Third Window Films Release Han Gong-Ju

Third Window Films are all set to release the Korean film Han Gong-Ju on April 13th and I am excited because the reviews I have seen are positively glowing! I must admit that I have been in a bit of a slump when it comes to Korean films but I am anticipating this one being great and have watched a few recent releases so expect a review or two!

 Here’s the info on the DVD/Blu-Ray release of Han Gong-Ju:

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Death and Tanya, Forget Me Not, Gamushara (Daredevil), Tamako chan and Kokkubo, Red Cow, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Passage of Jomon and Pakur, Garo: Garo Gold Storm Sho and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Good day to you, dear readers!

Parade The Entire Main Cast

I must say, Doctor Hill, I am very disappointed with you. You steal the secret of life and death and here you are trysting with a bubble-headed co-ed. You’re not even a second-rate scientist.” Herbert West.

I hope you are all spry and happy. I have spent the week working, going out and watching a lot of films, adding five more to a list of films watched this year (fifty-four in total so far). The films I have watched have mostly been Western ones and there are few I would have wished to have seen in a cinema. In terms of anime I have started watching Shiro Bako and finished Parasyte: The Maxim which was excellent – Migi was awesome! and the ending for Tokyo Ghoul Root A was an incredible moment of art. I’m also going to be sad when Death Parade finishes. I was in a bit of a slump recently in terms of writing which meant my anime previews and news stories suffered but I think I’m out of it thanks in part to just taking the time to relax and watch films and anime. Anyway…

Only one post this week, a review of the film Parade (2010)

The film’s released this weekend look good!

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Parade (パレード) 2010

Parade   Parade Film Poster

Japanese Title:  パレード

Romaji: Pare-do

Release Date: February 20th, 2010

Running Time: 118 mins.

Director: Isao Yukisada

Writer: Isao Yukisada (Screenplay), Shuichi Yoshida (Original Novel)

Starring: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Karina, Shihori Kanjiya, Kento Hayashi, Keisuke Koide, Maho Nonami, Terunosuke Takezai, Renji Ishibashi, Natsumi Seto, Midoriko Kimura,

The great existentialist thinker Jean-Paul Satre once said something along the lines of, “you can never truly know another person,” with the view that everybody is hiding behind a false mask. Nobody is genuine, everybody is playing a character, projecting a persona to hide their Jungian shadow, their real self, and so it is here with a group of young flatmates sharing a 2LDK apartment in Tokyo.

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Ashita ni Nareba, Assassination Classroom, Eating Crabs, Super Rotation, Damn Life, Tsumasaki, Death Forest Kyoufu no Mori 2, Grey Crow and other Japanese Film Trailers

I had a binge session with movies watching lots over the course of the week. I got to watching plenty of Italian horror/giallo films and some random Asian ones that have been on my to-watch list since last year. The list includes Demons (ITA/GER, 1985), Deep Red (ITA,1971), Zombie Flesh Eaters 2 (ITA, 1988), Black Coal, Thin Ice (CHN, 2014), Broken (KOR, 2014), Inferno (ITA/USA1980) and a whole bunch of Hong Kong films.

I’ll have to start watching Japanese films again… I have lots building up. Plus there’s that season of Studio Ghibli films over March and April screening on Film4.

The only thing I posted this week was a review of the Japanese film My Little Sweet Pea (2013).

My Little Sweet Pea Mugiko (Maki Horikita)

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

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My Little Sweet Pea 麦子さんと (2013)

My Little Sweet Pea                       With Mugiko Film Poster       

Japanese Title:  麦子さんと

Romaji: Mugiko-san to

Release Date: December 21st, 2013

Running Time: 95 mins.

Director: Keisuke Yoshida

Writer: Keisuke Yoshida, Ryo Nishihara (Screenplay),

Starring: Maki Horikita, Ryuhei Matsuda, Kimiko Yo, Sayaka Tashiro, Amane Okayama, Eri Fuse, Yoichi Nukumizu

Japan has always been good for films about women. It is thematic territory so rich in stories that there are genres such as the haha-mono (mother story). These are films that follow a specific formula where a mother figure endures a hard life and sacrifices herself for her (often ungrateful) family. Her suffering comes into focus in a teary-eyed ending where everybody cries and repents their actions, expressing the desire to change. Specific examples Keisuke Kinoshita’s tragic and bitter Nihon no Higeki (1953) and Yasuhiro Ozu’s The Only Son (1936), two films guaranteed to make an audience shed many tears of sadness. For a lighter one, try The Wolf Children (2012) which is about the struggles of a single mother with two unique kids (you will still shed tears but happy ones). My Little Sweet Pea falls into this genre but is different because it focusses on the children’s realisation of their mother’s sacrifice rather than the parent’s travails. 

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Kaze ni Tatsu Lion, Strobe Edge, Eiga Precure All Stars: Haru no Carnival, Shimajiro to Okina ki, Maku ga Agaru, Sono Mae ni. Kanojotachi no Hitonatsu no Chosen, Kyoukai no Kanata – I’ll Be Here – Kako-hen, Front and Back and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Hello dear readers! I hope you are having a good weekend!

Patema Inverted Blossoming Romance

I had a decent week. The start was a bit wobbly after watching Chappie (US/SA, 2015), a film I didn’t particularly enjoy much – I should have known better because I didn’t think much of the director’s previous film, Elysium (2013). Once I was back in work on Wednesday, the week was better and I did manage to watch a couple of really good films – Mahler (UK, 1974) and Lucky Jim (UK, 1957). That’s three more for my movies watched this year list!

