James Marsh

James Marsh

Originally from England, James is a freelance film critic and journalist who has been based in Hong Kong since 2001. In addition to writing for the Post, he is resident film critic on RTHK Radio 3’s Morning Brew, and Asian Editor of ScreenAnarchy.com. He serves as a consultant for Fantastic Fest, and has a problematic addiction to physical media.

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Review | Venom: Let There Be Carnage movie review – Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson in Andy Serkis’ delightfully self-assured Marvel superhero sequel

Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Andy Serkis’ Marvel superhero sequel starring Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson, is a simplified and more focused and intimate film than 2018’s Venom.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Andy Serkis’ Marvel superhero sequel starring Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson, is a simplified and more focused and intimate film than 2018’s Venom.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage movie review – Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson in Andy Serkis’ delightfully self-assured Marvel superhero sequel
13 Oct 2021 - 3:22PM
Review | Eternally Younger Than Those Idiots movie review: Japanese coming-of-age drama finds humour and tragedy in a young woman’s anxiety about still being a virgin

This Japanese coming-of-age drama finds humour and tragedy in a young woman’s anxiety about growing up, making meaningful connections – and her frustration about not losing her virginity.

This Japanese coming-of-age drama finds humour and tragedy in a young woman’s anxiety about growing up, making meaningful connections – and her frustration about not losing her virginity.

Eternally Younger Than Those Idiots movie review: Japanese coming-of-age drama finds humour and tragedy in a young woman’s anxiety about still being a virgin
12 Oct 2021 - 4:45PM
Review | The Comeback Trail movie review: Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman find their mojo in Hollywood comedy

Unlike many of De Niro’s recent films, The Comeback Trail has laugh-out-loud moments as he plays off against fellow Hollywood veterans Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman.

Unlike many of De Niro’s recent films, The Comeback Trail has laugh-out-loud moments as he plays off against fellow Hollywood veterans Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman.

The Comeback Trail movie review: Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman find their mojo in Hollywood comedy
6 Oct 2021 - 8:30PM
Review | Midnight Swan movie review: transgender drama starring Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, once of SMAP, from The Naked Director’s Eiji Uchida

Midnight Swan, starring Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, once of SMAP, takes a hard look at transgenderism in Japan, and has proven a surprise box office hit in the conservative country.

Midnight Swan, starring Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, once of SMAP, takes a hard look at transgenderism in Japan, and has proven a surprise box office hit in the conservative country.

Midnight Swan movie review: transgender drama starring Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, once of SMAP, from The Naked Director’s Eiji Uchida
5 Oct 2021 - 2:45PM
Review | Netflix movie review: The Guilty – Jake Gyllenhaal plays a police dispatch operator in Antoine Fuqua’s claustrophobic single-location thriller

The Guilty demonstrates Jake Gyllenhaal’s remarkable range, as he earns our sympathy for a flawed, arrogant character who is desperate to do the right thing.

The Guilty demonstrates Jake Gyllenhaal’s remarkable range, as he earns our sympathy for a flawed, arrogant character who is desperate to do the right thing.

Netflix movie review: The Guilty – Jake Gyllenhaal plays a police dispatch operator in Antoine Fuqua’s claustrophobic single-location thriller
4 Oct 2021 - 3:19PM
From Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, how James Bond went from sexist womaniser to pop culture icon

From Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, whose last outing as 007, No Time to Die, hits cinemas this week, the suave spy character has evolved to stand the test of time.

From Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, whose last outing as 007, No Time to Die, hits cinemas this week, the suave spy character has evolved to stand the test of time.

From Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, how James Bond went from sexist womaniser to pop culture icon
5 Oct 2021 - 1:08PM
Review | It’s a Flickering Life movie review: Yoji Yamada’s nostalgic family drama, shot in the shadow of Covid-19 pandemic, marks Shochiku film studio’s centenary

Long-time fans of director Yoji Yamada will find plenty to enjoy in It’s a Flickering Life, an examination of romantic and familial relationships and a nostalgic look back at the golden age of cinema.

Long-time fans of director Yoji Yamada will find plenty to enjoy in It’s a Flickering Life, an examination of romantic and familial relationships and a nostalgic look back at the golden age of cinema.

It’s a Flickering Life movie review: Yoji Yamada’s  nostalgic family drama, shot in the shadow of Covid-19 pandemic, marks Shochiku film studio’s centenary
28 Sep 2021 - 5:29PM
Review | Netflix movie review: Intrusion – Freida Pinto shines in woefully predictable home invasion thriller

Although thoroughly formulaic, Intrusion is a tightly paced thriller about domestic bliss thrown into turmoil that is executed with efficiency.

