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.

PiFan 2013: Preview Part IV - KAFA, Ani Fanta and Jodorowsky

PiFan starts in two days and we're still sorting through the fest's impressive program. For part IV of our preview I take a look at some of the fest's sidebars, including the annual animation program Ani Fanta, the Korean Academy... More »
  

Korean Box Office: PACIFIC RIM Cashes in on Korea's Robot-philia

Business was a healthy 2.62 million admissions (in line with last year) over the frame as two big releases duked it out for the top spot. The local market share was down to 40%, well below last year's 60%... More »
  

Review: Webcomics Harbor Old Grudges in KILLER TOON

Every summer, Korea pumps out a handful of horror films for people looking to catch a few scares and respite from the hot and humid summer. Unfortunately, the industry's yields over the past few years have left much to be... More »
  

Review: SECRETLY GREATLY, Slick, Manipulative, And Disappointing

When a filmmaker makes a great debut, expectations are bound to be quite high for the follow-up. Such was the case for Jang Cheol-soo, who took the world by storm with his terrific island revenge saga Bedevilled in 2010. When... More »
  

PiFan 2013: Preview Part I - Puchon Choice (Main Competition)

The 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival kicks off next Thursday and it's high time that James and I combed through the program to pick the highlights of this year's festival. Here's is the first part of the preview, for... More »
  

NYAFF 2013 Review: This VERY ORDINARY COUPLE Aims to Show You What's What

Grand romance, as depicted on screen, written on the page or sung into a microphone, is the stuff of dreams. We crave it and feel it vicariously through surrogate works. It happens in life too but scarcely as magnificently as... More »
  

SNOWPIERCER Live Internet Showcase with Director & Cast

Though international dates have yet to be confirmed, it isn't long before Snowpiercer's August 1st bow in Korea. CJ Entertainment's marketing machine for their hotly anticipated summer tentpole has been in full swing for a few weeks and later today... More »
  

Adventures in Classic Korean Cinema: POLLEN

Adventures in Classic Korean Cinema is a bi-weekly feature looking back at classic South Korean Cinema. My very first Korean film from the 1970s, which I saw during last year's Udine Far East Film Festival in the "Darkest Decade of... More »
  

Korean Box Office: WORLD WAR Z Scares Up Huge Opening

A blockbuster came in stronger than expected this weekend, lifting the box office to a powerful 2.35 million admissions over the frame, a 50% jump over last year. Meanwhile, the news was not so great on the domestic front, as... More »
  

PiFan 2013 Reveals Treasure Trove of Fantastic Delights

Here at Twitch, we're huge fans of the PiFan (Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival), the largest celebration of genre cinema in Asia. So we've been eager to discover the program of their 17th edition, taking place next month. The wait... More »
  

Korea's CJ Entertainment Teams With China for Epic Sci-Fi Fantasy THE FIST

Correction: The planned budget is actually $20 million, which puts China's stake at $6 million.In what is being described as the largest ever co-production between Korea and China, CJ Entertainment have announced plans to move ahead with their long-gestating sci-fi... More »
  

Korean Box Office: MAN OF STEEL Not Quite Great Enough For SECRETLY

Business was up again this past weekend as just over 2.5 million tickets were sold, though this was largely a result of two blockbusters duking it out for the top spot. Each scored over one million, an achievement in... More »
  

Updated With High Quality Version: Epic SNOWPIERCER Trailer Finally Rolls In

Editor's update: When the trailer was first released, much of the dialogue was indecipherable due to the sound mix and compression. It was also a Korean domestic trailer without English subtitles. We have added an updated version of the trailer below... More »
  

Kim Yun-seok Climbs Aboard Bong Joon-ho Produced SEA FOG

Korean press are reporting that actor Kim Yun-seok has joined Sea Fog, a new water-bound Korean film to be produced by Bong Joon-ho and directed by his Memories of Murder (2003) co-writer and assistant director Sim Sung-bo in what will be his debut... More »
  

Korean Comedy HELLO GHOST To Get Adam Sandler Makeover

With Spike Lee's Oldboy bearing down on us and recent news of remakes for the other films in Park Chan-wook's Vengeance Trilogy on the way, not to mention American versions of Confession of Murder and New World, there's no shortage... More »
  

PiFan 2013: NAFF Spotlight Projects Showcase New Filipino Genre Cinema

The 6th Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) has announced the seven projects that will comprise its spotlight focus on The Philippines this year. Featuring experienced talent such as Richard Somes and Tikoy Aguiluz alongside younger directors who have begun... More »
  

Adventures in Classic Korean Cinema: THE MAN WITH THREE COFFINS

Adventures in Classic Korean Cinema is a bi-weekly feature looking back at classic South Korean Cinema. Though oppressed by Chung Doo-hwan's administration throughout much of the decade, the Korean film industry was nevertheless able to produce some remarkable films in... More »
  

Kim Ki-duk's Banned MOEBIUS To Be Re-Evaluated by Korea Media Ratings Board

Never one to shy away from controversy, Kim Ki-duk's latest film Moebius was effectively banned last week for featuring 'harmful content'. The move by the Korea Media Ratings Board (KMRB) has been controversial, particularly as Kim was the local industry's... More »
  

Korean Box Office: SECRETLY GREATLY Not-so-Secret in Great Debut

The fortunes of the Korean film industry took a dramatic turn this weekend following the release of a major local film which set a slew of new records. Business was booming with almost 3 million admissions recorded over the frame,... More »
  

9 New Posters As SNOWPIERCER Approaches! Full Trailer Next?

Bong Joon-ho's highly anticipated sci-fi Snowpiercer is just around the corner, as it is slated to open worldwide in August, though no firm date has been set. Every new glimpse of the film has been tantalizing and here are nine... More »
  
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