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.

The Best Masters Of Cinema Blu-ray Releases Of 2014

We are huge fans of the Masters of Cinema series here at TwitchFilm, and their commitment to bringing masterpieces of world cinema to modern audiences in sparkling new editions. At one time viewed as simply "Criterion for the UK", MoC... More »
By James Marsh   
  

BUDAPEST And BIRDMAN To Battle THEORY OF EVERYTHING For BAFTA - Nominations Revealed

The nominations for this year's EE British Academy Film Awards, better known as the BAFTAs, were announced this morning, and Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel scored an impressive 11 nominations, closely followed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman and James... More »
By James Marsh   
  

THE RAID Trio To Appear In STAR WARS: EPISODE 7 - THE FORCE AWAKENS

It would appear that the force is set to awaken in Indonesia.Though there has been no comment whatsoever from any of the performers or their representation, Twitch has learned that a key trio of performers from Gareth Evans' The Raid... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Hey Hong Kong! Win Tickets To See NIGHTCRAWLER Before It Opens!

Dan Gilroy's fantastic pitch black satire Nightcrawler finally hits Hong Kong cinemas on 29 January, including what is almost certainly Jake Gyllenhaal's finest performance yet. As career-driven, borderline psychotic go-getter Louis Bloom, Gyllenhaal walks that fine line between goofy, hilarious... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Review: TAKEN 3, Action Cinema For Teenage Softies

Liam Neeson's third outing as over-protective family man Bryan Mills sees him on the run for murder after his ex-wife (Famke Janssen) turns up dead in his apartment. Forest Whitaker heads the investigation, which soon enough uncovers the involvement of... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Marshy's Favourite Asian Movies Of 2014 Part 2

While the first half of 2014 produced a number of genuinely impressive Asian films, including The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya, The Raid 2 and Black Coal, Thin Ice, the second half of the year felt a little lacklustre to... More »
By James Marsh   
  

J Hurtado's 13 Favorite Indian & Pakistani Films Of 2013-2014

I know, I know. It's cheating to have two years represented in my year end list. However, I didn't get a chance to make my lists last year, and these films deserve your notice.2012 was a banner year for Indian... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Watch Celine Tran Slit Throats And Kick Ass In BURST

Formerly known as adult superstar Katsuni, French/Vietnamese performer Celine Tran is now embarking on a serious acting career, reinventing herself as a bona fide action heroine. Teaming up with French stunt team Cinemaction Stunts, Celine has been training furiously and... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Review: THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN, A Wartime Epic With A Sense Of Adventure

Tsui Hark scores a resounding success with his spirited adaptation of classic adventure novel Tracks in the Snowy Forest. Again exploring the visual possibilities of 3D, while eschewing the typically austere tone of most wartime epics, The Taking of Tiger... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Herman Yau Exposes Asian Sex Tourism In First SARA Trailer

Herman Yau has come a long way since the exploitation days of The Untold Story and Ebola Syndrome. Recent years have seen him score hits with a pair of ip Man action dramas - The Legend Is Born: Ip Man... More »
By James Marsh   
  

INSANITY: Lau Ching Wan & Huang Xiaoming Get Crazy In First Trailer & Stills

Distribution Workshop just dropped a cache of marketing materials for Insanity, the Derek Yee-produced psychological thriller written and directed by David Lee Kuan Yew. We first reported on the project when it was announced back in October 2013. Lee apparently... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut - Steven Spielberg

And so we come to the last in our current season of Full Disclosure features. Each month we have dived deep into the back catalogues of some of world cinema's finest auteurs to experience their films for the very first... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Trailer: Dante Lam, Eddie Peng Back In The Saddle For TO THE FORE

Hot on the heels of their blockbuster collaboration Unbeatable, Hong Kong action auteur Dante Lam and Taiwanese superstar Eddie Peng reunite for the globe-trotting cycling drama To The Fore. While plot details are light on the ground right now, the... More »
By James Marsh   
  

12 GOLDEN DUCKS Teaser Proves Sandra Ng Is One Of The Guys

Chinese New Year is just around the corner (well, Mid-February actually) and that means Hong Kong Cinema is prepping its annual onslaught of ridiculous, crowd-pleasing comedies that will be (hopefully) packing them in during the festival period.Director Matt Chow and producer/star... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of 2014

And that's the end of that chapter. 2014 is running on fumes and all eyes are already looking to awards season and the behemoths of next year that threaten to decimate the box office. The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Is Secret Cinema Planning Protest Screenings Of THE INTERVIEW This Sunday?

UK-based Secret Cinema, who organise and host elaborate "event screenings" of classic films in conjunction with live performances, have announced a special charity screening to be held in London tomorrow, Sunday 21 December, in protest of the Sony hack attacks... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Oscar Foreign Film Shortlist Includes IDA, LEVIATHAN, FORCE MAJEURE And A Few Surprises

The Academy has released its shortlist of nine candidates still eligible for this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, which includes surprise inclusions from Estonia, Georgia and Venezuela, as well as more widely praised offerings from Argentina, Poland, Russia and... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Daniel Wu To Star In AMC's BADLANDS

Deadline is reporting that American-born Chinese superstar Daniel Wu (Overheard, That Demon Within, Don't Go Breaking My Heart) has signed on to star in and serve as executive producer on AMC's new drama series Badlands. Based loosely on the classic... More »
By James Marsh   
  

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Tops Online Film Critics Awards

Wes Anderson's rip-roaring love letter to Lubitsch and Hitchcock, The Grand Budapest Hotel, topped this year's Online Film Critics Society Awards, which counts a number of Twitch contributors amongst its global membership. The film won awards for Best Picture, Best... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Mark Dacascos To Join Casper Van Dien In RELENTLESS

Crying Freeman star Mark Dacascos is in talks to join John Milton Branton's new Asian-based action thriller, Relentless, which stars Starship Troopers' Casper Van Dien as a former US Army Ranger caught in a deadly war between Russian mobsters and... More »
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