Terracotta Give King of Pigs Theatrical Release

Terracotta’s first DVD release is Antique Bakery which will see distribution on February 11th. Before that we see them release the Korean animated film The King of Pigs in cinemas on January 25th followed by a DVD release in March 2013. I know little about this film other than it stars Yang Ik-June who has appeared in a few Japanese films (Our Homeland) and it was the first animated Korean film to screen at the Festival de Cannes back in 2012 .

Here are the details:

The King of Pigs DVD Case

The King of Pigs

Dir: Yeun Sang-ho

Starring: Yang Ik-june (as Jung Jong-suk), Oh Jeong-se (as Hwang Kyung-min), Kim Hye-na (as Kim Chul), Kim Kkobbi (as young Jung Jong-suk), Park Hee-von (as young Hwang Kyung-min)

South Korea / 2011 / Cert tbc / 97 mins / In Korean with English subtitles / Colour

In cinemas 25th January. Out on DVD March 2013.

Synopsis

After murdering his wife, a businessman on the verge of bankruptcy, Hwang Kyung-min, finds an old classmate, Jung Jong-suk whom he hasn’t seen for fifteen years. During a reunion dinner they look back on their school days, hiding their present situations.

Back then there were class distinctions among the pupils. The elite students – ‘The Dogs’ – rich, successful and particularly cruel, exercised a reign of terror over the weaker, poorer students – ‘The Pigs’.

Jong-suk and Kyung-min were powerless against the ‘dogs’. When Kim Chul, one of their fellow pigs, stood up, he fast became their last hope to end the circle of fear.

Fifteen years later, Chul remains a hero. But behind his figure, the two men recall the murky story of their bond and return to the site where the most shocking truth of what happened there is finally revealed.

Yoshii Cinema, Valentine Riot, Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge, Konshin, Shin Shin Shin, Suzuki Sensei, Yuki Sasaki, Aragure, About the Pink Sky, Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Chapter IV Battle of the Frontier to the Galaxy, Geki x Cine Seven Skull Castle Trailers and the Japanese Film Box Office Chart

Biomega NiheiMajor movie news this week as The BAFTA’s and the Oscars announced their nominations. Despite watching the announcements and enjoying them (Seth MacFarlane looks like he’ll be a great host) I will not be commenting on them like I did last year as I want to focus on Asian movies and I will only repeat past lamentations about how Ghibli/anime were overlooked. You can go and visit Otherwhere for a good preview.

This week I watched a lot of anime and Japanese films and I have been eating Japanese food… Okay, it was mostly Chinese. As per my resolutions made at the end of last year, I am also speaking, reading and writing Japanese every day which is a big improvement on last year. Speaking of last year, this week has seen me try and catch up on last year’s Genki Christmas season by posting a review for I Saw the Devil. Then I posted a preview and review for the brilliant The Foreign Duck, The Native Duck & God in a Coin Locker which is one of the films that was mentioned in my preview of live-action Japanese film releases for this year.

What does the Japanese Movie Box Office (January 5-6) look like this week?

  1. One Piece Film Z
  2. Les Miserables
  3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  4. Skyfall
  5. Humanoid Monster Bem
  6. Love for Beginners
  7. Kamen Rider X Kamen Rider Wizard & Fourze: Movie War Ultimatum
  8. The Castle of Crossed Destinies
  9. Frankenweenie
  10. Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo

One Piece Film Z remains at the top smashing the latest Evangelion’s records in box-office gains. The British musical Les Miserables sticks in the top three and outperforms The Hobbit. Skyfall and Humanoid Monster Bem round out the top five.

You know last week when there were only three Japanese films released… This week there are a lot of films released this Friday/Saturday. Back to business as usual. This covers the Japanese releases for this week.

Yoshii Cinema                                        Yoshii Cinemas Film Poster

Japanese Title:Yoshii Cinema

Romaji: Yoshii Cinema

Release Date: January 11th 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: 64 mins.

Director: Toru Yamamoto

Writer: N/A

Starring: Kazuya Yoshii

Yoshii Cinema is a documentary that tracks the work of Kazuya Yoshii who was the vocalist for the rock band The Yellow Monkey which disbanded in 2004. Since then, Yoshii has toured with solo projects and engaged in working in other art forms. It is directed by Toru Yamamoto who released a punk-rock movie last month called Good Morning Everyone!

