Margaret Mead Film Festival 2014 Offers Provocative, Moving Global Documentaries

The 2014 edition of the Margaret Mead Film Festival, a great annual documentary fest which screens at the American Museum of Natural History and runs this year from October 23-26, has as this year's theme "Past Forward." According to the festival,... More »
  

Pink Eiga Brings Back DVD Releases With PRISON GIRL And MILK THE MAID

After three years of distributing Pinku titles solely on VOD, Pink Eiga is bringing back the DVD! What may seem to be a silly venture to take up again is, in reality, a response to their fans and the numerous requests... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Asami

This week, Mitsutake Kurando's Gun Woman was shown at the Sitges festival, part of its worldwide tour since its world premier in Yubari (where our own James Marsh saw and reviewed it). The undisputed centerpiece, title character and star of... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Pretty Packaging: GHOST IN THE SHELL 1.0, And My Seven-Fold Double-Dip...

("I can resist anything except temptation" - Oscar Wilde) See the image above? It is from Oshii Mamoru's Ghost in the Shell. To be more specific, it's from the original 1995 version. It is not in the revamped cut... More »
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The Many Faces Of Nicholas Tse

This week, the Chinese drama But Always (aka. Yi Sheng Yi Shi) premieres in several countries worldwide, including the USA. A lengthy description of a doomed romance, it stars Gao Yuanyuan and Nicholas Tse as the star-crossed lovers. James reviewed... More »
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The Many Faces Of Choi Min-sik

This week, Luc Besson's new science-fiction-slash-action thriller Lucy premieres, starring Scarlett Johansson as a human who becomes a divine being. Ouch, go easy on the typecasting there, people! Speaking of which, there is an intense evil Asian dude in the... More »
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PiFan 2014: Preview Part 3 - Vision Express

Bags are packed and e-tickets have been downloaded in preparation for tomorrow when various members of Team Twitch head off to Korea for PiFan, Asia's biggest celebration of genre cinema. While excitement is bubbling over at the thought of the... More »
  

Preview: Japan Cuts 2014 Gets Cute, Crude And Contemplative

Opening tonight with the US premiere of Miike Takashi's The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, Japan Cuts, the New York festival of contemporary Japanese cinema, is a grand smorgasbord for cinephiles of all tastes. Well, at least for those residing... More »
  

PiFan 2014: Preview Part 2 - World Fantastic Cinema

With just over a week until PiFan, the biggest celebration of genre cinema anywhere in Asia, Team Twitch is barely able to contain our excitement. So instead of sweating and fidgeting uncomfortably, we're putting our anticipation to practical use and... More »
  

Marshy's Favourite Asian Movies Of 2014 Part 1

As we pass the halfway point of the year I like to take stock of the new Asian films I have seen. This is as much to jog my memory and help separate the wheat from the chaff as it... More »
  

Preview: New York Asian Film Festival, Still Crazy After All These Years

A mainstay in the NYC cinephile scene for thirteen yeas, the New York Asian Film Festival could be called an institution, but can something that is often so much fun as NYAFF be called as such? In short, yes. Despite... More »
  

Vietnamese Film Department Attempts Control Of Local Films On Youtube

On June 20, the Vietnamese Film Department officially sent documents to the Inspector of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on the disposal of the film Apartment Number 69 (original title: Căn hộ số 69), which released online on... More »
By Trung Rwo   
  

BAMcinemaFest 2014 Brings An Impressively Diverse Slate To Brooklyn

The sixth edition of BAMcinemaFest, screening at BAM Rose Cinemas and the Steinberg Screen at BAM Harvey Theater from June 18 through June 29, brings a typically diverse and eclectic selection of features, shorts, and retrospective screenings to downtown Brooklyn.... More »
  

Brooklyn Film Festival 2014 Transcends Formula To Deliver Fascinating Films From Around The World

The Brooklyn Film Festival, the largest and longest running competitive, international film festival in Brooklyn, will run its 17th annual edition from May 30 through June 8 in Williamsburg, at indieScreen and Windmill Studios NYC. Don't let the festival's title... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Fan Bingbing

The biggest new film in theaters this week in most of the world is X-Men: Days of Future Past, and you can read Peter Martin's review here. It is a crowded film though, providing us here at Twitch with an... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Pretty Packaging: Take A Look At The French SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK

When we had the idea to start posting galleries of particularly noteworthy disc-releases, we did not intend to make this an exclusively French affair. But the thing is: the French really enjoy pimping the films they love, and even those... More »
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10 Indonesian Horror Films From The Last Decade You Need To Watch

Horror is a very popular genre here in Indonesia. So far this year, 2 of the 5 top earning local films have been horror, but it is also a genre that is often flooded with poorly made product, expected to... More »
  

New To Netflix: Miscellany Or Potpourri?

In this edition of our biweekly Netflix column, the complete lack of focus is exactly the point. From a huge Oscar-winning animated film to a micro-sized black and white period piece on the early days of computer chess, and... More »
  

Now Stomping Across The World: Original GODZILLA Instills Nuclear Fear

The mighty roar still causes goose-pimples. An angry, desperate, anguished cry against the inhumanity of man, the original Godzilla (Gojira) remains a powerful drama. In honor of the film's 60th anniversary, Rialto Pictures is touring Godzilla: The Japanese Original across... 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 »
  
 
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