GENTLE: Watch Dustin Nguyen In Vietnamese Dostoyevsky Adaptation

A selection of the 2014 Busan International Film Festival, Dustin Nguyen plays the lead in Le Van Kiet's Gentle - an adaptation of the Dostoyevsky short story of the same name. A dark drama revolving around a pawn shop owner... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Thai Villagers Battle The BLACK DEATH In Period Horror

Zombies are coming to Thailand! Or, rather, they've already been there and rather a long time ago according to the premise of upcoming Thai horror Black Death. A period set affair in which a strange plague besets a remote village... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

THE BLUE HOUR: Check A Dozen Stills From The Berlin Selected LGBT Mystery

Previously selected to screen in Berlin with his short film work, Thai director Anucha Boonyawatana returns this year with his feature The Blue Hour selected as part of the Panorama section. The gay themed mystery is already garnering advance buzz... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

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   
  

Review: WAVES, A Quietly Emotional Cross-Cultural Drama

In Don Gerardo Frasco's Waves, a seemingly idyllic island paradise in the Philippines unexpectedly turns into a battleground of mixed emotions for two friends-turned-secret-lovers desperately trying to revive a brief yet intense love affair that, at first sight, clearly falls... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

Review: R100, An Intensely Intelligent And Witty Study Of Human Behavior

By the time Matsumoto Hitoshi made the move into feature films with his 2007 effort Big Man Japan, he was already a massive star in his native Japan, his television comedy work having firmly established Matsumoto as one of the... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

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   
  

GIOVANNI'S ISLAND Wins Best Animated Film At 69th Mainichi Awards

Mizuho Nishikubo's animated feature Giovanni's Island has picked up yet another award. The Production I.G film won Best Animated Film by the Mainichi Film Awards. This is the tenth distinction for the film since it began its festival run in 2014. The awards... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

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   
  

WOLF TOTEM: Watch The Trailer For Jean-Jacques Annaud's Latest

If you are a fan of wolves French director Jean-Jacques Annaud's latest film, Wolf Totem, may just be up your alley. It will screen at the EFM in Berlin before it opens in his native France on February 25th. You... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Martial Artist Darren Shahlavi: 1972 - 2015

Martial artist and action star, Darren Shahlavi, passed away in his sleep on January 14th. A family member posted the announcement earlier today on Darren's Facebook page and tributes from action stars and action film sites started pouring in. Shahlavi's... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Hey Dallas! Win Tickets To See GANGS OF WASSEYPUR Courtesy Of The Texas Theatre And TwitchFilm!

Hey Dallas!The Historic Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff and TwitchFilm are teaming up to co-present a pair of very special screenings of Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur and we want to give you one of four pairs of passes for... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

LOVE AND PEACE: Watch This Manic Trailer For Sono Sion's Next

First, I love love love this poster for Sono Sion's upcoming Love And Peace. Want. Second, to call Japanese director Sono Sion prolific is a gross understatement. Why Don't You Play In Hell? got Stateside distribution thanks to Drafthouse Films and will be... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Pretty Packaging: GIOVANNI'S ISLAND Ultimate Edition Hits The Soul

Nishikubo Mizuho's film Giovanni's Island is picking up awards by the truckload all over the world, and is currently a nominee in the upcoming Japan Academy Prizes. And rightly so, if our man-in-Japan Christopher is to be believed. He called... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: THE ROYAL TAILOR Spins A Colorful Period Yarn

Period dramas are all the rage in Korea at the moment, but while some have been setting records at the box office (such as Roaring Currents), not all have been successful. No film is a guaranteed hit but period productions... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Seol Kyung-gu And Ko Soo Will Search For Clues In LUCID DREAM

Seol Kyung-gu and Ko Soo are teaming for upcoming thriller Lucid Dream. From first-time director Kim Joon-sung, the film will also star Kang Hye-jung. The story, if I understood it correctly, deals with a father who goes searching for his... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Jung Woo-sung To Hunt Monsters In New Period Film

In the midst of the incredible popularity of Korean period films, yet another production has been announced. Jung Woo-sung has boarded Jakseoui Byeon - Attack of the Water Monster (a literal translation of the Korean title). A Joseon Era creature... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

For Our Sins, D-WAR 2 Is Going into Production

It's with a heavy heart that I report Shim Hyung-rae will start filming a sequel to his much-maligned 2007 CGI dragon action film D-War. Following casting, the film, called, D-War: Mystery of the Dragon, is set to go into production... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Review: CHRONICLE OF A BLOOD MERCHANT Favors Strong Cast Over Plot

Outside of indie cinema, actors directing themselves in leading roles are quite rare in Korean films, making Ha Jung-woo's Chronicle of a Blood Merchant something of an oddity. One of the country's biggest stars, Ha surrounds himself with a wealth... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Review: THE CON ARTISTS Aims Right Down the Middle And Is All The Better For It

There are many things we demand from films: good stories, strong characters, style... the list goes on. However, more than everything else, there is one thing people clamor for the most, particularly in its absence: originality. We readily point out clichés... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  
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