Review: SOMETHING IN THE WAY, A Dark Tale Of Obsession, Addiction And Faith

Teddy Soeriaatmadja follows up the award-winning Lovely Man with this absorbing and shocking story of a young, porn-addicted taxi driver in Jakarta, who becomes fixated with the prostitute who lives across the corridor. Dividing his time equally between attending Koran... More »

PiFan 2013 Review: THE KIRISHIMA THING Explores The Mysteries Of Social Hierarchy

Shot through with deadpan humor and framed in a complex but always coherent structure, The Kirishima Thing is an engaging new work from director Daihachi Yoshida that is both modest in its aims and ambitious in its construction. Kirishima is... More »

PiFan 2013 Review: THE CONGRESS Is A Unique Cinematic Mind-Bender

Loosely based on the sci-fi musings of Stanislav Lem, Ari Folman follows up his Oscar-nominated Waltz With Bashir with this ambitious and mostly successful exploration of Celebrity, Cinema and the subconscious. One of the biggest criticisms of Cinema, and Hollywood... More »

PiFan 2013 Review: THE TERROR LIVE Starts Strong But Runs Out of Steam

In an era of oversaturation at the cineplex, with countless retreads and follow-ups dominating the marquees, sometimes a gimmick is just the trick to freshen things up. A clever and well-executed hook can seem fresh and original, but if poorly... More »

PiFan 2013: SIGHTSEERS, ON THE JOB Win Big + NAFF Project Awards

Last night, Korea's Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) wrapped its 17th edition, handing out awards and screening the world premiere of Korean thriller The Terror Live, starring Ha Jung-woo, who was in attendance.The big winners of the night were... More »

PiFan 2013 Review: Muddled RITUAL - A PSYCHOMAGIC STORY Misses The Mark

Heavily influenced by cult surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, not to mention starring the ageing cineaste in a minor role, Ritual - A Psychomagic Story is a new Italian film from the directing duo Giulia Brazzare and Luca Immesi. A psychological... More »

PiFan 2013 Review: ON THE JOB, Dark, Hellish And Brilliant

Eric Matti's slow burn crime thriller offers a tantalising glimpse of the class struggles and high-level corruption in modern day Philippines, punctuated by taut action beats and a parade of tough, impressive performances.Apparently based on true events, On The Job... More »

PiFan 2013: RESOLUTION Boys Go Korean Revenge Thriller

When Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead's eerie and intriguing horror film Resolution eventually finishes its festival run, they should put together all the wonderful videos they have made into an amazing short (or would it be feature length at this... More »

PiFan 2013: Preview Part V - Tsukamoto Shinya, Robots And Urban Cult

It is just over 24 hours until PiFan 2013 kicks off and here at Twitch we can barely contain our excitement - which you've probably noticed from our flurry of preview posts highlighting the best of what's in store over... More »

PiFan 2013: Preview Part IV - KAFA, Ani Fanta and Jodorowsky

PiFan starts in two days and we're still sorting through the fest's impressive program. For part IV of our preview I take a look at some of the fest's sidebars, including the annual animation program Ani Fanta, the Korean Academy... More »

PiFan 2013: Preview Part III - World Fantastic Cinema

With just a few days to go until the 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival gets underway, Twitch continues to highlight some of the cinematic treats scheduled to delight South Korean audiences from 18-28 July. Today we are shining our... More »

PiFan 2013: Preview Part II - Vision Express

With less than a week to go until the curtain comes up on the 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, we're ramping up our coverage by taking an in-depth look at the different programme sections at this year's fest and... More »

PiFan 2013: Preview Part I - Puchon Choice (Main Competition)

The 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival kicks off next Thursday and it's high time that James and I combed through the program to pick the highlights of this year's festival. Here's is the first part of the preview, for... More »

PiFan 2013 Reveals Treasure Trove of Fantastic Delights

Here at Twitch, we're huge fans of the PiFan (Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival), the largest celebration of genre cinema in Asia. So we've been eager to discover the program of their 17th edition, taking place next month. The wait... More »

PiFan 2013: NAFF Spotlight Projects Showcase New Filipino Genre Cinema

The 6th Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) has announced the seven projects that will comprise its spotlight focus on The Philippines this year. Featuring experienced talent such as Richard Somes and Tikoy Aguiluz alongside younger directors who have begun... More »

PiFan 2013: NAFF Nabs 21 for It Project

Just a few weeks left now until the genre-hungry hoards descend on PiFan, Asia's annual fantastic film pilgrimage. On the industry side of things the Network of Asian Fantastic Films NAFF (July 21-24), has revealed its 21 It Project participants.... More »

NAFF Shines a Light on Filipino Genre Cinema

Asian cinema is on the rise these days and some new national industries are starting to make their presence felt. Every year, the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF), a project market that takes place during the annual Puchon International... More »

NAFF's IT Project Wants You! Submit Your Genre Film Today

The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), going into its 17th edition this summer, puts on a great show every year. Genre films are savored during the day while the smell of barbecued meats and the cacophony of karaoke stimulate... More »

Review: DIRTY BLOOD Serves Up Its Revenge Tale with a Twist

Originally seen during the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) 2012 As a society Korea has been slow to change despite its economic growth. At times it can seem like a gigantic, perpetually simmering pot of discontent that seems dangerously... More »

PiFan 2012 Review: The Calamitous ZOMBIE 108

Of the many genres out there available for our consumption, the zombie film holds a very special place in our cinematic diet. It is actually a subgenre, being an offshoot of horror but, just like the vampire film, it... More »
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