The Japanese Films “Cesium and a Tokyo Girl” and “Dual City” Play at Sci-fi London

Sci-Fi London is a festival of science fiction films and it has run for sixteen years. The event takes place from April 27th to May 06th  It has played host to a number of Japanese films in the past but this is the first year that I am going to report on it. There are two indie films on the programme and they look good.

セシウムと少女 Film Image 4
セシウムと少女 Film Image 4

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The Japanese Films “Cesium and a Tokyo Girl” and “Dual City” Play at Sci-fi London

Sci-Fi London is a festival of science fiction films and it has run for sixteen years. The event takes place from April 27th to May 06th  It has played host to a number of Japanese films in the past but this is the first year that I am going to report on it. There are two indie films on the programme and they look good.

Cesium and the Tokyo Girl

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I Am a Hero, Sharing, Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita: Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai, Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions, Sound! Euphonium the Movie: Welcome to the Kitauji High School Concert Band, The Sun, and other Japanese Film Trailers

Hello dear readers!

Cesium and the Tokyo Girl

I am feeling very, very tired today. I attended a film festival last night and watched Cesium and a Tokyo Girl (2015) and then attended an after-party where I met the director and his translator and had a few drinks – mostly apple juice! I didn’t get home until late and that was after heading to a Chinese take-away and didn’t get to sleep until past midnight. I’m staying up late again to write this after wasting a whole Saturday. Tomorrow… I go to see Ran (1985) in a cinema. This week, I posted about the DVD/Bluray release of Uzumasa Limelight (2014) and the screening of Adrenaline Drive (1999) at the Japanese embassy.

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

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The Japanese Embassy in London will Screen Shinobu Yaguchi’s Film “Adrenaline Drive”

This month’s film screening at the Japanese embassy is Adrenaline Drive which is a late ‘90s comedy action flick directed by Shinobu Yaguchi. Shinobu Yaguchi has made family friendly films as well as experimental ones. Waterboys (2001), Happy Flight (2008), Swing Girls (2007) and, most recently, Wood Job! (2014) are what I would see as broad comedies designed to appeal to wide audiences but as good as these are (and they are good) it’s his early experimental film The Rain Women which has me most intrigued after I wrote about it screening at the Berlin International Film Festival this year.

Adrenaline Drive Film Image

Anyway, this is a parody of action and romance movies and it contains slapstick comedy. It is held together by likeable performances from lead actors Masanobu Ando and Hikari Ishida.

Masanobu Ando should be familiar to J-film fans from his incredible performance as Shinji in Kids Return (1996) and Kiriyama in Battle Royale (2000). He has appeared in many other cult films and worked with a variety of directors and has proven himself to be a great leading man, so it is a shame he isn’t used more… Hikari Ishida is another underused actor although I must admit that the only other film I have seen her in is Séance (2000)…

Here are the details:

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Uzumasa Limelight Released on DVD/BLU-RAY and VOD April 25th

Third Window Films is going to release Uzumasa Limelight on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD on April 25th. It’s a totally great film as I revealed in my glowing review back in February just before it went on a theatrical tour of Britain as part of this year’s Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme.

Uzumasa Limelight Satsuki Iga (Chihiro Yamamoto) and Seiichi Kamiyama (Seizo Fukumoto) Train Some More

Here are the details from the press release and two old trailer posts:

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Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare, Crayon Shin-chan Movie 24: Bakusui! Yumemi World Dai Totsugeki, This Boy is a Professional Wizard., Minna Suitouto (Love You All), and Other Japanese Film Trailers

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Disciples of Hippocrates Midori (Ran Ito)

The line-up for the Cannes film festival was announced and there are a couple of Japanese films. There will be a whole week full of preview and trailer posts next week! I reviewed Disciples of Hippocrates (1980) and posted about Reel Japan, a Japanese film festival taking place in London. I also posted about the theatrical release of Our Little Sister (2015) which I am going to see at my local art house later this month. I watched a bunch of films, all for review and all a surprise.

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

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Reel Japan: Japanese Film Festival Preview

A new film festival called Reel Japan will take place at the end of April at The Yard Theatre, London. It is a two day event that takes place from Saturday 30th April 2016 to Sunday 1st May 2016 and its programme consists of eight films, all released in the UK by Third Window Films.

The festival is the latest event from the organisers of the Brick Lane Japan Film Festival which took place in January this year, an event that sold out quickly. Reel Japan’s artistic vision is to bring the best and most exciting Japanese cinema to the UK. This means that audiences get titles from Shinya Tsukamoto, Sion Sono, Takashi Miike and the others. The theme for this collection of films is “Twisted Love” and viewers will get the chance to explore the darker side of love and life through an exciting line-up of titles:

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Disciples of Hippocrates ヒポクラテスたち (1980)

Disciples of Hippocrates    Disciples of Hippocrates Film Poster

ヒポクラテスたち 「Hipokuratesutachi 

Running Time: 126 mins.

Release Date: November 22nd, 1980

Director: Kazuki Ohmori

Writer: Kazuki Ohmori (Screenplay),

Starring:  Masato Furuoya, Ran Ito, Masahiro Mitsuta, Akira Emoto, Moeko Ezawa, Kai Ato, Yoshio Harada,

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Kazuki Ohmori is probably most famous for his Godzilla movies but he started out making dramas and his filmography is packed full of them. Disciples of Hippocrates is one he made with Art Theatre Guild, a production company that ran from the 1960s to the 1980s and released many Japanese New Wave films from the likes of Nagisa Oshima, Koji Wakamatsu, Kaneto Shindo, Yoshimitsu Morita, and Shohei Imamura.

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