Edmund Yeo's KINGYO Goes To Venice

We've been following the progress of up-and-coming Malaysian filmmaker Edmund Yeo, and seen him grow from strength to strength. We highlighted his very first Japanese short film, Kingyo, sometime back, a film shot in Tokyo with a largely Japanese...

Yasmin Ahmad Has Passed Away

Just got the very sad and tragic news. Renowned Malaysian director Yasmin Ahmad has passed on. She collapsed during a meeting at a TV station on Thursday due to a stroke, and was rushed to the hospital for an emergency...

Yasmin Ahmad Hospitalised After Collapse

There are some here at Twitch who are admirers of Yasmin Ahmad's work. She has even contributed a film review for us here before. So it came as quite a shock for us when we heard the news yesterday that...

The Ten Megaton ToM: Twitch-O-Meter turns 10,000,000 part 0,011 (or "3")

When our Twitch-O-Meter column reached number fifty we did something cool: ten writers gave a list with five of their favorite directors, creating one huge Twitch-O-Meter which we lovingly called the MEGA-ToM. However, the next big round number is already...

Paranoia And Fear in Perantauan Pictures' 5:13

Arivind Abraham, a Malaysian filmmaker based in London, has given us a glimpse of his upcoming sophomore feature, 5:13, produced by his company Perantauan Pictures. And it looks like quite an exercise in claustrophobia and paranoia, well utilising shadows and...

SELL OUT! Malaysia's First English Language Musical Comedy (Spelled With An Exclamation Mark)

Here's an exclusive first look at the official trailer for Malaysian musical comedy, Sell Out!. I'll admit, I haven't seen this film, but from the trailer, the crazy synopsis and the reaction it's been getting, AND the fact that it's...

Ip Man 2 Is A Go

I'm not sure if this is a good idea at all, but it seems the sequel to Ip Man, Donnie Yen's new superb martial arts biopic, has been greenlighted. Ip Man is one of the best martial arts films to...

2008 Films People Hated But Which I Like

Since everyone's done lists of their favourite movies of this year, I decided to do something a little different. I think the title of this post is self-explanatory. I will try to give a short explanation about why I like...

Review of James Lee's Histeria

First things first. You have to understand a few things in the Malaysian context before delving further into this review. "Histeria" is the Malay word for "hysteria," and in Malaysia, the word describes more than what is usually associated with...

Review of Ip Man

If no one's going to do it, I might as well be the one. Here goes: I confirm that Ip Man is one of the best martial arts films of all time, and among the (very, very few) best Chinese...

Review of KINTA

Many had high hopes for this film, formerly titled "Kinta 1881," touted as the first Malaysian martial arts actioner. Unfortunately the end result doesn't live up to the hype nor the impressive trailers. The movie is an uneasy and...

Ho Wi Ding's SUMMER AFTERNOON ... A Shocking Road Trip. Catch It In Palm Springs.

**UPDATE** Here's how you can purchase the Summer Afternoon DVD, which is only available in Taiwan. Just send an email to: huchihhsin@gmail.com. Two girls and a guy on a road trip through the countryside. Two are lovers and one is...

Woo Ming Jin, Director Of THE ELEPHANT AND THE SEA, Talks About El Mariachi, Dead Pigs And Pachyderm

To Malaysian eyes, it would seem like Woo Ming Jin never stops working. When he's not shooting short films or digital features, he's busy making a TV movie. Apart from that, you can usually find him in some film festival....

KALA MALAM BULAN MENGAMBANG is Best Film at Festival Filem Malaysia

The winners were announced at the awards ceremony last night, and Mamat Khalid's Kala Malam Bulan Mengambang walked away as Best Film. Mamat himself picked up the Best Director award. Best Actor went to Rosyam Nor for his lead performance...

Festival Filem Malaysia: ANAK HALAL leads the noms

Why are most mainstream film awards crap? I don't know; don't ask me. The Festival Filem Malaysia (Malaysian film awards) continues to be a baffling, mind-boggling affair year after year. They once snubbed one of the most important Malaysian filmmakers,...

Review of THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN

First things first: I've never really been a fan of Clive Barker, not his books, not his movies. Hellraiser was quite interesting during its time, Nightbreed was much more palatable as a piece of fantasy/horror. Books Of Blood is...

Review: SPARROW Is A Masterpiece

I knew from the initial reviews that Sparrow (Man Jeuk) would be quite something. But nothing prepared me for the incredible masterpiece that it really is. Sparrow is simply one of the most beautiful and delightful films anyone's ever made....

John Woo Talks RED CLIFF And More ...

The Star Malaysia has an exclusive interview with director John Woo, who was in Kuala Lumpur last week to promote historical actioner Red Cliff. In the interview, Woo talks about not just Red Cliff, but also how Romance Of The...

RED CLIFF: Another Review

There's something about the Hong Kong action films of yore. That certain something has never been captured in any other action films from any other countries. For one thing, HK action displays a special kind of reckless spirit and vigour,...

RED CLIFF Final Promo Stop in Malaysia

After an extensive promo tour of Asia, John Woo and his cast of Red Cliff (Chi Bi) made a final stop yesterday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They had a meet-the-fans session in the spanking new cinema complex in the spanking...