Christopher O'Keeffe
Tokyo, Japan

Japan based Film Journalist and Critic.

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 »

Tokyo International Film Festival Announces Huge MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM Retrospective

Last year's Tokyo International Film Festival demonstrated its new focus on the world of animation by screening a sizable retrospective of the works of Neon Genesis Evangelion creator Anno Hideaki. The event showcased many of the director's classics, including debut series... More »

Skip City International D-Cinema Festival 2015: BEHAVIOR Takes Top Prize

Tokyo's Skip City International D-Cinema Festival wrapped up over the weekend, announcing prizes across its three main categories; Feature Length, Shorts and Animation. The festival, now in its 12th year, focuses solely on works shot and produced digitally with the... More »

BiFan 2015: Team Twitch Reveals Its Most Anticipated Movies!

The 19th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival kicks off in the South Korean suburb in about 48 hours from now. Suffice to say that Team Twitch is frantically packing its bags, rummaging through sock drawers for their passports and screaming... More »
By James Marsh   

Director Uchida Eiji Presents The Kohan Film And Music Festival

Anyone in Japan this August might want to check out the all-new Kohan Film and Music Festival taking place at stunning Lake Motosu, situated in the shadow of Mount. Fuji. The festival is hosted by Greatful Dead director Uchida Eiji who's brought together... More »

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   

Hey Tokyo! The 17th Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia Is Happening Now

Annual short film event, Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia 2015 (SSFF & ASIA), has kicked off and will run for almost two weeks in locations around Tokyo as well as in its own dedicated cinema, the Brillia Short Shorts... More »

Review: WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE, A Melancholy Animated Mystery

Studio Ghibli and its catalogue of extraordinary animated films has been built on the back of two men: the creator of its most beloved characters and star of the studio, Miyazaki Hayao and the often over-looked, but no less talented,... More »

MAN FROM RENO: Dave Boyle And Ayako Fujitani Talk Murder, Mystery and Miss Marple

Man From Reno is the latest from director Dave Boyle, a move away from the cross-cultural comedies in which he made his name. A stylish neo-noir, the film features dual plots in which a Japanese crime novelist is drawn into a... More »
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