Japanese Films at the Asian Film Festival Dallas 2018 (July 19 – 26)

The Asian Film Festival Dallas runs from July 19th to 26th and is continuing its mission of bringing movies from Asian and Asian-American filmmakers living around the world to audiences in Dallas, Texas in order to celebrate and support emerging and established filmmakers and sharing the rich diversity of Asian culture through films.

I’m here to cover the Japanese films and the selection is really surprising and good. Many of these Dallas Premieres and some US Premieres with the likes of Riding Uphill, 3Ft and Ball, and The Reverse Diaries being real surprises. These three look like solid dramas and offer an alternative look at Japan. There’s the entertainment movies like We Make Antiques and Laughing Under the Clouds and there’s a classic in the form of Seijun Suzuki’s Tokyo Drifter.

There are some great non-Japanese films like Edward Yang’s phenomenal Yi Yi and the HK crime thriller The Brink and a bunch of Korean films like The Mimic and Believer. There’s a lot on offer!

America is a big place and you’re not going to be able to see many titles on the big screen if you’re not living in New York and able to enjoy Japan Cuts and the New York Asian Film Festival. If you’re in Texas or near it, this is going to be your best opportunity to see them especially since some of these may not be available on streaming services.

Anyway, here are the films! Just click on the titles to be taken to the corresponding page on the festival site!

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Asian Film Festival of Dallas

Fans of Asian films in America will be spoiled for choice in July because on the east coast of America there is the 8th annual Japan CUTS film festival which will be held at the Japan Society in New York City. Meanwhile, down south the 13th Asian Film Festival of Dallas will run from July 10th to July 17th with a selection of titles from Japan and Korea, Hong Kong and elsewhere.


Asian Film Festival of Dallas Preview Snippet

The 13th Asian Film Festival of Dallas will be launched in just over a month’s time and I have been contacted with some of the line-up. Looking at last year’s festival one can see a rich mix of titles from East Asia with anime making a huge impact. I like the look of the Japanese selection which included Berserk: Golden Age Arc I, Rurouni Kenshin, and Key of Life. The films I have been told about point to a diverse bunch which means that there should be something for everyone.

This year’s festival takes place from July 10th to July 17th at the Angelika Theatre which will be the place that Asian film fans can watch 40 feature films and shorts. There is a mixture of titles from Japan and Korea, some of which have been featured on this blog. Here are the films that were revealed so far:


Geki x Cine’s Seven Souls in Skull Castle                 Geki x Cine Film Poster

Japanese Title: ゲキ X シネ髑髏城城 の 七 にん

Romaji: Geki x Shine Dokuro Shiro no Shichi nin

Release Date: January 12th 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: 179 mins.

Director: Kazuki Nakajima, Hidenori Inoue

Writer: Kazuki Nakajima, Hidenori Inoue

Starring: Shun Oguri, Mirai Moriyama, Taichi Saotome, Eiko Koike, Ryo Katsuji, Riisa Naka

If you want to do a historical epic, why not try doing it by maing a stageplay? This is the big-screen showing of the Gekidan Shinkansen theatre troupe’s production and it stars big names like Shun Oguri, Eiko Koike and Mirai Moriyama.

It is the Sengoku Period and Oda Nobunaga is old news as Toyotomi Hideyoshi tries to unify Japan. Hideyoshi (Moriyama) finds his path to glory taking a sticky turn when he runs into a group of samurai holed up in a fortress known as Skull Castle which stands near a village known as Salvation which has overthrown its feudal lord. Cue epic siege and a cast of characters including a wandering samurai (Oguri), a prostitute (Eiko) and a girl (Naka) who knows the secrets of the seven samurai. 

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