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 | Haw movie review: a missing dog comforts new human friends in lighthearted Japanese drama

Kei Tanaka plays a lowly office worker in Japan who adopts a big white dog, and has to come out of his shell and enlist the help of others when his new companion disappears to the other end of the country.

Kei Tanaka plays a lowly office worker in Japan who adopts a big white dog, and has to come out of his shell and enlist the help of others when his new companion disappears to the other end of the country.

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Review | Netflix movie review: Do Revenge – Camila Mendes, Maya Hawke swap victims in devilishly inventive high school comedy

Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke swap victims in Do Revenge, a devilishly inventive high school comedy that takes its inspiration from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1951 thriller Strangers on a Train.

Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke swap victims in Do Revenge, a devilishly inventive high school comedy that takes its inspiration from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1951 thriller Strangers on a Train.

23 Sep 2022 - 7:00PM
The 9 best new streaming movie releases this autumn, from Netflix’s Blonde and Pinocchio, to Causeway on Apple TV+

Netflix, Amazon and Disney’s autumn content is full of big names: Jennifer Lawrence, Zac Efron, Harry Styles, Ewan McGregor, Ethan Hawke and Florence Pugh are all appearing this season.

Netflix, Amazon and Disney’s autumn content is full of big names: Jennifer Lawrence, Zac Efron, Harry Styles, Ewan McGregor, Ethan Hawke and Florence Pugh are all appearing this season.

22 Sep 2022 - 7:15PM
Review | Silent Parade movie review: Japanese crime drama and Galileo spin-off reunites Masaharu Fukuyama and Ko Shibasaki for more outlandish criminal investigation

Masaharu Fukuyama and Ko Shibasaki reunite in Silent Parade, the third big-screen spin-off from the Galileo television show that’s essentially a Japanese answer to the BBC’s Sherlock.

Masaharu Fukuyama and Ko Shibasaki reunite in Silent Parade, the third big-screen spin-off from the Galileo television show that’s essentially a Japanese answer to the BBC’s Sherlock.

21 Sep 2022 - 1:15PM
Disney+ drama Because We Forget Everything: Chara plays a bar owner and Hiroshi Abe a mystery writer in 10-part Japanese series

Hiroshi Abe plays a journeyman mystery writer who gets sucked into a real-life mystery when his girlfriend vanishes in this 10-part Japanese series by Yukiko Sode on Disney+.

Hiroshi Abe plays a journeyman mystery writer who gets sucked into a real-life mystery when his girlfriend vanishes in this 10-part Japanese series by Yukiko Sode on Disney+.

19 Sep 2022 - 1:45PM
Review | Before, Now & Then movie review: an Indonesian woman struggles against the backdrop of her country’s turbulent past in immaculately staged art-house drama

Kamila Andini’s dreamlike film is set in rural West Java against the backdrop of Indonesia’s turbulent post-war era.

Kamila Andini’s dreamlike film is set in rural West Java against the backdrop of Indonesia’s turbulent post-war era.

13 Sep 2022 - 7:15PM
Review | Confidential Assignment 2: International movie review – Hyun Bin, Yoo Hae-jin meet Daniel Henney in entertaining sequel to 2017 buddy cop comedy hit

North and South Korean law enforcement agents team up again, and this time there’s an FBI agent in the mix. Im Yoon-ah, as the South Korean agent’s sister, has an expanded role.

North and South Korean law enforcement agents team up again, and this time there’s an FBI agent in the mix. Im Yoon-ah, as the South Korean agent’s sister, has an expanded role.

8 Sep 2022 - 1:45PM
The 13 best new Hollywood movies this autumn, from Avatar and Black Panther sequels to Halloween Ends and Black Adam

Sequels to Avatar, Black Panther and The Father, Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson in superhero film Black Adam, the Halloween story finally ends – there’s a lot to look forward to in cinemas this autumn.

Sequels to Avatar, Black Panther and The Father, Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson in superhero film Black Adam, the Halloween story finally ends – there’s a lot to look forward to in cinemas this autumn.

7 Sep 2022 - 7:15PM
Review | Laal Singh Chaddha movie review: Aamir Khan stars in Bollywood remake of Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump is recreated almost beat for beat in Laal Singh Chaddha, which stars Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan as a slow-witted Sikh man named Laal, who recounts his life and India’s recent past to strangers.

Forrest Gump is recreated almost beat for beat in Laal Singh Chaddha, which stars Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan as a slow-witted Sikh man named Laal, who recounts his life and India’s recent past to strangers.

31 Aug 2022 - 1:45PM
Review | Netflix movie review: Me Time – Kevin Hart, Mark Wahlberg lose themselves in frat-boy comedy with exceptionally lazy scripting

This Netflix comedy banks on Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg’s big-name status to carry it, but falls into puerile buffoonery with very little in the way of scripting to help it.

This Netflix comedy banks on Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg’s big-name status to carry it, but falls into puerile buffoonery with very little in the way of scripting to help it.

