Christopher O'Keeffe
Tokyo, Japan

Japan based Film Journalist and Critic.

Osaka Asian Film Festival 2016: Full Lineup Announced

The Osaka Asian Film Festival returns for its 11th year with an eclectic lineup of films brought together from across the length and breadth of the Asian continent. This year's edition picks out films from Vietnam, Taiwan and Hong Kong... More »
  

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016 Hits The UK

Now in its thirteenth edition, London's Japan Foundation has returned with another fine selection of contemporary Japanese film titles with which to tour the UK. This year the choices are based around the theme, 'Ikiru: The Highs and Lows of Life... More »
  

THE SIMPSONS Creator Matt Groening Heads To Netflix

Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, is developing a new animated series for Netflix. Confirming the news, The Hollywood Reporter has hinted at a possible two-season run with 20 episodes in total for the as-yet-unnamed show. Groening created a cultural... More »
  

AYASHII KANOJO: Poster And Trailer For Japanese MISS GRANNY Remake

Korean box-office smash Miss Granny has been subject to a spate of remakes across Asia since its 2014 debut. Leste Chen's Chinese effort 20 Once Again was released back in January of last year before Sweet 20, the debut feature... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Santa's Imposters

It's the first day of Christmas, and at the same time we have our weekly celebrity quiz! Who else should we feature but Santa? Then again... the number of cinematic Santas is rather staggering, though a lot of them turn... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

TwitchFilm's Top 10 Movies Of 2015

Here at TwitchFilm, we are pleased to feature contributions from dozens of people located all over the world, writing about the movies that intrigue, confound, anger, and delight them. While that makes us a distinctive site, it also makes it... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Kurosawa Kiyoshi Teases Latest Thriller CREEPY

Fans of Kurosawa Kiyoshi do not have to wait for long for his next film: even though Journey to the Shore is still on its finishing lap worldwide, Kurosawa returns in 2016 with his latest thriller, Creepy. The film stars... More »
  

THE RED TURTLE Swims Ashore September 2016

Toho Studios made some announcements concerning their 2016 lineup today and with it the release date of The Red Turtle, the first foreign work to be co-produced by acclaimed animation house Studio Ghibli. The film is set to become the... More »
  

Kazuaki Kiriya Talks LAST KNIGHTS As He Brings His 47 Ronin Tale Home

With Last Knights, Kazuaki Kiriya retells Japan's treasured story of loyalty, revenge and sacrifice, 47 Ronin. Moving the action away from his native country to a medieval European land, the masterless samurai of the true life story have become disavowed... More »
  

WARCRAFT Teaser Reveals Orcs and Eagles

While the movie is not due for release until June of next year, the first moving images from Duncan Jones' Warcraft have been released. Based on the hugely successful game, the teaser hints at Lord of the Rings-scale epicness with... More »
  

Tokyo 2015 Awards: NISE - THE HEART OF MADNESS Wins Grand Prix

After ten days of screenings and events, the Tokyo International Film Festival 2015 wrapped for another year with a closing ceremony announcing the winners of its many awards. For the festival's 30th year, director Bryan Singer took time away from... More »
  

Tokyo 2015: Of Death And Robots, A Conversation With SAYONARA Director Fukada Koji And Actress Bryerly Long

Starting life as a short stage play back in 2010, Sayonara made headlines internationally thanks to its novel use of an 'android' cast member. The artificial actor sat opposite human counterpart Bryerly Long as the two engaged in an... More »
  

Kyoto 2015: Veterans Of Japanese Cinema Honored At Nostalgia Packed Festival

Kyoto International Film & Art Festival wrapped up at the weekend after four days of screenings, events and celebrations. Set in Japan's ancient capital, and the birthplace of the country's movie industry, the festival reveled in the old-world charm and culture... More »
  

Kyoto 2015 Preview: A Lineup Celebrating The City's Film History

Last year Kyoto Film Festival, which has been running since 1997, underwent a significant change when entertainment company Yoshimoto Kogyo stepped in to oversee a revamp. The company, home to many of the most popular comedians in Japan and organizers... More »
  

I AM A MONK Trailer: Discover The Secret Life Of A Young Japanese Abbot

I Am A Monk follows the trials and tribulations of Koen Shirakata, a 24-year-old man who becomes Abbot of Eifukuji temple, 57th of the 88 temples on Japan's notorious Shikoku Pilgrimage route. Based on actual events, the story is taken... More »
  

Exclusive: Directors & Producers Are All Lowlifes, Says The Trailer For Uchida Eiji's LOWLIFE LOVE

Directors & Producers Are All Lowlifes! Or so says director Eiji Uchida in the tagline of his latest black comedy, Lowlife Love. We've been big fans of the director here at Twitch since his deliciously dark comedy Greatful Dead broke out... More »
  

Helsinki 2015: Watch The Trailer For Japanese Cinematic Stage Play LEGACY OF SOMA - AONORAN

Get a taste from Japan's top theatrical entertainment scene when the Geki x Cine production Legacy of Soma - Aonoran plays Helsinki International Film Festival. If you aren't heading to Finland perhaps the below trailer will suffice. In an effort... More »
  

First ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM: GRADUATION Poster Showcases Falling Cherry Blossoms

As winter turns into spring, Japan's iconic cherry blossom trees come into bloom and the country's school children celebrate the coming-of-age that is their graduation. For misfit class 3-E this could mean the complete annihilation of the planet if they've... More »
  

World War II 70 Years On: Yakusho Koji And Harada Masato Talk THE EMPEROR IN AUGUST

On this day, 70 years ago, emperor Hirohito of Japan announced his country's surrender from the Second World War. Amidst the continued political rhetoric as current prime minister Abe Shinzo and emperor Akihito deliver contrasting speeches on their country's war... More »
  

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 »
  
 
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