 

Valentine Riot                                               Valentine Riot Film Poster

Japanese Title: バレンタイン ー 機

Romaji: Barentain ki

Release Date: January 12th 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: 64 mins.

Director: Hitomi Yoshimura

Writer: N/A

Starring: N/A

Hitomi Yoshimura’s documentary looks at the issue of child labour in Ghana. More specifically, it follows the efforts of three young Japanese people who go to Ghana to see how the NGO ACE are working to eliminate child labour in the cocoa industry and to better understand the daily lives of children in Ghana and the impact that fair trade chocolate can have on special occasions in Japan like Valentine’s Day and White Day.

Also, I found this video for Hyadain’s Christmas single from 2011. Sexy Office Ladies.

 

Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge   Hunter x Hunter Poster

Japanese Title: 劇場版 HUNTER X HUNTER 緋色 の 幻影 (ファントム フージュ)

Romaji: Gekijouban Hunter x Hunter: Hiiro no Genei (Fantomu Fu-jyu)

Release Date:  12th Jnuary 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: N/A

Director: Yuzo Sato (Original Creator)

Writer:  Yoshihiro Togashi

Starring: Yuki Kaida (Kurapika), Junko Takeuchi (Gon Freecss), Kanako Mitsuhashi (Killua Zoldyck), Hozumi Gouda (Leorio Paladiknight)

The film is directed by Yuzo Sato who has worked on a variety of anime from medieval demon hunting adventure Claymore to the more sci-fi leaning Biohunter. The Character designer is Takahiro Yoshimatsu who has also had a wide variety of experiences such as being an animation director on Black Cat, character designer on Supernatural the Animation and even the director of Nyanpire The Animation. Music comes from Yoshihisa Hirano who scored the Death Note anime. The seiyuu involved include Yuki Kaida (Kouga in Zetman) and Junko Takeuchi (Naruto Uzumaki in Naruto).

 

Hunting is respected profession. You can hunt money, criminals, animals, recipe ingredients… yes. You can hunt whatever you want so long as you have the talent to become a hunter. While the TV series focussed on a pre-teen boy named Gon, this one focusses on Kurapika who wishes to track down and take revenge on a group of criminals known as the Phantom Troupe. Why? They massacred his clan for having eyes that can turn scarlet during moments of emotional stress. These eyes are considered treasures and Kurapika’s eyes are in danger but with the help of Gon, Killua and Leorio, he is determined to have his revenge.

 

Konshin                              Kon-shin Film Poster

Japanese Title: 渾身

Romaji: Konshin

Release Date: January 12th 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: 134 mins.

Director: Yoshinari Nishikori

Writer: Yoshinari Nishikori (Screenplay), Kenichi Kawakami (Original Novel)

Starring: Sho Aoyagi, Ayumi Ito, Harumi Inoue, Masahiro Komoto, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Katsuo Nakamura, Takashi Sasano, Naomi Zaizen 

This film is based on Kenichi Kawakami’s original novel and aims to show a side of Japan foreigners may not be familiar with. We get a sport steeped in ancient traditions in a place that holds onto traditional culture amidst the beautiful setting of Oki Island. It stars Sho Aoyagi who was in last year’s teen romance feature Love for Beginners is supported by an able cast including Ayumi Ito (All About Lily Chou-Chou, Penance, A Story of Yonosuke), Masahiro Komoto (Space Travellers, The Magic Hour, Linda, Linda, Linda) and Takashi Sasano (Departures, Adrift in Tokyo, Thermae Romae).

We are on the Oki Islands in Shimane Prefecture, a place with a tradition of creating sumo wrestlers. Sakamoto (Aoyagi) is determined to master the sport as a tournament comes around

 

Shin Shin Shin                               Shin Shin Shin Film Poster

Japanese Title: しんしんしん

Romaji: Shin Shin Shin

Release Date: January 12th 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: 135 mins.

Director: Kouhei Sanada

Writer: Kouhei Sanada

Starring: Hoshi Ishida, Miwako Wagatsuma, Kazuhiro Sano, Yuya Okutsu. Megumi Kagurazaka

Shing, Shing, Shing. Interesting title. It comes from a song of the same name by the folk rock band Happy End. Is this it? Hey, it’s not bad! This is a road movie which has some interesting names in its staff and cast. Director Kouhei Sanada studied under Kiyoshi Kurosawa at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Actress Miwako Wagatsuma was in Sentimental Yasuko and End of Puberty while Sion Sono fans will be more than familiar with Megumi Kagurazaka who was in Cold Fish. While my synopsis does not make it sound interesting, the trailer has certainly left me very curious.