There are a lot of films of the list – thirty-seven so far, the majority of them western. I’m also enjoying finishing Ghost Hound, the latest episodes of Tokyo Ghoul Season 2, ParasyteThe Walking Dead and I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse.

What did I post this week? I posted a review of Patema Inverted (2013) and the trailer for Miss Hokusai (2015).

Patema Inverted Patema and Age Explore Beyond the Limits

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

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Miss Hokusai Trailer Released

Miss Hokusai    

Miss Hokusai Film Poster
Miss Hokusai Film Poster

Japanese Title: 百日紅 ~Miss HOKUSAI~

Romaji: Sarusuberi Miss HOKUSAI

Release Date: May 09th, 2015

Running Time: N/A

Director: Keiichi Hara

Writer: Miho Maruo (Screenplay), Hinako Sugiura (Original Creator),

Starring: Anne Watanabe (O-Ei), Yutaka Matsushige (Tetsuzo/Katsushika Hokusai), Shion Shimizu (O-Nao), Kumiko Aso (Sayogoromo), Kengo Kora (Utagawa Kuninao),  Gaku Hamada (Zenjiro/Keisai Eisen), Jun Miho (Koto), Michitaka Tsutsui (Katsugoro/Totoya Hokkei), Danshun Tatekawa (Manjido),  

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Last week I wrote a post about Miss Hokusai, an anime film that has caught my attention and I believe is worth checking out because of the talent involved and the early art work. Well now a trailer has been released and thanks to anime blogger beatslars, I have been alerted to the trailer which was reported on Anime News Network so here it is!

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Patema Inverted サカサマのパテマ (2013)

Patema Inverted                               Patema Inverted Film Poster

Japanese Title: サカサマ の パテマ

Romaji: Sakasama no Patema

Running Time: 99 mins.

Release Date: November 09th, 2013

Director: Yasuhiro Yoshiura

Writer: Yasuhiro Yoshiura (Screenplay/Original Creator)

Starring: Yukiyo Fujii (Patema), Nobuhiko Okamoto (Age), Shintarou Oohata (Porta), Shinya Fukumatsu (G), Masayuki Katou (Lagos),

Patema Inverted is a story of boy-meets-girl only the writer/director Yasuhiro Yoshiura makes the phrase “falling head over heels in love” literal by twisting gravity around for the central couple so that they must cling together lest they lose not only each other but their lives… If protagonists getting their gravity mixed up is not a new and novel concept, it is one that is explored with much life and energy here in a deceptively light film where superb animation and imagination creates a world where ever shifting perspectives on life give a slight story much substance.

The girl in the pairing is the titular Patema, a brave princess of an underground village where the inhabitants, descendants of a group of scientists caught up in an experiment gone wrong, live in the tunnels and confined spaces of a scientific facility built long ago.

Patema Inverted Patema Explores

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Knights of Sidonia, Solomon’s Perjury (Part 1), Kept, A Cup of Life / Mystery Café, Little Voices from Fukushima, Watashi no Owaranai Tabi, Tears of Poseidon, Tadashikuikiru, Sekai no Owari no Izu Koneko, Doraemon: Nobita no Space Heroes Japanese Film Trailers

Hello, dear reader!

Miss Hokusai Film Image 2

I hope you are well!

I’ve had a decent week if you can count struggling through some awful writer’s block and trying to get a mammoth anime preview done whilst anxiously waiting for a romantic call decent. I’ve survived. Just about. Key in helping me survive was film. I watched the Italian horror films Tenebre (1982), The Beyond (1981), and Cemetery Man (1994) and I watched the British films Lair of the White Worm (UK, 1988), School for Scoundrels or How to Win Without Actually Cheating (UK, 1960), and the BBC documentaries Love Hotel (UK/JP, 2014), and Love is Everything: 100 Years of Love and Courtship (UK, 2014). Well. I’m going through my own courtship process with a lovely lady archaeologist at the moment and seeing how that last documentary showed love throughout the ages in Britain… well, it makes me slightly less fretful when waiting for my next meeting with my good lady. Gosh, I feel like a teenager again.

Trying to distract myself from these feelings I wrote about the release of Miss Hokusai and a review of The Thieves (2012).

What’s released in Japan this weekend? 

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The Thieves (2012)

The Thieves   The Thieves Film Poster

Release Date: July 25th, 2012

Running Time: 135 mins.

Director: Choi Dong-Hun

Writer: Choi Dong-Hun, Lee Gi-Cheol (Screenplay)

Starring: Kim Yun-Seok, Kim Hye-Soo, Lee Jung-Jae. Gianna Jun, Kim Hae-Sook, Kim Soo-Hyun, Simon Yam, Oh Dal-Su. Angelica Lee, Kwok Cheung Tsang

A gifted con-artist is able to take in their mark with a solid sounding story and enough dazzle to distract. A con-artist can get away with anything especially if the audience doesn’t think too hard about the spectacle. The same could also be said about films and so it proves to be true with the Korean mega box-office hit The Thieves (2012), from writer and director Choi Dong-hoon. He crafts a frothy and fun thriller but don’t look too closely or you might be able to see through the con and the story might not add up.

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