Japanese Films at the Cannes Film Festival 2017 Review Round-Up: Takashi Miike’s “Blade of the Immortal”

It has been a while since I last did a review round-up of any festival but fellow cinephile and Twitter-user FelixAguirre regularly collects links to reviews and alerts them to me and with such a treasure-trove of opinions from the most recent Cannes Film Festival on offer, I’d be mad to turn them down. First up…

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The Studio Ghibli Film “Whisper of the Heart” will be screened at the Barbican on June 17th

The Barbican is running an exhibition about Japanese homes and domestic architecture called The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945. It began on March 23rd and lasts until June 25th. There will be films screened as part of the exhibition. I’ve already written about Princess Kaguya, An Autumn Afternoon, Woman in the Dunes, and Sogo Ishii’s (now known as Gakuryu Ishii) The Crazy Family. It is time for another Ghibli film and it is the quietly spectacular, Whisper of the Heart which will be screened on June 17th at 16:00.

Here is the information:

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Shinji Somai’s “Moving” will be Screened at the Japanese Embassy in London on June 23rd

The Japanese Embassy in London has a 16mm print of Shinji Somai’s 1993 film Ohikkoshi and there will be a free screening of it on June 23rd. This film is a touching story about a girl dealing with the divorce of her parents and while it is floating about on the internet, nothing beats seeing films as part of an audience and on a screen bigger than a laptop/PC. There is also a special talk which will make the screening even more interesting.

The event is free to attend but anyone interested in being part of the audience must book in advance to secure a place (which you can do through this link).

Here’s the information:

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Sogo Ishii’s “The Crazy Family” will be screened at the Barbican on June 11th

The Barbican are running an exhibition about Japanese homes and domestic architecture called The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945. It began on March 23rd and lasts until June 25th. As part of the exhibition there will be films screened. I’ve already written about Princess Kaguya, An Autumn Afternoon, and Woman in the Dunes, and this one is straight from left-field since it comes from Sogo Ishii (now known as Gakuryu Ishii) while he was still in his punk period! It’s called The Crazy Family and it was released in 1984. It will be screened on June 11th at 16:00.

Here is the information:

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Korean Drama “The King” Gets its UK Premiere at the Picturehouse Central cinema on June 12th

The London Korean Film Festival has revealed the fourth of its teaser screenings in the form of The King, a film billed as the Korean Wolf of Wall Street. Audiences will be able to enjoy seeing the rich and powerful wallow in their avarice and the drama in seeing them rise and fall. The trailer looks flashy enough!

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Korean Film Nights Closes with “He’s On Duty” on June 15th

The Korean Cultural Centre will bring its season of films concerned with migration in South Korea to a close in just over a week’s time with the light-hearted comedy, He’s On Duty. These titles have been programmed by students from the Film Studies Programming and Curation MA programme at the National Film and Television School and it has been a diverse programme made up of documentaries and dramas. This screening also has karaoke and a drinks reception so it’s worth going to!

Here’s information on the latest film as pulled from the website:

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The Korean Cultural Centre Will Screen the film “Seoul Searching” on June 08th

Seoul Searching (2015) is a coming-of-age drama that melds the tropes of a John Hughes teen comedy like The Breakfast Club with the true story about summer camps that took place in 1980s in Korea where foreign-born Korean teenagers learn about their cultural heritage. Since it takes place in the 1980s, a lot of the music comes from there and since it is a film in the mould of something John Hughes might do, expect memorable characters trying to find their own identities amidst comedic situations.

Alas, the trailer sank any interest in the film for me what with the plot being spoiled and the glimpses of the ugly appropriation of black culture which made me uncomfortable. While I don’t have an issue with people of different races experimenting in cultures, it has to be done with respect and a review on Black Nerd Problems has put me off the film entirely due to its dismissive attitude to race. Maybe I might feel differently after watching it for myself.

Here’s information on the latest film as pulled from the website:

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