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 podcasting about world cinema at thesocietyforfilm.com.

TERMINATOR GENISYS Living Poster Makes Schwarzenegger's Head Explode

Speaking frankly, Terminator Genisys is struggling to arouse any genuine interest in me right now. Obviously I loved the first two, thought the end of Rise of the Machines excused everything that came before it, and - hey! - actually... More »
By James Marsh   
  

BLIND MASSAGE Takes Top Honours At 9th Asian Film Awards

Lou Ye's Blind Massage was named Best Film at the 9th Asian Film Awards, which were announced at a star-studded ceremony at The Venetian in Macau last night. The film also won the Best Cinematographer award. Jiang Wen's glitzy... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Review: INSURGENT Is Dystop-less

Part two of the big screen adaptation of Veronica Roth's bestselling series of YA sci-fi novels boasts a larger budget and sharper hairstyles than its predecessor, but remains incapable of stepping out from the long shadow cast by rival franchise... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Hot Docs 2015 Lineup Announced: From The Deep Web To Dark Comedy To Outer Space And Beyond

In Toronto, from April 23rd until May 3rd, the 22nd edition of the sprawling Hot Docs Film Festival will be showcasing documentary films from 44 countries. Going through a documentary lineup of this size is a bit more daunting than a... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Benedict Cumberbatch And Martin Freeman Shooting Victorian Era SHERLOCK Special For BBC

The BBC is cooking up something special for fans of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson that should please fans of their monster hit modern-day series Sherlock and Conan Doyle purists who prefer their crime fighting rooted firmly in 19th Century... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Crowdfund This! British Sci-Fi Buddy Comedy UNTIL THE DAY BREAKS

British filmmaking collective Project Trident met while working together at an arts cinema, and began making short films and screening them for each other. Over the past seven years they have accumulated a filmography of over 100 shorts, which have... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Matt Damon And Andy Lau Will Save The World In Zhang Yimou's THE GREAT WALL

Chinese blockbuster director Zhang Yimou is no stranger to casting Hollywood A-listers in his projects since wooing Christian Bale for his 2011 epic The Flowers of War. While that film made huge bank in China, it failed to make the... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Review: ZHONG KUI: SNOW GIRL AND THE DARK CRYSTAL Delivers Genuine Romance But Flawed Fantasy

Acclaimed Hong Kong cinematographer Peter Pau takes another swing at directing a major motion picture with this grand scale fantasy about legendary demon queller Zhong Kui. Assisted by co-director Zhao Tianyu and featuring some spirited performances, the result is a... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Drafthouse Films' Obscure Objects Of Desire: Matsumoto Hitoshi's R100

The astonishingly surreal work of Japanese comedian-turned-filmmaker Matsumoto Hitoshi has long been championed here at TwitchFilm, and in some ways his fourth feature film - R100 - transcends anything he has yet produced. Positioned not as a comedy, but rather... More »
By James Marsh   
  

China Lion To Bring Andy Lau's LOST AND LOVE To N. America, Watch The Trailer

China Lion Film Distribution will release the Andy Lau drama Lost And Love in North America, Australia and New Zealand day-and-date with mainland China next month. Tackling the en vogue theme of child abduction, and based on real events, Lost... More »
By James Marsh   
  

TOKYO TRIBE Gets Gorgeous New Quad Poster, Trailer, Gallery For UK Release

Eureka! Entertainment is bringing Sono Sion's deliriously infectious rap battle epic Tokyo Tribe to screens across the UK and Eire on 8 May, and to support the release they have just unveiled a brand new quad poster for the film,... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Watch The Trailer For Creepy HKIFF Closer PORT OF CALL

Yesterday the full line-up for the 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival was announced, and this year's closing film is a director's cut of Philip Yung's Port Of Call. The director's last film, May We Chat, was an impressive look... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Sylvia Chang's MURMUR OF THE HEARTS To Open 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival, Full Line-Up Revealed

Taiwanese actress Sylvia Chang's latest directorial effort Murmur Of The Hearts will open the 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival, it was announced today. The world premiere is part of a Filmmaker in Focus programme dedicated to Chang, which will... More »
By James Marsh   
  

BIRDMAN Soars At Independent Spirit Awards, NIGHTCRAWLER Also Scores

Birdman continued its run of awards wins last night, taking top honours at the Independent Spirit Awards on the eve of Oscar night. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's manic comedy was named Best Film, Michael Keaton won the Best Actor award, and... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Get Your First Look At Jason Momoa As DC's Aquaman

Zack Snyder just tweeted this tasty little tease for his upcoming DC Universe flick, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, giving fans their first look at Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry...better known as Aquaman.Momoa is signed on to star in... More »
By James Marsh   
  

The Many Faces Of Jason Voorhees

It's Friday the 13th folks, so here at TwitchFilm central we've decided to do something different with this, our weekly mugshot quiz. Instead of an actor or an actress, today we take someone who is not only fictional, but also... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Hong Kong International Film Festival To Honour Naruse Mikio On 60th Anniversary Of FLOATING CLOUDS

The 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival has announced a celebration of the work of Japanese filmmaker Naruse Mikio, on the 60th anniverary of his 1955 classic Floating Clouds. Repast (1951), Daughters, Wives And A Mother (1960) and Scattered Clouds... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Drafthouse Films' Obscure Objects Of Desire: Ari Folman's THE CONGRESS

Drafthouse Films' Obscure Objects of Desire (or Drafthouse FOOD if you must) is a new regular column assessing the home cinema releases from the Austin-based distributor.Ari Folman's follow-up to his animated Oscar-nominated documentary, Waltz With Bashir, is a loose adaptation... More »
By James Marsh   
  

DVD Review: Fei Mu's SPRING IN A SMALL TOWN From The BFI

Hailed as the greatest Chinese film ever made, Fei Mu's 1948 melodrama Spring In A Small Town arrives on DVD for the first time in the UK, courtesy of the BFI. A heartbreaking tale of loyalty, yearning and resilience in... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Martin Scorsese To Exec Produce Ben Wheatley's FREE FIRE

Martin Scorsese has come aboard British director Ben Wheatley's next project, Free Fire, as an executive producer, Screen Daily has revealed. Set in late-70s Boston, the film is the story of two rival gangs, whose rendezvous in a deserted warehouse... More »
By James Marsh   
  
 
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