Au revoir l’ete UK Release Information

Au Revoir l’ete was released will be getting a UK release courtesy of the film company day for night. Even though the film was screened at last year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival and I was aware that it was picked up for UK distribution but lost track of it after that. Thankfully a kind reader named Rachel Amandus alerted me to a future screening and that got me doing some rummaging around the internet for information to make this post!

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Hello audience!

It has been a busy week for me writing reviews and previews for films yet to be released (some really interesting ones like Obon no Otouto and Soredake/That’s It). I published a review for Han Gong-Ju and updated the information for the theatrical release of Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends which I watched yesterday. I also watched Seventh Code, Deep Red, Watashi no Otoko, and The Young Victoria.

Rurouni Kenshin Clash

I watched part of the press conference for the Cannes Film Dishevelled CinephileFestival (image to the right). I liked the Josh Brolin short directed by the Coen brothers. It was amusing, the rest of the press conference less so. There were a few Japanese/co-productions films announced and I’ll post about them next week (that post is prepped). Also, that’s how I dress at my job. I now know my fashion style is dishevelled cinephile.

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

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Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends Released Tomorrow in UK Cinemas

As an itinerant anime and Asian film writer I have been reporting about the theatrical release of various movies for quite a while on this blog and another site in particular. One long-running project has been the  Rurouni Kenshin movies which I have been tracking since back in 2011 (on this very blog) and 2012 (like here) and keeping track of the BBFC website I was able to spot that the first would be playing at select theatres in the UK. I was pleased when the first Rurouni Kenshin film appeared in my local cinema back in 2013 and I was soon helping spread the word about  Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno when it was released last year. This year it’s all coming to a close with Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends. The day of that film’s release has nearly arrived! It’s so close! It’s released tomorrow on April 17th! I have booked the day off work to savour the experience and possibly re-watch Kyoto Inferno which I now have on DVD!

Here are the UK theatrical release details for the third and final Rurouni Kenshin film…

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Han Gong-Ju (2013)

Han Gong-Ju   Han Gong-Ju Film Poster

Release Date: April 17th, 2015 (KOR)

UK Release Date: April 13th, 2015

UK Distributor: Third Window Films

Running Time: 112 mins.

Director: Lee Sujin

Writer: Lee Sujin (Screenplay),

Starring: Chun Woo-Hee, Jung In-Sun, Kim So-Young, Lee Young-Ran,

Han Gong-Ju is the name of the main character. She is the beautiful girl with the tear-filled eyes staring out at us rather challengingly from the film poster and DVD case. It is a startling and intriguing look loaded with mystery and fright. Why is she crying? It makes you wonder and want to find out about why she is so upset, naturally, and the film takes advantage of this to tell a story of a girl recovering from a horrific incident and striving to survive in a society that constantly threatens her and lets her down because of her gender and lack of money.

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Hello, I hope you are well!

Tactics Ogre Art 2
Tactics Ogre Art 2

I finally posted my Top Twelve Films of 2015 (four months late) earlier this week. I delayed it because I was trying to write reviews for the films in the list that weren’t covered. There are still two titles without a write-up but I’ll rectify that with at least one review for a film before the month is out. What’s holding me up? Extra hours at work, putting extra hours into studying Japanese, and watching more films for fun rather than reviewing them. I watched some great ones this week such as What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, and Bagdad Café. Finding time to study Japanese is getting increasingly difficult so I’m taking away from blogging time to do it. I’m also near the end of the video game Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, which has been an awesome experience.

Enough about me what’s released in Japan this weekend?

