Third Window Films Release Japanese American Culture Clash Comedy Sake-Bomb

Sake-Bomb                                 Third Window FIlms Sake-Bomb Release                                           

Running Time: 82 mins

UK Release Date: August 25th, 2014

Release Date: May 24th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Junya Sakino

Writer: Jeff Mizushima (Screenplay),

Starring: Gaku Hamada. Eugene Kim, Marlane Barnes, Josh Brodis, Samatha Quan, Hiroyuki Watanabe

Third Window Films are going to release Sake-Bomb at the end of August. I saw Sake-Bomb and interviewed its director at last year’s Raindance Film Festival, well ahead of its release in Japan. I wasn’t totally enamoured with the film but it is well-done and other critics have loved it. Here are the details:

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Japanese Films at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014

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The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival launches in just over two weeks and lasts from September 04th to September 14th. As is usually the case, the line-up of films is impressive. I don’t know how Toronto does it but every year they get a selection of great Japanese films. This year there are four films I desperately want to see from three directors I love. Well, three – Sion Sono, Shinya Tsukamoto, and Takashi Miike. All of them have been or are released this year and all from the top end of Japanese commercial cinema. Here are the films:

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Tokyo Fantasy: Sekai no Owari, Hot Road, Kobito Dukan Kakuremomojiri no Himitsu no Momozono, Sturm Und Drang, The End of the Special Time We Were Allowed, Short Hope, Harajuku Cinema, Forma Japanese Film Trailers

This week has been pretty tragic for cinephiles because we lost two great stars with the deaths of Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall. RIP to two major talents.

In other, happier news, the Kickstarter for Plastic Love Story (which I Plastic Love Story Film Imageposted about) reached its target. We’ll see what happens from here on out.

In film terms, I watched the Korean films Horror Stories 1 and 2, Cold Eyes, The Howling and the Hong Kong films Bullets Over Summer and Fulltime Killer, the 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead and Necronomicon as well as returning to the cinema to see a screening of Godzilla for a second time.

In blogging terms, I posted about the Japanese films at this year’s Venice Film Festival and trailers and information on the Miike film Over Your Dead Body.

What’s released in Japan this weekend? A lot of Hong Sang-Soo films like Our Sunhi and Nobody’s Daughter Haewon and these intriguing titles:

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Japanese Films at the Venice Film Festival 2014

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Venice FIlm Festival Poster 2There are two Japanese films at Venice this year. It is possible that I have missed a few films but I have checked on the website at least a few times a week since the line-up of the 71st Venice Film Festival was announced. Anyway, the festival takes place from Wednesday 27th August to Saturday 06th September and despite having only two Japanese films, one of them looks absolutely fascinating enough to entice me even without a trailer at this stage and that’s because it is a film by Shinya Tsukamoto dealing with the story of a Japanese soldier in the Philippines in the dying days of World War II as he fights to stay alive by doing depraved things… before I go into further detail, there’s also a classic screening as well.

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Over Your Dead Body

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Japanese: 喰女 -クイメー

Romaji: Kuime

Release Date: August 23rd, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 94 mins.

Director: Takashi Miike

Writer: Kikumi Yamagishi (Screenplay), Tsuruya Nanboku IV (Original Kabuki Play)

Starring: Ebizo Ichikawa, Kou Shibasaki, Hideaki Ito, Miho Nakanishi, Maiko, Toshie Negishi, Koichi Sato, Hiroshi Katsuno, Toshiaki Karasawa, Kenichi Hagiwara, Kei Sato,

Takashi Miike recently said something like he was done making sensible films and going back to creating chaos and violence and with two films released this year, he’s hitting the horror high notes. The first looks like a really great meta-horror title.

