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 the South China Morning Post, he is an Acquisitions Executive for XYZ Films and a programmer for Fantastic Fest. James can also be heard every Friday on RTHK Radio 3.

Monster Masters Launches With Post-Apocalyptic Classic SMOKE 'EM IF YOU GOT 'EM

Australian distributor Monster Pictures has announced the launch of its new label Monster Masters with the unveiling of their first title - Ray Boseley's 1988 masterpiece Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em on 18 May - a film that should delight... More »
By James Marsh   
  

The Many Faces Of John Goodman

This week sees the premiere of Dan Trachtenberg's 10 Cloverfield Lane, the odd surprise add-on to 2008's Cloverfield. Is it a prequel, a sequel, a spin-off, an "equal"? Trying to figure that one out is actually one of the film's... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: LONDON HAS FALLEN, Rocking The Free World With Dubious Politics And Sadistic Tendencies

Gerard Butler finds himself taking up arms to save Aaron Eckhart’s US President once again in this expanded sequel to Antoine Fuqua’s Olympus Has Fallen. Trading the claustrophobic confines of the White House for the deserted streets of Britain’s terrorised... More »
By James Marsh   
  

CinemAsia 2016: Ten TwitchFilm Recommendations

When the International Film Festival Rotterdam has ended in February, and the Imagine Festival Amsterdam doesn't start until April, what is a Dutch film festival fan to do? Well, he or she could do a lot worse than to check... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME, Confident, Measured And Mature

The debut feature from Beijing-born Chloe Zhao focuses on the unlikely subject matter of adolescent Lakota indians in South Dakota. Beautifully photographed and confidently directed, Songs My Brothers Taught Me is a notable first film, marred only by a rather... More »
By James Marsh   
  

CHONGQING HOT POT, TRIVISA To Open 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival - Full Line-Up Announced

The Hong Kong International Film Festival celebrates 40 years of bringing the best in world cinema to local audiences next month, with more than 285 feature films screening between 21 March and 4 April. Sharing opening duties this year are... More »
By James Marsh   
  

The Many Faces Of Jeremy Irons

This year sees quite a number of titles with Jeremy Irons in them. Premiering this week is Stephen Hopkins' biopic Race, about Jesse Owen's historic Olympic win in Nazi Germany, while Ben Wheatley's High-rise (reviewed here) is currently doing the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: King Hu's A TOUCH OF ZEN

Heralded as possibly the greatest martial arts film ever made, King Hu's A Touch Of Zen stands apart from most other films in the wuxia genre. For one thing it runs over three hours long, a rarity among its peers... More »
By James Marsh   
  

THE REVENANT And MAD MAX Win Big At BAFTAs

The Revenant continued its run of award-winning form last night, bagging five awards at the BAFTAs in London. In addition to being named Best Film, director Alejandro Inarritu and star Leonardo DiCaprio were also honoured. The film, which also collected... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Donnie Yen In, Jet Li Out Of XXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE

Vin Diesel posted the above photo a couple of hours ago on Facebook, welcoming Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen to the cast of XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage, the reboot of the other action franchise Diesel launched with... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Hey London! Check Out The Incredible Asia House Film Festival Line-Up

If you crave something more eclectic and intellectually stimulating from Asian Cinema than the star-driven commercial fare that occasionally makes its way out of the region, get yourselves to Asia House in London for the Asia House Film Festival, taking... More »
By James Marsh   
  

PINEAPPLE CALAMARI: Watch The Brilliant Stop-Motion Short Now!

Stop whatever it is you are doing and give over the next nine minutes of your life to watching Kasia Nalewajka's wonderful stop motion animation Pineapple Calamari, and I promise that you will thank me for it. On the one... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Masters Of Cinema Acquires JOURNEY TO THE SHORE, Unveils MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA, THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR And 1900 For April

Eureka Entertainment's Master of Cinema series announced today that they will be releasing Kurosawa Kiyoshi's Journey To The Shore on the boutique label later this year, following a theatrical run at the Glasgow Film Festival. April's slate of titles was... More »
By James Marsh   
  

SKIPTRACE: Jackie Chan And Johnny Knoxville Take The Long Way To Hong Kong In New Trailer

Jackie Chan has been trying to break into the Hollywood mainstream for decades, with wavering results. The best efforts always come when he partners up with an American co-star, with Chris Tucker and Owen Wilson fulfilling those duties in the... More »
By James Marsh   
  

THE ASSASSIN Leads Asian Film Awards With 9 Nominations

Nominations for the 10th Asian Film Awards were announced today in Hong Kong, and Hou Hsiao Hsien's wuxia drama The Assassin unsurprisingly leads the pack with 9 nominations. Appearing in the Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Supporting... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Giveaway: Win Hou Hsiao-hsien's THE ASSASSIN On Blu-ray From Well Go USA And TwitchFilm

Giveaway time again here at TwitchFilm!This time we have Hou Hsiao-hsien's critically acclaimed film The Assassin on Blu-ray from Well Go USA. The Assassin was named the best film of 2015 by the British Film Institute's Sight & Sound Magazine... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

The Many Faces Of Jennifer Jason Leigh

In the past few weeks, more and more people have been seeing Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, either by way of his 70mm roadshow screenings or otherwise. Reviews have been mixed (though our Jim Tudor loved it) but everyone agrees... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Marshy's Favourite Asian Movies Of 2015 Part 2

It's that time of year again, when I share a few of my favourite Asian offerings from the back half of 2015. On the whole it has not been the best year for Asian Cinema, with Hong Kong in particular... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Giveaway: Win A Well Go USA Blu-ray Prize Pack! PARTISAN, WILD CITY And MEMORIES OF THE SWORD

Well, readers, when it rains, it pours.Our good friends over at Well Go USA have given us three special prize packs for their recent Blu-ray releases of Partisan, Ringo Lam's Wild City, and Korean period action film Memories of the... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

DUNKIRK: Nolan To Direct Hardy And Branagh In WWII Drama

French newspaper La Voix du Nord and The Hollywood Reporter are bringing us the news that British director Christopher Nolan's latest will be a World War II drama based around the 1940 evacution of British and French troops from Dunkirk.... More »
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