Yubari 2015: MAKEUP ROOM Takes Top Award In Fantastic Off Theatre Competition

Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival wrapped up its snow-set celebration of genre madness after announcing winners at the Closing Ceremony. Five of the eight films in the Fantastic Off Theatre Competition received prizes but it was former adult video director... More »
  

Yubari 2015 Preview: Most Anticipated Movies

One look at Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival's poster for 2015 says it all, a gigantic winged tiger emitting blue light from its eyes and mouth perched atop the city's main auditorium, yup, Yubari's back and it's still utterly bonkers.... More »
  

A FAREWELL TO JINU To Open 25th Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival

Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival, nestled away amidst the snow of Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, is one of Twitch's favourite celebrations of the weird and wonderful. Bringing together the best of Japan's more out-there filmmakers it offers a great... More »
  

Yubari 2014 EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: HOUSE Director Obayashi Nobuhiko Talks SEVEN WEEKS And The Art Of Cinema

In the pantheon of great Japanese directors the name Obayashi Nobuhiko might not immediately stand out, and until a few years ago, the man and his work were all but unknown in the West. That all changed in 2009 when... More »
  

Yubari 2014 Review: GUN WOMAN Is Bloody, Trashy Entertainment

Capitalising on a spirited central performance from Japanese actress Asami as the eponymous heroine, Mitsutake Kurando's blood-soaked US-based crime thriller rises above its budgetary limitations in suitably sleazy style.Killing time on a long drive through the desert, a pair of... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Yubari 2014: Explore Japan's Winter Wonderland Of Classic Movie Paintings

Situated on Japan's snow-covered northern island of Hokkaido, the tiny city of Yubari, a ghost town since the collapse of the coal mining industry some decades ago, is host every year to one of the most unique little film festivals... More »
  

Yubari 2014: Watch NSFW Award-Winning Short KETSUJIRU JUKE Now!

Almost everything that screens at Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival is weird and wonderful to some degree or other, but even within this permissive anything goes environment there are some films that still manage to boggle the mind and exceed... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Yubari 2014: THE PINKIE Takes Grand Prix In Fantastic Off Theater Competition

The Winners of the Fantastic Off Theater Competition at this year's Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival were announced Sunday night, with Lisa Takeba's The Pinkie awarded the Grand Prix by the jury made up of Saito Takumi, Thomas Nam, Tom... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Yubari 2014: Catch ABCS OF DEATH 2 Runners-Up And AUDITION's Shiina Eihi

Kicking off tomorrow, the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival is a revelrous microcosm of the weird and wonderful that Japan cinema has to offer. And right at the heart of the festivities, there's always an anarchic celebration of all things... More »
By James Marsh   
  

First Trailer For Mizui Maki's Abduction Drama KEPT

Due to have its world premiere at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival later this week, before playing in competition at Boston Underground Film Festival on 28 March, we get a first look at Kept, the debut feature from Mizui... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Yubari 2014 Preview: Twitch's Most Anticipated Movies

This Thursday sees the opening of the 2014 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival way up in the wintry climes of Hokkaido, Japan. Christopher O'Keeffe and I will be pulling on our long-johns and heading out into the snow to savour... More »
By James Marsh   
  

World Premiere Of HAUSU Director's SEVEN WEEKS To Close Yubari 2014

The Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival is a favourite cinematic celebration here at Twitch, and next month we'll be heading east to snowbound Hokkaido, Japan for this year's celebration of weird and wonderful genre cinema. The official programme has now been... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Attention Filmmakers! Nishimura Yoshihiro Wants To Screen Your SFX In Yubari!

Next month we'll be heading to the wintry climes of Hokkaido, Japan for the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival, where this year Tokyo Gore Police director and splatter effects pioneer Nishimura Yoshihiro will be hosting a special event to discover... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Review: ABDUCTEE Sees Yamaguchi Thinking Outside the Box

Japanese director Yamaguchi Yudai shows signs of creative growth and maturity in this taut, well-directed chamber piece that takes place entirely within the confines of a shipping container. When middle-aged security guard Chiba awakes to find himself bound and gagged... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Yubari 2013 Awards Round-Up

This weekend saw Japan's hardened genre fans head north to the wintry climes of Hokkaido for the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival, an always-excellent parade of established and emerging talent from the country and surrounding region. Just moments ago, the... More »
By James Marsh   
  

YOUNG GUN IN THE TIME Gets a Flashy New Trailer!

Oh Young-doo's (Invasion of Alien Bikini) brand new time-traveling private eye flick got itself a new poster a few days ago and hot on its heels is the first full-length trailer. Young Gun in the Time will be opening in... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Review: LET'S-MAKE-THE-TEACHER-HAVE-A-MISCARRIAGE CLUB

My personal selection to win the "Best Film Title" award (had there been one) at this year's Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival, Eisuke Naito's feature debut is an unflinching examination of frustrated teen angst and misplaced aggression that leads to... More »
By James Marsh   
  

UPDATED! Check out the trailer for Yubari 2012 runner-up THE BRAT!

Now with an English-friendly version of the trailer!In my opinion, the greatest discovery at this year's Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival was first-time feature director Taichi Suzuki's film THE BRAT! An anarchic anti-romantic comedy starring comedian Hiroki "King of Comedy"... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Talking Shit: Discussing ZOMBIE ASS with director Noboru Iguchi & stars Arisa Nakamura & Demo Tanaka

Among the special programmes at this year's Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival was a celebration of the work of Noboru Iguchi, the director of such low budget splatter classics as THE MACHINE GIRL, ROBOGEISHA and ZOMBIE ASS, which enjoyed its... More »
By James Marsh   
  

EXCLUSIVE: Great stash of stills from Oh Young Doo's YOUNG GUN IN THE TIME

We are big fans of Korean filmmaker Oh Young Doo round these parts and his micro-budgeted screwball science fiction flick INVASION OF ALIEN BIKINI. After the film picked up the Grand Prix at last year's Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival,... More »
By James Marsh   
  
 
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