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   
  

NAFF Puts Thailand In Spotlight For 7th IT Project

With just a month to go until the start of the 18th Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), its industry arm, the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF), has revealed the projects that will make up its Thailand country spotlight... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

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 »
By James Marsh   
  

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 »
By Pierce Conran   
  

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 »
By James Marsh   
  

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 »
By Pierce Conran   
  

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 »
By Pierce Conran   
  

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 »
By Pierce Conran   
  
 
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