Pierce Conran
Seoul, South Korea

Pierce Conran is a film journalist based out of Seoul, where he tries to get the lowdown on the latest and greatest from the Korean peninsula for Twitch and runs the website Modern Korean Cinema. Irish by birth, he has lived in Dublin, Switzerland, New York and Los Angeles. When he's not going to film festivals, writing about and reporting on films or rambling on Twitter (@pierceconran), he mostly stares wistfully out the window.

Cannes 2015 Preview: Critics Week & Directors Fortnight

If you didn't catch last week's preview of the Cannes 2015 Palme d'Or Competition, go check that out now. Today we continue our Cannes coverage with a preview of the sidebar Director's Fortnight and Critic's Week programs. These are a... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

2nd Wildflower Film Awards Korea Reveals Nominees

Following its launch last year, the Wildflower Film Awards Korea revealed the nominees of its upcoming 2nd edition last week. Leading the pack with seven nominees is July Jung's A Girl at My Door, while Han Gong-ju and The King... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Kim Han-min To Follow ROARING CURRENTS With Manchuria-Set War Pic

In the wake of the record-breaking success of last summer's Roaring Currents, Kim Han-min is opting to remain in the period war genre as he is busy preparing a new film called Bongoh Town Battle (working title), about a two-day... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Trailer For Indian Noir SUNRISE Plunges You Into Hypnotic Darkness

One of TwitchFilm's favorite discoveries at the Busan International Film Festival last October, Partho Sen-Gupta's Indian noir Sunrise is going to Tribeca next month and has just released a new trailer. We're happy to be the first media outlet to... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Korean Box Office: British Invasion Shuts Out Local Films

Following the busy Lunar New Year holiday, admissions fell to 1.97 million over the weekend but the main victims were local films, which saw their market share plummet to 18.5%. In a surprise turn of events, it was the United... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Review: THE DEAL, A Serviceable But Generic Korean Revenge Thriller

Korea delivers yet another serviceable revenge thriller with The Deal, a well-oiled but overly familiar addition to the longstanding local genre staple. With young women violently murdered during downpours and Kim Sang-kyung once again playing a hapless detective at his... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Korean Box Office: Detectives and Spies Lead Lunar New Year Weekend

Business shot up 70% over last week, as 3.88 million holiday spectators flooded the theaters, however that figure was over a million lower than last year's Lunar New Year weekend. Granted it's not exactly as fair comparison as LNY itself... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

BIRDMAN Flies Away With Oscar Gongs For Film & Director

Another year, another glitzy Oscar ceremony filled with celebrities and hit and miss jokes not to mention the inevitable surprises and disappointments. The 87th Academy Awards wrapped up a few hours ago and the biggest upset of the night was... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Korean Box Office: DETECTIVE K 2 Opens Over Original

Some 2.25 million spectators shuffled into theaters during the weekend before the Lunar New Year holiday, which was better than last week but still far behind the comparable weekend last year, when Frozen and Miss Granny led the market. Local... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Review: C'EST SI BON Trades Rich 60s Music Setting For Dull Romance

A terrific period setting is squandered in the disappointing C'est si bon, a twee and lethargic romance masquerading as a dynamic folk music biopic. Programmed as one of this year's two major Lunar New Year holiday releases (the other being... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Korean Box Office: Soft Opening For C'EST SI BON Ahead Of Lunar New Year (2015 WK 6)

In the warm up to holidays, 1.81 million people visited theaters as a Korean film reclaimed the top of the charts. Local films were dominant with 62% of the market. Taking the top spot over the weekend was C'est si... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Review: DETECTIVE K: SECRET OF THE LOST ISLAND, Another Underwhelming Period Action Comedy

Detective Kim is back with his trusty sidekick Seo-pil in the follow up to 2011's hit period action-comedy Detective K: Secret Of The Virtuous Widow. A hodgepodge of genres delivered at breakneck speed, this new instalment, subtitled Secret of the... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Korean Box Office: Heroes Top Fathers And Gangsters (2015 WK 5)

A Hollywood film topped the Korean box office for the first time in 2015 while a pair of local blockbusters battled for second place. Korean films did hold a combined advantage though with a 55% market share in a weekend... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

MEMORIES OF MURDER Coming to the Small Screen

It looks like Snowpiercer isn't the only Bong Joon-ho film getting the remake treatment. I don't normally cover TV news but I thought I'd make an exception for this. Considered by many to be one of the greatest Korean films... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Review: CASA AMOR: EXCLUSIVE FOR LADIES, But Really Just A Man's World

Every so often, Korean cinema presents us with a new film, filled with the promise of titillating erotica. Invariably, these turn out to be rather chaste affairs and Casa Amor: Exclusive for Ladies (the original title of which is Working... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

All Aboard! SNOWPIERCER Sex Spoof Coming This Year

The most well known Korean film of the last few years is coming back to screens, reimagined as an erotic parody. Bong Man-dae, the director of Cinderella (2006) and Playboy Bong (2013), though most well known as a purveyor of... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Kino Lorber to Give US Viewers A HARD DAY

One of last year's best Korean films, the thriller A Hard Day is finally going to find its way to American theaters after being picked up by Kino Lorber. The film will be released this summer before hitting the home... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Review: GANGNAM BLUES, A Gorgeously Overwrought Gangster Classic In The Making

Yoo Ha returns to gangster cinema and knocks it right out of the park with his latest, an evocative and immensely entertaining saga that pits a common tale of brotherhood and betrayal against a thrilling period setting mired in violence... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Third Window Films UK Announces Stellar 2015 Slate: Tsukamoto, Nakashima, Kitano, And More

Our good friends, and friends of all fans of east Asian films, Third Window Films have given TwitchFilm an exclusive early look at their 2015 slate and it is marvelous!Third Window Films has a history of bringing not only the... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Gong Yoo Joins Yeon Sang-ho's Live Action Zombie Thriller BUSAN-BOUND

Yeon Sang-ho has come a long way in just a few years. After two highly acclaimed animations and another in post, the filmmaker will be making his live action debut this year, with the big-budget zombie thriller Busan-Bound. The Suspect's... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  
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