Osaka Asian Film Festival 2022 – In Cinemas, Online, and International

The organisers of the Osaka Asian Film Festival have released the outline of their 2022 edition with confirmation that there will be in-person screenings and, for the second year running, online screenings. Many of these online screenings will be available to international audiences. Details below!

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Shiver, The World of You, Horror Channel Aokigahara, The World of Shura, Somebody’s Flowers, Korosuna, Terebi de Aenai Geinin Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend

I hope you are well

I began this week with a review of A Song I Remember and continued with a preview of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022. I’ll be reviewing a film playing at it. I took part in a recording of the Heroic Purgatory podcast that covered my favourite films of 2021 – many of which were in my Top Ten of the year. I also posted part one of this trailer round-up!

Here is a reminder that you can watch a plethora of Japanese films at these sites:

DAFILMS – 10 documentaries from the history of the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. It’s a subscription service but good value.

Cinematheque Francaise – a mixture of critically acclaimed features and shorts that are normally only available via festivals and all for free.

What else was released this weekend?

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The Orbital Children, Noise, Pure Japanese, Prior Convictions, The Unnameable Dance, Kamen Rider Saber: Trio of Deep Sin, Love Someone Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend

I hope you are well!

This is the first of a two-part trailer post.

What are the first batch of films released this weekend?

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Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022 – What Lies Beneath The Intricate Representations of a ‘Dark Mind’ in Japanese Cinema

Colorless Yuka Tanaka (Ruka Ishikawa) and Shuji Oyamada (Daichi Kaneko) 2

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme goes physical for in-person screenings in its 2022 edition. In arthouse cinemas across the UK, from  February 04 to March 31, audiences in the region will be able to see a selection of 20 films that have been selected to fit this year’s theme, “representations of dark minds.”

Here are trailers for the films:

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A Song I Remember ひとつの歌 Dir: Kyoshi Sugita (2012)

A Song I Remember    A Song I Remember Film Poster

ひとつの歌 Hitotsu no Uta

Release Date: October 13th, 2012

Duration: 102 mins.

Director: Kyoshi Sugita

Writer: Kyoshi Sugita (Script), 

Starring: Takenori Kaneko, Yuri Ishizaki, Koichi Masuno, Mayumi Tenkou, Sansei Shiomi,

Website    IMDB

A Song I Remember is slow and restrained in its rhythm and storytelling. It withholds information as it asks audiences to follow a young man’s daily life in Tokyo and pay attention to a sparse set of seemingly random encounters with events and people. In these moments are odd details that stick in the memory and, by the end, these details build a context that acts as a stage for an emotional knockout blow delivered by the actors.

I’m getting ahead of myself here, rushing to the end without talking a little about the film’s beginnings.

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Mitabime no Shojiki, Gekijouban Butai `Touken Ranbu’ Giden Akatsuki no Dokuganryu, Togenkyo-teki musume, Horror Channel Jikobukken, Ojidoru Yakuza, Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend!

I hope you are well!

This week, I covered some films and news items: the first being a news announcement about DAFILMS and the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival putting up 10 documentaries from the festival’s 32-year history online for people to view for free. I then posted my review of one of those films, A Movie Capital (Dir: Toshio Iizuka). I then posted a preview of the Japanese films programmed for this year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam. I then, last but not least, posted the first half of the trailer post.

What else was released this weekend?

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Adieu Galaxy Express 999, The Midnight Maiden War, Sagasu, Tiger and Bunny: The Beginning (4DX), Miyuki Nakajima Live History – 2007-2016 Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend

I hope you are well!

This is the first of a two-part trailer post since there are ten Japanese movies released this weekend. Just a reminder, you can watch a plethora of Japanese films for free at these sites:

DAFILMS – 10 documentaries from the history of the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.

Cinematheque Francaise – a mixture of critically acclaimed features and shorts that are normally only available via festivals.

What are the first batch of films released this weekend?

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Japanese Films at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2022

Rotterdam International Film Festival Logo

The 2022 edition of the Rotterdam International Film Festival will take place ONLINE from January 26th to February 06th. This is the 51st edition of the fest and it has been forced to go online with a reduced programme due to the short space of time between the end of Covid-19 lockdown measures and the start date.

Check out this page for more details.

There are three Japanese films programmed:

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A Movie Capital 映画の都 Dir: Toshio Iizuka (1991) [Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival]

A Movie CapitalYIDFF A Movie Capital Case

映画の都ー山形国際ドキュメンタリー映画祭’89 Eiga no Miyako – Yamagata Kokusai Dokyumentari- Eigasai ‘89

Release Date: March 25th, 1991

Duration: 98 mins.

Director: Toshio Iizuka

Writer: N/A

Starring: Hiroshi Teshigahara, Shinsuke Ogawa, Stephen Teo, Peggy Chiao Hsiung-ping, Raquel Gerber, Jon Jost, Katheryn Taverner, Alan Adelson,

Yamagata Site

The Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (YIDFF) is now a treasured biannual event that brings together filmmakers and audiences in programmes designed to showcase films as well as generate new talents and works. This commitment to cultivating community engagement and individual talent was present in the intentions of organisers and attendees from its inception as seen in A Movie Capital, an informative and enjoyable record of the inaugural YIDFF, Asia’s first documentary film festival.

A Movie Capital

A Movie Capital was Toshio Iizuka’s debut work after being part of pioneering filmmaker Shinsuke Ogawa’s Ogawa Productions for around 20 years and working with the collective on documentaries covering topics like the Sanrizuka Struggle. As Ogawa Productions were working in Yamagata prefecture, they were best placed to help organisers establish and document the inaugural YIDFF in 1989 and Iizuka comes off as the right pick for the job as he marshals the assembled footage to create a film that locates the event’s place in history and its meaning to participants.

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Made in Japan, Yamagata 1989 – 2021 – 10 Films from the History of the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival

Starting on today, 10 films from Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival will be available to stream for 3 weeks from January 17 to February 06, 2022 and THE FIRST WEEK IS FREE!

These films will be available worldwide (excluding Japan) on DAFilms, the webpage for DOC ALLIANCE, an organisation that aims to push forward the best in documentary films. It’s a subscription service that gives low-cost access for festival films and it’s updated regularly. 

Here’s a trailer for the Yamagata selection:

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