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Genkina hito’s Top Twelve Films of 2014

Better late than never! And why twelve? Because it’s hard to decide! This is my list of top twelve films I saw in 2014 so it covers movie releases both new and old. I watched a lot of films in 2014. I was going to the cinema nearly two or three times a month and renting/buying a lot of films so I have built up an impressive list that spans genres and eras ‘60s (Kuroneko, Female Convict Scorpion Jailhouse 41) and ‘80s (Blade Runner, Ghostbusters) and 2014s…

The World of Kanako TsumabukiMy cinematic year began not with a Japanese film but American Hustle, a nice distraction before I headed down to London for the 2014 edition of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme. I came away from that film festival profoundly moved by the humanism and simple beauty of everyday life I saw in Kimi no Tomodachi, the perfect drama with a plucky protagonist in Shindo and the very dark existential drama Parade. I followed that with a trip to the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Film Festival where I cried buckets over Colorful and saw the future of anime in Patema Inverted. Despite loving these films so much it has taken me nearly a year to write/publish reviews of them because I was constantly going to the Belle (Mbatha-Raw) and Elizabeth (Gadon) in Bellecinema to see the likes of Blue Ruin, The Wind Rises, Deliver Us From Evil, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Belle. Kotatsu was followed by the 2014 Terracotta Far East Film Festival in May which is where I met Akira Nagai, director of Judge!, the actors of Be My Baby, and I enjoyed watching The Snow White Murder Case. In September/October/November I was in London for the Raindance Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival where I met and interviewed/talked to even more directors. Out of all the films I watched between the two festivals it was Fuku-chan of Fukufuku Flats and The World of Kanako which impressed me the most.

Overall, 2014 was a good year for my Japanese film viewing but my final list contains a lot of western films. Here are my top films from 2014.

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Happy Easter! I hope you are all good.

A Farewell to Jinu Film Image6

It’s the Easter season so I hope everyone is going to have a great time and get into the spirit of the season and make some positive changes to their life.

I’m writing this late on a Friday evening because I have been rather silly and left it to the last moment. On Good Friday last year I watched Rentaneko (2012) and relaxed since the trailer post was done early!

I took a short break from work had a bit of a lazy week in terms of actual work done on this blog (only one post an that’s about the release of Han-gong Ju, a drama by Third Window Films). I started the week finishing off a preview for the new anime airing on Japanese television over the next twelve weeks (here’s part one and part two). After that I spent time re-arranging books and putting into order a year’s worth of notes made during Japanese lessons. That’s where I got a bit lazy because part of the process was putting my Teach Yourself Japanese and Japanese for Busy People onto my phone so I can listen to the exercises when I commute to and when I am in work. I then put some Japanese elctro-pop (Aira Mitsuki), anime (Master Keaton, Disgaea) and the Final Fantasy XII soundtracks onto my phone and in my computer’s music library so that took time because I started listening to the albums…

I got my chance to watch a few Ghibli films which were on Film4 (Whisper of the Heart, The Cat Returns, and Kiki’s Delivery Service – three of my top five Ghibli films!) and I watched some live-action films, Looper (2012), Dream House (2011), The Light Shines Only There (2013), The Amazing Mr Blunden (1972) and I watched the final episodes of many anime like Death Parade, Yurikuma Arashi, and Tokyo Ghoul. I also watched the final episode of live-action shows I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse and The Walking Dead (I feel sad to see all these great television shows go but there’s the new season of anime to look forward to (linking back up with the first paragraph)!

There’s a reason I keep coming back to the anime because over the last week the first episodes of various new series have been screened at cinemas in Tokyo before they launch on television… The power of otaku…

Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love Revolutions Key ImageThe latest season of Uta no Prince-sama Maji Love Revolutions was previewed at screenings at TOHO Cinemas Nichigeki in Tokyo over March 27th-29th. Attendees had the chance to meet cast members.

I watched some of the first episodes back when I did First Impressions of anime…

Show By Rock!! Key Image

Episode one of Show by Rock!! was previewed at Sanrio Puroland on March 28, 2015, and at Shinjuku Piccadilly on March 29.

FateStay Night Unlimited Blade Works Season 2 Key ImageEpisodes 1, 2, and 3 of Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works was previewed at a screening at Shinjuku Wald 9 in Tokyo on March 28.

Hibike! Euphonium Key ImageEpisode 1 of Hibike! Euphonium was previewed at a screening at MOVIX Kyoto on March 28.

Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku Key ImageEpisode 1 of Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku was previewed at a screening at Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo on March 29.

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Zoku Key Image.Episode 1 of Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru was previewed at a screening at TOHO Cinemas Nihonbashi on March 28.

The first season of this was one of my favourite anime of 2013.

What’s released in Japanese cinemas this weekend?

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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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