26 Aug 2022 - 9:00AM
10 must-see Asian sci-fi movies below the radar, from S. Shankar’s Enthiran and Joko Anwar’s Gundala to Frant Gwo’s Lee’s Adventure

These Asian science fiction films from the past 20 years, by directors such as S. Shankar, Joko Anwar and Frant Gwo, have been criminally neglected by international audiences.

These Asian science fiction films from the past 20 years, by directors such as S. Shankar, Joko Anwar and Frant Gwo, have been criminally neglected by international audiences.

25 Aug 2022 - 5:46AM
Review | Netflix movie review: Seoul Vibe – in 1980s-set action comedy that tries to emulate the style of Fast and Furious films, Yoo Ah-in leads smuggling gang

Yoo Ah-in leads a gang of smugglers in Moon Hyun-sung’s Seoul Vibe, a 1980s-set action comedy thriller that tries to emulate the style of the Fast and Furious films.

Yoo Ah-in leads a gang of smugglers in Moon Hyun-sung’s Seoul Vibe, a 1980s-set action comedy thriller that tries to emulate the style of the Fast and Furious films.

24 Aug 2022 - 12:06AM
Review | Alienoid movie review: sci-fi and period fantasy meet in star-studded Korean two-parter featuring Kim Woo-bin, Kim Tae-ri and Ryu Jun-yeol

Korean movie stars Kim Woo-bin as a prison guard hunting for a magic crystal on a 14th-century Earth being used as by aliens as a prisoner-of-war camp.

Korean movie stars Kim Woo-bin as a prison guard hunting for a magic crystal on a 14th-century Earth being used as by aliens as a prisoner-of-war camp.

17 Aug 2022 - 5:15PM
With sci-fi Alienoid, hit Korean film director Choi Dong-hoon is returning to fantasy genre

Korean movie director Choi Dong-hoon tells the Post about his love of science fiction, how he always wanted to make a sci-fi film, and how Netflix opened up the genre for Korean directors.

Korean movie director Choi Dong-hoon tells the Post about his love of science fiction, how he always wanted to make a sci-fi film, and how Netflix opened up the genre for Korean directors.

15 Aug 2022 - 7:15PM
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2022: 10 highlights you shouldn’t miss, including local blockbusters Where the Wind Blows and Warriors of Future

The Hong Kong International Film Festival 2022 runs from August 15-31 and includes four world premieres and 32 Asian premieres. Here are 10 highlights from the event that you shouldn’t miss.

The Hong Kong International Film Festival 2022 runs from August 15-31 and includes four world premieres and 32 Asian premieres. Here are 10 highlights from the event that you shouldn’t miss.

11 Aug 2022 - 12:45PM
Review | Netflix drama review: The Sandman – adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comic book series is well acted but fails to capture the original magic

A disjointed narrative and tonal inconsistencies undermine some strong performances from the cast. Was adapting this comic book classic for the screen a good idea to begin with?

A disjointed narrative and tonal inconsistencies undermine some strong performances from the cast. Was adapting this comic book classic for the screen a good idea to begin with?

5 Aug 2022 - 3:00PM
Review | Netflix movie review: Carter – Joo Won is a fighting machine in ridiculous action thriller by The Villainess director Jung Byung-gil

Netflix movie Carter, directed by The Villainess’ Jung Byung-gil, has Joo Won’s insomniac agent trying to save the world from a zombie virus.

Netflix movie Carter, directed by The Villainess’ Jung Byung-gil, has Joo Won’s insomniac agent trying to save the world from a zombie virus.

4 Aug 2022 - 11:16PM
Review | Prey movie review: Predator prequel starring Amber Midthunder is the best follow-up feature yet in the sci-fi action horror franchise’s history

Fans of the Predator movies can finally rejoice – Prey is the best addition to the sci-fi action horror franchise since the release 35 years ago of the original Predator starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Fans of the Predator movies can finally rejoice – Prey is the best addition to the sci-fi action horror franchise since the release 35 years ago of the original Predator starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

4 Aug 2022 - 12:25PM
Explainer | The Sandman, Netflix comic-book fantasy series, is out on August 5 – everything you need to know about the Neil Gaiman DC Comics adaptation

Netflix releases its adaptation of The Sandman, Neil Gaiman’s dark comic-book tale, on August 5, and it could join the ranks of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones as a global fantasy phenomenon.

Netflix releases its adaptation of The Sandman, Neil Gaiman’s dark comic-book tale, on August 5, and it could join the ranks of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones as a global fantasy phenomenon.

2 Aug 2022 - 5:32AM
Review | Tomb of the River movie review: generic Korean crime thriller starring Yoo Oh-seong, Jang Hyuk mixes bravado and bloodshed

Korean crime thrillers are known for over-the-top violence, and Yoo Oh-seong and Jang Hyuk’s gangster and loan shark characters spill plenty of blood in this second-rate thriller.

Korean crime thrillers are known for over-the-top violence, and Yoo Oh-seong and Jang Hyuk’s gangster and loan shark characters spill plenty of blood in this second-rate thriller.

