Terracotta Far East Film Festival 2014 Line-Up Preview

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The full line-up for this year’s Terracotta Far East Film Festival was revealed last week ahead of its run at The Institute of Contemporary Art and The Prince Charles Cinema in London between May 23rd and June 01st. I then wrote a preview for it at Anime UK News and now I’ve put together another, expanded view on the festival.

This will be the sixth Terracotta Far East Film Festival and it still remains the best place to see a wide variety of releases from East Asian cinema. There are a number of different strands to the festival such as Current Asian Cinema where the latest titles from territories like Japan and Hong Kong are played. The Terror Cotta Horror All-Nighter makes a welcome return with some great looking titles mixing ghosts and serial killers. The Spotlight On section uncovers the hottest titles that remain undiscovered. Last year’s festival saw Indonesia as the focus, this year the Philippines takes centre stage with six films released within the last year getting screened. The festival is made opens on May 23rd at The Institute of Contemporary Arts with the Spotlight On: Philippines. The festival will then move to The Prince Charles Cinema from May 28th to June 01st where the festival will screen films from The Current Asian Cinema and Terror Cotta Horror All-Nighter sections.

Enough of the intro, the next part has the films, dates and times. Click on the title to get taken to the festival page.

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Thermae Romae II, Jingū Kirin Watashi no Kamisama, Sayonara Cake and Mysterious Lamp, Aibou: The Movie III, Ueshima Jane Beyond, Kuro, Number 10 Blues/Goodbye Saigon, A.F.O. (All For One), Tamako Love Story, Sora no Otoshimono Final Eternal My Master, Naked Ring Finger, Ride For Life The Eigo Sato Story Japanese Film Trailers

Rent-a-cat computerI hope everyone had a Happy Easter and everything. Even though most of the nation has a break, I spent most of the holiday in my museum (who the heck opens a museum on Easter Sunday????). I also had this song going through my head while in work:

On Good Friday, I watched Rent-a-Cat, on Easter Sunday, I watched more Knights of Sidonia and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and so only one post this week and that was for Rent-a-Cat. I’m busy studying for a Japanese exam, an attended a press conference for a film festival (more on that on Monday) and watching films like Museum Hours, Cold Eyes and Monster. So a lot more film related stuff than usual.

Here are the trailers:

Thermae Romae II  Thermae Romae 2 Film Poster

Japanese Title: テルマエ・ロマエII

Romaji: Terumai Romai II

Running Time: 113 mins.

Release Date: April 26th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Hideki Takeuchi

Writer: Hiroshi Hashimoto (Screenplay), Mari Yamazaki (Original Manga)

Starring: Hiroshi Abe, Aya Ueto, Riki Takeuchi, Masachika Ichimura, Takashi Sasano, Kai Shishido, Kazuki Kitamura

In between the last Thermae Romae (2012) and this new one, I have read Mari Yamazaki’s original manga and it looks like it adapts more of the stories, which is no bad thing because the manga was enjoyable. Parts of it memorable. In this film, Lucius (Abe) has used the techniques her learnt from Japanese onsen of the uture to create famous bathhouses in ancient Rome. Now he has to renovate the Colosseum during a time when Rome is at risk of splitting apart due to politics. He soon finds that he travels forward in time where he meets Mami (Ueto) who has become a successful writer for a bath magazine.

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Rentaneko Rent-a-Cat レンタネコ (2012)

Rent-a-Cat   Rent a Neko

Japanese Title: レンタネコ

Romaji: Rentaneko

Running Time: 110 mins.

Release Date: May 12th, 2012 (Japan)

Director: Naoko Ogigami

Writer: Naoko Ogigami

Starring: Mikako Ichikawa, Reiko Kusamura, Ken Mitsuishi, Maho Yamada, Kei Tanaka

There is a woman who roams a riverbank in a contemporary Japanese city. She pulls a cart which has a selection of cats in the back. This is actually part of her business. As she moves at a leisurely pace she calls out to people through a megaphone with simple slogans and questions to attract the right customers:

Rent-a-cat Riverside

“Rent-a-cat. Rent-aaaaaaaaaa-cat. Feeling lonely? I’ll lend you a cat.”

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The Light Shines Only There, Negative Happy Marriage Part 2, Death’s Live Coverage Movie Version, Aru Himori no Naka, Crayon Shin-Chan: Serious Battle! Robot Dad Strikes Back, Detective Conan: Sniper From Another Dimension, Nihon’ichi Shiawasena Juugyouin o Tsukuru! Hoteruasoshia Nagoya Taaminaru no Chousen Japanese Film Trailers

Knights of Sidonia Cast 2After a movie drought lasting a few weeks, I watched two films:  Rent-a-Neko and The Quiet Ones. Tonight I’ll watch Museum Hours and Cold Eyes. I still have about eight film reviews to write and now I have three from this list to add on (although Rent-a-Neko is practically finished)!!! It’s a good thing that I’ve got a day off coming up after my trip down to London. I’ve already completed some posts for the next fortnight although there will only be two per week – anime/film reviews and trailers.

This week I posted about the Japanese films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (that feature from Naomi Kawase looks so good!) and I also posted my first impression of Knights of Sidonia.

Here’s a bunch of trailers for the Japanese films released this week and there are some interesting looking titles!

The Light Shines Only There  The Light Shines Only There Film Poster

Japanese: そこのみにて光輝く

Romaji: Soko nomi nite Hikari Kagayaku

Running Time: 120 mins.

