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.

Okinawa 2016 Review: SPARK, Netflix Plants Their Flag In Japan

Much like they already have in the States, Netflix has been ramping up its local productions in Japan following their launch their last September. Though not their first original Japanese series, Spark (or Hibana), which is based on a popular... More »
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Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, A Snappy, Witty Beatdown

When it comes to the major comic book tentpoles that are being shuffled out with increasing regularity, some viewers have grown a little tired of the city-destroying carnage that has marked many of their climaxes. Marvel, one of the biggest... More »
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Park Chan-wook's Cannes-Bound THE HANDMAIDEN Gets A Teaser

Just a few hours after it was officially announced for the Cannes Film Festival's main competition, CJ Entertainment has dropped the first teaser for Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden. Starring Ha Jung-woo, Kim Min-hee and newcomer Kim Tae-ri, the lush period... 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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GOKSUNG: Chilling First Trailer For Na Hong-jin's Latest

The Chaser and The Yellow Sea director Na Hong-jin is back, and his latest looks like a hell of a ride. Featuring Kwak Do-won of The Attorney alongside megastar Hwang Jung-min (Veteran) and Chun Woo-hee (Han Gong-ju), Goksung is a... More »
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SXSW 2016 Review: KARAOKE CRAZIES Kills It

In Korea, few things are more important than karaoke. With thousands of karaoke bars, open all hours, littering every corner of the country, it's an activity that reaches every part of society, servicing hoards of stressed salary workers, bored teenagers... 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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Berlinale 2016 Review: THE BACCHUS LADY Gracefully Explores Bounty of Taboo Subjects

Veteran actress Youn Yuh-jung, star of such classics as Kim Ki-young's Woman on Fire (1971) and The Insect Woman (1972), takes on perhaps her boldest role yet in The Bacchus Lady. Directed by E J-yong, appearing in the Berlinale program... More »
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Berlinale 2016 Review: THE WORLD OF US, A Complex And Compelling Children's Tale

Following the enormous promise shown in her terrific shorts Guest (2011) and Sprout (2013), director Yoon Ga-eun delivers in spades with her feature-length debut The World of Us, a beautiful look at the undulating friendships and rivalries between a trio... More »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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