Christopher O'Keeffe
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo 2014: EVANGELION Creator Anno Hideaki To Be Honored

Evangelion fans might want to start planning a pilgrimage to Japan in October, as the Tokyo International Film Festival has announced it will be screening a huge showcase of the works of one of the country's leading animated filmmakers, Anno Hideaki. The... More »
  

PiFan 2014 Review: GIOVANNI'S ISLAND, A Moving Tale of Post-War Survival

Director Nishikubo Mizuho's ode to post-war survival, Giovanni's Island (Jobanni no shima), offers a heartbreaking account of the struggles of two brothers, as the world they grew up in changes around them, amidst the aftermath of the Second World War. Junpei... More »
  

Disney's BIG HERO 6 To Open Tokyo International Film Festival

Tokyo International Film Festival will be opening its doors on October 23rd with the world premiere of Disney's latest animation Big Hero 6. Parasyte, a manga adaptation and the new film from The Eternal Zero director Yamazaki Takashi will be... More »
  

PiFan 2014: Preview Part 3 - Vision Express

Bags are packed and e-tickets have been downloaded in preparation for tomorrow when various members of Team Twitch head off to Korea for PiFan, Asia's biggest celebration of genre cinema. While excitement is bubbling over at the thought of the... More »
  

Review: WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE, Ghibli Enters A New Age With A Melancholic Ghost Story

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 »
  

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Tony Scott

Every month on Full Disclosure, we select a filmmaker who is or would be celebrating their birthday, and use that as an excellent excuse to throw the spotlight on them and their career. Members of Team Twitch seek out a... More »
  

Sono Sion Band Makes Tokyo Debut

Here at Twitch we've been sharing all the latest info on Sono Sion's upcoming release Tokyo Tribe (due for release August 30th here in Japan) but it seems the busy director's already underway with his next project, and a second... More »
  

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2014 - The Winners

While the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2014 (SSFF & ASIA 2014) will continue running it's short film programs out of its dedicated theatre down in Yokohama until the end of the week, the festival has announced the winners... More »
  

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Orson Welles

For the month of May, Twitch commemorates what would have been the great Orson Welles' 99th birthday by putting his career under the spotlight. In Full Disclosure, we take the filmography of a revered filmmaker each month and then select... More »
  

Hey Tokyo! Japan's Short Shorts Film Festival And Asia 2014 Kick Off This Weekend

This year's Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia 2014 (SSFF & ASIA) will be starting today and running until June 15th in locations around Tokyo and in its own dedicated cinema, the Brillia Short Shorts Theater, in Yokohama. The festival... More »
  

WWE And Lionsgate Will Make Six More Action Movies With Big, Sweaty Wrestlers

Lionsgate and WWE Studios have agreed to co-produce six new films together, according to Deadline. The deal will begin with Vendetta, an original story to be directed by the Soska sisters and set to star Paul White, aka WWE wrestler... More »
  

Asia Beat: Yxine FF, SCANDAL 2, HIGH KICK ANGELS And More!

Time once again for our bi-weekly round-up of little news bites from around the region that have piqued our interest and have deemed worth sharing with our readership. We've got jury news from the upcoming Yxine Film Fest, a new... More »
  

Latest Stills from Sono Sion's TOKYO TRIBE

Here are the latest stills from Sono Sion's adaptation of popular manga, Tokyo Tribe. Set in a future where Tokyo is divided into rival gangs. Kai, played by NORTH COAST BAD BOYZ J-rap group member Young Dais, and Mera, Hentai... More »
  

A Miscast Channing Tatum To Star As Gambit In X-MEN Spin-Off

A surprise announcement was made on the red carpet of the London premier for X-Men: Days of Future Past when producer Lauren Shuler Donner was asked about future X-Men related projects, answering, "Deadpool, yes. X-Force is fascinating, we love... More »
  

Now Stomping Across The World: Original GODZILLA Instills Nuclear Fear

The mighty roar still causes goose-pimples. An angry, desperate, anguished cry against the inhumanity of man, the original Godzilla (Gojira) remains a powerful drama. In honor of the film's 60th anniversary, Rialto Pictures is touring Godzilla: The Japanese Original across... More »
  

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Claire Denis

In 2014, Full Disclosure is turning its focus on the filmography of a different celebrated filmmaker each month, and challenging our writers to seek out something new to watch and consider from their sizeable oeuvres. This month welcomes the first... More »
  

Miyazaki's CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO To Get Digitally Remastered Release

A new digitally remastered edition of The Castle of Cagliostro, famously as the first feature film to be directed by Studio Ghibli maestro Miyazaki Hayao, will be released on Japanese cinema screens on May 9th. This new transfer has been three... More »
  

Okinawa 2014 Review: FUKU-CHAN OF FUKUFUKU FLATS

Fujita Yosuke's bittersweet comedy Fuku-Chan of Fukufuku Flats reflects on themes of loneliness and love but never loses sight of its comedy heart, thanks to a wonderful central performance from Oshima Miyuki.Fukuda Tatsuo, 'Fuku-chan' to his many friends, paints buildings... More »
  

Okinawa 2014: School Girls, Gorillas and Movie Stars Walk the Red Carpet

The Okinawa International Movie Festival sees a variety of stars from Tokyo and abroad descend on the southern island every year. Proceedings kicked off with the annual red carpet ceremony on the beach with stars arriving to greet the people... More »
  

Okinawa 2014: ONE THIRD Wins The Golden SHISA

Last Monday night saw the closing of the 6th Okinawa International Movie Festival. Before the event officially closed with a fireworks display over its beach-side setting, the winners of this year's awards were announced.The jury, headed by veteran director, screenwriter... More »
  
 
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