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.

Marshy's Favourite Asian Movies Of 2015 Part 2

It's that time of year again, when I share a few of my favourite Asian offerings from the back half of 2015. On the whole it has not been the best year for Asian Cinema, with Hong Kong in particular... More »
By James Marsh   
  

J Hurtado's Ten Favorite Indian Films Of 2015

2015 has been a very odd year for me. While I have struggled to get to the theater as often as I'd like to review new releases, I have been able to see a lot of independent Indian films that... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Review: INSIDE MEN, A Political Thriller That Goes For The Jugular

The year is almost up, the box office has been tallied and the people have spoken. Stories of greedy corporate heirs, crooked clergy, conniving journalists and dirty politicians have risen to the top of the pile, each more acerbic than... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

The Many Faces Of Santa's Imposters

It's the first day of Christmas, and at the same time we have our weekly celebrity quiz! Who else should we feature but Santa? Then again... the number of cinematic Santas is rather staggering, though a lot of them turn... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

TwitchFilm's Top 10 Movies Of 2015

Here at TwitchFilm, we are pleased to feature contributions from dozens of people located all over the world, writing about the movies that intrigue, confound, anger, and delight them. While that makes us a distinctive site, it also makes it... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Team TwitchFilm On: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

(Yay, we've gathered the troops, yet managed to avoid spoilers!) A week ago Star Wars: The Force Awakens landed with a planetary surface-shattering impact, and it was an event too big to ignore for us here at TwitchFilm. Hell, most... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Lee Byung-hun, Gang Dong-won And Kim Woo-bin Team Up For MASTER

Three of Korea's biggest male stars are teaming up for Master, a new action-thriller about a cop and con artist. Playing those lead roles will be Lee Byung-hun and Gang Dong-won, who both had films that became surprise blockbusters last... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Review: THE TIGER, A Gory, Gorgeous Battle To The Death

Following the record-breaking success of Roaring Currents, Choi Min-sik returns to screens in another big-budget period epic, this time hunting down the last Korean tiger (as opposed to the last tiger in Korea, because this feline clearly has a national... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Review: THE HIMALAYAS Swaps Snowflakes For Tears

For those looking for an expedition drama, be warned that despite its title, The Himalayas is first and foremost a melodrama. One concerning brotherhood, family and, above all, coping with grief. Himalayan expedition films seem to be in vogue at... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Five Flavours 2015 Review: CROCODILE Drifts Through Arresting Yet Ponderous Poverty

Fable and reality mingle in Francis Xavier Pasion's Crocodile, a film riddled with beautiful imagery and terrible poverty. Based on real events and bookended by documentary footage of the story's real protagonists, the unique, swampy landscape of the Agusan Marsh... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

0.5 MM Edges Out Competition in Five Flavours

Last Friday, the 9th edition of the Five Flavours Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland ended with a screening of Sono Sion's Love and Peace and the announcement of the People's Jury Awards. Coming up on top was the widely praised... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Five Flavours 2015 Review: THE LIGHT SHINES ONLY THERE Finds Hope In The Darkness

Sleepy Hokkaido sets the stage for an unusual friendship in The Light Shines Only There, in which a stoic young man holding on to a secret pain befriends a yellow-toothed, happy-go-lucky wastrel on parol. Destitution, emotional turmoil abound, yet this... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Five Flavours 2015 Review: LAZY HAZY CRAZY, A Carnal And Vivacious HK Youth Film

Follies of youth, burgeoning passions and ephemeral connections form the backbone of Luk Yee-sum's sensational debut Lazy Hazy Crazy. Set in a Hong Kong that has seldom been seen on the big screen, here is a film that feels uniquely... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

SNOWPIERCER Chugs Towards US TV

Hollywood is paying a lot of attention to Bong Joon-ho these days. This week already gave us an upcoming partnership between the Korean auteur and Netflix (Okja) and now THR reports that his sci-fi Snowpiercer will be adapted for American television.... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Five Flavours Serves Up John Woo, Taiwanese Wuxia Films And More For 9th Edition

Poland's top destination for Asian cinema, the Five Flavours Film Festival, is setting the table for its 9th edition, which kicks off on Friday this week (November 12th). Opening with the recently restored version of A Better Tomorrow (1986) and... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Netflix and Bong Joon-ho Team Up For Creature Feature OKJA

Big news for Korean film fans today as both Netflix and Plan B have confirmed their participation on Bong Joon-ho's Okja. The English-Korean monster feature has already lined up a very impressive cast, with Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano,... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Choi Min-sik On The Hunt In THE TIGER: AN OLD HUNTER'S TALE Trailer

Last seen in Roaring Currents, the most successful Korean film of all time, and as the villain in Luc Besson's Lucy, Choi Min-sik returns to screens next month as a hunter tasked with taking down the last tiger on the... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Ryoo Seung-wan Plots WWII Escape Drama In SKYFALL Lair

Now that Veteran is firmly planted in the record books, with the third best haul for a Korean film of all time (13.4 million admissions), director Ryoo Seung-wan is ready to get going on his next feature. There's been talk... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Review: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 2 Delivers Tense, Bleak Finale

The Hunger Games franchise comes back for one last show in a bleak and tense finale that provides ominous conclusions to the themes it has been building over the previous three films. As a two-part final chapter, Mockingjay bears many... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Park Chan-wook's THE HANDMAID Wraps on Halloween, New Still Revealed

Todd gave us the first still of Park Chan-wook's latest film The Handmaid last week and now we can report that the film wrapped production on Halloween following five months of shooting in Japan and Korea. The film also released... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  
 
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