28 Jul 2022 - 9:45AM
Review | Netflix drama review: Mom, Don’t Do That! – Billie Wang, Alyssa Chia lead Taiwanese story about grief, loss and dating

This Netflix comedy drama from Taiwan follows a widow and her two daughters in their madcap adventures, looking for love and dealing with wayward partners.

This Netflix comedy drama from Taiwan follows a widow and her two daughters in their madcap adventures, looking for love and dealing with wayward partners.

15 Jul 2022 - 9:45AM
Review | Ballad of a White Cow movie review: Maryam Moghadam’s haunting Iranian drama about a widow battling injustice

Maryam Moghadam stars as the widow of a wrongly executed man pursuing compensation and an apology in a film that illustrates the nature of the Iranian system that renders women almost entirely powerless.

Maryam Moghadam stars as the widow of a wrongly executed man pursuing compensation and an apology in a film that illustrates the nature of the Iranian system that renders women almost entirely powerless.

11 Jul 2022 - 1:45PM
Taika Waititi, Thor: Love and Thunder director also known for Jojo Rabbit and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, is a Hollywood powerhouse

An actor, writer, producer and director, New Zealand-born Taika Waititi made some quirky and wildly inventive films before hitting the big leagues with Thor: Ragnarok and winning an Oscar for Hitler satire Jojo Rabbit.

An actor, writer, producer and director, New Zealand-born Taika Waititi made some quirky and wildly inventive films before hitting the big leagues with Thor: Ragnarok and winning an Oscar for Hitler satire Jojo Rabbit.

7 Jul 2022 - 9:46AM
Review | The Man Who Sold His Skin movie review: Tunisia’s Oscar nominee is a refugee drama doubling as a contemporary art satire

A best international feature nominee at the 2021 Oscars, this Tunisian film boasts powerful displays from its two stars, but the rest of the cast struggles, especially Monica Bellucci.

A best international feature nominee at the 2021 Oscars, this Tunisian film boasts powerful displays from its two stars, but the rest of the cast struggles, especially Monica Bellucci.

4 Jul 2022 - 11:20AM
Review | Simu Liu on growing up poor in China, fights with his parents in Canada and his path to portraying Shang-Chi, Marvel Studios’ first Asian superhero

With candour and dry humour, the Chinese-Canadian actor tells his own story – of a difficult childhood full of conflict – and that of his parents, who overcame remarkable obstacles to build a new life far from home.

With candour and dry humour, the Chinese-Canadian actor tells his own story – of a difficult childhood full of conflict – and that of his parents, who overcame remarkable obstacles to build a new life far from home.

2 Jul 2022 - 8:14AM
Review | Prior Convictions movie review: Japanese manga adaptation sees Kasumi Arimura reprise her role from TV series as a volunteer probation officer

Japanese actress Kasumi Arimura is back as a part-time probation officer, caught up in a string of murders, in this meandering feature-length sequel.

Japanese actress Kasumi Arimura is back as a part-time probation officer, caught up in a string of murders, in this meandering feature-length sequel.

28 Jun 2022 - 7:15PM
Review | Just Remembering movie review: Japanese youth romance starring Sairi Ito and Sosuke Ikematsu sees a relationship develop in reverse

With several nods to Jim Jarmusch’s Night on Earth, Japanese writer-director Daigo Matsui’s film follows Ito and Ikematsu’s characters backwards through their relationship over five years.

With several nods to Jim Jarmusch’s Night on Earth, Japanese writer-director Daigo Matsui’s film follows Ito and Ikematsu’s characters backwards through their relationship over five years.

15 Jun 2022 - 4:15PM
Review | The Black Phone movie review: Ethan Hawke plays a sadistic child murderer in Doctor Strange director’s effective horror thriller

Ethan Hawke is chilling as child murderer The Grabber, while Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw are compelling as 13-year-old kidnap victim Finney Shaw and his younger sister Gwen.

Ethan Hawke is chilling as child murderer The Grabber, while Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw are compelling as 13-year-old kidnap victim Finney Shaw and his younger sister Gwen.

15 Jun 2022 - 5:33AM
The 15 best new Hollywood movies in cinemas this summer, from Elvis to Minions: The Rise of Gru and Thor: Love and Thunder

From the Elvis Presley biopic starring Austin Butler to Brad Pitt in Bullet Train and Marvel’s latest Thor movie, cinemas will be full of Hollywood blockbusters this summer.

From the Elvis Presley biopic starring Austin Butler to Brad Pitt in Bullet Train and Marvel’s latest Thor movie, cinemas will be full of Hollywood blockbusters this summer.

15 Jun 2022 - 4:16PM
Review | Cherry Magic! movie review: Japanese boys’ love drama forgets the humour of its TV original, and is an ordeal to watch

Adapted from a TV series but missing its humour, Cherry Magic! doesn’t even allow its lead actors an on-screen kiss in a story about the social acceptance of non-binary relationships.

Adapted from a TV series but missing its humour, Cherry Magic! doesn’t even allow its lead actors an on-screen kiss in a story about the social acceptance of non-binary relationships.

8 Jun 2022 - 1:45PM