Review: ZHONG KUI: SNOW GIRL AND THE DARK CRYSTAL Delivers Genuine Romance But Flawed Fantasy

Acclaimed Hong Kong cinematographer Peter Pau takes another swing at directing a major motion picture with this grand scale fantasy about legendary demon queller Zhong Kui. Assisted by co-director Zhao Tianyu and featuring some spirited performances, the result is a... More »
By James Marsh   
  

2015 Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles Reveals Full Lineup

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) has become one of the top destinations for independent South Asian cinema over the past decade, and their recent line-up announcement promises to continue that tradition this year. From Bollywood glitz to... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Drafthouse Films' Obscure Objects Of Desire: Matsumoto Hitoshi's R100

The astonishingly surreal work of Japanese comedian-turned-filmmaker Matsumoto Hitoshi has long been championed here at TwitchFilm, and in some ways his fourth feature film - R100 - transcends anything he has yet produced. Positioned not as a comedy, but rather... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Sammo Hung Lays Waste In First Shot From THE BODYGUARD

Make no mistake about it: Sammo Hung can still kick your ass. That seems to be the general message delivered by the first image from The Bodyguard, an upcoming big budget feature in which Hung serves as both director and... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Exclusive: Third Window To Produce GREATFUL DEAD Director Uchida Eiji's LOWLIFE LOVE, But They Need Your Help!

Indie director Uchida Eiji scored his biggest hit to date last year with Greatful Dead. The brilliant black comedy made my Top 10 Japanese films of the year list and James Marsh summed it up in his review as follows:"The... More »
  

CHASUKE'S JOURNEY: Watch The Trailer For Sabu's Latest

Fresh from its premiere in Berlin, Sabu's latest effort is now gearing up for public release in Japan and that means the first trailer for Chasuke's Journey has now arrived online. In the afterlife, busy playwrights are writing scenarios for... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

7 Shades Of Censorship: India Gets Ban Happy

It's been a crazy month in India, where the newly ordained Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), among other organizations, has been banning "offensive" material and acts left and right.You may recall the CBFC kerfuffle surrounding Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Now On Blu-ray: AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL Is One Far Out Trip

Shot in 1971, released in 1972, and almost immediately forgotten, Amos Sefer's An American Hippie in Israel was a cult classic just waiting for a rebirth when the film was found by Grindhouse Releasing co-founder, Bob Murawski. Murawski is best... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Miike's YAKUZA APOCALYPSE Poster Arrives Bearing ... Frog?

Miike Takashi has long stated that his goal with upcoming effort Yakuza Apocalypse was to get back to the gonzo efforts of his earlier years. And, yup ... this new theatrical poster is going to arch a few eyebrows, that's... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Madman Entertainment Continues To Champion Ghibli With Stunning Upcoming Release

Miyazaki Hayao may be done, but that certainly does not mean we are done with him. His enduring legacy will echo across animation forever and what better way to remember the legend than a spiffy box set? Madman proudly presents The Collected Works of... More »
  

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   
  

Things Take A Darker Turn In The Trailer For Oshii's Live Action PATLABOR: THE NEXT GENERATION Movie

Ghost In The Shell helmer Oshii Mamoru has been clear about his intentions for his live action Patlabor: The Next Generation project right from the beginning. Like the original animated effort the story would begin with a light hearted, comedy... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Take A First Look At Erik Matti's HONOR THY FATHER

It's shaping up to be a busy year for On The Job director Erik Matti, with multiple projects on his slate. Up first - and now in production - is crime thriller Honor Thy Father, the story of a family... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

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   
  

Osaka 2015 Preview: Most Anticipated Movies

Beginning life in 2005 as the Korea Entertainment Film Festival, the Osaka Asian Film Festival broadened its outlook in its sophomore year to cover all East Asian cinema, quickly rising to become Japan's premier festival solely covering Asian film. Based... More »
  

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   
  

China Lion To Bring Andy Lau's LOST AND LOVE To N. America, Watch The Trailer

China Lion Film Distribution will release the Andy Lau drama Lost And Love in North America, Australia and New Zealand day-and-date with mainland China next month. Tackling the en vogue theme of child abduction, and based on real events, Lost... More »
By James Marsh   
  

TOKYO TRIBE Gets Gorgeous New Quad Poster, Trailer, Gallery For UK Release

Eureka! Entertainment is bringing Sono Sion's deliriously infectious rap battle epic Tokyo Tribe to screens across the UK and Eire on 8 May, and to support the release they have just unveiled a brand new quad poster for the film,... More »
By James Marsh   
  

A Nightmarish Vision Of Impending Parenthood In Özkan Aksular's MUNAFIK Teaser

A simple concept very well executed is what you get in the teaser for Özkan Aksular's upcoming Turkish horror film Munafik (Hypocrites). While it's hard to get too specific with English language information on the film - the never reliable... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
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