A Talk With THE COMPLEX Director Nakata Hideo. Part 2 of 2: The Celluloid Fetishist!

A few months back, the International Film Festival Rotterdam welcomed the Japanese director Nakata Hideo as a guest, famous for horror films like Ringu, Dark Water, and The Complex. Twitch was allowed an interview with him, the first part of... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

A Talk With THE COMPLEX Director Nakata Hideo. Part 1 of 2: Does He Believe In Ghosts?

A few months back, the International Film Festival Rotterdam welcomed the Japanese director Nakata Hideo as a guest, famous for horror films like Ringu, Ringu 2 and Dark Water. Hideo had brought his newest J-horror film The Complex with him,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Interview: V/H/S/2 Cinematographer Abdul Dermawan Habir Talks SAFE HAVEN

With the release of  V/H/S/2 on VOD, I believe the film has gained the broader audience it deserves, and most who have already watched it will agree that Safe Haven, directed by Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto, is the best... More »
  

Kurosawa Kiyoshi Spills Details On His SciFi Picture REAL

Director Kurosawa Kiyoshi has been a force in Japanese cinema since the release of Cure in 1997 and the subsequent international success that followed. Following his breakout film Kurosawa made something of a name for himself within the J-horror genre... More »
  

Interview: Hosoda Mamoru Talks WOLF CHILDREN, The Magic Of Hand-Drawn Animation And Parenting

Anime director Hosoda Mamoru hardly needs an introduction around these parts. Heck, our enthusiasm for his Summer Wars is just about legendary. Still considered a bit of an young upstart in his native Japan when compared to the old-guard animators,... More »
  

Interview: Park Chan-Wook Talks STOKER

Park Chan-wook needs no introduction to any longtime Twitch reader or fan of 21st century Korean cinema. With Stoker, his first English-language film, it is very likely that his star will shine even brighter and higher for even more of... More »
  

Interview: Jang Kun-jae Talks SLEEPLESS NIGHT

Following his debut Eighteen's successful run on the international festival circuit in 2009, the highlight of which was a grand prize win as part of the Vancouver International Film Festival's Tigers & Dragons section, Jang Kun-jae has proven that he... More »
  

Interview: Director Peter Chan Talks DRAGON (WU XIA), Hong Kong Identity, and the Shaw Brothers

Peter Chan's martial arts epic Dragon, starring Donnie Yen, will open in the U.S. in select theaters on Friday, November 30. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Bangkok, Peter Chan Ho-sun studied cinema in the United States at the... More »
  

BIFF 2012 Interview: FATAL Director Lee Donku Talks Violent Sex Crimes, Working in a Bathhouse, and Respect Towards Women

One of the most talked-about films this year at the Busan International Film Festival was the low-budget debut feature Fatal, which screened as part of the event's signature 'New Currents' competition. It's a section of the festival reserved for first... More »
  

Interview: The Singular Lee Sang-woo, Director of BARBIE

I was fortunate to sit down with Lee Sang-woo a few weeks ago on a Saturday evening in Hongdae after having seen his latest two films Barbie (which came out last week in Korea) and Fire in Hell (which premiered... More »
  

5 Questions with LOOPER's Summer Qing

Rian Johnson's time travelling actioner Looper has been tearing up critics' charts and box offices from Boston to Beijing since its release last week. While Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis are winning plenty of much-due praise, the whole cast deserves... More »
  

Stephen Fung Talks Finding The Next Generation For TAI CHI ZERO

Stephen Fung was on top of the world in 2005. The popular actor had made a successful transition to directing with both his debut feature, Enter The Phoenix, and sophomore effort, House Of Fury, embraced by fans and critics alike.... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

REEL ANIME 2012 Interview: Makoto Shinkai Muses on Career And Latest CHILDREN WHO CHASE LOST VOICES

As part of Madman Australia's Reel Anime 2012 film festival, Makoto Shinkai's newest feature film Children Who Chase Lost Voices is a wonderful addition to the cutting-edge lineup. I had the great fortune to fling some pretty direct questions at this very... More »
  

Japan Cuts 2012 Interview: Kenji Kohashi, Director of Route 66 Doc DON'T STOP!

If Kenji Kohashi seems like a familiar face to you that's because he probably is. As an actor, he's appeared in numerous TV dramas in Japan, and is probably best known to Western audiences as Hyuga in Ryuheu Kitamura's 2003... More »
  

Japan Cuts 2012 Interview: Director Naoko Ogigami on RENT-A-CAT

Over the last couple of years New York audiences have had a couple chances to cozy up to the films of Naoko Ogigami, with Japan Cuts screenings of the enticingly-titled Toilet and the less-so-in-title but equally charming  Kamome Diner. This... More »
  

Japan Cuts 2012 Interview: Filmmaking Without Borders -- A Discussion with LEONIE Director Hisako Matsui

Hisako Matsui (Yukie and Oriume) brought her latest film Leonie to Japan Cuts last Friday for its U.S. premiere. Leonie is a biopic on Leonie Gimour (Emily Mortimer) an American journalist who falls in love with Japanese poet Yone Noguchi,... More »
  

Japan Cuts 2012 Interview: Japan's Leading Man Kôji Yakusho

The 2012 edition of Japan Cuts may be drawing to a close this evening, but we still have a few more treats up our sleeve. And this may be the best yet! Cementing himself as a star in his native... More »
  

Interview: Alison Klayman Talks AI WEIWEI

With her documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry getting a limited release in North America on Friday July 27th, I sat down with Alison Klayman, the first time director and the winner of Special Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film... More »
  

Japan Cuts 2012 Interview: Toshiaki Toyoda Talks Monsters, Manifestos & Moviemaking

Arguably one of the most fascinating filmmakers working in Japan over the last 15 years, Toshiaki Toyoda was recently in New York to present his latest film Monsters Club to the audience at Japan Society's Japan Cuts. Our correspondent, The... More »
  

Paris Cinema IFF Interview: Yuen Wo Ping on the Changing Face of Kung Fu Cinema

Late last month saw the launch of the 10th Paris Cinema International Film Festival, and a huge part of their programme was the incredible Hong Kong In Focus segment, curated in a special collaboration with the Hong Kong International Film... More »
  
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