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 podcasting about world cinema at thesocietyforfilm.com.

New RE:BORN Training Video Gives Sakaguchi Tak Ninja Skills

It is with no small amount of enthusiasm that we have been following the development of Re:Born, the comeback, and potentially final, action film for Japanese martial arts star Sakaguchi Tak. The latest in a series of videos has surfaced,... More »
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Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Werner Herzog

After a couple of months off, Full Disclosure is back, with an exploration of the work of a true cinematic maverick, Werner Herzog. In a career spanning 50 years, the uniquely accented German filmmaker has gifted us dozens of feature... More »
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Hong Kong Asian 2014 Review: Woefully Lowbrow, BREAKUP BUDDIES Proves Ning Hao Is Not Yet Forgiven

The long, punishing arm of China's censorship board still hangs heavy over the career of mainland filmmaker Ning Hao. The once-exciting auteur turns in another safe, audience-friendly offering with Breakup Buddies, suggesting his penance for the acerbic No Man's Land... More »
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Trailer: Pang Ho Cheung's WOMEN WHO FLIRT Sees Chinese & Taiwanese Beauties Fight Over Huang Xiao Ming

Hong Kong director Pang Ho Cheung heads back to the mainland for his latest romantic comedy, Women Who Flirt, which showcases the A-list talents of Zhou Xun and Huang Xiao Ming, as well as Taiwanese beauties Siu Teng and Xie... More »
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The Official Monster Fest 2014 Trailer Will Have You In Blood-Soaked Pieces

A new trailer and gorgeous poster have arrived for Monster Fest 2014, Australia's premiere genre film festival, which kicks off for 11 days and nights of depravity in Melbourne on 20 November.Highlights of the event, which will take place at... More »
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Who Is Worthy To Lift Mjolnir? Check Out This Clip From AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

With all the excitement of yesterday's unveiling of the Phase 3 slate, Marvel seems keen not to let anyone forget that they have a brand new film pretty much in the can and ready to wow global audiences once more... More »
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China Lion To Release Pang's WOMEN WHO FLIRT Overseas Ahead Of Mainland

China Lion Film Distribution has announced it will be handling the North American, as well as Australia and New Zealand release of mainland Chinese rom-com Women Who Flirt, opening the film in these territories ahead of the film's domestic release.Directed... More »
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Review: KUNG FU JUNGLE Sees Donnie Yen Pay His Respects Then Kick Some Ass

Donnie Yen plays a convicted murderer sprung from jail to help track down a serial killer targeting martial arts masters in Teddy Chen's appreciably nostalgic action thriller. While Yen wisely gifts the lion's share of the fighting to opposite number... More »
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Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY Gets Epic New Trailer For BFI Re-Release

There are good sci-fi movies and there are great ones. And then there is Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, unequivocally the greatest work of science fiction ever committed to celluloid. As part of the BFI's three-month Things To Come: Science... More »
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Review: ZOMBIE FIGHT CLUB Is An Apocalyptic Assault On Good Taste

Joe Chien's follow-up to the bafflingly tasteless and salacious Zombie 108 delivers a generous second helping of the same Z-grade trash and splatter. Andy On and Jessica C are the attractive, if helpless, leads who - eventually - find themselves... More »
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Sitges 2014 Review: MONSTERS: DARK CONTINENT, An Intense Yet Alienating Ordeal

Four years after Gareth Edwards exploded onto the sci-fi scene with his inventive and industrious indie alien invasion flick Monsters, first-time director Tom Green delivers a sequel that bears little resemblance to the original, in tone, content or invention.Reportedly set... More »
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Review: ANNABELLE Is Worse Than Being Given An Antique Doll As A Gift

It is understandable that Warner Brothers and New Line would want to continue the success of last year's The Conjuring. The period haunted house flick proved a surprise summer smash last year, grossing over $300 million worldwide. Annabelle focuses on... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2014 Wrap: Over 70 Movies Reviewed + Our Top Picks!

Holy Toledo is that headline correct? Yes Twitch has reviews published for over 70 of the films that played at Fantastic Fest 2014! (There were 76 non-repertory films screened at Fantastic Fest 2014). So why were we slacking? Well... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Review: MEETING DR. SUN, A Playfully Poignant Coming-Of-Age Heist Flick

Yee Chih-yen, Taiwanese director of the much-celebrated Blue Gate Crossing, delivers a heartfelt, humorous and poignant coming of age story in Meeting Dr. Sun. Part high school drama, part adventurous heist flick, the film follows impoverished high-schooler Lefty (Zhan Huai-yun),... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: TOMMY, A Gripping Nordic Noir About Dames

The latest in a string of stylish crime thrillers to emerge from Scandinavia, Tommy is the new film from Swedish director Tarik Saleh, and offers a blistering change of pace to 2009's animated sci-fi odyssey Metropia.A daring airport robbery and... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: I AM TRASH Lives Up To Its Title In Gloriously Reprehensible Fashion

South Korean indie provocateur Lee Sang-woo returns with the third and final instalment in his thematic "bad family" trilogy, which follows three grown up brothers, reunited when their pedophile father is released from prison. Inspired by a series of real-life... More »
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KUNG FU JUNGLE: New Posters, Full Synopsis Emerge For Latest Donnie Yen Actioner

Teddy Chen's Kung Fu Jungle (previously known as Last of the Best) will open on Hong Kong screens on 30 October, and Emperor Motion Pictures has released a brace of new moody character posters to further amp up the anticipation... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY'S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU Proves Far More Successful

One of the more notorious production debacles in recent memory, the maelstrom behind the scenes of New Line's The island of Dr. Moreau (1996) is the subject of this candid and entertaining documentary from David Gregory.Following the relative success of... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2014: Twitch's 12 Most Anticipated Films From Our 12 On-Hand Contributors

Hallelujah! It is Fantastic Fest time once again! The fest kicks off tomorrow, and what's more, Austin's ridiculously fun genre festival is back at its spiritual home of the Drafthouse South Lamar. You might say we are a little excited.... More »
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Masters Of Cinema's New THE THIEF OF BAGDAD Blu-ray Looks Fit For A Sultan

We make no secret of our love for Eureka Entertainment's boutique label The Masters of Cinema Series here at Twitch, and when it comes to Blu-ray releases of some of the greatest works of silent cinema ever made, they leave... More »
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