James Marsh
Asian Editor; Hong Kong, China

Originally from England, James has lived in Hong Kong since 2001, where he is becoming increasingly well-acquainted with the delights of Asian Cinema. James began contributing to Twitch in 2009, and became Asian Editor in 2011. His writing can also be found at Screendaily.com and in Vérité Film Magazine, he is an Acquisitions Executive for XYZ Films and a programmer for Fantastic Fest. James can also be heard on RTHK Radio 3, and podcasting about world cinema at thesocietyforfilm.com.

Review: WILD CITY Welcomes The Return Of Ringo Lam

Ringo Lam's first feature in 12 years sees the Hong Kong director return to familiar territory, as a former cop and his tearaway younger brother take on a violent gang of Taiwanese thugs after their paths cross that of a... More »
By James Marsh   
  

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   
  

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   
  

Melbourne 2015: Program Guide Reveals An Electric Array Of Cinematic Gold

The Melbourne International Film Festival media and MIFF members program guide launch happened last night, and it happened big with easily the best launch event of its kind since the current artistic director took curator-ship. The wait for the printed... More »
  

Interview: Director SS Rajamouli On BAAHUBALI, An Epic Undertaking

This Friday sees the domestic release of Baahubali: The Beginning, touted as the most expensive Indian film ever made. Directed by SS Rajamouli (Eega, Magadheera) and boasting a cast that includes such talents as Prabhas, Anushka Shetty and Rana Daggubati,... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Marshy's Favourite Asian Movies Of 2015 Part 1

I'm just going to come out and say it: 2015 has been a really disappointing year for Asian Cinema so far. I didn't get to go to Cannes, so I have yet to see promising offerings from the likes of... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Donnie Yen Joining STAR WARS EPISODE VIII?

Following the massive success of Furious 7, Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Jurassic World at the Chinese box office this summer, Hollywood is really seeing the importance of the Chinese market. A number of key productions are now scrambling to... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of The First Half Of 2015

As mentioned before, the year 2015 is moving on with breakneck speed, it seems. Currently we're already at the halfway point, and can look back at what's been a pretty surprising cinematic six months. So we asked ourselves what we... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

GHOST SHARK 2: URBAN JAWS - Kiwi Indie Horror Comedy Comes To VOD

Great news for fans of spectral selachimorpha and independent filmmaking everywhere, as New Zealand filmmakers Andrew Todd and Johnny Hall's debut feature Ghost Shark 2: Urban Jaws is set to hit worldwide VOD on 1st July, via their official website.A... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Review: TERMINATOR GENISYS, The Embodiment Of Fan Disservice

The fifth instalment of the troubled sci-fi time travel series reveals itself to be a frustrating reboot-sequel hybrid, cherry-picking iconic moments from throughout the franchise and reworking them into a confused and mostly absurd new narrative. The result is a... More »
By James Marsh   
  

The Many Faces Of Orson Welles

Today, Carol Reed's classic 1949 thriller The Third Man is being re-released in the US. It stars the great Joseph Cotton and the great Orson Welles, the latter of which would have become exactly 100 last month, had he still... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

SPL2 Scores Massive Opening In China

Ten years after Wilson Yip jump-started Donnie Yen's career with SPL (aka Kill Zone), the sequel is upon us, and it is making huge bank in mainland China. Kevin Ma over at FilmBiz Asia has done the maths, and claims that... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Samuel Fuller's FORTY GUNS

Known primarily for his war films and crime dramas, American director Samuel Fuller also directed a quartet of westerns, the last of which being 1957's Forty Guns. The film was part of a deal struck with 20th Century Fox after... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Trailer: Tang Wei And Liao Fan Star In Chinese ONLY YOU Remake

Many fans of Asian Cinema are quick to complain and point the finger when their favourite Asian discoveries are snapped up and remade in Hollywood, sometimes at the expense of a proper release for the original film. Well the current... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Title For INDEPENDENCE DAY Sequel Revealed

Nearly two decades after Independence Day wowed audiences with its winning combination of X-Files fuelled UFO interest, grand scale disaster movie spectacle, Top Gun style aerial heroics and Big Willy Smith himself, Roland Emmerich has called action on a sequel, which... More »
By James Marsh   
  

NIGHT WATCHMAN, DEAD END Take Top Honours At Shanghai International Film Festival

Pierre Jolivet's The Night Watchman (aka Jamais De La Vie) was awarded the Golden Goblet for Best Film on Sunday night at the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival, while Chinese crime drama The Dead End nabbed the Best Director prize... More »
By James Marsh   
  

TITANIC Composer James Horner Dies In Plane Crash

It has now been confirmed that James Horner, the 2-time Oscar winning composer of Titanic and countless other Hollywood blockbusters, was killed when the small plane he was piloting crashed Monday morning in a remote area north of Santa Barbara.... More »
By James Marsh   
  

China Lion Bringing ONLY YOU, THE WASTED TIMES And MR. SIX To N.America & Australia

Great news for fans of mainstream cinema from the Chinese mainland, as China Lion Film Distribution has announced the acquisition of a trio of upcoming films featuring a host of A-list talent. Tang Wei (Lust, Caution, Blackhat) and Liao Fan (Silver... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Review: INFINITELY POLAR BEAR Blows Hot And Cold

Proof that fine actors giving strong performances are not always enough to save a movie, Maya Forbes' Infinitely Polar Bear seems too preoccupied with its 70s period setting and zany family antics to pay more than vague lip service to... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Now On Blu-ray: TOKYO TRIBE, A Late-Night Mainstay In The Making

Sono Sion has always had an eclectic style of filmmaking, but in recent years he has really hit his stride, both in terms of artistry and quantity of his output. Sono is more prolific now than ever before - he... More »
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