Christopher O'Keeffe
Tokyo, Japan

Japan based Film Journalist and Critic.

Hosoda Mamoru And Iwai Shunji Headed For Tokyo International Film Festival

Early news has arrived from Tokyo International Film festival as they announce major retrospectives from two of the country’s most compelling filmmakers. Animation maestro Hosoda Mamoru’s star has been on the rise for some time now. From 2006’s The Girl... More »
  

Third Window Unveils KEMONO MICHI, Rapid Eye Partnership, Twitch Discount

At the weekend I visited the HQ of excellent UK based distribution outfit Third Window Films where managing director Adam Torel was frantically drumming up cash to support his latest film project. Third Window will once again be teaming up... More »
  

Review: Kurosawa's RAN, 4K Restoration DVD/Blu-ray Release

One morning, several years ago, I finished an interview with a documentary filmmaker at a little café within the cavernous underground of the Tokyo train station. The political nature of the film, combined with the fact the station was on... More »
  

Love, Family, Honor: New JUARA Posters Released

The trailer for new Indonesian action-comedy flick Juara piqued our interest with the impressive looking skills of young pop sensation Bisma Karisma. Before the film goes on general release tomorrow, the producers have released a really interesting set of posters... More »
  

Crowdfund This: 100 BULLETS: DEAD GHOSTS - Web Series Adaptation Of The Award Winning Comic

Comic book series 100 Bullets garnered critical acclaim and Eisner awards during the length of its 100 issue run, making stars of writer/illustrator team Brian Azzarillo and Eduardo Risso. Published by DC’s adult-oriented Vertigo imprint, the dark and violent noir... More »
  

Osaka 2016: Joko Anwar Talks Politics, Pirates And A COPY OF MY MIND

Joko Anwar has made a name for himself as one of Indonesia’s most popular directors, earning critical and commercial success for his dark thrillers, Kala, The Forbidden Door and Ritual. Arriving at the recent Osaka Asian Film Festival, where he... More »
  

JUARA: Watch Full Trailer For Indonesian Action Comedy Starring Bisma Karisma

Earlier this week, a teaser had us asking whether Indonesia had found a new action star in multi-talented young dancer and pop-star Bisma Karisma. Get a better look at the 25-year-old’s screen fighting, and comedic, skills in the newly-released full... More »
  

Osaka 2016: Jang Moon-il's MY SISTER, THE PIG LADY Wins Asian Film Festival Grand Prix

Pictured (L-R): Award winners Jang Moon-il, Uisenma Borchu, Kanyama Keihiro, Chiang Fong-hong, Reiko Kishino (accepting for Ming-Cheng Huang). Osaka Asian Film Festival 2016 came to a close over the weekend with prizes being handed to the best films of the... More »
  

East Meets West as London's Asia House Film Festival Ends On Singaporeana Day

London’s Asia House Film Festival ends its 2016 run with this unique day-long exploration into the use of Singapore as a location in international productions from the 1960s and beyond. Singapore, so long a gateway to the exotic lands of... More »
  

Osaka 2016: THE MOHICAN COMES HOME, Watch The Trailer Here!

Opening tomorrow night, Japan’s finest festival of Asian film, Osaka AFF, will run for 11 days before finishing closing with the world premiere of The Mohican Comes Home, the latest work from acclaimed filmmaker Okita Shuichi. Both written and directed... More »
  

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 »
  
 
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