Although thoroughly formulaic, Intrusion is a tightly paced thriller about domestic bliss thrown into turmoil that is executed with efficiency.

Netflix movie review: Intrusion – Freida Pinto shines in woefully predictable home invasion thriller
27 Sep 2021 - 11:40PM
Review | The Card Counter movie review: Oscar Isaac plays a professional gambler in Paul Schrader’s haunting redemption drama

Paul Schrader, scriptwriter for Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, is on familiar ground in this tale of a scarred ex-soldier seeking atonement. Slow and sombre, it builds to a powerful conclusion.

Paul Schrader, scriptwriter for Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, is on familiar ground in this tale of a scarred ex-soldier seeking atonement. Slow and sombre, it builds to a powerful conclusion.

The Card Counter movie review: Oscar Isaac plays a professional gambler in Paul Schrader’s haunting redemption drama
23 Sep 2021 - 1:21PM
Review | The Medium movie review: Thai-Korean supernatural horror elevated by wonderfully creepy turn from Narilya Gulmongkolpech as a possessed woman

A respected shaman priestess returns to her home in the Thai countryside, only to witness her niece overcome by demonic possession, in horror master Banjong Pisanthanakun’s mockumentary.

A respected shaman priestess returns to her home in the Thai countryside, only to witness her niece overcome by demonic possession, in horror master Banjong Pisanthanakun’s mockumentary.

The Medium movie review: Thai-Korean supernatural horror elevated by wonderfully creepy turn from Narilya Gulmongkolpech  as a possessed woman
20 Sep 2021 - 7:15PM
Review | Escape from Mogadishu movie review: Korean diplomats in peril in Somalia-set action thriller by The Battleship Island director Ryoo Seung-wan

The North African nation of Somalia provides an exotic backdrop for a story about North and South Koreans setting aside their differences in Ryoo Seung-wan’s thriller.

The North African nation of Somalia provides an exotic backdrop for a story about North and South Koreans setting aside their differences in Ryoo Seung-wan’s thriller.

Escape from Mogadishu movie review: Korean diplomats in peril in Somalia-set action thriller by The Battleship Island director Ryoo Seung-wan
15 Sep 2021 - 2:15PM
Review | Annette movie review: Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard in bizarre yet unforgettable musical conceived by Sparks

Annette may not be for everyone, and even dedicated musical enthusiasts may struggle with it, but the open-minded will enjoy a unique and unforgettable odyssey.

Annette may not be for everyone, and even dedicated musical enthusiasts may struggle with it, but the open-minded will enjoy a unique and unforgettable odyssey.

Annette movie review: Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard in bizarre yet unforgettable musical conceived by Sparks
14 Sep 2021 - 5:43PM
Review | Netflix movie review: Kate – Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays action heroine in Tokyo-set thriller by John Wick producers

Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays the eponymous female assassin Kate who shoots and slashes her way through Tokyo in this outing filled with action movie clichés.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays the eponymous female assassin Kate who shoots and slashes her way through Tokyo in this outing filled with action movie clichés.

Netflix movie review: Kate – Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays action heroine in Tokyo-set thriller by John Wick producers
13 Sep 2021 - 4:45PM
Review | The Cursed: Dead Man’s Prey movie review – Korean zombie thriller has one of the best action scenes of 2021

A dead murderer wants an apology from the CEO of a pharmaceutical company, in this Korean horror series spin-off that has the best chase sequence of the year.

A dead murderer wants an apology from the CEO of a pharmaceutical company, in this Korean horror series spin-off that has the best chase sequence of the year.

The Cursed: Dead Man’s Prey movie review – Korean zombie thriller has one of the best action scenes of 2021
9 Sep 2021 - 11:15AM
Review | Your Eyes Tell movie review: Japanese remake of Korean romance Always sees Yuriko Yoshitaka, Ryusei Yokohama play star-crossed lovers

A Japanese remake of a Korean romance, with a BTS theme song, Your Eyes Tell is about a kick-boxer fresh out of prison and a blind girl who fall in love.

A Japanese remake of a Korean romance, with a BTS theme song, Your Eyes Tell is about a kick-boxer fresh out of prison and a blind girl who fall in love.

Your Eyes Tell movie review: Japanese remake of Korean romance Always sees Yuriko Yoshitaka, Ryusei Yokohama play star-crossed lovers
8 Sep 2021 - 2:00PM
Venice 2021: The Wire meets Scorsese in Filipino director’s corruption and murder epic On The Job: The Missing 8, soon to be an HBO miniseries

Inspired by real events and with a meta-documentary feel like The Wire, Erik Matti’s story of a small-town mayoral election is an exploration of corruption, crime and ‘great characters … we love’ doing bad things.

