Christopher O'Keeffe
Tokyo, Japan

Japan based Film Journalist and Critic.

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 »
  

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Werner Herzog

After a couple of months off, Full Disclosure is back, with an exploration of the work of a true cinematic maverick, Werner Herzog. In a career spanning 50 years, the uniquely accented German filmmaker has gifted us dozens of feature... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Tokyo 2014 Review: GARM WARS: THE LAST DRUID, Mamoru Oshii Delivers Magic Dogs Amidst Turgid Fantasy

Mamoru Oshii has built a loyal following over the years with his penchant for thought-provoking animated features, 1995's Ghost in the Shell being his masterpiece, but the turgid fantasy stylings of Garm Wars: The Last Druid will test the most... More »
  

Tokyo 2014: The Safdie Brother's HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT Takes Top Prize

Tokyo International Film Festival wrapped up with a closing ceremony to announce the winners of its many awards. The Competition Section consisted of 15 films presided over by Jury President, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. The jury was... More »
  

Tokyo 2014: Peter Bogdanovich And Owen Wilson Talk SHE'S FUNNY THAT WAY

Peter Bogdanovich appeared on stage at the Tokyo International Film Festival last night to talk about his latest, She's Funny That Way. The veteran director made his name with 1971's The Last Picture Show, though he'll always be Dr. Melfi's droll... More »
  

Tokyo 2014: Audience Award Ticket Giveaway!

Tokyo International Film Festival is well underway and excitement is mounting for the announcement of the winning films at the Festival closing on Friday. In addition to the top prize, the prestigious Tokyo Grand Prix, the Audience Award is presented... More »
  

Tokyo 2014 Review: BIG HERO 6, Sentimental Fun for Gamer Kids

As the opener of the Tokyo International Film Festival, the world premiere of Disney Animation Studio's adaptation of Marvel property Big Hero 6 couldn't be more fitting. Set in a world of technological innovation and a city directly inspired by this... More »
  

Kyoto 2014: Yakusho Koji Takes The Newly-Established Mifune Toshiro Award

The new-look Kyoto International Film and Art Festival closed its doors last night with a ceremony featuring a look back into the golden age of Japanese cinema. The ceremony was highlighted by on-stage appearances from Mifune Shiro, son of the legendary... More »
  

Review: THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA, Delightful For Children And Adults Alike

Director Takahata Isao's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a 10th century Japanese folk story which, despite some minor changes and an added love interest, is followed faithfully here. An old bamboo cutter, Okina is walking in the woods... More »
  

Tokyo 2014: Full Lineup Announced, Focusing On Animation

The full lineup for the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival has been announced and, amongst its promotion of new Japanese and Asian cinema, there's a clear commitment to this year's focus on animation, both foreign and domestic. Along with the Opening... More »
  
 
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