Christopher O'Keeffe
Tokyo, Japan

Japan based Film Journalist and Critic.

Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2015: SONG OF THE SEA Wins

Oscar nominee Song of the Sea saw off the competition to win the Grand Prize at the second Tokyo Anime Award Festival. Director Tomm Moore's beautifully animated film tells the story of a little girl with the ability to transform... More »
  

Osaka 2015: VIOLATOR's Dodo Dayao Talks Demons, Saints And The State of Filipino Horror

The winner of Manila's Cinema One Originals Film Festival in November of last year, director Dodo Dayao's astounding directorial debut Violator is now spreading it's dark shadow over the Competition at Osaka Asian Film Festival.Travis Bickle said, "Someday a real... More »
  

Osaka 2015: Taiwan's MEETING DR. SUN Wins Asian Film Festival Grand Prix

Taiwanese film Meeting Dr. Sun proved popular with audiences and jury members alike at Osaka Asian Film Festival, receiving the Audience Award and the festival's Grand Prix. Director Yee Chih-yen and stars Zhan Huai-yuan and Matthew Wei were present to... More »
  

Exclusive: Third Window To Produce GREATFUL DEAD Director Uchida Eiji's LOWLIFE LOVE, But They Need Your Help!

Indie director Uchida Eiji scored his biggest hit to date last year with Greatful Dead. The brilliant black comedy made my Top 10 Japanese films of the year list and James Marsh summed it up in his review as follows:"The... More »
  

Osaka 2015 Preview: Most Anticipated Movies

Beginning life in 2005 as the Korea Entertainment Film Festival, the Osaka Asian Film Festival broadened its outlook in its sophomore year to cover all East Asian cinema, quickly rising to become Japan's premier festival solely covering Asian film. Based... More »
  

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 »
  

Osaka Asian Film Festival 2015: Full Lineup Announced

Having already announced its Opening and Closing Films The Osaka Asian Film Festival 2015 revealed its full lineup today, an eclectic mix of cinema from across Asia. Opening its doors for another year on March 6th and running through... More »
  

Nakamura Ryugo Returns With GIRL OF THE SEA

Making a splash back in 2010, 13-year old filmmaker Nakamura Ryugo became the youngest ever feature director in Japan with his debut effort The Catcher on the Shore. The film won the Nippon Television Network's 'Takeshi Award' and was hailed... More »
  

Osaka Asian Film Festival 2015 Opening And Closing Films Announced

The Osaka Asian Film Festival, which runs from March 6th through to the 15th, has announced its opening and closing films as Asleep and Ode to My Father. Receiving its World Premier, Japan's own Asleep comes from Hoshikageno Waltz and... More »
  

Third Window Films UK Announces Stellar 2015 Slate: Tsukamoto, Nakashima, Kitano, And More

Our good friends, and friends of all fans of east Asian films, Third Window Films have given TwitchFilm an exclusive early look at their 2015 slate and it is marvelous!Third Window Films has a history of bringing not only the... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

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 »
  

Best of 2014: A Top 10 Of Japanese Films

As we say sayonara to 2014 it's time to take a look back on the films that lit up the Japanese cinematic landscape over the past year. Dominating the box-office top ten was the usual mix of animation (including two... More »
  

Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of 2014

And that's the end of that chapter. 2014 is running on fumes and all eyes are already looking to awards season and the behemoths of next year that threaten to decimate the box office. The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Director Mipo O. Speaks On Academy Awards Submission THE LIGHT SHINES ONLY THERE

With an April release here in Japan, director Mipo O's The Light Shines Only There had been and gone from cinema screens when a Best Director Award from the Montreal World Film Festival kick started a new wave of recognition. Now... More »
  

Tokyo FILMeX 2014 - Tsukamoto Shinya Talks FIRES ON THE PLAIN

Director Tsukamoto Shinya garnered a cult following in 1989 following the release of his cyberpunk classic, Tetsuo the Iron Man. The filmmaker has subsequently released two sequels to his breakthrough hit while expressing considerable talent in a range of... More »
  

Tokyo FILMeX 2014: CROCODILE Snaps Top Prize

Tokyo FILMeX 2014 ended today with a lineup devoted to Canadian master David Cronenberg. The director's two earliest films, 1969's Stereo and 1970's Crimes of the Future, were shown before his latest, Maps To The Stars, closed the festival. Before... More »
  

TOKYO FILMeX 2014: Full Lineup Announced

The prestigious TOKYO FILMeX kicks off for its 15th year on Saturday with a lineup of competition films and special screenings. The festival is opening with Fire on the Plains the latest from Tsukamoto Shinya, the man who made his... More »
  

Review: PARASYTE PART 1, Slow Burn Alien Takeover Paves Way For Part 2

After becoming one of Japan's most bankable directors off the back of mega-hit The Eternal Zero, Yamazaki Takashi is bound to have another success on his hands with his latest, an adaptation of Iwaaki Hitoshi's popular manga, Parasyte. Himizu's Sometani... More »
  

Tokyo 2014 - NOVA Cast And Crew Talk Friendship, UFO's And Malaysian Cinema's Future

Malaysia, so often overlooked on the world film scene in favor of it's northern neighbor, was again second run at the Tokyo International Film Festival which chose to focus on Thailand in it's newly established CROSSCUT Asia section. However one... More »
  
 
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