THAT'S IT Trailer Marks Ishii Gakuryu's Return To His Punk Roots

A precursor of the Japanese underground cyberpunk movement of the late 1970s and the early 1980s, Ishii Gakuryū, formerly known as Ishii Sōgo, established a strong position at home and gained widespread recognition abroad with Burst City (爆裂都市, 1982). It's an... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

Review: BROKEN HORSES Deserves A Swift Mercy Killing

Where does one draw the line between pitiable and risible? On the one hand, it just seems mean to want to pick on the slowest kid in the class, especially when you see just how far behind they are lagging.... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Balakrishna Is A Bloody Badass In The LION Trailer

Hot on the heels of his epic performance in Sreenu Boyapati's Legend, Nanadamuri Balakrishna returns to the cinema with the upcoming release of his latest film, Lion. Anyone who has seen a Balakrishna movie knows that every one of them... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

ABOMINATION Trailer: Creep Out With Yam Laranas' New Fright Flick

The new trailer for Abomination from director Yam Laranas feels like a machine-gun assault of creepiness. I've watched it twice now and, frankly, still don't know what it's about, but I want to watch it again. Laranas (The Echo) is... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Indian Film Fest LA 2015 Review: HARAAMKHOR, The Dangerous Distance Between Loving And Being Loved

Does love make monsters of men? Or, as Shlok Sharma's debut feature Haraamkhor suggests, does the idea of love merely magnify the monstrous tendencies latent within men? This is one of many complex ideas that weave through Sharma's film, but it... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Australia's Japanese Film Festival Director Konomi Masafumi Leaves The JFF

Konomi Masafumi, director of the Japanese Film Festival in Australia for the past 18 years, has announced that he will be leaving the Japan Foundation, Sydney (organizer of Australia's JFF) later this month. Mr Konomi directed the very first Japanese... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

Udine Far East Film Festival Announces 2015 Lineup

The Udine Far East Film Festival, one of Europe's biggest showcases for contemporary Asian cinema and also one of TwitchFilm's favorite international festivals, has officially unveiled its lineup during a press conference which took place earlier today.Covering a wide variety... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

Win KILLERS On Blu-ray From TwitchFilm And Well Go USA

Time to give away some Blu-rays!To celebrate the Blu-ray and DVD release of Killers by Indonesian madmen The Mo Brothers, Well Go USA and TwitchFilm have teamed up to give away a pair of discs to some lucky readers. Killers... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

NSFW Trailer: Blood, Sex, Werewolves & More In TOKYO GRAND GUIGNOL

Here's some very Not Safe For Work action to get your day off on the right track - the first trailer from Tokyo Grand Guignol, an anthology of four horror shorts by French directors, filmed on location in the Japanese... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Interview: Billy Christian Talks TUYUL: PART 1, His Indonesian Horror Film

Tuyul: Part 1 will be released in Indonesian cinemas nationwide this week, and before that we got a chance to talk briefly with director Billy Christian about his film, specifically, and Indonesian horror films in general. What's so interesting about... More »
By William Chandra   
  

Old School Kung Fu Fest 2015: Enter The Ninjas! (Plus A Trailer!)

Returning for its fifth edition, Old School Kung Fu Fest 2015 will celebrate martial arts and action cinema by turning its focus on "the deadliest fighter of them all...the ninja!" I'm quoting the official announcement, although I'm not convinced the... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Okinawa 2015: Festival Highlights

Okinawa International Movie Festival (OIMF) always held ambitions beyond limiting itself to the traditional role of a film festival. Now in its seventh year the event is really starting to embrace its position as a hub of entertainment encompassing comedy,... More »
  

Review: DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY, A Reimagining Of The Bengali Sherlock Holmes

Sometimes I loathe the expectations with which I burden myself.Dibakar Banerjee's latest film, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, is a period piece that focuses on the origin of India's greatest literary sleuth. The Byomkesh Bakshy character comes from the many works of... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

MONSTER HUNT Posters Look Suitably Epic

Something big this way comes, courtesy of Hong Kong-based production company Edko Films. Last year they announced the film Monster Hunt, their most expensive production ever, and this week they released two huge teaser posters, which you can see below.... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Interview: Bong Joon-ho Looks Back At MOTHER While Looking Forward To OKJA

The Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, New York, hosted a 3-week long retrospective of the feature films of Korean auteur, Bong Joon-ho.  After the screening of the haunting Mother, remastered into black and white, Bong and producer, Choi Dooho... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

THE WORLD OF KANAKO To Be Released By Drafthouse Films

Prepare for "120 minutes of uncomfortable, aggressive, and rigourously crafted filmmaking" to be unleashed upon us all. Nakashima Tetsuya's The World of Kanako has been acquired for distribution by Drafthouse Films. Nakashima, who previously directed the wildly-acclaimed Kamikaze Girls and... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Nishimura Unleashes His NINJA WAR In New Trailer

Tokyo Gore Police helmer Nishimura Yoshihiro appears to be taking a somewhat more reserved approach with his latest feature, The Ninja War Of Torakage with nary a geyser of blood to be found in the just released first trailer. And,... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Bruce Lee Enterprises Seeking To Stop The Depiction Of Bruce Lee In IP MAN 3

Bruce Lee's estate is seeking all available remedies to stop the depiction of the martial arts superstar in the upcoming Ip Man 3, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. This followed Pegasus Motion Pictures' recent announcement that the film will... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

The First Official Image From Toho's GODZILLA, And A Director Announcement

You did not expect a full sized monster already, did you? As Toho prepares for a new Japanese version of everyone's favorite large lizard, Godzilla, they released their first official image for the film as well as announcing who the... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Hong Kong 2015 Review: TWO THUMBS UP, A Delightfully Gonzo Heist Flick

Long-time screenwriter Lau Ho Leung (Painted Skin, Kung Fu Jungle) makes his directorial debut in this energetic action comedy following a gang of thieves who masquerade as cops to pull off a heist, only to encounter a rival posse with... More »
By James Marsh   
  
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