James Marsh
Asian Editor; Hong Kong, China

Originally from England, James has lived in Hong Kong since 2001. He is a programmer for Fantastic Fest, pretty nifty with a pair of chopsticks, yet harbours no aspirations to learn kung fu. When not attending film festivals, watching films, writing about films, or shopping online for Blurays, James is most likely out drinking somewhere, hogging the karaoke mic. Either that or he's asleep and snoring loudly, but that rarely happens. There are just too many films that remain unwatched and not enough hours in the day.

Teaser For Sono Sion's TOKYO TRIBE Brings The Crazy!

We make no secret of the fact that we are HUGE fans of Japanese director Sono Sion here at Twitch, and while his filmography is diverse and eclectic, nothing delights us more than the knowledge his adaptation of Inoue Santa's... More »
  

Asia Beat: Udine Awards, New Sono Sion, Tsui Hark, THE FATAL ENCOUNTER And More

Welcome to Asia Beat, a fortnightly roundup of bite-sized news pieces from around the region that might have otherwise slipped under the radar but which we feel are worth bringing to your attention. Anything from casting news, poster premieres, to... More »
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Billy Wilder's ACE IN THE HOLE

Released in 1951, Ace in the Hole marked a pivotal moment in the career of its writer-director, Billy Wilder, for a number of different reasons. His scathing attack on the media was Wilder's first film after breaking his long-term writing... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Paul Giamatti

This weekend, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 arrives in the US, after having done a bit of a world tour in other territories. And the most interesting piece of casting in it must surely be Paul Giamatti as the villain known... More »
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Udine 2014 Review: BLACK COAL, THIN ICE Is A Cold, Compelling Crime Drama

This year's surprise Golden Bear winner at Berlin is a bleak, yet engrossing whodunnit set in the wintry climes of Northern China.For his third feature film, writer-director Diao Yinan (Uniform, Night Train) evokes both Hollywood procedurals and European arthouse cinema... More »
  

WB Confirms Plans For Zack Snyder-Directed JUSTICE LEAGUE Movie

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Warner Brothers president of worldwide production, Greg Silverman, has confirmed that the studio is planning to follow 2016's Man of Steel sequel with a Justice League movie, to be directed by Zack Snyder."It... More »
  

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Claire Denis

In 2014, Full Disclosure is turning its focus on the filmography of a different celebrated filmmaker each month, and challenging our writers to seek out something new to watch and consider from their sizeable oeuvres. This month welcomes the first... More »
  

Blu-ray Review: Bill Forsyth's THAT SINKING FEELING From The BFI

Before creating such classics of modern British Cinema as Gregory's Girl and Local Hero, Glaswegian filmmaker Bill Forsyth's debut feature was the 1979 gem That Sinking Feeling, about a gang of young chancers who look to make a quick buck... More »
  

Hey London! Zipangu Fest Returns With FRANK CHICKENS, GOOD WIFE And More!

Arguably the most unique and eclectic of film festivals in the UK to throw its focus on Japanese cinema, Zipangu Fest returns this 1st June, for an evening of weird and wonderful cinematic delights, curated and hosted by acclaimed Japanese... More »
  

Eli Roth's Cannibal Horror THE GREEN INFERNO Gets A Chilling New Teaser!

Eli Roth's latest offering of globe-trotting terror takes us deep into the Peruvian rain forests, where a group of good-time-lovin' student activists soon find themselves abandoned and at the mercy of a savage, flesh-craving tribe of indigenous cannibals. Roth again joins... More »
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Sam Fuller's WHITE DOG

One of Hollywood's true maverick filmmakers, Sam Fuller was never a man to shy away from tackling important social and political issues in his films. Famously, he was the first American filmmaker to tackle the Korean War, in The Steel... More »
  

THE GRANDMASTER Wins 12, Dominates Hong Kong Film Awards

The 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards have just announced their winners and unsurprisingly it was Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster that dominated the evening, scooping a phenomenal twelve awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best... More »
  

Hong Kong 2014 Review: THAT DEMON WITHIN Has Problems Throughout

Hong Kong's reigning champion of pyrotechnic mayhem continues to move outside of his comfort zone with the psychological crime drama That Demon Within, but the results fail to hit the mark as poor plotting, loose direction and an increasingly preposterous... More »
  

Francis Ng Has A Scam With A Van In The TWO THUMBS UP Teaser

Produced by Soi Cheang (Motorway, The Monkey King) and directed by Lau Ho Leung, writer of numerous Hong Kong movies including Painted Skin and The Great Magician, Two Thumbs Up is an action comedy starring Francis Ng and Simon Yam... More »
  

Review: Baseball Epic KANO Hits A Home Run

From the team behind Taiwanese epic Seediq Bale comes a rousing big screen sports saga telling the incredible true story of the Kano baseball team, a multiethnic squad of rural highschoolers who made it to the national championships in Japan... More »
  

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: David Cronenberg

This year in Full Disclosure, Team Twitch has been tackling a different filmmaker each month and plumbing his or her filmography, catching up with a title from their back catalogue, watching and assessing it for the very first time.This month... More »
  

EXCLUSIVE: The Bloody UK Trailer For Miike's LESSON OF EVIL

After exploring more austere and epic projects, including 13 Assassins and Harakiri: Death Of A Samurai, Miike Takashi returned to his blood-soaked exploitation roots in fine style with Lesson Of Evil, the darkly comic story of a deranged high school... More »
  

THE GRANDMASTER Sweeps Asian Film Awards

Wong Kar Wai's martial arts bio-pic of Ip Man, The Grandmaster, took home seven awards including Best Film at the 8th Asian Film Awards, hosted in Macau last night. Wong was named Best Director, while Zhang Ziyi collected the Best... More »
  

Hong Kong 2014 Review: ABERDEEN Is Pang Ho Cheung's Most Mature Work Yet

Pang Ho Cheung delivers a beautifully observed portrait of a modern Hong Kong family that fuses social commentary with fantastical imagery and his trademark cheeky humour to wonderful effect.In a notable shift in tone from his recent successes, Hong Kong... More »
  

Okinawa 2014 Review: ONE THIRD Is A Darkly Comic Crime Caper

Shinagawa Hiroshi follows up Slapstick Brothers with a fast-paced, light-on-its-feet caper that cruises on its bulging ensemble cast even when the convoluted plot threatens to combust under the weight of its myriad twists and double crosses.When gambling-addicted nightclub manager Shu... More »
  
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