International Articles - Foreign, Overseas

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch: CHERRY TREE, THE UNFOLDING, NEVER LET GO, And More

So here we go again. FrightFest 2015 will present 76 features (and sundry shorts and special events) spread over six screens in four and a half days. It's the very best - and some of the worst - that (mostly... More »
By Anton Bitel   
  

Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite Anime By Satoshi Kon?

Yesterday, it was five years ago that the great Japanese artist and director Satoshi Kon died of cancer, at the brutally young age of 46. As a big fan of the man and his works, I was devastated when his... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of Gong Li

In a rather extreme example of belated distribution, Mikael Håfström's Shanghai finally arrives on North American shores. Finished and shown at festivals in 2010 already, people may wonder about the youthful appearances of its killer cast, which includes people like... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Pretty Packaging: 101 Anime's ELFEN LIED Sure Is One Shiny Steelbook

In the struggling market of DVD and Blu-ray distribution, it's always a surprise when you suddenly see a known property appear, released by an unknown company. UK distributor 101 Film has been around for a (little) while, but 101 Anime?... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

World War II 70 Years On: Yakusho Koji And Harada Masato Talk THE EMPEROR IN AUGUST

On this day, 70 years ago, emperor Hirohito of Japan announced his country's surrender from the Second World War. Amidst the continued political rhetoric as current prime minister Abe Shinzo and emperor Akihito deliver contrasting speeches on their country's war... More »
  

BiFan 2015: Team Twitch Reveals Its Most Anticipated Movies!

The 19th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival kicks off in the South Korean suburb in about 48 hours from now. Suffice to say that Team Twitch is frantically packing its bags, rummaging through sock drawers for their passports and screaming... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Pretty Packaging: Behold The KILL LA KILL Killer Boxset Box

(Anime Ltd. has provided one box to fit them all...) Scottish distributor Anime Ltd. had a nice surprise when it released the third boxset for the series Kill La Kill: not only did it complete the series, it also came... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

BiFan 2015: Team Twitch Recommends 12 Must-See Movies

The 19th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival kicks off this Thursday and Team Twitch will be descending on South Korean suburbia once again to revel in Asia's largest celebration of global genre filmmaking. Pierce Conran, Chris O'Keeffe and I have... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Preview: Japan Cuts 2015 Rocks

North America's largest film festival for contemporary Japanese cinema is back for its 9th edition, taking place at the Japan Society in New York City, July 9 - 19.Dustin Chang and Christopher Bourne, our intrepid vets of the fest, bring... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Marshy's Favourite Asian Movies Of 2015 Part 1

I'm just going to come out and say it: 2015 has been a really disappointing year for Asian Cinema so far. I didn't get to go to Cannes, so I have yet to see promising offerings from the likes of... More »
By James Marsh   
  

The Many Faces Of Lee Byung-hun

This week sees the premiere of Terminator Genisys, and with it the honoring of a not-so-nice Hollywood tradition: that of taking one of the most charismatic Asian stars there is, and giving him/her just a few minutes of screentime (and... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Preview: New York Asian Film Festival, Back In Action!

A summer staple for NYC, the New York Asian Film Festival (affectionately known around these parts as NYAFF) swings back into action at The Film Society Of Lincoln Center and SVA Theater, June 26 - July 11. Jam packed with... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

The Many Faces Of Takeuchi Riki

This week, UK distributor Eureka released Tokyo Tribe on Blu-ray. James Marsh reviewed that release and found it to be much to his liking. In it, veteran actor Takeuchi Riki plays Boss Buppa, a performance which makes Asano Tadanobu's turn... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite Studio Ghibli Film?

This week (yesterday on June 15th to be precise) it was exactly 30 years ago that Studio Ghibli was founded, and work on its first film started. Which was not Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, as many people... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

L'Immagine Ritrovata Asia Opens For Business In Hong Kong

Fans of classic cinema may be familiar with L'Immagine Ritrovata, one of the world's leading film restoration and preservation laboratories, based in Bologna, Italy. Well, yesterday saw the organisation spread its wings further afield, as L'Immagine Ritrovata Asia opened for business right... More »
By James Marsh   
  

New York Indian Film Festival 2015: TwitchFilm Picks 8 Must-See Titles

The 15th annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) kicks off on Monday, May 4th and this year's lineup is a doozy. The festival features everything from brand new independent features to North American premieres of Bollywood critics' darlings, to a... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Udine 2015: TwitchFilm's Most Anticipated Picks

We've been waiting for this moment for a whole year now: Thursday, April 23rd marks the grand opening of the 17th Udine Far East Film Festival, without a doubt one of the world's most important cultural events dedicated exclusively to... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

TIFF Kids Talk Film: WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE

TwitchFilm's tiniest film reviewers continue their coverage of TIFF Kids Film Festival, currently wrapping up at Toronto's Lightbox Cinema. Willem (age 12) and Miranda (age 10) break down this 'new era' of Studio Ghibli film now that Miyazaki and Takahata have... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Tribeca 2015: TwitchFilm Raises The Curtain With 10 Must-See Films

The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, which runs through April 26, kicked off with its opening night presentation at the Beacon Theater of Live From New York!, Bao Nguyen's documentary on Saturday Night Live, that venerable 40-year old comedy institution. The... More »
  

Have Your Say: Does GHOST IN THE SHELL Still Have A Future?

There sure is no shortage of Ghost in the Shell news lately. After many a false start, a live-action version by Dreamworks seems to be pretty much underway, starring Scarlett Johansson in the lead role. Meanwhile, on the animated front,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  
 
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