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 the South China Morning Post, he is an Acquisitions Executive for XYZ Films and a programmer for Fantastic Fest. James can also be heard every Friday on RTHK Radio 3.

Okinawa 2016 Review: Miike's TERRA FORMARS Is A Sloppy, Silly Bug Hunt

Miike Takashi’s live-action adaptation of Yu Sasuga’s popular manga series is a star-studded affair but stretches a wafer thin plot to breaking point. The high concept sci-fi adventure quickly descends into a repetitive series of violent scuffles and bizarre mutations... More »
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Hey London! The Chinese Visual Festival Showcases The Best Of Contemporary Chinese Cinema

With China fast-becoming the world’s largest film market, Chinese Cinema has never been more relevant or in need of intelligent curatorship. With around 400 films released in China every year, it can be difficult to know where to begin, short... More »
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Watch The First Trailer For Singaporean Execution Drama APPRENTICE

Hot off the announcement that it will have its world premiere at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard competition, we get our first look at Apprentice, a Malay-language execution drama set in Singapore. Newcomer Fir Rahman stars as Aiman, a... More »
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Cumberbatch Awakens In First DOCTOR STRANGE Teaser

The first teaser trailer for Marvel's Doctor Strange has just dropped and there is plenty to get excited about. Emanating a strong Batman Begins vibe, the film shows Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) having his mind well and truly blown... More »
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NSFW: Bulimia, Body Image And Brilliance In Japanese Animated Short SUMMER'S PUKE IS WINTER'S DELIGHT

Back in 2014, Twitch featured an animated short film entitled Ketsujiru Juke (Anal Juke - Anal Juice) from a young Japanese animator named Kabuki Sawako. The film was decorated for its "Artistic Contribution" at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival.... More »
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Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Sydney Pollack's THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR

James Grady’s novel Six Days Of The Condor was published just a year before Sydney Pollack’s big-screen adaptation, and yet almost every aspect of the story was changed. It is difficult to imagine such a flagrant disregard for the source... More »
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Wu Jing And Eddie Peng Square Off In First Trailer For CALL OF HEROES

While Sammo Hung's The Bodyguard may not have caused much excitement, the next ensemble martial arts film he has in the works already promises a whole lot more. Hung is serving as action director on Benny Chan's Call Of Heroes,... More »
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Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Samuel Fuller's FIXED BAYONETS!

Released in 1952, Fixed Bayonets! marked the first studio picture directed by Samuel Fuller, and his second in a row that would depict the still-in-progress Korean War. After the surprise success of the independently produced The Steel Helmet, Fuller met... More »
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TEN YEARS Named Best Film At Hong Kong Film Awards As PORT OF CALL Wins Big

The 35th Hong Kong Film Awards have just been announced at a star-studded ceremony at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. 18 competitive categories were contested, with Philip Yung’s gritty crime thriller Port Of Call sweeping the board, winning a total... More »
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Team TwitchFilm: On BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

(The gloves come off as our team becomes a league, FOR JUSTICE!) Sweeping the world faster than Superman, but tanking harder than the Batmobile on the review front, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is currently the topic of... More »
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Eureka! Acquires CREEPY, AN, QUEEN OF EARTH, ALOYS; Adds Keaton, Murnau And More To Masters Of Cinema

In their biggest ever announcement, British distributor Eureka! Entertainment revealed a quartet of new acquisitions, as well as announced a number of upcoming releases on their Masters of Cinema and Eureka! Classics labels. Kawase Naomi's tender drama An (also known... More »
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Imagine 2016: Lineup And Recommendations

From the 14th till the 24th of April, the Eye Film Museum in Amsterdam is hosting the Imagine Film Festival 2016. Festivals often focus on the stuffy and the arty, but Imagine has a legacy of going for hard-to-catch... More »
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Review: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, Overburdened By Expectation And Obligation

DC Comics kick-starts its expanded cinematic universe by pitting its two greatest superheroes against one another in Zack Snyder’s hugely anticipated follow-up to 2013’s Man Of Steel.   With the Nolan/Bale Dark Knight trilogy looming large in the background, Ben... More »
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Blu-ray Review: Chen Kaige's FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE From The BFI

For many mainstream filmgoers, Farewell My Concubine is perhaps the best-known Chinese language film of the 1990s, helped in no end by its success at the Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Chen Kaige (Yellow Earth, Temptress Moon), the film traces... More »
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China Lion Serves Up CHONGQING HOT POT This April

No foolin', China Lion is bringing Yang Qing's mainland crime caper Chongqing Hot Pot to North America on 1 April, day-and-date with its Chinese release. The film, which has its World Premiere on Monday night as opening film of the... More »
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Monster Masters Launches With Post-Apocalyptic Classic SMOKE 'EM IF YOU GOT 'EM

Australian distributor Monster Pictures has announced the launch of its new label Monster Masters with the unveiling of their first title - Ray Boseley's 1988 masterpiece Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em on 18 May - a film that should delight... More »
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The Many Faces Of John Goodman

This week sees the premiere of Dan Trachtenberg's 10 Cloverfield Lane, the odd surprise add-on to 2008's Cloverfield. Is it a prequel, a sequel, a spin-off, an "equal"? Trying to figure that one out is actually one of the film's... More »
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Review: LONDON HAS FALLEN, Rocking The Free World With Dubious Politics And Sadistic Tendencies

Gerard Butler finds himself taking up arms to save Aaron Eckhart’s US President once again in this expanded sequel to Antoine Fuqua’s Olympus Has Fallen. Trading the claustrophobic confines of the White House for the deserted streets of Britain’s terrorised... More »
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CinemAsia 2016: Ten TwitchFilm Recommendations

When the International Film Festival Rotterdam has ended in February, and the Imagine Festival Amsterdam doesn't start until April, what is a Dutch film festival fan to do? Well, he or she could do a lot worse than to check... More »
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Review: SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME, Confident, Measured And Mature

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 »
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