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.

China Box Office: GRAVITY Continues To Pull In The Crowds

Alfonso Cuaron's science fiction blockbuster Gravity holds firm at the top of the charts for a second straight week, although Benny Chan's The White Storm opens strong. Rank Title Origin 25/11 - 01/12 (US$M) Total (US$M) Screening days 1 Gravity... More »
  

Review: MICHAEL KOHLHAAS, A Sombre Crusade For Vengeance And Justice

Arnaud des Pallieres adapts Heinrich von Kleist's hugely influential novel into a heartbreaking story of injustice and revenge in 16th Century France, centred around an incredible performance from Mads Mikkelsen.Michael Kohlhaas (Mikkelsen), a respected horse trader and family man, is... More »
  

Full Disclosure: Twitch's Lists Of Shame - November

While the United States is wrapped up warm celebrating Thanksgiving with its nearest and dearest - that one holiday that no one outside of America really understands or cares about - Team Twitch again casts fresh eyes over some overlooked... More »
  

Review: THE CONSTABLE Is Crime Fighting At Its Most Pedestrian

Dennis Law's latest low budget actioner sees Simon Yam play a former CID sergeant itching to get back on the front lines. Despite some interesting ideas and a decent cast, The Constable is under-developed and poorly structured, never getting out... More »
  

Review: CAUGHT IN THE WEB Chooses Love Over China's Netizens

After the critical and commercial success of his excellent period thriller, Sacrifice, in 2010, which marked a perceived comeback for the Farewell My Concubine director, Chen Kaige turns his attention once again to the lives of modern Chinese citizens and... More »
  

SERPICO, WINGS And WHITE DOG Headline Masters Of Cinema 2014 Q1 Slate

It is always an exciting day when Eureka Entertainment announces their upcoming titles for its Masters of Cinema series, and with today's announcement, they might have just outdone themselves. Sidney Lumet's seminal police thriller, Serpico, starring a top-of-his-game Al Pacino... More »
  

20 Of The Greatest Action Movie Heroines

Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant survivalist and revolutionary at the heart of The Hunger Games, returns to our screens this week in Catching Fire. In tribute to this positive female role model embedded firmly in the action genre, we would like... More »
  

ILO ILO Takes Top Honours At Taipei Golden Horse Awards

Singaporean drama Ilo Ilo continued its run of awards wins in Taiwan this evening, where it was named Best Film at the prestigious Golden Horse Awards - widely regarded as the foremost Chinese language film awards in the World. Director... More »
  

China Box Office: THOR: THE DARK WORLD Hammers The Competition

Marvel's latest superhero offering holds strong atop the Chinese charts for a second straight week, while the Stallone-Schwarenegger pair-up Escape Plan continues to show its box office muscle. Rank Title Origin 11/11 - 17/11 (US$M) Total (US$M) Screening days 1... More »
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: F.W. Murnau's NOSFERATU: A SYMPHONY OF HORROR

For a great many aspiring cinephiles, F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu: A Symphony Of Horror served as their entry point into both Silent Cinema and also German Expressionism. Perhaps because of the film's subject matter, rooted firmly in the horror genre, Murnau's thinly... More »
  

EXCLUSIVE Interview: Bong Joon-ho On The Crew And Influences Behind SNOWPIERCER (Part 3 of 3)

In the third and final part of our epic interview with Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-ho we discuss the incredible crew he assembled behind the scenes, the influences behind the film's stunning production design and the input of fellow Korean Park... More »
  

Are Kurylenko, Gadot & Yung Testing For Wonder Woman?

Variety is reporting that its sources claim Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6), Elodie Yung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion) are all currently testing for a role in Warner Bros' upcoming Batman-Superman film, and the role is most... More »
  

Review: FINDING MR. RIGHT Sees Tang Wei Back In Favour

Tang Wei scores big at the mainland box office with this comedy drama about a spoilt mistress who must hide out in the US and reconcile her lifestyle when she becomes pregnant with her lover's child. All has been forgiven,... More »
  

EXCLUSIVE Interview: Bong Joon-ho On Casting SNOWPIERCER (Part 2 of 3)

Last week, Twitch was gifted the opportunity to spend an hour talking to South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho about his hugely-anticipated science-fiction thriller Snowpiercer. The film opened in Bong's homeland back in August, where it quickly became his most succesful... More »
  

Rodriguez, El Rey Shooting FROM DUSK TIL DAWN: THE SERIES

Shooting has begun in Austin, Texas on From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series, the small screen spin-off of the Robert Rodriguez-directoed, Quentin Tarantino-penned film of the same name from 1996. The series will debut in Q1 of 2014 on Rodriguez's... More »
  

ROOM 237's Rodney Ascher To Document THE NIGHTMARE

News coming out of AFM is that Rodney Ascher, director of the incredible conspiracy documentary of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining and contributor to the forthcoming ABCs of Death 2, will direct The Nightmare for Content Film and Preferred Film &... More »
  

Third FIRESTORM Trailer Pits Andy Lau Against Gordon Lam In Explosive Fashion

Edko films has had a successful run of homegrown thrillers in the last couple of years, with Murderer, Nightfall and Cold War all employing big name stars in high stakes, high concept action dramas to increasingly lucrative effect at the... More »
  

EXCLUSIVE Interview: Bong Joon-ho On The Weinsteins, Tarantino And SNOWPIERCER (Part 1 of 3)

One of the best - and for the vast majority of people still hotly-anticipated - films of the year is Bong Joon-ho's fantastic science fiction thriller, Snowpiercer, in which the sole survivors of a nuclear winter reside within a single... More »
  

China Box Office: Russian War Epic STALINGRAD Storms The Charts

In a relatively quiet week at the Chinese box office, Russian war epic Stalingrad storms to the top of the chart, while Adam Sandler's animated horror comedy Hotel Transylvania also debuts strongly. Rank Title Origin 28/10 - 3/11 (US$M) Total... More »
  

Review: THOR: THE DARK WORLD Is A Balanced, Loki Success

Thor's second solo outing strikes a far better balance between the Earth-bound action and the dramas on his home world of Asgard, but beyond the strong set pieces and knowing humour, the plot and central romance fail to hit home.Marvel... More »
  
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