Welcome to my last post of the year.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Dear Audience.
I’m covering all bases because we have just had one big event (Christmas) pass by and this will be the last trailer post of 2014 before we get to the next (New Year).
I hope everyone reading this is in good spirits and has had a great holiday. I have. I spent time with friends and family and got some cool presents which will allow me to watched a lot more films! I also gobbled a lot of posh chocolates and biscuits and Christmas dinner. Going back to films… I watched a bunch of including Blue Jasmine, Mai Mai Miracle, Dagon, and Plastic Love Story, played catch-up with Garo, finished Gugure!! Kokkuri-san and Psycho-Pass 2 and was left devastated by the latest episode of Parasyte. Also, I thought that the Christmas special of Doctor Who was rather good (better than the ones of previous years). If only the preceding series had been as fun.
I cannot believe a year has passed by so I have a bunch of end of year posts geared up and ready to roll out over the next couple of weeks.
In terms of writing I took part in a round-up of 2014 with Anime UK News where I championed Space Dandy and SF Signal’s Mind Meld where we took a look at the best sci-fi on TV and I championed Space Dandy. Again 😉
I thought that for my final film review of the year I’d go with one that touched my heart a lot and selected Kimi no Tomodachi.
What are the final set of theatrical releases in Tokyo this weekend?
Japanese Title: きみの友だち
Romaji: Kimi no Tomodachi
Release Date: July 26th, 2008
Running Time: 125 mins.
Director: Ryuichi Hiroki
Writer: Hiroshi Saito (Screenplay), Kiyoshi Shigematsu (Original Work)
Starring: Anna Ishibashi, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Ayu Kitaura, Seiji Fukushi, Naoyuki Morita, Nao Omori, Akira Emoto, Tomorowo Taguchi
A train cuts through expansive fields under wide blue skies. As it meanders along the track the landscape changes, the line edging through hills crowded with the houses of a quiet rural town in Japan. Once it reaches its destination off the train steps a journalist named Nakahara (Fukushi) who is heading to a school for disabled children with the intention of making a documentary of the place.
He tries taking pictures of the kids and interviewing them but the pupils are all shy around him and avoid answering questions. However, with their teachers they bounce around in class, giggle and get involved with lessons and display a sense of liveliness and excitability, ingenuity and originality in the way they see the world. One teacher in particular is very popular with the children and she catches the eye of Nakahara.
Her name is Emi (Ishibashi), a young woman who attends college and volunteers at the school. She uses a crutch to walk and seems introverted but the kids adore her. One of the things she does is to take photographs of clouds and allow children to pick their favourite ones and take them home when they graduate.
Hello, dear audience! I hope you are well! This is the last trailer post before Christmas so….
Right, back to business. Film business. Sunday last week I went to see Blade Runner. Since I already know the story and twists, it was more of a fascinating watch as I looked at the technical elements, the aesthetics, performances, and the script. I must admit that I still had shivers during the big speeches:
“…All those memories lost… like tears in the rain…”
I also watched the films Dagon (2001), Tokyo Park (2010) again, and Kotsutsubo (2012). In terms of anime, Gugure!! Kokkuri-san has rocketed up the anime charts with its latest episode and I’m really enjoying Garo a lot as well. I’m glad that Psycho-Pass 2 has finished and while writing Christmas cards I was watching A.D. Police. And that’s about it for stuff that I have viewed. As for what I will view in the future… I posted about the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme for 2015 and I have a good idea about what I want to watch and what I’m willing to skip.
What’s released in Tokyo this weekend?
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The Japan Foundation has announced their Touring Film Programme for 2015 and for the 12th festival the title is, “It Only Happens in the Movies?”
The festival runs from January 30th to March 26th and it aims to provide “an exciting programme of films under the narrative framework of ‘encounters’.” Each film has characters who experience “unusual meetings, plunge into unexpected circumstances and new environments, as well as collide with different generations, ideals and ideas.”
