Mutant Girls Squad 戦闘少女 血の鉄仮面伝説 (2010)

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戦闘少女 血の鉄仮面伝説 「Sento shojo: Chi no tekkamen densetsu」

Release Date: May 22nd, 2010

Running Time: 90 mins.

Directors: Tak Sakaguchi, Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura

Writer: Jun Tsugita, Noboru Iguchi

Starring: Yumi Sugimoto, Yuko Takayama, Suzuka Morita, Kanji Tsuda, Maiko Ito, Tak Sakaguchi, Asami, Chiharu Kawai,

Splatter outfit Sushi Typhoon (a subsidiary of Nikkatsu) was founded in 2010 and one of its earliest releases was Mutant Girls Squad (2010) which features three of the company’s biggest talents directing individual chapters of the film. The first part is orchestrated by action star/fight choreographer Tak Sakaguchi, and special effects maestros Noboru Iguchi and Yoshihiro Nishimura follow him up in parts two and three. What starts out as an outrageously silly splatter-tastic tale of kick-ass girls taking on corrupt authorities in a tidal wave of blood and mutant body-parts falls apart by the end as Nishimura over-indulges his fetish for splatter special effects.

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Wake Up, Girls! Seishun no Kage, ARIA The AVVENIRE, Antonym, SLUM-POLIS, Gonin Saga, Gassoh, Dust and Fantasy, and other Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend readers!

Octopus Film Image
Octopus Film Image

As you’re reading this I am at my second film festival in the mighty month of September. The first was the Raindance Film Festival where I watched Slum-polis and Fires on the Plain. The second is the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival where I am going to watch A Letter to Momo, Short Peace, and Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise. I will also be meeting friends, going out for food and helping out with the festival in what ways that I can.

Only one post this week and that’s for this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival.

I am looking to wind up my Summer of Splatter Films season with some Noboru Iguchi and Tak Sakaguchi films as well. After that I have been thinking of posting more sporadically so I can concentrate on learning Japanese and becoming even more fluent in the language. I have my reasons…

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

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Japanese Films at the 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival

Vancouver International Film FestivalThe Vancouver International Film Festival takes place at the end of September and throughout a lot of October and it caps a series of international festivals jam-packed with Japanese content. It has a great selection of shorts and features with many different types of titles on offer for festival-goers – a strong programme of dramas are a highlight thanks to the festival’s traditional Dragons & Tigers section which is programmed as ever by Asian cinema specialist Tony Rayns.

The highlights are many and I think that this is my favourite looking line-up of films out of all but Japanese cinema specialist festivals like Nippon Connection, Japan Cuts, Camera Japan and Rotterdam. To the programmers at Vancouver, well done. You’ve made a great selection of films. To the reader, I hope you find something you enjoy!

Here’s the line-up!

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Attack on Titan: End of the World, The Letters, Heroine Shikkaku, Heroine Disqualified, The Anthem of the Heart, Norin Ten: A Gonjiro Inazuka Story, Suguru hi no yama neko, Chigasaki Story, A Room of Her Own – Rei Naito and Light, Shironagasu kujira ni sasageru ballet and other Japanese Film Trailers

Genki Maison de Himiko Saori (Shibasaki) Smiles

I only published one review this week and that was for the wonderful Maison de Himiko.

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

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Maison de Himiko 「メゾン・ド・ヒミコ」2005

La Maison de Himiko    La Maison de Himiko Film Poster

メゾン・ドミコMezon do Himiko

Release Date: August 27th, 2005

Running Time: 131 mins.

Director: Isshin Inudo

Writer: Aya Watanabe (Screenplay),

Starring:  Kou Shibasaki, Joe Odagiri, Min Tanaka, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Hiroki Murakami, Hirokazu Inoue, Chiharu Muraishi, Kira Aoyama, Hiroshi Okochi, Shinichi Hatori,

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La Maison de Himiko is the title of the film and the name of the retirement home, for gay men, which is at the centre of the narrative. It is a place where people are open and accepting of others when the outside world can be judgemental and sometimes cruel and it is the place where one young woman finds herself coming to terms with the darkest of emotions that have hampered her life.

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Uchimura Summers the Movie: Angel, The Big Bee, BLACK ROOM, Watashitachi no Haa Haa, Girl’s Step, Red Ball and other Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend people!

Happy Hour Film Image 2

The summer 2015 anime season is winding down now and so I am preparing to embark upon one of those lengthy autumn season guides for Anime UK News. Stop by at the site to see some of the Japan-related events that are due to take place which I post on the front page and not here.

This week saw me posting about the London Film Festival and the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival. I’ve got one more festival to cover this month before heading back to reviews.

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

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Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2015 Line-Up

The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival takes place in Wales later this month in Cardiff and again at the end of October in Aberystwyth. It is the only film event in Wales to show anime on the big screen and takes place over the course of a day in the two locations. The programming team has brought out a selection of classics and some newer titles that show some of the best modern animated films from Japan.

This year’s events once again take place in the Chapter Arts Centre  and the Aberystwyth Arts Centre and there are titles from Madhouse and Production I.G with the psycho-thriller Perfect Blue (directed by the genius auteur Satoshi Kon) and Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise, the film which launched studio Gainax, being two highlights.

I’ll be travelling to the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff to see the festival there.

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Japanese Films at the London Film Festival 2015

BFI Film Festival

The programme for the BFI London Film Festival was announced last week and it has a selection of interesting titles. A lot of the features have been in festivals since the start of the year and two of them have gotten mixed reviews from critics which is disappointing if you want to see new work. The chances of some of these showing up on DVD and possibly theatrically is guaranteed which makes me wonder why I should go to the festival but… BUT… There are plenty of Japanese films so I shall refrain from complaining anymore. There are also some quality titles and two surprises. There are films not yet released in Japan and ones that must be seen on the big screen!

The ones that audiences should seek out, in my opinion, are Love & Peace, Happy Hour, Our Little Sister, The Boy and the Beast, and possibly Ghost Theatre.

Here are the films for you to see so you can make up your mind as to what looks good!

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The Virgin Psychics, Neko Samurai 2: A Tropical Adventure, Piece of Cake, Seishun Gunjyoiro no Natsu, Unfair: The End, Tokyo City Girl and other Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend people!

魔女の宅急便 Film Image

The autumn film festival season has launched and I am previewing the Japanese films at five different events. This week saw me cover the Raindance Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival which both have an interesting mix of titles. I’ve got the London Film Festival and Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival geared up for next week.

Earlier in the year I was rather negative about the quality of films being released in Japan this year but after looking at the different festivals, 2015 is shaping up to be solid with a flood of smaller interesting titles at the  Montreal film festival.

What’s released in Japan this week?

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Japanese Films at the Toronto International Film Festival 2015

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If you are in Canada you have three film festivals with Japanese films playing a significant part. Montreal (which I am not covering) has around twenty Japanese titles while Toronto has nine programmed and Vancouver has yet to announce any. I’ll be sticking to Toronto for the most part in this post.

I think the first thing I want to say is that the website is wonderfully designed and looks stylish. The information is easy to access unlike some other festival websites which are cluttered and hard to navigate and the use of images and white space is great.

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