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Oh Lucy!, My Little Monster, Marmalade Boy, Honto ni atta! Noroi no bideo BEST 10, Utopia Japanese Film Trailers

HAPPY WEEKEND, PEOPLE!

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I hope everyone is having a great week!

I’ve been putting out more articles than ever before. Not just here but over on other sites. That doesn’t even include all of the stuff I do in my day job. What have I published here? A review of the Sion Sono documentary which is included as a double-feature with The Whispering Star, a preview of the Japanese films at the East Winds Film Festival, and my annual look at the Japanese Films at the Annecy International Animation Festival 2018. I also posted about the anime weekender at the BFI Southbank. I’ve also gone about updating some synopses and links that needed to be changed. BUSY BUSY!

I’m going to start publishing the reviews and interviews I have done for another site on here soon so brace yourself for a wave of indie movie information.

What is released in Japan this weekend?

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Spring Explorers: Japan Foundation Shows Four Free Films in London

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Spring is all about new beginnings and the Japan Foundation has programmed four films for its Spring Explorers screenings. They stretch from 1954 to 2013 and feature characters forced to enter new stages in their lives and even new worlds. Protags range from a little girl who walks on ceilings to a middle-aged man who hasn’t left his family home in years.

Here are the details:

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Ren Osugi (September 27, 1951 – February 21, 2018)

Veteran actor Ren Osugi passed away earlier today from heart failure. He was only 66. It’s not often that I write about someone’s passing but I can’t let Osugi’s go by without a few words.

I’ve grown up watching Japanese films and one person in particular kept cropping up and that was Ren Osugi. He has worked on projects directed by Takeshi Kitano, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, SABU, Shinya Tsukamoto, Sion Sono, Takashi Miike, and other major directors my generation have been influenced by. Usually it was a small part such as a detective in some horror movie or a gangster in a Kitano film but he had such skill and versatility as an actor that he appeared in many more films and doramas and he could hold a film down and bring depth to his characters, no matter what their place in the plot was.

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Lynn Moustache Me Some Questions, Apparently

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From: https://lynnsbooks.wordpress.com/2015/01/17/want-to-play-a-game-of-tag/

 

Lynn, a lady with great taste in films from the wonderful Lynn’s books blog, has tagged me for a game of four (the link has Lynn’s answers which are really quirky) and since she’s a cool character and I haven’t done something like this in a while, I thought I’d take part. She thinks I might have some cool answers (I don’t know what gave her that idea…) so I thought I’d answer a lot of her questions by using videos and/or pictures. Brace yourself for a traumatic trip into my mind and background:

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.

Edgar Allan Poe

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Over Your Dead Body, Marching to Tomorrow, Shishunki Gokko, Lilou’s Adventure, Mo ichido, Gundam G no Reconguista, New Initial D the Movie Legend 1: Awakening and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Over Your Dead Body Film Image Kou Shibasaki Ponders SomethingThanks to a few days booked off from work, I was able to go day-tripping again and watch lots of films like The Howling (2012), Hideo Nakata’s The Complex (2013), Don’t Look Up (1996) and a bunch of dull J-horror titles. I also went to see the US horror Deliver Us From Evil (2014) on the opening day and that was fun. I’m trying to collect a lot of reviews for horror films so I can just post them over the autumn and winter period. I’d also like to do a Hideo Nakata season but my Japanese teacher still has my Ringu collection (I keep forgetting to ask her for it back…).

Apart from days out, a quiet week overall. I posted about this years Toronto International Film Festival (which I recently updated with some newly announced films) and the DVD release of Sake-Bomb.

I don’t know what’s happened to me but my enthusiasm for Korean films is rather lacking these days. None of the films I have watched, save Behind the Camera, and Cold Eyes (which I’ve watched twice) has entertained me all that much. Even action titles. I hope to find something good to watch over week – I’m looking forward to Broken, Unbowed, and Nobody’s Daughter Hae-Won. Maybe, Into the Mirror, if I have enough time.