Inspired by real events and with a meta-documentary feel like The Wire, Erik Matti’s story of a small-town mayoral election is an exploration of corruption, crime and ‘great characters … we love’ doing bad things.

Venice 2021: The Wire meets Scorsese in Filipino director’s corruption and murder epic On The Job: The Missing 8, soon to be an HBO miniseries
14 Sep 2021 - 2:22PM
Review | Benedetta movie review: erotic lesbian nun romance a sideshow to Paul Verhoeven’s broadside aimed at Catholic Church’s corruption and exploitation

Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta courts controversy with its portrayal of an erotic affair between two nuns, but he is more interested in corruption and exploitation in the Catholic Church.

Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta courts controversy with its portrayal of an erotic affair between two nuns, but he is more interested in corruption and exploitation in the Catholic Church.

Benedetta movie review: erotic lesbian nun romance a sideshow to Paul Verhoeven’s broadside aimed at Catholic Church’s corruption and exploitation
6 Sep 2021 - 6:39PM
Review | Malignant movie review: James Wan’s latest supernatural horror is saved by a ridiculously audacious climax of gore and violence

Annabelle Wallis stars as a battered wife who loses her baby, then begins to have horrifying visions and thinks she’s possessed. The scares are sparse until Wan’s audacious reveal of the ghoulish truth.

Annabelle Wallis stars as a battered wife who loses her baby, then begins to have horrifying visions and thinks she’s possessed. The scares are sparse until Wan’s audacious reveal of the ghoulish truth.

Malignant movie review: James Wan’s latest supernatural horror is saved by a ridiculously audacious climax of gore and violence
2 Sep 2021 - 3:33PM
Review | Sinkhole movie review: Korean disaster drama starring Cha Seung-won, Kim Sung-kyun trades barbed social commentary for generic plot turns

An apartment block falls into a giant sinkhole during heavy rain, and a film that begins as a satire on Koreans’ obsession with property ownership turns into a basic survival story.

An apartment block falls into a giant sinkhole during heavy rain, and a film that begins as a satire on Koreans’ obsession with property ownership turns into a basic survival story.

Sinkhole movie review: Korean disaster drama starring Cha Seung-won, Kim Sung-kyun trades barbed social commentary for generic plot turns
31 Aug 2021 - 4:15PM
Review | Nezha movie review: Taiwanese racing drama starring Hannah Quinlivan, Tsao Yu-ning is thoroughly derivative

Lacklustre motor racing drama or sappy romance? Nezha can’t seem to make up its mind. An implausible story, underwhelming action scenes – this Jay Chou production never gets out of first gear.

Lacklustre motor racing drama or sappy romance? Nezha can’t seem to make up its mind. An implausible story, underwhelming action scenes – this Jay Chou production never gets out of first gear.

Nezha movie review: Taiwanese racing drama starring Hannah Quinlivan, Tsao Yu-ning is thoroughly derivative
25 Aug 2021 - 4:15PM
Review | Dad, I’m Sorry movie review: sitcom-style melodrama that topped the box office in Vietnam is an anarchic and overblown celebration of family dynamics

Tran Thanh’s Dad, I’m Sorry lurches from one household drama to the next in cartoonish fashion, before reminding us that family always comes first.

Tran Thanh’s Dad, I’m Sorry lurches from one household drama to the next in cartoonish fashion, before reminding us that family always comes first.

Dad, I’m Sorry movie review: sitcom-style melodrama that topped the box office in Vietnam is an anarchic and overblown celebration of family dynamics
24 Aug 2021 - 3:10PM
Review | The Protégé movie review: Maggie Q vs Michael Keaton in action thriller that’s entertaining but unremarkable

The Protégé is a competent action potboiler that doesn’t break new cinematic ground but still delivers a few unexpected blows. Maggie Q is lithe and lethal, and there are some moments of high camp.

The Protégé is a competent action potboiler that doesn’t break new cinematic ground but still delivers a few unexpected blows. Maggie Q is lithe and lethal, and there are some moments of high camp.

The Protégé movie review: Maggie Q vs Michael Keaton in action thriller that’s entertaining but unremarkable
23 Aug 2021 - 8:30PM
Sonny Chiba’s 10 best movies: remembering the Japanese action film legend, who died of coronavirus complications aged 82

The ultraviolent Street Fighter and its sequels made Chiba’s name internationally, but he played nearly 200 roles spanning a range of genres. Quentin Tarantino, a fan, cast him in Kill Bill (Vol 1).

