Christopher O'Keeffe
Tokyo, Japan

Japan based Film Journalist and Critic.

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 »
  

ANT-MAN: Second Trailer Provides A Tiny Look At A Tiny Superhero

UPDATED: The full second trailer has now dropped and you can watch it below.Marvel really seem to be having fun teasing out their Ant-Man trailers. Back in January a tiny 'Ant-Sized' teaser preceded the first proper look at Paul Rudd,... More »
  

Okinawa 2015: Festival Highlights

Okinawa International Movie Festival (OIMF) always held ambitions beyond limiting itself to the traditional role of a film festival. Now in its seventh year the event is really starting to embrace its position as a hub of entertainment encompassing comedy,... More »
  

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 »
  
 
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