The film line-up has a huge variety of styles, genres, and tones covered from comedy to serious drama and films from various eras with an adult drama set in1950s Japan all the way to one about teens in uni falling in love in contemporary Japan.
Here are the films, scroll down for trailers and more details (the English titles are the links to the pages so click on them for more info):
The year is winding down now so theatrical releases are getting thin on the ground. Give it a month and we’ll be back to 10+ a week and I’ll be crying over how little time I have and how I wish I was working with someone again.
As far as my movie/anime viewing goes, I went to see Wong Kar-Wai’s latest film, The Grandmaster, and was wowed by Parasyte yet again. Gugure!! Kokkuri-san is shaping up to be one of the best anime of the year ad I expected cheap laughs. I also reviewed Cold in July and previewed Hana to Arisu: Satsujin Jiken.
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Japanese Title: 花とアリス 殺人事件
Romaji: Hana to Alice: Satsujin Jiken
Release Date: February 20th, 2015
Running Time: N/A
Director: Shunji Iwai
Writer: Shunji Iwai (Screenplay/Original Creator),
Starring: Yu Aoi (Tetsuko Arisugawa), Anne Suzuki (Hana Arai), Ryou Kazuji (Kotaro Yuda – a man who holds the key to the murder mystery), Haru Kuroki (Satomi Hagino-sensei – Hana and Alice’s homeroom teacher), Tae Kimura (Yuki Tsutsumi – the ballet classroom teacher), Shouko Aida (Kayo Arisugawa – Alice’s mother), Sei Hiraizumi (Kenji Kuroyanagi – Alice’s father), Ranran Suzuki (Tomomi Mutsu – Hana’s classmate), Tomohiro Kaku (Asanaga-sensei), Midoriko Kimura (Tomomi Arai – Hana’s mother),
I write for a few websites and one of them is Anime UK News which is where I publish anime season previews. I have written about a lot of TV anime but there is one special anime film I want to share with users and that is Hana to Alice: Satsujin Jiken which is in the first part of my season preview.
This is the prequel movie to Shunji Iwai’s wonderful 2004 coming-of-age film Hana & Alice, the film which was the break-out title for two totally talented actors Yu Aoi and Anne Suzuki who respectively starred as Alice and Hana, two school girls in an intense friendship who both experience love for the first time. Hana to Alice: Satsujin Jiken tells the story of how the girls first met and it is apparently through the world’s smallest murder case.
UK Release Date: June, 2014
Running Time: 109 mins.
Director: Jim Mickle
Writer: Jim Mickle, Nick Damici (Screenplay), Joe R. Lansdale (Story)
Starring: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Nick Damici, Vinessa Shaw,
Director Jim Mickle and actor/writer Nick Damici have had a run of horror films with alternative zombie plague chiller Mulberry St (2006), downbeat and savage dystopian vampire film Stake Land (2010) and the remake of the Mexican cannibal film, We Are What We Are (2013), but here they trade genres opting to go for a pulpy thriller based on a novel by Joe R Lansdale.
UK Release Date: May 30th, 2014 (seen at a cinema on the same day I watched Godzilla)
Running Time: 99 mins.
Director: Doug Liman
Writer: Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth (Screenplay), Hiroshi Sakurazaka (Original Novel)
Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Charlotte Riley, Noah Taylor, Franz Drameh, Madeleine Mantock,
Warning Spoilers for some of Tom Cruise’s earlier films in the opening paragraph:
Tom Cruise dies in this one. Not that revealing his character’s death spoils the movie. Edge of Tomorrow is based on a novel where the main protagonist dies quite a bit. That’s what makes the film surprisingly fun. Of course, A-list Hollywood actors can die and even Tom kicks the bucket in a number of his own films like The Last Samurai and Collateral but few films take great delight showing Tom get crushed, shot, impaled, drowned, blown up, and more in all manners of inventive and grisly ways over and over again in a smart and surprisingly vicious sci-fi war movie.