Tomoyuki (Ishida) is a high school student who gathers together with a group of strangers, his father Yoshio (Sano), and a girl that Tomoyuki likes named Yuki (Wagatsuma) and they travel from town to town by truck searching for stable relationships in a story of love and loss.

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Terracotta Release Live Action Antique Bakery

Terracotta took me by surprise when they released the anime OVA adaptation of Junji Ito’s Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack. Now they bring us another adaptation only this time it is the Korean live-action version of Fumi Yoshinaga’s Antique Bakery. This is not a brand new title for me because I have read the first volume of the manga purely out of curiosity. I was not enamoured with it but then again I am not at all interested in BL titles like some people are…

 

 Here are the details:
Antique Bakery DVD Case

 Antique Bakery

                                                       

Dir: Min Kyu-Dong (All About My Wife, Memento Mori) 

Starring: Joo Ji-Hoon, Yoo Ah-In, Kim Jae-Wook, Choi Ji-Ho 

Korea/ 2008/ 109 Mins/ In Korean with English subtitles/ Colour/ Cert 15

 

Out on DVD February 11th, 2013

DVD Special Features:
Making of ‘ANTIQUE BAKERY’, Korean Trailer, Music Video, Photo Gallery

As an heir to family fortune, Jin-hyuk (Joo Ji-Hoon) has money, the looks, the charm, everything except finding the love of his life. So he sets up a cake shop where women are sure to come. He hires Sun-woo (Kim Jae-Wook), a talented patissier who had a crush on Jin-hyuk back in high school.

Along with an ex-boxing champion Gi-beom (Yoo Ah-In) and a clueless bodyguard Su-young (Choi Ji-Ho), the four unique and handsome young men stir up the quiet neighbourhood at their cake shop, Antique. Although seemingly careless and happy, each of the four men has an unforgettable past that they are afraid to face. But their secrets slowly begin to unravel.

The Foreign Duck, The Native Duck and God in a Coin Locker アヒルと鴨のコインロッカ (2007)

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The Foreign Duck, The Native Duck & God in a Coin LockerForeign Duck Native Duck God Coin Locker Film Poster

Japanese Titleアヒルと鴨のコインロッカ

Romaji: Ahiro to Kamo no Koin Rokka

Release Date: June 23rd, 2007 (Japan)

UK DVD Release Date: January 14th, 2013

UK DVD Distributor: Third Window Films

Running Time: 110 mins.

Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura

Writer: Yoshihiro Nakamura (Screenplay), Kotaro Isaka (Novel)

Starring: Gaku Hamada, Eita, Megumi Seki, Nene Otsuka, Ryuei Matsuda, Kei Tamura, Kaoru Hirata, Midoriko Kimura, Masaki Okada
The Foreign Duck, The Native Duck & God in a Coin Locker is such a strange title that I expected a low-key indie comedy but got a lot more. 

Shiina (Gaku Hamada) is moving from the shoe shop his parents run to his new apartment in Sendai as he joins Aoba University to study law. On his first day he tries introducing himself to his neighbours but they are too pre-occupied with their own lives to care. As Shiina regroups after rejection he sings the Dylan song “Blowin’ in the Wind” which attracts the attention of one of his new neighbours, a tall and handsome chap named Kawasaki (Eita). Kawasaki is a complete contrast to the short and mild-mannered Shiina but share a mutual interest in Bob Dylan and strike up a friendship. Kawasaki does seem a bit of an odd duck, but in an irresistibly cool and charming kind of way, and Shiina can’t help but be drawn into his more exciting, if slightly loony world. Kawasaki’s head is full of unpredictable ideas, like his absurd warnings about pet shop owner Reiko (Nene Otsuka) or his even more absurd plan to steal a dictionary for their Bhutanese neighbour. Next thing Shiina knows, he’s standing watch with a toy gun outside the bookstore, on the beginning of their bizarre, existential adventure…

Shiina (Hamada) and Kawasaki (Eita) in The Foreign Duck The Native Duck and God in a Coin Locker

The film is based on a 2003 novel by mystery writer Kotaro Isaka (his book Remote Control is available through Amazon UK and sounds so good I may purchase a copy). This is not the first book of his to be adapted. Indeed, director Yoshihiro Nakamura adapted another called Fish Story to great acclaim (also available through Third Window Films). Finding out all of this came after viewing the film and so I had no idea this was a mystery. If I did I think my expectations would have been staggered because it never feels like one. Indeed after watching twenty minutes I had tagged it as a light comedy with goofball characters doing a lot of talking but the film manages to switch genre and mood with ease.

