Say “I Love You”, Uzumasa Limelight, The Next Generation Patlabor Chapter 3, Gift, K: Missing Kings, Southern Winds, Naniwa Kinyuudo, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Cinema JOHN! and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Belle (Mbatha-Raw) in BelleI watched fewer movies this week… well, only one, Library Wars (2013). A review is inbound for the week after next week alongside one for Godzilla (2014). The reason for the few movies watched is because of the new season of anime! Barakamon, Zankyou no Terror, Space Dandy Season 2, Aldnoah.Zero, and Tokyo Ghoul all had tremendous opening episodes and I will have to write first impressions of them for next week as well as a series review for Knights of Sidonia.

Movie reviews dominated the blog this week with Belle (2013) and Fuan no Tane (2013) both getting published and both films really impressing me.

What Japanese films are released today?

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Belle (2013)

Belle (2013)        Belle UK Film Poster

UK Release Date: June 13th, 2014

Running Time: 104 mins.

Director: Amma Asante

Writer: Misan Sagay (Screenplay),

Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Sam Reid, Sarah Gadon, Emily Watson, Matthew Goode, Tom Felton, James Norton, Miranda Richardson,

Amma Asante’s Belle has the hallmarks of a costume drama thanks to the setting of Georgian England and its focus on relationships but due to the titular character it is different from other films of the genre. The inspiration for the film comes from a beautiful and lively painting (attributed to Johann Zoffany) of a mixed-race girl and a Dido Elizabeth Belle and Mary Murraywhite girl, both recently revealed to be half-cousins, both given flattering portrait treatment and both depicted as equals. What makes it strange is that this was painted at a time when Britain was a colonial empire and a centre of the slave trade and both people have equal prominence. The mixed-race girl in the picture is Belle. At a time when the voice of slavers was a loud one in the British Empire because the country derived a massive amount of income from the slave trade, Belle lived the life of an aristocrat and would find herself connected to a court case which would decide the fate of the British slave trade. Assante takes this as a starting point to craft a costume drama with a civil-rights edge that tackles race and gender.

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Pet Peeve / Seeds of Anxiety / Fuan no Tane 不安の種 (2013)

Pet Peeve (International Title) / Seeds of Anxiety (Japanese Title)   

Japanese Title: 不安の種   The Seeds of Anxiety Film Poster

Romaji: Fuan no Tane

Release Date: July 20th, 2013

Running Time: 87 mins.

Director: Toshikazu Nagae

Writer: Masaaki Nakayama (Original Manga), Toshikazu Nagae (Screenplay)

Starring: Anna Ishibashi, Kenta Suga Koudai Asaka, Kanji Tsuda, Shimako Iwai, Kurea Mori, Hitomi Kurihara, Ryosuke Kawamura,

Pet Peeve is a really awful title for a film, any film, and it is best to pay attention to the Japanese one, Seeds of Anxiety (Fuan no Tane) which sums up the content perfectly.

Moving towns is something a lot of us go through and it can be daunting but spare a thought for a group of outsiders settling in the rather strange Funuma city.

Seeds of Anxiety Funuma City

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Documentary of AKB48 The Time Has Come, Blue Demon, Girls & Panzer This is the Real Anzio, Children of the Revolution, Ogiwara Ikuzou, 63 Years Old and Other Japanese Film Trailers

I have watched more films in the last week than I have for many months. Only double-figures but that still counts frequent trips to my favourite cinema to watch things like Cold in July as well as a LOT of Korean films from 2012/13 and a smattering of Japanese films. Expect many reviews over the next few months. The summer anime season has started and I’m patiently waiting for my shows to launch but I’ll avoid doing first impressions and just do a series review when the dust has settled.

Judge! Karate Kid

In terms of the blog, I posted a review for a hilarious feel-good comedy called Judge! and I posted about the Asian Film Festival of Dallas.

What’s released in Tokyo this weekend?

 

Documentary of AKB48 The Time Has Come   Documentary of AKB48 The Time Has Come Film Poster

Japanese Title: DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 The time has come 少女たちは、今、その背中に何を想う?

Romaji: DOCUMENTARY of AKB 48 The time has kamu shōjo-tachi wa, ima, sono senaka ni nani o omou?

Release Date: July 04th, 2014

Running Time: N/A

Director: Takahashi Eiki

Writer: N/A

Starring: AKB48,

This is the fourth in a series of documentaries about the super group and it looks at a period stretching from June 2013 to July 2014. Some of the things touched upon will be Yuko who graduated, a mega concert that was put off due to bad weather, and the AKB48 Senbatsu General Election. There is a lot of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the group as we see the changing dynamics play out in concerts and their home in Akihabara.

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ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF DALLAS 2014 PREVIEW

Asian Film Festival of Dallas

Fans of Asian films in America will be spoiled for choice in July because on the east coast of America there is the 8th annual Japan CUTS film festival which will be held at the Japan Society in New York City. Meanwhile, down south the 13th Asian Film Festival of Dallas will run from July 10th to July 17th with a selection of titles from Japan and Korea, Hong Kong and elsewhere.

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