Pierce Conran
Seoul, South Korea

Pierce Conran is a film journalist based out of Seoul, where he tries to get the lowdown on the latest and greatest from the Korean peninsula for Twitch and runs the website Modern Korean Cinema. Irish by birth, he has lived in Dublin, Switzerland, New York and Los Angeles. When he's not going to film festivals, writing about and reporting on films or rambling on Twitter (@pierceconran), he mostly stares wistfully out the window.

Melbourne 2014: The Full Program Reveals A Full-Bodied Selection of Cinema

The Melbourne International Film Festival is now in full swing having revealed its program mid-week. Tickets have opened for members and media alike. The program itself is one of the more exciting and well-rounded ones in MIFF history. It consists... More »
  

PiFan 2014: Preview Part 1 - Opening/Closing + Puchon Choice

It's only ten days until PiFan kicks off this year and three of us at Twitch are getting very excited for another feast of genre gems, hidden surprises and general fun and mayhem. As with previous years we like to... More »
  

Review: SNOWPIERCER, A Singular And Breathtaking Cinematic Experience

Cinema is a medium of motion and if anyone understands this, it appears to be Bong Joon-ho, whose visionary new work is a demented and stunning thrillride. In his first production outside his native South Korea, Bong has delivered his... More »
  

PiFan Unveils Eclectic 18th Program

As one of Twitch's favorite film festivals, we're alway eager to see what PiFan (Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival) holds in store for its annual genre cinema celebration. For its upcoming 18th edition, which was revealed yesterday evening, Asia's top... More »
  

NAFF Puts Thailand In Spotlight For 7th IT Project

With just a month to go until the start of the 18th Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), its industry arm, the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF), has revealed the projects that will make up its Thailand country spotlight... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: Action Thriller THE TARGET Misses the Mark

Normally we read about which new Korean thriller has had its remake rights snatched up by a Hollywood studio (news which invariably leads to a fervent chorus of opposition among Korean film fans) but these days we're starting to see... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: A HARD DAY Is Easy-To-Love Genre Cinema

If you feel that tough genre fare in Korea has been spinning its wheels of late, you're not alone. While generally well made, the élan of yesteryear's hardboiled Korean thrillers has recently been replaced by a growing sense of familiarity... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: A GIRL AT MY DOOR Is Korean Cinema At Its Finest

Screening in the Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard section this year is A Girl at My Door, a film that is so well-wrought that one can't help but be swept up in its artistry, which effortlessly plunges us into... More »
  

Jeonju 2014 Review: Grand and Mysterious, THE AVIAN KIND Soars

A great many gems have emerged from the Korean independent scene of late, but some worry that the milieu lacks the unique voices that it used to cultivate 10 to 15 years ago. Director Shin Yeon-shick may already be on... More »
  

Jeonju 2014 Review: Meditative POHANG HARBOR Doesn't Quite Connect

In a country with so many hardships out in the open and an unspoken swell of pain swirling just beneath the surface, there needs to be a release valve for the frustrations of ordinary citizens. In Korea, that role is... More »
  

Review: The Beauty Of THE FATAL ENCOUNTER Is Only Skin Deep

Following a slow few months, commercial Korean cinema returns to the spotlight with The Fatal Encounter, the first of the many period blockbusters that will inundate local theaters through to the end of summer. Following in the footsteps of the... More »
  

Asia Beat: Udine Awards, New Sono Sion, Tsui Hark, THE FATAL ENCOUNTER And More

Welcome to Asia Beat, a fortnightly roundup of bite-sized news pieces from around the region that might have otherwise slipped under the radar but which we feel are worth bringing to your attention. Anything from casting news, poster premieres, to... More »
  

Review: Tone-deaf MONSTER Exhibits Unusual Cruelty Towards Women

Ingenue Kim Go-eun gets her first top billing in director Hwang In-ho's uneven and sadistic revenge thriller Monster. Exhibiting the same irreverence towards genre as in his previous film Spellbound (2011) but with none of the panache, Hwang fails to... More »
  

At Last! SNOWPIERCER To Break The Ice On June 27th

UPDATE: CJ Entertainment, the producer of Snowpiercer, has confirmed that the film will be released in June, though according to them a date hasn't been finalized.It's been a long and winding road but Bong Joon Ho's eagerly anticipated Snowpiercer has... More »
  

Berlinale 2014 Review: SPROUT's Short and Sweet Seoul Odyssey

A little girl's trip to the market becomes a charming journey through modern Korea in Yoon Ga-eun's delightful short film Sprout, which premiered at the Busan International Film Festival last October. Korean indie cinema often makes a point of demonstrating... More »
  

Berlinale 2014 Review: Grand and Hypnotic, A DREAM OF IRON Won't Soon Be Forgotten

Early on in A Dream of Iron, a new documentary premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival this year, director Kelvin Kyung Kun Park shows us images a whales moving through the vast blue expanse of the ocean - enormous... More »
  

New Wildflower Awards Recognize Independent Korean Cinema

The Wildflower Film Awards, a new audience-led initiative to recognize achievements in independent Korean cinema, is getting underway this month. Launched by Korean film expert and koreanfilm.org founder Darcy Paquet, the awards will be handed out each February to outstanding contributions... More »
  

Berlinale 2014 Review: Subdued Yet Powerful, NIGHT FLIGHT Soars

LeeSong Hee-il returns to Berlin a year after White Night (2012) with his fourth feature Night Flight. While his last film was a subdued but powerful work about lingering memories of homophobia in modern Seoul, his new film is his... More »
  

Ha Ji-won Cast in Ha Jung-woo's CHRONICLE OF A BLOOD MERCHANT

Before he makes a decision on his offer to potentially star alongside Lee Jung-jae and Jun Ji-hyun in Choi Dong-hoon's 30s-set blockbuster thriller Assassination, Ha Jung-woo will be spending some time both before and behind the camera with his sophomore... More »
  

Korean Box Office: MISS GRANNY, FROZEN Lead Korea's Biggest Weekend

It was a huge weekend for theaters during this year's Lunar New Year, the biggest in fact, with around five million tickets sold. This was above the 3.5 million recording during last year's Lunar Year frame and significantly above the... More »
  
 
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