It starts with Shiina in what seemed like a play on a coming of age tale. We witness his first explorations of Sendai, a place famous for its BBQed tongue which his parents constantly remind him of. He is like anybody who finds themselves in a new environment, plagued by doubt and indecision and adhering to social codes to try and fit in. These moments are wryly observed and provide gentle comedy as we see him bewildered by his situation and swallowed up by crowds. His lost at sea is somewhat mirrored in that of an Indian woman who finds herself on the receiving end of suspicion and derision just for being an outsider. Ah, I said to myself, this is clearly a light comedy examining Japanese attitudes to foreigners! Foreign and native ducks! Case closed!

Think again!

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I Saw the Devil

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I Saw the Devil                                           I Saw the Devil Film Poster

Hangul: 악마를 보았다

Romanisation: Akmareul Boattda

Release Date: August 11th 2010 (South Korea)

Running Time: 141 mins.

Director: Kim Jee-Woon

Writer: Park Hoon-Jung

Starring: Lee Byung-Hun, Choi Min-Sik, Jeon Kuk-Hwan, On San-Ha, Kim Yun-Seo, Cheon Ho-Jin, Choi Moo-Sung. Kim In-Seo, Jo Duk-Je,

I Saw the Devil came out in the same year as The Man from Nowhere. Both feature protagonists with special-forces backgrounds clashing with evil criminals, killing many people in quests for revenge. Imagine James Bond (the Daniel Craig version) chasing Hannibal Lecter. So, hardly an original idea but then the director has a knack for bringing a refreshing spin on things. Here he bolts on a twisted revenge narrative powered by two great physical performances.

It is a dark snow-choked night and a woman named Ju-Yeon (Oh San-Ha) is stuck in her car has which has broken down on a lonely road just outside Seoul. She is talking to her fiancée Soo-Hyun (Lee Byung-Hun) on her mobile phone. He is an agent for the National Intelligence Agency and is working but wants to stay on the phone until a tow-truck appears. Their conversation is interrupted when a stranger named Kyung-Chul (Choi Min-Sik) pulls up in his yellow van and offers to help but Ju-Yeon is wary and Soo-Hyun advises her to stay in the car. Ju-Yeon tells Kyung-Chul she will wait for the tow-truck. He reluctantly disappears. Before he attacks Ju-Yeon. A few days later Ju-Yeon’s mutilated body is found in a river. Soo-Hyun is devastated and feels guilty. At the funeral Soo-Hyun says, “Forgive me Ju-Yeon. I promise you this, I will make him pay.” This sparks in motion a brutal game of revenge as Soo-Hyun stalks Kyung-Chul but things soon spiral out of control. 

Kim Jee-Woon brings his genre tweaking skills and high gloss attitude to everything he films. Here he turns the serial killer genre on its head by questioning notions of revenge and the psychological toll taken on those who are both pursued and pursuer. Like the best serial killer films, it feels less like an elaborate game (The Silence of the Lambs) and more like a questioning of how deep emotions and environmental factors affect us (Cure: The Power of Suggestion, Angel Dust). How casual misogyny, economic disenfranchisement and the heavy atmosphere of violence warps people.

I Saw the Devil becomes disturbing and exciting because of the emotions involved and the evolving characters. Watching the merciless and brutal game of catch and release becomes gruelling as the hatred and pain both men feel and inflict dehumanises them and questions the audience’s love of such movie narratives.

I Saw the Devil Soo-Hyun (Lee Byung-Hun) Monitors His Prey

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Third Window Films Release The Foreign Duck, The Native Duck & God in a Coin Locker

Japanese film fans, it’s time to celebrate! One of the major titles in my preview of Asian films getting released in the UK is about to get its official release! Third Window Films release The Foreign Duck, The Native Duck & God in a Coin Locker next week Monday which just happens to be a great way to start the year! Despite my scepticism over the title I found myself enraptured in a film that is deceptively simple and light hearted and full of great performances. I think this may remain in my Top Ten Films for the rest of the year! Expect a review on Wednesday!