Release Date: April 19th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Mipo O

Writer: Ryo Takada (Screenplay), Yasushi Sato (Original Novel)

Starring: Gou Ayano, Chizuru Ikewaki, Masaki Suda, Kazuya Takahashi, Shohei Hino, Hiroko Isayama

Based on a novel published in 1989, this is winning all sorts of acclaim at festivals. It is directed by Mipo O and she was last reviewed here with her effort on Quirky Guys and Gals and the screenplay was written by Ryo Takada who worked on The Ravine of Goodbye. It stars Gou Ayano (Rurouni Kenshin, The Story of Yonosuke).

Tatsuo Sato (Ayano) quits his job and does little with his days until he meets Takuji Oshiro (Suda) at a pachinko parlour and strikes up a friendship. Takuji invites Tatsuo back to his home where he lives with is sick father, mother and older sister Chinatsu (Ikewaki). Tatsuo becomes attracted to Chinatsu, who shines even in their difficult situation.

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Japanese Films at Cannes Film Festival 2014: Still the Water Trailer and Details

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The films playing at the Cannes Film Festival were announced earlier today and as expected Naomi Kawase’s latest feature is in Competition. She is competing against a field full of very strong directors like Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, David Cronenberg and Jean-Luc Godard. Kawase’s film looks the most intriguing to me, although Mike Leigh’s film about JMW Turner has me interested as well. Here are the details on Kawase’s film (alas, no trailer. I guess we’ll have to wait):

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Crows Explode, Gachiban Utra Max , L-DK, Kazuya, What Comes Along With Love, Shiba Jōmonken no Yume, Bright Audition, Route 42, White Feather “Light from Phony” HIGH★LIGHTZ★LITTLE★UNIVERSE Japanese Film Trailers

It has been a pretty slow week but it has been enlivened by the end theme of “Humanity Has Declined” which I have started watching again.

cropped-space-dandy-is-cool-baby.jpgLonger hours away from the computer and more time revising for Japanese were enlivened by the song. In order to relax a little more, I played “The Walking Dead: 400 Days” in preparation for starting the second season. I also kept watching anime because the Spring 2014 season is underway. “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure” has proven to be the stand out so far. In posting terms, I relayed news on the Terracotta Far East Film Festival’s short film competition and I posted about news on the release of “The Story of Yonosuke” and I reviewed that film last year following the last Terracotta festival.

What Japanese films are released in Japan this weekend?

Crows Explode Crows Explode Film Poster

Japanese: クローズ EXPLODE

Romaji: Kuro-zu EXPLODE

Running Time: 129 mins.

Release Date: April 12th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Toshiaki Toyoda

Writer: Kosuke Mukai, Rikiya Mizushima, Takashi Hasegawa (Screenplay), Hiroshi Takahashi (Original Novel)

Starring: Masahiro Higashide, Taichi Saotome, Ryo Katsuji, Takanori Iwata, Kenzo, Kento Nagayama, Yuya Yagira,

A new generation of actors take on the challenge of making the “Crows” franchise including Masahiro Higashide (“The Kirishima Thing”) and Kento Nagayama (“Crime or Punishment?!?”). It looks pretty flashy and quite surprisingly, it is directed by Toshiaki Toyoda, the man behind “9 Souls” and “Monsters Club.” Perhaps, in making that comment, I haven’t watched as many of his films as I should have.

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Third Window Films Release The Story of Yonosuke

Third Window Films follow up last month’s release of the ultra-brilliant “Shady” with a more heart-warming human drama about the power of friendship called “The Story of Yonosuke“. As I made clear in my review, I liked it a lot. Here are the release details:

The Story of Yonosuke

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A film by Shuichi Okita (The Woodsman & the Rain)
Based on a novel by Shuichi Yoshida (Villain, Parade)

Japan / 2013 / 160 Mins / In Japanese with English subtitles / Colour

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Real Jinro Game Crash Room of Shudder, The Next Generation Patlabor Chapter 1, 1/11 One Eleventh, Sakura saku Japanese Film Trailers

Genki Anime UK News Spring 2014 ImageThis is the second part of the trailer post.

I have started getting rid of even MORE magazines now with old issues of the East Asian focussed “Neo” being stacked ready for recycling. I’ve gutted my “Edge” video game magazine in the hopes of saving lots and lots of issues of “Sight & Sound”. I might have to get rid of those to free up space… I have also started revising for a Japanese exams so my evening are spent not watching films or writing about them and so I am only putting out one post at the beginning of the week. This week was my Spring 2014 Anime picks. Despite this, I have watched “Watashi no Kirai Tantei” and “Jojo” as well as finishing up winter anime titles like “Reitetsu Hoozuki,” “Sekai Seifuku” and “Space Dandy” which all ended on a high. Expect a winter season round-up and posts for some other titles. Also, THAT LAST EPISODE OF “THE WALKING DEAD” WAS AWESOME!

Ahem… Here are the rest of the trailers for this weekend.

 

Real Jinro Game Crash Room of Shudder   Real Jinro Game Crash Room of Shudder Film Poster

Japanese: リアル人狼ゲーム 戦慄のクラッシュ・ルーム

Romaji: Riaru Jinro Gemu Senritsu no Kuratshu Rumu

Running Time: 78 mins.

Release Date: April 05th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Seisoku Kajita

Writer: Seisoku Kajita (Screenplay), Naoya Higuchi (Original Novel)

Starring: Mariya Nagao, Hiroyuki Kajima, Risako Tokoro, Yuka Hanamura, Ryosuke Miswa, Kazuki Tsuruoka, Rio Takahashi

Mai’s boyfriend is returning from a business trip and so she heads to his apartment to greet him. She doesn’t find him. She finds 7 different people who claim the apartment is theirs. Will they be willing to claim an unidentified body in the bathroom?

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