James Marsh
Asian Editor; Hong Kong, China

Originally from England, James has lived in Hong Kong since 2001, where he is becoming increasingly well-acquainted with the delights of Asian Cinema. James began contributing to Twitch in 2009, and became Asian Editor in 2011. His writing can also be found at Screendaily.com and in Vérité Film Magazine, he is an Acquisitions Executive for XYZ Films and a programmer for Fantastic Fest. James can also be heard on RTHK Radio 3, and podcasting about world cinema at thesocietyforfilm.com.

China Lion Bringing ONLY YOU, THE WASTED TIMES And MR. SIX To N.America & Australia

Great news for fans of mainstream cinema from the Chinese mainland, as China Lion Film Distribution has announced the acquisition of a trio of upcoming films featuring a host of A-list talent. Tang Wei (Lust, Caution, Blackhat) and Liao Fan (Silver... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Review: INFINITELY POLAR BEAR Blows Hot And Cold

Proof that fine actors giving strong performances are not always enough to save a movie, Maya Forbes' Infinitely Polar Bear seems too preoccupied with its 70s period setting and zany family antics to pay more than vague lip service to... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Now On Blu-ray: TOKYO TRIBE, A Late-Night Mainstay In The Making

Sono Sion has always had an eclectic style of filmmaking, but in recent years he has really hit his stride, both in terms of artistry and quantity of his output. Sono is more prolific now than ever before - he... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Film4's BEVERLY HILLS COP Promo Is Brilliant

We all agree that marketing is evil. Necessary, but evil. Sometimes, however, it hits the spot so perfectly that we have to concede it deserves genuine praise. Take British TV channel Film4. They are screening Eddie Murphy's iconic 80s action... More »
By James Marsh   
  

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   
  

The Many Faces Of Sir Christopher Lee

It is strange how the death of someone we don't know personally can sometimes have the impact it has. When the news became known yesterday that Sir Christopher Lee has died last weekend, it shocked me, which is frankly a... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

SPECTRE: Bond Gets Some Action In New Extended TV Spot

Daniel Craig's fourth outing as gentleman super spy James Bond is only a few months away, and a new extended TV spot for Spectre has just dropped, featuring plenty of new footage. Not least, the new spot shows Bond getting... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Review: POLICE STORY: LOCKDOWN, Another Jackie Chan Letdown

A sequel in name only to Jackie Chan's hugely popular action series, this latest offering moves proceedings to mainland China for a small scale, straight-faced and relatively thrill-free drama with a tendency to pontificate about civil responsibility.Jackie Chan's Police Story... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Trailer: Justin Lin's HOLLYWOOD ADVENTURES Primed For Fast & Furious Business, In China At Least

Justin Lin, the Taiwan-born director of Fast & Furious instalments 3 through 6, has been hard at work steering his Chinese language debut - the US-set, star-studded action comedy Hollywood Adventures to the screen. Lin writes and produces the film,... More »
By James Marsh   
  

THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 3 (FINAL SEQUENCE) Will Assault The UK Across Every Platform This July

Monster Pictures has announced that it will release The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence), the third and presumably last chapter in director Tom Six's controversial bad-taste trilogy in the UK this July. The film will open in selected cinemas on... More »
By James Marsh   
  

You're About To Hack Time! Watch KUNG FURY In Full Now

Prepare yourselves for 30 minutes of neon and blood soaked awesome, as David Sandberg's epic homage to everything 80s - Kung Fury - is now available to watch in full online. Cops, ninjas, car chases, shoot outs, kung fu, arcade games, time... More »
By James Marsh   
  

BAAHUBALI: The Complete Poster Gallery

We've been tracking SS Rajamouli's period epic Baahubali for nearly two years, and with its release getting closer and closer the team at Arka MediaWorks have been working double-time to create a major buzz. Part of that buzz is the... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Tony Jaa! Wu Jing! Max Zhang! Simon Yam! Louis Koo! SPL2: A TIME FOR CONSEQUENCES Gets 5 New Character Posters

Soi Cheang's SPL2: A Time For Consequences opens in Hong Kong and mainland China on 18 June, and the PR machine is shifting into high gear. This star-studded, action-packed sequel to Wilson Yip's fantastic 2005 martial arts thriller SPL stars... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Joko Anwar Directing 8-Part Fantasy Series HALFWORLDS For HBO Asia

HBO Asia has announced that Indonesian director Joko Anwar will helm the 8-part original series Halfworlds for the company. The thriller, set in present day Jakarta, is "a fantastical tale of love, redemption and betrayal...about a young street artist who... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Trailer: Van Damme Gets Tasty In Chinese Superhero Comedy JIAN BING MAN

The muscles from Brussels, Jean-Claude Van Damme returns to China, to play a supporting role in Da Peng's superhero comedy Jian Bing Man...literally translated as "Pancake Man".The film is being lined up for a big summer release in the mainland,... More »
By James Marsh   
  

SPL2: A TIME FOR CONSEQUENCES: Check Out New Making-Of Featurettes And Posters

Wilson Yip's 2005 action thriller SPL (aka Sha Po Lung, Kill Zone) was the film that relaunched Donnie Yen's career, and saw him ascend to the upper echelons of martial arts stardom. Ten years later, director Soi Cheang (Accident, Motorway, The Monkey King) brings... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Peter Bogdanovich's PAPER MOON

Perhaps best known as the film for which a ten-year-old Tatum O'Neal won herself a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award, Peter Bogdanovich's Paper Moon is a beautifully constructed Depression-era caper brimming with heart and powered by a pair of flawless... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Review: POUND OF FLESH Is Soft In All The Wrong Places

Jean-Claude Van Damme continues to explore and embrace his darker side in this modest Asian action thriller, as a kidnap & rescue specialist who falls foul of organ traffickers in the Philippines. Sadly, budgetary constraints and a lack of interesting... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Cannes 2015 News: Peter Chan To Direct Biopic Of Chinese Tennis Ace Li Na

We Pictures has announced that acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Peter Chan Ho Sun (Wu Xia, Dearest) will direct and produce a biopic of Li Na, the celebrated Chinese women's tennis champion, based on her best-selling autobiography Li Na: My Life.Li Na... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Sidney Lumet's THE OFFENCE

It is no secret that Sean Connery grew to hate James Bond long before he stopped playing the character. In fact, he was so reluctant to return as 007 for Diamonds Are Forever, after George Lazenby walked away from the... More »
By James Marsh   
  
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