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.

Ooooh! It's The First NSFW Trailer For Steve Oram's AAAAAAAAH!

We have been chomping at the bit here at TwitchFilm to get a look at Steve Oram's directorial feature debut, Aaaaaaaah! (that's eight "As") and now the first teaser trailer for the film has arrived.Pitched as "Romeo & Juliet meets... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Music Is All Michael Caine Understands In Gorgeous First Trailer For Paolo Sorrentino's YOUTH

Hot off his Best Foreign Language film Oscar win for The Great Beauty last year, Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino brings us Youth (aka La Giovinezza), starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel as two old friends holidaying in the Alps. Fred... More »
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NSFW Trailer: Blood, Sex, Werewolves & More In TOKYO GRAND GUIGNOL

Here's some very Not Safe For Work action to get your day off on the right track - the first trailer from Tokyo Grand Guignol, an anthology of four horror shorts by French directors, filmed on location in the Japanese... More »
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David Lynch Leaves TWIN PEAKS Revival

Oddball veteran filmmaker David Lynch announced in a flurry of tweets earlier today that he is leaving Showtime's revival series of his mould-breaking TV show Twin Peaks, which originally aired back in 1990.Lynch was set to direct the 9-episode event... More »
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Hong Kong 2015 Review: TWO THUMBS UP, A Delightfully Gonzo Heist Flick

Long-time screenwriter Lau Ho Leung (Painted Skin, Kung Fu Jungle) makes his directorial debut in this energetic action comedy following a gang of thieves who masquerade as cops to pull off a heist, only to encounter a rival posse with... More »
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TERMINATOR GENISYS Living Poster Makes Schwarzenegger's Head Explode

Speaking frankly, Terminator Genisys is struggling to arouse any genuine interest in me right now. Obviously I loved the first two, thought the end of Rise of the Machines excused everything that came before it, and - hey! - actually... More »
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BLIND MASSAGE Takes Top Honours At 9th Asian Film Awards

Lou Ye's Blind Massage was named Best Film at the 9th Asian Film Awards, which were announced at a star-studded ceremony at The Venetian in Macau last night. The film also won the Best Cinematographer award. Jiang Wen's glitzy... More »
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Review: INSURGENT Is Dystop-less

Part two of the big screen adaptation of Veronica Roth's bestselling series of YA sci-fi novels boasts a larger budget and sharper hairstyles than its predecessor, but remains incapable of stepping out from the long shadow cast by rival franchise... More »
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Hot Docs 2015 Lineup Announced: From The Deep Web To Dark Comedy To Outer Space And Beyond

In Toronto, from April 23rd until May 3rd, the 22nd edition of the sprawling Hot Docs Film Festival will be showcasing documentary films from 44 countries. Going through a documentary lineup of this size is a bit more daunting than a... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Benedict Cumberbatch And Martin Freeman Shooting Victorian Era SHERLOCK Special For BBC

The BBC is cooking up something special for fans of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson that should please fans of their monster hit modern-day series Sherlock and Conan Doyle purists who prefer their crime fighting rooted firmly in 19th Century... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Crowdfund This! British Sci-Fi Buddy Comedy UNTIL THE DAY BREAKS

British filmmaking collective Project Trident met while working together at an arts cinema, and began making short films and screening them for each other. Over the past seven years they have accumulated a filmography of over 100 shorts, which have... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Matt Damon And Andy Lau Will Save The World In Zhang Yimou's THE GREAT WALL

Chinese blockbuster director Zhang Yimou is no stranger to casting Hollywood A-listers in his projects since wooing Christian Bale for his 2011 epic The Flowers of War. While that film made huge bank in China, it failed to make the... More »
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Review: ZHONG KUI: SNOW GIRL AND THE DARK CRYSTAL Delivers Genuine Romance But Flawed Fantasy

Acclaimed Hong Kong cinematographer Peter Pau takes another swing at directing a major motion picture with this grand scale fantasy about legendary demon queller Zhong Kui. Assisted by co-director Zhao Tianyu and featuring some spirited performances, the result is a... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Drafthouse Films' Obscure Objects Of Desire: Matsumoto Hitoshi's R100

The astonishingly surreal work of Japanese comedian-turned-filmmaker Matsumoto Hitoshi has long been championed here at TwitchFilm, and in some ways his fourth feature film - R100 - transcends anything he has yet produced. Positioned not as a comedy, but rather... More »
By James Marsh   
  

China Lion To Bring Andy Lau's LOST AND LOVE To N. America, Watch The Trailer

China Lion Film Distribution will release the Andy Lau drama Lost And Love in North America, Australia and New Zealand day-and-date with mainland China next month. Tackling the en vogue theme of child abduction, and based on real events, Lost... More »
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TOKYO TRIBE Gets Gorgeous New Quad Poster, Trailer, Gallery For UK Release

Eureka! Entertainment is bringing Sono Sion's deliriously infectious rap battle epic Tokyo Tribe to screens across the UK and Eire on 8 May, and to support the release they have just unveiled a brand new quad poster for the film,... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Watch The Trailer For Creepy HKIFF Closer PORT OF CALL

Yesterday the full line-up for the 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival was announced, and this year's closing film is a director's cut of Philip Yung's Port Of Call. The director's last film, May We Chat, was an impressive look... More »
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Sylvia Chang's MURMUR OF THE HEARTS To Open 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival, Full Line-Up Revealed

Taiwanese actress Sylvia Chang's latest directorial effort Murmur Of The Hearts will open the 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival, it was announced today. The world premiere is part of a Filmmaker in Focus programme dedicated to Chang, which will... More »
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BIRDMAN Soars At Independent Spirit Awards, NIGHTCRAWLER Also Scores

Birdman continued its run of awards wins last night, taking top honours at the Independent Spirit Awards on the eve of Oscar night. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's manic comedy was named Best Film, Michael Keaton won the Best Actor award, and... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Get Your First Look At Jason Momoa As DC's Aquaman

Zack Snyder just tweeted this tasty little tease for his upcoming DC Universe flick, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, giving fans their first look at Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry...better known as Aquaman.Momoa is signed on to star in... More »
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