With two days off next week, I’ll get cracking with the autumn anime preview. The summer titles I chose have not let me down and are always entertaining! Anybody else love The Dropkix?

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

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In His Chart 2, Grand Cinema Bando Tamasaburo Nihonbashi, Dog’s Way, Tangerines on Cat Japanese Film Trailers

Izumi Okamura image 2This weekend you get two trailer posts made up of eight films. The first post consists of two big releases, the star-packed medical drama “In His Chart 2” and the family drama “Tangerines on Cat” – oh ho ho, what a strange name but it apparently gets it from the fact that the story is set in a prefecture famous for the fruit. There’s the first Cinema Kabuki release of the year and a drama the trailer for which left me underwhelmed. That written, I have not seen it so the jury is out on it.

Here are the trailers.

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The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2014 Line-Up

Here it is again! Less than a week to go and I’ve already got my tickets booked!

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The Japan Foundation have announced their Touring Film Programme for 2014 and it goes under the name of East Side Stories Japanese Cinema Depicting the Lives of Youth. It aims to offer ‘an enlightening and expansive introduction to Japanese cinema through showing features that focus on ‘youth’ and a variety of films which show a “vast variety of styles ad tones” and take “a broad look at how the adults of tomorrow have been portrayed in Japanese cinema over the years.”

The festival runs from January 31st to March 27th 2014. The festival starts in London at the ICA and then heads out to various regions including Belfast (Queens Film Theatre), Bristol (Watershed), Dundee (Dundee Contemporary Arts), Edinburgh (Filmhouse), Newcastle Upon Tyne (Tyneside Cinema), Nottingham (Broadway), and Sheffield (Showroom Workstation).

The line-up of films for the opening week at the ICA looks awesome and I intend to…

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The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Tamako in Moratorium, The Extreme Sukiyaki, Honto Ni Atta! Noroi Video 55, Ties, Persona 3 The Movie #1 Spring of Birth, Bayonetta Bloody Fate, No Voice Japanese Film Trailers

Coffee Time This is my second trailer post of the week! The first post contained a quirky selection of titles but this is where we get to the big names, anime and alternative programming. In anime terms we have the much hyped Persona 3 movie and the cult title Bayonetta Bloody Fate full of supernatural action. The big anime release has to be Isao Takahata’s Princess Kaguya, his first work as a director in fourteen years. The more I see of it the more I want to watch it. Other interesting titles include Tamako in Moratorium and The Extreme Sukiyaki which have writers, directors and actors who have been in plenty of quality titles I have already reviewed. We’re talking about Nobuhiro Yamashita and Shiro Maeda, Kengo Kora and Shuichi Okita, Atusko Maeda and Arata. If I had to choose one to see it would be Tamako in Moratorium because it has the quirky sense of humour and easy to identify with character plus it looks so freaking adorable.

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Japanese: かぐや 姫 の 物語

Romaji: Kaguya Hime no Monogatari

Running Time: 137 mins.

Release Date: November 23rd, 2013

Director: Isao Takahata

Writer: Isao Takahata, Riko Sakaguchi (Screenplay)

Starring: Aki Asakura (Kaguya), Kengo Kora (Sutemaru), Nobuko Miyamoto (ouno), Takeo Chii (Okina)

This is the big release for the weekend, the latest Studio Ghibli project! It’s helmed by Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, writer and director of Only Yesterday, Pom Poko Grave of the Fireflies and Little Norse Prince Valiant. I can vouch for them all being very good since they come on British television regularly.

What is he bringing his considerable talents to? An adaptation of a famous ancient Japanese folktale originally called Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter) which is about a princess named Kaguya who is discovered as a bab inside the stalk of a growing plant by a bamboo cutter and adopted. Joe Hisaishi (The Kids Return, Spirited Away) is composing the film’s soundtrack. Check out Alua Luna’s fascinating post about the different re-tellings of this folk-tale.

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