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BiFan 2015 Review: DEADMAN INFERNO Pits Iconic Aikawa Sho Against The Undead

Director and comedian Hiroshi Shinagawa has focused his film career on mining the drama, and subsequent comedy found in the relationships between partners and prospective teammates. Debut feature Drop followed a juvenile delinquent group, Manzai Gang features similarly unruly youths... More »
  

BiFan 2015: PORT OF CALL Sails Away With Top Award

The 19th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) will end this evening but awards were already handed out on Friday night during the closing ceremony. This year's Bucheon Choice winner was Hong Kong drama-thriller Port of Call by Philip Yung,... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

BiFan 2015 Review: OWNERLESS FLOWER UHWUDONG Can't Choose Between Erotica And Drama

Thirty years after Lee Jang-ho's landmark film Eoh Wu-dong (available to watch for free on the Korean Film Archive's Youtube channel), a period ero that became a surprise critical and commercial hit in 1985, Lee Soo-sung offers up his own... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

BiFan 2015 Review: 12 DEEP RED NIGHTS: CHAPTER 1, A Competent But Unremarkable Practice Run

Horror anthologies are a great way for new filmmakers to take a swing at bat, while viewers (or industry folk) get the opportunity to seek out new talents in the making. Unfortunately, that also means they're mixed bags, to say... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

BiFan 2015 Review: STUNG's Bite Quietly Fades Away

Benni Diez takes on the creature feature in his debut film Stung, which, while set in the US, was actually shot in Germany. With a few familiar faces in the supporting cast and generally strong production values, his film coasts... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

BiFan 2015 Review: ANGRY PAINTER Presents Artsy Revenge Erotica

Following his trip From Seoul to Varanasi in 2011, arthouse filmmaker Jeon Kyu-hwan takes a bigger leap overseas with his latest project Angry Painter, an indie tale of revenge and despondency that spends much of its running time trapping through... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

BiFan 2015: Team Twitch Recommends 12 Must-See Movies

The 19th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival kicks off this Thursday and Team Twitch will be descending on South Korean suburbia once again to revel in Asia's largest celebration of global genre filmmaking. Pierce Conran, Chris O'Keeffe and I have... More »
By James Marsh   
  

BiFan Unleashes Powerful 2015 Lineup

The recently renamed BiFan (formerly PiFan) is set to return with a scorching lineup for its 19th edition next month. The Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival will open with Antoine Bardou-Jacquet's Moonwalkers (with Ron Perlman and Rupert Grint) on July 16th... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

NAFF Loads Up 8th 'It Project'

The Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) has selected finalists for the 'It Project' of its upcoming 8th edition, which will take place during this summer's Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan). The genre film project market fielded its largest... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

PiFan 2014 Review: GIOVANNI'S ISLAND, A Moving Tale of Post-War Survival

Director Nishikubo Mizuho's ode to post-war survival, Giovanni's Island (Jobanni no shima), offers a heartbreaking account of the struggles of two brothers, as the world they grew up in changes around them, amidst the aftermath of the Second World War. Junpei... More »
  

PiFan 2014 Review: Horror Comedy MOURNING GRAVE Aims Low But Hits Its Mark

Korean horror has been in the midst of a rough streak for the past half decade. Relying on worn out themes, new works been have trotted out regularly every summer but even with lowered expectations, each year has put forth... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

PiFan 2014 Review: MY ORDINARY LOVE STORY Is Not Your Ordinary Rom-Com

Expectations play a large role in how we consume and react to cinema, particularly in the commercial realm. Genre formulas are so clearcut than any deviation is immediately noticeable. Some variation is required to prevent things from getting stale but... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

PiFan 2014: Three Awards For DEAD SNOW 2 As THE DARK VALLEY Takes Top Prize

Team Twitch is very sad that PiFan is over for this year as it was another terrific edition featuring a great lineup. However, not everyone could win come closing night and in the end it was the Austrian western The... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

PiFan 2014 Review: ZOMBIE FIGHT CLUB Loves Shooting Ass Way More Than Kicking It

Joe Chien's follow-up to the bafflingly tasteless and salacious Zombie 108 delivers a generous second helping of the same Z-grade trash and splatter. Andy On and Jessica C are the attractive, if helpless, leads who - eventually - find themselves... More »
By James Marsh   
  

PiFan 2014 Review: Silat Drama YASMINE Fights From The Heart

An earnest and heartfelt coming-of-age story hailing from the tiny South-East Asian sovereign state of Brunei, Siti Kamaluddin's debut feature has attracted widespread attention thanks to its spirited use of en vogue martial art silat. While Yasmine trades the visceral... More »
By James Marsh   
  

PiFan 2014 Review: CAMERA Has A Good Eye But Lacks Focus

The debut feature from James Leong showcases the director's strong visual sensibility, but with an unimaginative and wasteful screenplay, Camera fails to capitalise on its intriguing premise.Set in a near-future Hong Kong, a gaping class and wealth divide has seen... More »
By James Marsh   
  

PiFan 2014: Preview Part 3 - Vision Express

Bags are packed and e-tickets have been downloaded in preparation for tomorrow when various members of Team Twitch head off to Korea for PiFan, Asia's biggest celebration of genre cinema. While excitement is bubbling over at the thought of the... More »
  

PiFan 2014: Preview Part 2 - World Fantastic Cinema

With just over a week until PiFan, the biggest celebration of genre cinema anywhere in Asia, Team Twitch is barely able to contain our excitement. So instead of sweating and fidgeting uncomfortably, we're putting our anticipation to practical use and... More »
By James Marsh   
  

PiFan 2014: Preview Part 1 - Opening/Closing + Puchon Choice

It's only ten days until PiFan kicks off this year and three of us at Twitch are getting very excited for another feast of genre gems, hidden surprises and general fun and mayhem. As with previous years we like to... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

PiFan Unveils Eclectic 18th Program

As one of Twitch's favorite film festivals, we're alway eager to see what PiFan (Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival) holds in store for its annual genre cinema celebration. For its upcoming 18th edition, which was revealed yesterday evening, Asia's top... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  
 
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