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Stand By Me Doraemon, Movie Edition of Rape Zombie Lust of the Dead A New Despair, Space Brothers #o, Yamaguchi Fujio Massacre Ballad, Chain, Kurage to ano Musume, Ittsu ―THE MOVIE 2 Japanese Film Trailers

Tokyo Tribe Film Image 1I had a quiet week editing an interview with an actor, blasting through Tales of the World: Radiant History on the PSP and getting all of the Radiant Armour. I ended up watching a British horror called Blackwood at a cinema and lots of goodly anime. I also went back to day-tripping across the UK on the odd day off and ran into Doctor Who again – twice in one week.

My favourite discoveries of this week had to be the RPG Backtracks for Suikoden Tierkreis and Etrian Odyssey, games I really like. These are fun to listen to for RPG fans. I’d play through Tierkries again but I managed to get all of the characters on a first play-through and don’t want to lose them.

I posted about the movie release of Moebius and information on Tokyo Tribes. I’ve already finished more trailer posts – I’ve got lots of film reviews but I want to save them for an extended horror season.

What’s released in Tokyo this weekend?

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Tokyo Tribe Trailer and Information

Tokyo Tribe    

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Japanese: トーキョー トライブ

Romaji: To-kyo- Toraibu

Release Date: August 30th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 116 mins.

Director: Sion Sono

Writer: Sion Sono (Screenplay), Santa Inoue (Original Manga)

Starring: Ryohei Suzuki, Young Dais, Nana Seino, Ryuta Sato, Riki Takuechi, Denden, Shota Sometani, Shoko Nakagawa, Yosuke Kubozuka, Takuya Ishida, Shunsuke Daito, Yui Ichikawa, Mika Kano,

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Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, Drive in Gamo, Lost After School, Blue Eyes in HARBOR TALE, Shimotsukare Girl, Shelly, Prototype of Love, Ittsu ―THE MOVIE, Ryugu no Tsukai School Girl’s Gestation Japanese Film Trailers

I hope everyone is having a nice summer holiday. I’ve had a few days off work and spent time in Bristol and Somerset walking long distances and I had this song in my head the whole time.

Space Dandy ShadesMy word, that last episode of Space Dandy was good, wasn’t it? I’ve watched and rewatched it multiple times since Sunday. I’m desperate to see what Shinichiro Watanabe will orchestrate for tomorrow’s episode!

Anyway, I saw two films this week. On Tuesday I watched The Purge: Anarchy and on Wednesday I watched the Koji Shiraishi film, CULT. The former was a decent action film, the latter a funny J-horror. I also played episode four of The Walking Dead: Season 2 and after the experience all I could think of was how it wasn’t as gripping as the first season. It’s down to the sense that none of the decisions I make have the long-lasting ramifications they did with the first season and the characters who pop up and disappear quickly.

Behind the Camera Kim Ok-Vin the CuteThis blog has been pretty busy with a review for Behind the Camera (2013), an amusing warm-hearted and star-packed Korean meta-comedy about a film shoot directed from over the internet. I also reviewed the Japanese action film, Wild 7 (2011) which was a lot of fun when it was pure action. I then posted about  Kickstarter campaign that aims to get the indie film Plastic Love Story screened at international film festivals. I also wrote about Tokyo Ghoul for AUKN. This week’s episode was pretty awesome!

There are a lot of indie films released this weekend as you can now read (babble is over):

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Plastic Love Story – Kickstarter to Get it Screened Internationally

Writing trailer posts is long and sometimes difficult but I find it worthwhile because it introduces me to great films that I want to see. One such example stretches all the way back to January when I wrote about a film called Plastic Love Story. I was interested in the trailer but, as is the case with many Japanese indie films, I was resigned to probably never seeing it. Well that could change because there is a Kickstarter already underway to get it screened at international film festivals!

I was contacted by the makers of the film and directed to the Kickstarter page which contains a lot of information about the project, the filmmakers and their ambitions for taking the film on to the international stage. Here’s info and trailer:

‘Plastic Love Story’ presents the coming of age of three girls in Japan and portrays the strength of Japan’s young generation as they overcome hardships. It is from director Ryutaro Nakagawa who is described as one of the leading  young up-and-coming filmmakers in Japan and this might be for a good reason since his films have screened in the US as well as Japan.

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