Mitabime no Shojiki, Gekijouban Butai `Touken Ranbu’ Giden Akatsuki no Dokuganryu, Togenkyo-teki musume, Hora-chan Neru 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

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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 two 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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Nan nanda, Ankon, Psychics Z, Zero Waste PLUS Sustainable Living, Sotaisei Roman-Hiko, Extraneous Matter – Complete Edition Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend!

I hope you are well!

This week, I posted a review for Touching the Skin of Eeriness and Domains, the latter of which is free to view over at Cinematheque Francaise. I also posted the first trailer post yesterday.

Now, on to more free films…

10 Japanese documentaries from the 32-year history of Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival will be streamed for 3 weeks from January 17th – February 06th over at DA Films. The first week will be free. Sounds like a good deal! Big names include Naomi Kawase, Kaori Oda, and Yutaka Tsuchiya, as well as the collective OGAWA PRO.

What else was released this weekend…

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The Confidence Man JP: Episode of the Hero, Galaxy Express 999, Popran, The World for the Two of Us, Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend!

I hope you are well.

This is the first of two trailer posts. The second follows tomorrow along with news of free films.

What are the first batch of films that are let loose this weekend?

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Domains 王国 (あるいはその家について)  (2019) Dir: Natsuka Kusano

Domains    王国(あるいはその家について)  Domains Film Poster

王国 (あるいはその家について) Ookoku (aruiwa sono-ka ni tsuite)

Running Time: 150 mins.

Release Date: 2019

Director:  Natsuka Kusano

Writer: Tomoyuki Takahashi (Screenplay)

Starring: Asami Shibuya, Tomo Kasajima, Tomomitsu Adachi, Ryu Kenta

A friendship torn asunder by the death of a child is material fit for a melodrama full of meltdowns and confession but in Domains, director Natsuka Kusano offers a dissection of a relationship in an unconventional form that proved so hypnotic, it became one of the most absorbing film experiences I have watched in years. (slight spoilers)

Domains, produced as an original video work for the Aichi Arts Center, is Kusano’s follow-up to her debut Antonym. For her second film, she re-teamed with Antonym’s writer Tomoyuki Takahashi (Touching the Skin of EerinessHappy Hour) to craft a structurally inventive way in which to tell this story as they utilise repetition and variation to slowly build out the emotional dimensions of the relationship.

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Touching the Skin of Eeriness 不気味なものの肌に触れる (2014) Dir: Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Touching the Skin of Eeriness  Touching the Skin of Eeriness Film Poster

不気味なものの肌に触れる  「Bukimina mono no Hada ni Fureru」 

Release Date: March 01st, 2014

Running Time: 54 mins.

Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Writer: Tomoyuki Takahashi (Screenplay)

Starring: Shota Sometani, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Natsumi Seto, Jun Murakami, Ayumi Mizukoshi, Hoshi Ishida, Aoba Kawai,

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It’s all “show, don’t tell” in Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Touching the Skin of Eeriness, a medium-length film that uses body language and interpretive dance rather than words to speak.

Made before Happy Hour (2015), his big international breakout, Touching the Skin of Eeriness was a project that Hamaguchi originally envisioned as a pilot film designed to get funding for a larger project named FLOOD. Featuring Shota Sometani (Himizu) in a lead role just as he became a big star in Japan with mainstream movies Parasyte, Wood Job!, and Bakuman, it was a departure for the actor who shines in one of Hamaguchi’s most opaque films where the focus is on the intimate physical movements of the actors and the background atmosphere to relay information.

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Haruhara-san’s Recorder, Hitotsu Bocchi, Silence Sunset, March 8th 3rd Year of Bunroku Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend, again!

I hope you are well!

This week, I watched Robocop and Rain Man since they were on Amazon Prime. I hope to start publishing reviews next week, especially for some of the free (and legal) films over at Cinematheque Francaise – these are festival films that haven’t had home distribution and they include absorbing titles like Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Touching the Skin of Eeriness (just finished its run) and Yohei Suzuki’s Ow and Natsuka Kusano’s Domains (absolutely brilliant!).

What else was released this weekend?

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