Minamata Mandala, See You When the Curtain Goes Down, Tokyo-ga, Watashi wa Hakucho Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend.

Key of Life Sakai Disguise

I hope you are well.

This is the second in a two-part trailer post (the first part can be found here). No other posts this week. I will try to resume writing soon. I did record a Heroic Purgatory podcast dedicated to Cowboy Bebop which was a lot of fun and lifted my spirits. I will let you know when it gets published.

What else was released this weekend?

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Spaghetti Code Love, Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution 3, Gekijouban Butai `Touken Ranbu’ Kyoden Moyuru Honnouji, ARASHI Anniversary Tour 5×20 FILM “Record of Memories”, Kinou Yori Akaku Ashita Yori Aoku CINEMA FIGHTERS project Japanese Film Trailers

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This is the first in a two-part trailer post. Here’s the first batch of films getting released this weekend!

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Joint, Miyata Busters Co., Ltd. Feature Version, Cinderella in Cinema, 12 Nin no Ikareta Workshop, Merciless Light, Jitaku Kibiin to Kaji Yousei, Suimen no Akari Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend!

War Back to the Sea Kaori Iwase Film Image

I hope you are well.

This is the second part of the two-part trailer post. The first part is here. I’m slowly getting back into writing reviews. I covered fascinating documentary Whiplash of the Dead on Wednesday. I also started watching films again with the 2013 Korean thriller Hide and Seek.

I’ll be covering Cowboy Bebop on Heroic Purgatory tomorrow, so I have reading to do!

What else was released this weekend in Japan?

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Come and Go, The Cursed Sanctuary X, The Mole Song: Final, Will I Be Single Forever?, Musicophilia, Sancho, Argonavis Movie: Ryuusei no Obligato Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend.

Tsunami Image by Sofie Nørgaard Kampmark

I hope that you are well.

This is the first of a two-part trailer post since there are over ten films getting screened. I’ll post the second part tomorrow.

What are the first batch of films released this weekend?

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Whiplash of the Dead きみが死んだあとで Dir: Haruhiko Daishima [Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2021]

Whiplash of the Dead   Whiplash of the Dead Film Poster

きみが死んだあとでKimi ga Shinda ato de

Release Date: April 17th, 2021

Duration: 200 mins.

Director: Haruhiko Daishima

Writer: N/A

Starring: N/A

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The psychic trauma of the actions and failure of the student protests of the 60s and 70s haunts the collective memory of Japan. Its constant presence is partly thanks to various cinematic treatments from figures like Koji Wakamatsu, Noriaki Tsuchimoto, and Nagisa Oshima who worked in that milieu at the time and produced politically-charged works, be they direct or symbolic critiques of country and its politics. Then there is the more measured analysis from later generations of dramatists and documentarians who are working with the benefit of hindsight and the distance of time to provide clear-eyed analysis. This sort of analysis is shown in Whiplash of the Dead, a fascinating documentary from Haruhiko Daishima who adroitly finds his entry point into this emotive and massive subject through the life and death of a protestor involved with the “first Haneda struggle.”

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Parasite in Love, Umekiranu Baka, Nobutora, Kaizoku Sentai: Ten Gokaiger, Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 – Sustainable Warfare, Summer Ghost Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend

The Adventures of Tintin - Research in Library

I hope you are well.

This is the first in a two-part trailer post. I haven’t posted much over the last couple of weeks due to being ill and unable to concentrate. I hope to resume writing again soon.

Enough about that! What are the first batch of films released this weekend?

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Shinonome Color Shuumatsu, Zetsumetsu Doubutsu (VACATION), Notebook on Cities and Clothes, Suzusan Showa no Kaji to Kazoku no Monogatari, Made in Heaven Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend!

Kurt-Russell-In-John-Carpenters-The-Thing

I hope you are well.

It’s getting colder as winter approaches. The above image captures the tone. It comes from John Carpenter’s THE THING which I reviewed here and also spoke about on the Heroic Purgatory podcast for Halloween.

I’ve started listening to more movie podcasts and have two recommendations:

Movie Night Extravaganza  which I listened to Nicky and Mikey, The Blair Witch Factory, The Player, Parasite – all fun and packed full of thought-provoking moments.

The Pink Smoke and their four-hour talk on the works of Dario Argento.

I need to up my podcasting game in time for a talk about Cowboy Bebop!

As for trailers… you can find the first part of the trailer post here.

What else was released this weekend?

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Fafner THE BEYOND Episodes 10 11 12, We Couldn’t Become Adults, What Did You Eat Yesterday?, Dancing Mary, Eiga Sumikko Gurashi: Aoi Tsukiyo no Mahou no Ko Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend.

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I hope you are well.

This is the first of a two-part trailer post covering around ten films that drop in theatres (one already having been released).

What are the first batch of films released this weekend?

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The Thing 遊星からの物体X (1982) Dir: John Carpenter

Happy Halloween! This is the time of year when people celebrate the supernatural and ghoulish aspects of popular culture and national myths. I do my part by highlighting horror movies on Halloween night. So far I have reviewed Nightmare DetectiveStrange CircusShokuzaiPOV: A Cursed Film CharismaDon’t Look Up, Snow Woman (2017) Snow Woman (1968)  Fate/Stay Night Heaven’s Feel, and Gemini. I’ll be departing from Japan and heading to Antarctica for the next Halloween Review!

The Thing    The Thing Japanese Poster

遊星からの物体X ゆうせいからのぶったいエックス

Release Date: June 25th, 1982

Duration: 109 mins.

Director: John Carpenter

Writer: Bill Lancaster (Screenplay), John W. Campbell Jr. (Who Goes There?)

Starring: Kurt Russell (R.J. MacReady), A. Wilford Brimley (Blair), T.K. Carter (Nauls), David Clennon (Palmer), Keith David (Childs), Richard Dysart (Dr. Copper), Charles Hallahan (Norris), Peter Maloney (George Bennings), Richard Masur (Clark), Donald Moffat (Garry), Joel Polis (Fuchs), Thomas Waites (Windows),

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Given the cold shoulder by some big name critics and receiving a lukewarm box-office return from the general public, it is fair to say that John Carpenter’s arctic-set paranoia-fuelled alien killer chiller THE THING was misunderstood at its time of release. Now widely considered a classic, Carpenter’s cold vision of a film has become a sci-fi horror ur-text that has inspired countless filmmakers, creatives, and fans through its adaptation of an influential short story with genre-defining prosthetics, special effects, and great acting for the maximum of horror atmospherics.

The story takes place in the winter of 1982 where a 12-man expedition at a remote research base in Antarctica encounter a shape-shifting alien that has lain frozen in the snowy wastes for over 100,000 years. Thawed out, this parasitic creature proceeds to assimilate and imitate members of the group which causes paranoia and fear to mount as nobody is sure who has been consumed and is now imitated by… the Thing. Bloody body-horror ensues as the men try to isolate and destroy it.

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