Japan Cuts 2016 Preview

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Japan Cuts 2016 takes place from July 14th to the 24th and there are lots of familiar titles, many of which I’ll put as shorter entries to save space. However you cut it the line-up is really good with a diverse mixture of genres and stories. The guestlist is absolutely fantastic with the likes of Lily Franky, Atsuko Maeda, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sion Sono, and so many more talented filmmakers descending upon the festival! Here’s hoping Adam Torel of Third Window Films gets to attend the festival to introduce three films he has helped come into being. There’s also Japan Cuts Microcinema which sees some of the best short films from the last ten years played throughout the festival. Each film lasts around 30 minutes and people can jump in and watch whichever title takes their fancy between films. There’s also an interesting talk which analyses the Japanese film industry and how films get made.

What is on the programme, then? This is a quick preview but there’s a lot. I’ll break it down into sections and you can view trailers and more details for each on the films by clicking on the links:

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Dear Deer, Galaxy Turnpike, Kagura Me, A Summer Day, Your Voice, Only 4 You, Ninja Hunter, Halloween Nightmare 2, Tobidasu PuriPara: Minna de Mezase! Idol☆Grand Prix and other Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, readers!

 Happy Hour Mountain Trip

The Tokyo International Film Festival launched this week and there are quite a few good-looking films. I should cover it but around this time of the year I am super busy. I’m also spending less time writing about films these days. I need to practice Japanese more so something has to get cut, not that I’m happy about it especially since I’m seeing anime and films I think are brilliant. For example, Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider has me hooked so I bought the book.

With that written, I posted on film review this week and it was for Happy Hour (2015) which I saw at the London Film Festival. It gets its release in Japan this December.

I went to see Sicario (2015) in a cinema yesterday and it was a well-crafted and tense film full of great performances. I am tempted to review it.

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

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Cyborg 009 Vs. Devilman, Expedition Party’s Glory, Mr. Max Man, Senpai to Kanojo, SCANDAL “Documentary film「HELLO WORLD」”, Messiah: Shinku no Shou, Vietnam no Kaze ni Fukarete, Boku wa Bosan Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, dear readers!

エイリアンVSニンジャ Rin
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I may not be watching as many films at the London Film Festival this year as I have in others but I am still kept in the loop about events thanks to friends who tell me that Hirokazu Koreeda’s Our Little Sister (2015) is a brilliant film. Industry contacts have sent me news about the London East Asian Film Festival which launches at the end of next week so I’ll be posting about that next week. I finally watched The Martian (2015) as well and enjoyed it a lot. As for the new anime I am watching Subete ga F ni naru: The Perfect Insider and One Punch Man are two of the shows I’m picking up.

Only one review this week and it’s for Alien vs Ninja (2010).

What’s released this weekend in Japan?

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