Here are the details:

The Foreign Duck, The Native Duck & God in a Coin Locker DVD Case

 The Foreign Duck, The Native Duck & God in a Coin Locker

Dir: Yoshihiro Nakamura (Fish Story, Golden Slumber)

Starring: Eita (Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, Memories of Matsuko)
Gaku Hamada (Fish Story, Space Brothers)
Ryuhei Matsuda (Nightmare Detective, Blue Spring, Gohatto)

Japan / 2007 / 110 Mins / In Japanese with English subtitles / Colour / 35mm / Cert 15

Out on DVD January 11th, 2013

DVD Special Features:

35 minute ‘Making Of’, Deleted Scenes, Theatrical Trailer

Moving into his new apartment in Sendai, college student Shiina (Gaku Hamada) meets his new neighbor Kawasaki (Eita). Tall, confident Kawasaki and short, mild-mannered Shiina seem to be unlikely candidates for friendship, but they have a mutual interest in Bob Dylan.

Kawasaki is an odd duck, but in an irresistibly cool and charming kind of way, and Shiina can’t help but be drawn into his more exciting, if slightly loony world. Kawasaki’s head is full of unpredictable ideas, like his absurd warnings about pet shop owner Reiko (Nene Otsuka) or his even more absurd plan to steal a dictionary for their Bhutanese neighbor. Next thing Shiina knows, he’s standing watch with a toy gun outside the bookstore, on the beginning of their bizarre, existential adventure…

Oedo 808 Scarlet Bird, Greenhorn, My Father’s Lifetime of Justice – Nakamura Masayoshi’s, Japanese Trailers and the Japanese Film Box Office

Genki Jason Welcomes 2013 BannerWelcome to the first weekend of 2013 and the first releases and charts of the year. Before that though, a round-up of the week.

I ended 2012 by creating a set of New Year’s Resolutions designed to shape the future of the blog and help to give me some objectives to hit. Very ambitious ones. I also posted about some of the anime and Japanese films that will be released in the UK in 2013.

To celebrate the New Year I watched Tokyo Drifter and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows. The former was brilliant (expect a review) and with the latter I discovered that I did not miss out much by not watching it in a cinema despite liking the first film. I watched the anime Winds of Amnesia and relived some great old school anime I had not watched in over a decade. Over at AUKN, a day before the end of the year I finished my Winter Anime Preview. I am already starting the Spring preview because the only previews that matter are the earliest ones… I still owe some K-horror reviews that I promised from last year which is handy because I have got to get my Top Ten Films of 2013 started!

What does the first Japanese box office chart for the end of last year (22/23 Dec 2012) look like?

For those of you just joining me… technically the chart is for the end of last year but the charts are updated on Mondays when I like to post a review. New films are usually released on Fridays and Saturdays and a trailer post is a great way to include the charts.

  1. One Piece Film Z
  2. Les Miserables
  3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  4. Skyfall
  5. Love for Beginners
  6. Kamen Rider X Kamen Rider Wizard & Fourze: Movie War Ultimatum
  7. Humanoid Monster Bem
  8. The Castle of Crossed Destinies
  9. Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo
  10. Frankenweenie

One Piece still dominates the charts and looks set to beat the box office takings of Evangelion 3.0. The rest of the charts are filled with western releases taking up a lot of other entries (Skyfall sitting at four) and Love for Beginners at five.

What Japanese films are released in Japan today?

Greenhorn                                     Greenhorn Film Poster

Japanese Title:青二 才

Romaji: Ao ni sai

Release Date: 05th January 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: 82 mins.

Director: Toshiki Satō

Writer: N/A

Starring: Takeshi Ito, Sawa Masaki, Takuya Sakurai, Mutsuo Yoshioka, Kiyomi Ito

I did a search for the director and found a candidate with a bunch of pink films to his name. Said pink films have awful (and awfully amusing) titles. This must be his bid for serious critical attention. There are no major names in the cast but the actors do have good films to their names: Sawa Misaki was in The Ear Cleaner and Underwater Love, Mutsuo Yoshioka (Our Homeland) and Takeshi Ito who was in one of those awful slit-mouthed woman films. This is a drama and it looks grim…

Yuzo (Ito) is in his late forties and has a dead-end job delivering flyers. In his spare time he practices playing the guitar, chasing his one-time dream. Not that his wife approves and soon she meets another man. Can his life improve?

