Christopher O'Keeffe
Tokyo, Japan

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 »
  

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 »
  

Kyoto 2014: Lineup Highlights Ancient Capital's Filmmaking Past

The newly re-branded Kyoto International Film and Art Festival has introduced a lineup that focuses on older works, particularly from the city's film-making past, as much as it does on newer titles. With the introduction of the Mifune Toshiro Award, and... More »
  

Review: RUROUNI KENSHIN: KYOTO INFERNO Delivers Grand Thrills

Satoh Takeru's wandering samurai returns in a sequel that improves considerably on the enjoyable first feature while setting the scene for the soon to follow finale. The first film's strength was its high production value and visually exciting action scenes... More »
  

Twitch Film Celebrates 10 Years

A decade is an absolute eternity online, a marker that I certainly never thought I'd reach when registering the first domain for Twitch ten years ago now, and yet here we are. Honestly, I never thought much of anything about... More »
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Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Alfred Hitchcock

This month, the Master of Suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock would have been celebrating his 115th birthday. But while he shuffled off his mortal coil back in 1980, his legacy remains as healthy as ever thanks to a hugely innovative, influential,... More »
  

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 »
  
 
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