUG WAR

Last week, the famous Hong Kong director Johnnie To visited Toronto at the invitation of TIFF, to participate in the A Century of Chinese Cinema programme running at TIFF Bell Lightbox. One of the films shown there was his new... More »
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New KICK-ASS 2 Comic-Con Trailer Brings Bad Guys, Bullets, Blood

Say "Hi" to Christopher Mintz-Plasse as The Mother Fucker. The San Diego Comic-Con is happening at the moment, and especially for this event Universal Pictures has released an extended trailer for Kick-Ass 2. The film itself will premiere next month.... More »
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Rick Baker Shows How It's Done!

A few days ago, special effects make-up maestro Rick Baker posted a video on YouTube, in which he shows what he can do to himself in just one hour. Timelapsed to just under nine minutes, this is a rare behind-the-scenes... More »
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