The ultraviolent Street Fighter and its sequels made Chiba’s name internationally, but he played nearly 200 roles spanning a range of genres. Quentin Tarantino, a fan, cast him in Kill Bill (Vol 1).

Sonny Chiba’s 10 best movies: remembering the Japanese action film legend, who died of coronavirus complications aged 82
20 Aug 2021 - 7:45PM
Review | Chen Uen movie review: Taiwanese comic artist celebrated in documentary guilty of providing a jarring lack of insight

Known for drawing from traditional Chinese wuxia narratives to realise his distinctive manhua designs, Chen Uen was an enigmatic talent who seemed incapable of finding a gratifying balance in life.

Known for drawing from traditional Chinese wuxia narratives to realise his distinctive manhua designs, Chen Uen was an enigmatic talent who seemed incapable of finding a gratifying balance in life.

Chen Uen movie review: Taiwanese comic artist celebrated in documentary guilty of providing a jarring lack of insight
17 Aug 2021 - 11:25AM
Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival 2021: 10 highlights, including Cannes hits Annette and Benedetta

Two hits from last month’s Cannes Film Festival, Annette and Benedetta, are among the highlights of this year’s Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival.

Two hits from last month’s Cannes Film Festival, Annette and Benedetta, are among the highlights of this year’s Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival.

Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival 2021: 10 highlights, including Cannes hits Annette and Benedetta
12 Aug 2021 - 12:15PM
Review | Netflix movie review: The Swarm – French fantasy horror about bloodsucking locusts fails to fulfil its true potential

Just Philippot’s movie about a mother and the very real sacrifices she makes to support her family – by farming locusts that go rogue – sadly fails to fulfil its true potential.

Just Philippot’s movie about a mother and the very real sacrifices she makes to support her family – by farming locusts that go rogue – sadly fails to fulfil its true potential.

Netflix movie review: The Swarm – French fantasy horror about bloodsucking locusts fails to fulfil its true potential
11 Aug 2021 - 2:33PM
Review | Free Guy movie review: Ryan Reynolds heads frenetic sci-fi action comedy as a nobody in a video game who finds a sense of purpose

Grand Theft Auto meets The Truman Show in Free Guy, with Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds playing a mild-mannered character who takes on some powerful player avatars and falls for a biker chick.

Grand Theft Auto meets The Truman Show in Free Guy, with Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds playing a mild-mannered character who takes on some powerful player avatars and falls for a biker chick.

Free Guy movie review: Ryan Reynolds heads frenetic sci-fi action comedy as a nobody in a video game who finds a sense of purpose
6 Aug 2021 - 2:00AM
Review | Listen Before You Sing movie review: Taiwanese musical drama champions its indigenous people and their way of life

Taiwanese indigenous actor Umin Boya lends his star power to Listen Before You Sing, a touching family drama that gives fascinating cultural insight into the Bunun way of life.

Taiwanese indigenous actor Umin Boya lends his star power to Listen Before You Sing, a touching family drama that gives fascinating cultural insight into the Bunun way of life.

Listen Before You Sing movie review: Taiwanese musical drama champions its indigenous people and their way of life
29 Jul 2021 - 10:45AM
10 great movies about the Olympic Games, from Margot Robbie in I, Tonya to Chariots of Fire, Cool Runnings and Leni Riefenstahl’s Nazi propaganda

Jesse Owens’ triumph in 1936, the Black Power salutes in 1968, the epic face-off in Chariots of Fire and the comedy of Cool Runnings and I, Tonya – highs and lows of the Olympics on film.

Jesse Owens’ triumph in 1936, the Black Power salutes in 1968, the epic face-off in Chariots of Fire and the comedy of Cool Runnings and I, Tonya – highs and lows of the Olympics on film.

10 great movies about the Olympic Games, from Margot Robbie in I, Tonya to Chariots of Fire, Cool Runnings and Leni Riefenstahl’s Nazi propaganda
9 Aug 2021 - 1:43PM
Review | Ghost Mansion movie review: Korean horror anthology sees webtoon artist visit haunted apartment to turn curse into a bestseller

Korean horror anthology Ghost Mansion sees a webtoon artist visit a haunted mansion for stories, but what occurs causes more of a shrug than a scream.

Korean horror anthology Ghost Mansion sees a webtoon artist visit a haunted mansion for stories, but what occurs causes more of a shrug than a scream.

Ghost Mansion movie review: Korean horror anthology sees webtoon artist visit haunted apartment to turn curse into a bestseller
27 Jul 2021 - 4:11PM