The Actor, The Inerasable, Saraba Abunai Deka: Long Goodbye, DOCUMENTARY of HKT48, DOCUMENTARY of NMB48, The Lover of My Ex, The Cross, Behind ‘The Cove’, Kaze no tayori and other Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, readers!

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi Episode 3 Tree

Well, what’s left of the weekend (at least I published it on the weekend). I have been very busy this week but I did manage to post about the Japanese films programmed for the Glasgow Film Festival and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. I also wrote news reports for those festivals for different websites. I watched two films – nuclear nightmare movie Threads (UK, 1984) and zombie actioner Junk (JP, 1999), I’ve marathoned all available episodes of the anime Boku Dake ga Inai Machi and re-started Shirobako after putting it on a back-burner. I’ve also gone and started listening to ’80s music again. There’s a great crop of films released this weekend with The Actor and Inerasable getting screened

What’s released this weekend?

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Japanese Films at the Rotterdam International Film Festival 2016

The Rotterdam International Film Festival has started and lasts from January 28th to February 07th and there is a large contingent of Japanese films programmed, quite possibly the largest I have seen in the few years I have been watching the event. There are a lot of great titles, some of which are considered the best films to be made in 2015 and there is a diverse range of stories. The festival plays host to animation from a range of artists and there are shorts from Takeshi Kitano. Some of these are red hot international premieres while some of the films have been screened at Canadian film festivals already, some in 2014 (so there’s a bit of copy and paste from previous festival trailer posts). As well as contemporary film, there is also a retrospective for the director Masao Adachi who worked during the 1960s.

Here are the films:

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Japanese Films at the Glasgow Film Festival 2016

The Glasgow Film Festival takes place from 17-28 February at the Glasgow Film Theatre and there are four Japanese films that are set to be screened over that time. None of these are premieres and all of them have been on the festival circuit throughout the entirety of 2015 but if you haven’t seen any of these on the big screen then this is your chance. There are two live-action and two anime films but there are many similarities from the year made to the fact that every film has a supernatural element to it.

I have not seen any of these since three of them have home cinema releases planned for this year and I thought I can wait but I have friends who have seen them all and they have recommended The Boy and the Beast.

Here are the films:

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PERSONA3 THE MOVIE #4 Winter of Rebirth, Nobunaga Concerto the Movie, Valentine Nightmare, LOVE! LOVE! SING!, The Reunion: Forbiddden Love and other Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, readers!

The Case of Hana and Alice Image

I haven’t watched any films this (I have stopped playing Fallout 4) week but I have watched anime in the form of Ergo Proxy. I posted about the Asia House Film Festival screening The Case of Hana and Alice and then the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme (and I went through after the initial post to get rid of some syntax errors) I’ve got four upcoming releases to review and post so stay tuned. Seven films to write about this weekend which meant I got this done over a few hours. With the help of Anime News Network and IMDB. I just forgot to post this on the weekend…

What was released this weekend?

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Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016 Preview

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016 Ikiru

The 2016 edition of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme launches in two week’s time and lasts from February 05th until March 26th as it visits different venues across the UK. It starts at the ICA in London and visits various cities across England, Wales, and Scotland as cinemas from Edinburgh to Bristol play host to the Japan Foundation’s showcase of a selection of Japanese films which capture the lives of people across the generations. These various stories are a mixture of live-action and animation, drama and comedy and there are classics to some of the most contemporary titles.

Here’s the line-up:

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The Case of Hana and Alice at Asia House Film Festival 2016

Shunji Iwai’s anime feature film The Case of Hana and Alice will be screened in

Hana and Alice Anime Movie Poster
Hana and Alice Anime Movie Poster

London on February 27th during the Asia House Film Festival 2016. The venue it will be screened at is the Regent Street Cinema, which is located near Oxford Circus, The film will be preceded by a short and both will be shown from 15:00 and expected to finish at 17:00.

I wrote a preview about this film in December 2014 and I’m still excited by it since it is the prequel movie to Shunji Iwai’s wonderful 2004 coming-of-age film Hana & Alice which was the break-out title for two totally talented actors Yu Aoi (Megumi in Rurouni Kenshin, and Tanyu in Mushi-shi) 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.

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Sinbad: The Magical Lamp and the Moving Island, Something Like, Something Like It, Yoshimoto Shinkigeki Eiga `Saiyuki’, Enishi: the Bride of Izumo and other Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, readers!

Hana-bi Miyuki's Photograph

2016 is off to a flying start with lots of movies with lots being released and in all genres but so far nothing I have written about has grabbed me as something to track down at international festivals. Speaking of festivals, I have three to write about and quite urgently. The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, Brick Lane Japanese Film Festival, and Rotterdam International Film Festival are all launching soon and I haven’t written a word despite having done the research. A combination of Fallout 4 (20 hours – too many since video games are procrastination – clocked since January 03rd) and mismanaged time has seen me let my schedule slip. Apologies. I also started helping out with film festivals and getting a bit more work. I can’t apologise for that because I enjoy helping out with film festivals 😉

What did I post this week? A review for the Takeshi Kitano film Hana-bi which I awarded 5/5 for the great story and fantastic visuals. It is on Blu-ray and has been released by Third Window Films.

What’s released this weekend?

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Hana-bi 花火 (1998)

Hana-bi   

Hanabi Japanese Film Poster
Hanabi Japanese Film Poster

花火Hana-bi

Release Date: January 24th, 1998 (Japan)

UK Release Date: January 11th, 2016

UK Distributor: Third Window Films

Running Time: 125 mins.

Director: Takeshi Kitano

Writer: Takeshi Kitano (Screenplay),

Starring: Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Osugi, Susumu Terajima, Tetsu Watanabe,

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Takeshi Kitano is one of the major figures in the Japanese movie industry. He graduated from television to the film scene in the 1980s with a role in Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (1983). His real impact was felt in 1989 with Violent Cop, the film with which he established himself as a director of crime tales. Soon, his presence became synonymous with the Japanese hardman but it is arguable that his best films don’t feature him on the screen at all as people who have seen A Scene at the Sea (1991) and Kids Return (1996) may attest. When Kitano is present on screen he sizzles with barely restrained energy and coolness and a cracked sentimentality of sorts. No film epitomises this more than Hana-bi (1997), a title where his writing and directing reached its heights of brilliance.

Hana-bi Detective Nishi

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Kizumonogatari I: Tekketsu-hen, Garakowa -Restore the World-, KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm, Isha Sensei, Jinsei no Yakusoku, Pink and Gray and other Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, dear readers!

Welcome to the first trailer post of 2016. It’s a long one but I got it done over the course of two evenings. I’ve watched five films since the year started, most of them spaghetti westerns from the Sartana series and the 1969 film And God Said to Cain… I have watched two Japanese films – Yakuza Apocalypse and Uzumasa Limelight, both from 2015. I’ve also played Fallout 4 although I have stopped that because my Japanese lessons start next week. Anyway…

I posted news on the theatrical release of Yakuza Apocalypse, Attack on Titan, and the Blu-ray release of Hana-bi. 2016 has started off pretty well for fans of Japanese cinema!

What’s screening in Tokyo’s cinemas this weekend?

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Third Window Films to Release Takeshi Kitano Classic Hana-bi on Blu-ray

Third Window Films are going to release three great films from legendary director Takeshi Kitano this year and the first of those films is Hana-bi. It has been at least over a decade since I last saw it but I still remember parts of it clearly and its impact on me at the time was pretty profound considering what went from a random DVD purchase shot to near top of my most respected films of all time and I went and bought a poster. I think now is the perfect time to get reacquainted…

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