Reel Japan: Japanese Film Festival Preview

A new film festival called Reel Japan will take place at the end of April at The Yard Theatre, London. It is a two day event that takes place from Saturday 30th April 2016 to Sunday 1st May 2016 and its programme consists of eight films, all released in the UK by Third Window Films.

The festival is the latest event from the organisers of the Brick Lane Japan Film Festival which took place in January this year, an event that sold out quickly. Reel Japan’s artistic vision is to bring the best and most exciting Japanese cinema to the UK. This means that audiences get titles from Shinya Tsukamoto, Sion Sono, Takashi Miike and the others. The theme for this collection of films is “Twisted Love” and viewers will get the chance to explore the darker side of love and life through an exciting line-up of titles:

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Greatful Dead グレイトフル デッド (2013)

Greatful Dead       

Greatful Dead Film Poster
Greatful Dead Film Poster

Japanese Title:  グレイトフル デッド

Romaji: Gureitofuru Deddo

Release Date: November 01st, 2014 (Japan)

UK Release Date: January 26th, 2014

Distributor: Third Window Films

Running Time: 98 mins.

Director: Eiji Uchida

Writer: Eiji Uchida, Etsuo Hiratani (Screenplay),

Starring: Kumi Takiuchi, Takashi Sasano, Kim Kkobbi, Aira, Itsuji Itao, Taro Yabe, Wakana Sakai, Hoka Kinoshita,

Director and writer Eiji Uchida is one to watch. With this film has created a title that defies expectations. Through his careful control of the film’s tone and its story full of death, religion, and sexuality gone awry, Greatful Dead is a real surprise that will keep audiences guessing which way it will go as we follow the central protagonist on her dark and twisted path fuelled by a personality warped by neglect. Comparisons will be made with Sion Sono’s films Love Exposure (2008) and Noriko’s Dinner Table (2005) because of the themes and social commentary on individualism and the breakdown of family dynamics and the way these elements are brought together in a story about how loneliness drives people crazy and those comparison will be richly deserved.

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Third Window Films Release Greatful Dead

Third Window Films are starting this year with something deliciously dark Greatful Dead, a film that was at the 2013 Raindance Film Festival where I didn’t get to see it but overheard numerous audience members raving (and I mean, they were getting hyper about the film and going into detail) about how good it is. I have a copy I’m writing a review for so you can find out what I think next Monday when its release on January 26th!

Here are the release details and a trailer:

Greatful Dead Poster

GREATFUL DEAD

A film by Eiji Uchida (Dead Banging, The Last Days of the World)

Japan / 2013 / 97 Mins / In Japanese with English subtitles / Colour
Starring: Kumi Takiuchi (The Ravine of Goodbye) 
Takashi Sasano (Departures, Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, Instant Swamp)
Kim Kkobbi (Breathless, Pluto)

On DVD & BLU-RAY January 26th

DVD/BLU-RAY Special Features:
Interview with director Eiji Uchida

 

 

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Sofuten!, Bay Blues: 25 Years and 364 Days, Greatful Dead, Clover, Akane Kurarinetto, Natsu zen Owari, Hikari no Neiro The Back Horn Film, Wonogawa and other Japanese Film Trailers

Hello dear readers!

Touhou Witch 3I hope everyone had a great Halloween. This week, I watched a few horror/supernatural films. I saw Ghostbusters at my local cinema and had a blast. Seeing Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and the gang on the big screen was awesome an it lived up to my expectations. I think I’ll review it. I also watched The Beast Must Die, an old Amicus production from the ‘70s.

I started the week with a post about the guests who will appear at the East Winds Film Festival and then I posted my annual Halloween review for POV: A Cursed Film which I found to be a lot of fun and worth watching.

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