This week was a back to work week after having fun at festivals. It has been pretty quiet for the most part but due to my schedule I have been able to catch up with a lot of anime I had intended to watch from the Autumn season. The first impressions are going to come in bits and pieces because I have a lot of film reviews to write and I am also taking part in a read-along for the fantasy novel The Republic of Thieves. It has been over a year since I took part in the last one and I enjoyed it a lot. The group I am a part of get a set of questions every Saturday and then post their answers on a Monday so there goes my review schedule. More posts during the week to bore you with…
Reviews? Well I wrote two this week, both for a Kore-eda film. The first was for Like Father, Like Son and the second was for I Wish. Both films are rather good and I’d urge anyone unfamiliar with Japanese cinema to watch them.
What films are released in Japan/Tokyo’s (art house) cinemas’ today?
Japanese: ナゾトキネマ マダム・マーマレードの異常な謎 出題編
Romaji: Madamu Marmalade no Ijo na Nazo: Shutsudai Hen
Running Time: 105 mins.
Release Date: October 25th, 2013
Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura, Norio Tsuruta, Daiki Ueda
Writer: Yoshihiro Nakamura, Norio Tsuruta, Daiki Ueda (Screenplay),
Starring: Haruna Kawaguchi, Atsuko Takahata, Hajime Yamazaki, Narushi Ikeda, Shiro Namiki Tamae Ando, Koko Mori, Noriko Nakagoshi,
This film looks interesting because it looks like the first of two omnibus films with a wrap-around story about the search for a film inside the films in the film…. Still with me? With this Question Version of the film, the audience then gets to answer some questions posed by the film by submitting an answer sheet. The second film, released next month, answers all of the questions in the Answer Edition.
It brings together some good (most of the time) directors who handle a different film which a detective scours for a secret. So we have Yoshihiro Nakamura (The Foreign Duck, See You Tomorrow, Everyone) probably doing drama, Norio Tsuruta (Ring 0: Birthday, Dream Cruise) probably doing horror and an unknown in Daiki Ueda.
There is a group of decent actors including Haruna Kawaguchi (P.O.V. – A Cursed Film) who plays the super car driving fox Madame Marmalade, Atsuko Takahata (Bunny Drop), Tamae Ando (Noriko’s Dinner Table, April Bride), and Hajime Yamazaki (Swallowtail Butterfly, Crime or Punishment?!?).
30 years ago, Shunnosuke Todo, the master of the film world revealed to his wife that there is a secret in three shot films which contained a love story before he passed away. Now his wife is on the verge of death so she hires Madame Marmalade (Kawaguchi) to find the secret!
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