 

My Father’s Lifetime of Justice – Nakamura Masayoshi’s, Japanese Painter ofNakamura Masayoshi Film Poster Genius 

Japanese Title: 父をめぐる旅 異才の日本画家・中村正義の生涯

Romaji: Chichi wo Meguro Tabi Issai (genius) no Nihon Gaka – Nakamura Masayoshi No Shugai (Lifelong)

Release Date: 05th January 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: 102 mins.

Director: Masanori Kondo, K. Takeshige

Writer: N/A

Starring: Masayoshi Nakamura

My Japanese is decent enough to translate the title but it is the most leaden reading that has sucked the life out of it. Furthermore I am not familiar with the subject. I know about pre-20th Century Japanese art but very little from the modern period. My favourite art is that of the impressionists! This documentary is about Masayoshi Nakamura, a promising and challenging painter in the post-war Japanese art world who died young at the age of 52 because of cancer. His daughter Tomoko digs deep both in archives and memory trying to discover who he was and why he is important and defend his legacy.

Edited Version of the Play Oedo 808 Scarlet Bird Scarlet Bird Oedo 808 Film Poster

Japanese Title: 大江戸緋鳥808 劇場編集版

Romaji: Ooedo Hi Tori 808 Gekiba Henjibun

Release Date: 05th January 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: 102 mins.

Director: Shunichi Okamura

Writer: Kazunori Watanabe (Stageplay), Shotaro Ishinomori (Original Manga)

Starring: Daichi Mao, Ryuji Harada, Hidekazu Ichinose, Kei Takashiro

This is a version of a 2012 stage play that is broadcast in cinemas to commemorate 140 years since the building of the Meiji-za (Meiji Theatre). The play takes place in the Edo Shogunate follows Takao Tayu, a beautiful and vivacious person who was loved by many but who lives a double-life as a kunoichi named Scarlet Bird. She finds herself in danger when a group of ninja spies she once betrayed are seen. This is the best release of the week. Just watching videos from the stage production made me wish that I could have watched it in person. My Japanese would not have been good enough to understand what is happening but it looks gorgeous.

Genkina Hito Previews Japanese Film/Anime Releases in the UK in 2013 Part 2 Film

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2012 was an extraordinarily great year for Japanese film fans in the UK what with the film festivals getting awesome titles like Ai to Makoto and Key of Life as well as Third Window Films releasing a plethora of classic and new titles like the Tetsuo boxed set and Kotoko(which turned out to be a group of very popular posts for this blog) and supporting Sion Sono’s latest releases. That was just on the live-action front because Kaze have shown some gumption in acquiring the rights to the Berserk movie trilogy and even going as far as giving them a theatrical release!

What are the films we should be looking forward to in the next year? Well this is hardly an exhaustive list but I hope to give a heads up as to when some great titles are about to drop!

Third Window Films

Third Window Films (TWF) have built up an impressive catalogue of titles, turning away from big-budget flicks (apart from Villain) and focussing on indie titles. There are a great selection of Sion Sono films like Cold Fish and Himizu available from them as well as titles like Kamikaze Girls and Fine, Totally Fine and I have not mentioned some of the Korean films they released like Guns and Talks, No Blood, No Tears (expect another Korean movie season with reviews for them!). Quite frankly, if Third Window Films did not exist Asian movie fans in the UK would be quite bereft of sources for some of the best and up to date films coming out of the Far East.

What is on the cards for 2013?

Serpent's Path PosterThe first two major titles that have caught my eye (and got a post) are Eyes of the Spider and Serpent’s Path (released on June 24th) from the genius that is Kiyoshi Kurosawa. I would like to think that a brief post-Himizu screening chat with Adam about Kurosawa’s films prompted him to pick up the rights to the films but that would be too Eyes of the Spider Posterfanciful. Anyway these two films were low-budget gangster revenge films films that Kurosawa made two weeks with the same cast. Both films feature notable actors Sho Aikawa, Teruyuki Kagawa, Dankan and Yurei Yanaga, all three of whom would pop up in later Kurosawa films (Aikawa had a cameo as a priest in Séance Dankan appeared in Pulse while Kagawa provided a stunning lead performance in Tokyo Sonata.

I still cannot find a trailer for either Serpent’s Path or Eyes of the Spider despite searching in English and Japanese. I will have to emigrate to Niconico. Anyway, I keep threatening to purchase Kurosawa’s unerotic pink-film and I might just as it is available…

The other major release for 2013 is…

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