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: PAN, Far From The Disaster You Might Want It To Be

Following his adaptations of Pride & Prejudice and Anna Karenina, Joe Wright next turns his attentions to J.M. Barrie's boy who never grew up. But instead of bringing the adventures of Peter, Wendy and Captain Hook to the big screen,... More »
By James Marsh   

Whose Fists Are Fastest? It's Donnie Yen Vs Mike Tyson In First IP MAN 3 Teaser

Donnie Yen and Mike Tyson square off in the first teaser trailer for Ip Man 3, the third and possibly final chapter in the story of the legendary wing chun practitioner, which Yen and director Wilson Yip began back in... More »
By James Marsh   

Festival Diary: Sundance Hong Kong 2015 Brings The Best Of Park City To Asia

Sundance is without doubt one of the best film festivals in the US right now, but for us over here in far-flung Asia, it is also one of the most frustrating. Due to the overwhelming number of smaller indie films... More »
By James Marsh   

Sundance Hong Kong 2015 Review: Only A Mother Could Love JAMES WHITE

The debut feature from Josh Mond, producer of Simon Killer and Martha Marcy May Marlene, is a tough coming-of-age tale featuring a couple of top-notch showboating performances. However, the desperate circumstances alone do not make for an engaging drama, and... More »
By James Marsh   

Sundance Hong Kong 2015 Review: SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME, Good With Reservations

The debut feature from Beijing-born Chloe Zhao focuses on the unlikely subject matter of adolescent Lakota indians in South Dakota. Beautifully photographed and confidently directed, Songs My Brothers Taught Me is a notable first film, marred only by a rather... More »
By James Marsh   

Sundance Hong Kong 2015 Review: ADVANTAGEOUS, Underachieving Sci-Fi For Tiger Mums

Jennifer Phang's ambitious sci-fi drama presents some intriguing ideas about identity and sacrifice in a uniquely female context, but she invests her budget into the wrong elements, and is unable to fashion her final film into anything particularly engaging.In the... More »
By James Marsh   

Sundance Hong Kong 2015 Review: THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT Wields Significant Power

The events that went down at Jordan Hall in August 1971 have been recounted numerous times and inspired at least two films already - Oliver Hirschbiegel's excellent Das Experiment (2001) starring Moritz Bleibtreu and Paul Scheuring's American remake from 2010, starring... More »
By James Marsh   

Review: Johnnie To's OFFICE, Too Much Like Real Work

In a wild change of pace, Hong Kong director Johnnie To delivers an all-singing, occasionally-dancing adaptation of Sylvia Chang's successful stage play, Design for Living. While the script has undergone numerous changes along the way, and boasts brand new musical numbers... More »
By James Marsh   

Trailer: In SAVING MR. WU Andy Lau Is Going To Die

Ding Sheng, director of Little Big Soldier and the lacklutre yet highly lucrative Police Story 2013 (aka Police Story: Lockdown in the US), trades Jackie Chan for Andy Lau in Saving Mr. Wu, a high-stakes hostage thriller based on real... More »
By James Marsh   

Cameras Roll On Dante Lam's OPERATION MEKONG

Distribution Workshop announced today the start of shooting on Dante Lam's latest action drama. Kicking off in Thailand, Operation Mekong reunites the director once more with Taiwanese leading man Eddie Peng, whom he has previously worked with on box office... More »
By James Marsh   

Seth Rogen's PREACHER Gets Series Order At AMC

Preacher, the beloved and controversial Vertigo comic book by Gareth Ennis and Steve Dillon, has been ordered to series by AMC, according to Seth Rogen, who has been developing the project with regular partner Evan Goldberg and Breaking Bad's Sam... More »
By James Marsh   

IP MAN 3: New Images Of Donnie Yen, Mike Tyson, But No CGI Bruce Lee Yet

New character images have surfaced from Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen's inevitable third collaboration, Ip Man 3, which will pit the wing chun master against an American property developer, portrayed by former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, as well as... More »
By James Marsh   

Review: EVEREST Tackles Disaster With Diplomacy At The Top Of The World

Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur tackles his largest Hollywood project to-date, with this epically staged account of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, in which eight climbers perished on the Himalayan peak in a single day. Featuring a robust ensemble cast and... More »
By James Marsh   

Review: COMING HOME, Something Of An Ordeal

Zhang Yimou returns to his more humble, socially conscious roots, reuniting with former muse Gong Li for an earnest, if rather underwhelming, adaptation of Yan Geiling's The Criminal Lu Yanshi. While the historical significance of the story will resonate strongly... More »
By James Marsh   

Review: NO ESCAPE Shows Us The Asia That Americans Should Be Afraid Of

Asia is terrifying. With its obscure languages, stifling humidity, tropical foliage, peculiar deities, dubious military regimes, weird food and proximity to historically hazardous war zones, American citizens would be insane to go near any part of it. The only Westerners... More »
By James Marsh   

The Many Faces Of Gong Li

In a rather extreme example of belated distribution, Mikael Håfström's Shanghai finally arrives on North American shores. Finished and shown at festivals in 2010 already, people may wonder about the youthful appearances of its killer cast, which includes people like... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Have Your Say: What's Your Favourite Robert De Niro Performance?

Happy Birthday Robert Anthony De Niro Jr, born on this day 1943. Arguably the greatest American actor of his generation, Robert De Niro has, in recent years, become a prime contender for the "should have retired years ago" cone of shame.... More »
By James Marsh   

Kickstart This! THE HELPER - A Hong Kong Documentary

One side of Hong Kong that is almost never seen on film is the world of domestic helpers. In a city fuelled by the financial and business sectors, where parents work incredibly long hours every day, it is still commonplace... More »
By James Marsh   

Now On Blu-ray: Cult Filmmakers Strike Back In BURYING THE EX And LOST SOUL

Today we've got a brief look at a pair of home video releases that spotlight cult filmmakers who deserve a little moment to shine. While these films are very different in tone and subject, and the filmmakers themselves are also... More »
By J Hurtado   

Christopher Lee And Peter Cushing Reunited In THE SKULL, Coming To Blu-ray

More classic British horror heads to Blu-ray as Eureka! Entertainment announces the release of Freddie Francis' 1965 shocker The Skull, arriving on dual-format Blu-ray and DVD on 26 October.Perhaps best known as an Oscar-winning cinematographer, shooting such acclaimed works as... More »
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